4 days EMT/FURNSOO
- Operators, panel operators, supervisors and plant managers of refining, chemical and petrochemical plants, involved in furnace operation.
- Engineers and supervisors concerned with safety, optimization and operating issues of furnaces.
- This course provides in-depth knowledge of furnace operation in the petroleum and petrochemical industries. The course covers also the safety and reliability constraints.
- Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
- recognize the main operating and material constraints for an optimal, safe and reliable furnace operation,
- describe industrial combustion phenomena and calculate the air/fuel ratio for optimum combustion,
- identify bad-quality combustion from flue gas analysis and flame study, and implement corrective steps,
- list and apply the main steps of a furnace start-up procedure.
- No prerequisites for this course.
Ways and means
- Use of a dynamic simulator to understand the impact of operating conditions on thermal performance and furnace operation.
- Use of case studies and exercises based on industrial situations.
- Special emphasis on safety issues and abnormal situations that can lead to accidents.
- The course content can be tailored to different types of furnaces and includes specificities linked to some processing units such as the steam reformer or steam cracker.
FURNACE CONSTRUCTION & OPERATING CONDITIONS 0.5 day
- Different types of furnace & Operating conditions. Scope and limitations for improving furnace efficiency.
- Construction of heat exchange areas and refractory materials: tube bundle arrangement, insulation, type of material used and operating limits.
COMBUSTION - BURNERS 1.5 days
- Combustion conditions: liquid and gas fuel characteristics, liquid spray.
- Burners: fuel and air supply and mixture. Conventional and low NOx burners operation.
- Combustion quality: analysis of the oxygen and the unburned material in the flue gases, control of combustion air flow rate and air/fuel ratio.
- Combustion safety: flame detection, control and safety devices.
- Air and flue gas circulation: natural draft, forced draft, pressure differential control, automatic safety devices. Damper or Induced draft fan role.
- Natural and forced draft pressure profile drawing. Review of draft constraints.
- Different types of burners and spraying systems.
HEAT TRANSFER & FURNACE OPERATION 2 days
- Heat transfer to the tube coil: control parameters. Impact of internal or external fouling.
- Heat control: process fluid outlet temperature, fuel flowrate control.
- Most important furnace temperature and constraints: skin temperature, bridgewall temperature, limits and risk of overcoming.
- Application: furnace temperature profile and heat recovery distribution as a function of fuel burned and combustion air excess.
- On-stream furnace operations: monitoring of combustion and heating. Modifying operating conditions. Analysis of disturbances. Key points for safe operation.
- Start-up and shutdown: preparation, safe ignition procedures, ignition after a short shutdown, normal shutdown, emergency shutdown.
- Incidents: explosive atmosphere in the radiant section, tube rupture, unbalancing of the heat, etc.
- Diagnostic facilities; troubleshooting.
- Case study of furnace accidents.
- Start-up procedure study.