May 2020

Special Focus: Maintenance and Reliability

Alternatives to ladders and platforms for inspection and maintenance of elevated flare tips

Flare systems are used in refineries and chemical plants as a last line of defense for the plant by burning all unwanted gases and liquid during any upset or emergency condition.

Rastogi, A., Fluor Daniel India

Flare systems are used in refineries and chemical plants as a last line of defense for the plant by burning all unwanted gases and liquid during any upset or emergency condition. As flare systems are key safety equipment for processing plants, they must be adequately maintained through periodic inspection, with minimum time out of operation. The traditional design of elevated flares uses ladders and platforms throughout the stack to access the flare tip for inspection and maintenance. Many plant owners still utilize this traditional design. However, considering other means for inspection and maintenance of flare tips during basic engineering could reduce the extent of intermediate ladders a

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