April 2019

Process Engineering

Coke drum and blowdown system overpressure protection design - Part 1

The blowdown (BD) system in delayed coking units (DCUs) receives waste streams generated during the coke drum (CD) decoking process to recover valuable hydrocarbons and water. In recent DCU designs, the CD pressure relief valves (PRVs) also discharge to this system and then to the flare system via the BD PRVs.

The blowdown (BD) system in delayed coking units (DCUs) receives waste streams generated during the coke drum (CD) decoking process to recover valuable hydrocarbons and water. In recent DCU designs, the CD pressure relief valves (PRVs) also discharge to this system and then to the flare system via the BD PRVs. Having two overpressure protection devices in series imposes some challenges in the design. The aim of this article is to identify the main characteristics and difficulties for designing CD and BD relief systems for this configuration. Part 1 provides details on different destinations for CD relief, identification of the main relief contingencies involved in the design and PRV set pres

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