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Engineering Case Histories: Case 105—Temperature distribution along a flare line

During an engineer’s career, many interesting questions come up that may not have a ready or good answer.

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

During an engineer’s career, many interesting questions come up that may not have a ready or good answer. However, there are those who are willing to suggest a solution without any supporting data. A specialized consultant can always be called in to address the problem, but recommending a consultant does not usually enhance an engineer’s career. FIG. 1. Flare piping temperature along length. During my career, management was not usually interested in how a problem was solved—only that it was solved in a timely and cost-effective manner and that the equipment was brought back online safely. For major problems, my contribution to an investigation

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