July 2020

Environment and Safety

Improve refinery furnace control with burner management systems and model predictive control

Under the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) definition, a BMS includes the field devices, logic systems and final control elements dedicated to combustion safety and operator assistance in the starting and stopping of fuel preparation and burning equipment.

Under the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) definition, a BMS includes the field devices, logic systems and final control elements dedicated to combustion safety and operator assistance in the starting and stopping of fuel preparation and burning equipment. It also defines the prevention of damage to fuel preparation and burning equipment. In addition to a BMS, advanced process control (APC) application is important for refinery furnace operation. The main and common objectives of model predictive control (MPC) strategies are: Maintaining the furnace outlet temperature Maintaining the total feed at target Balancing the coil temperature Balancing the feed flow of each coil.

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