May 2018

Special Focus: Maintenance and Reliability

Mechanical design and fitness-for-service assessment of steam reformer pressure components

Bulk hydrogen (H2) production in a petroleum refinery by steam methane reforming utilizes high temperatures, moderate pressures and catalyst-filled tubes that generate high tube temperatures of up to 920°C (1,690°F), imposing relatively harsh performance demands on system components.

Aumuller, J., Carmagen Engineering, Inc.

Bulk hydrogen (H2) production in a petroleum refinery by steam methane reforming utilizes high temperatures, moderate pressures and catalyst-filled tubes that generate high tube temperatures of up to 920°C (1,690°F), imposing relatively harsh performance demands on system components. Creep rupture and high-temperature cycling place a severe service duty on the catalyst tubes, tube outlet “pigtails” and subheader collector train, leading to ruptured pigtails and cracking in weld joints of component connections. API Standard 530 provides specific fit-for-purpose design practice standards, while API Technical Report 942-A has also been recently issued to assist designers in the selection of m

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