Damage Assessment and Management in Reformer Furnaces

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T. L. da Silveira

Faculdade de Engenharia Souza Marques, Avenida Ernani Cardoso 335, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil 21310-310

I. Le May

Metallurgical Consulting Services Ltd., P.O. Box 5006, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada S7K 4E3

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 119(4), 423-427 (Nov 01, 1997) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2842325 History: Received April 02, 1996; Revised June 04, 1997; Online February 11, 2008


The mechanisms of damage accumulation and methods of life assessment in reformer furnaces are discussed. Such furnaces are key elements in petrochemical plants, receiving a mixture of hydrocarbons and steam and producing a hydrogen-rich reaction gas in the presence of a catalyst. At the operating conditions of 800 to 900°C, high-temperature damage takes place in the reformer columns inside the furnace radiation chamber, as well as in the external outlet pipes. The damage mechanisms and methods of assessment are described for the various components involved.

Copyright © 1997 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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