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Design and Life Optimisation of Fired Heater Tubes for Enhanced Process Performance

Objective



European process industries running plant that utilises fired heater tubes generally operate in a highly competitive world market. An important factor affecting their competitiveness arises from the fact that the tubes operate in aggressive environments under complex loading and heating cycles which means that up to now it has not been possible to develop procedures for accurate tube life assessment and design. The overall aim of the work is to improve the efficiency of processes utilising fired heater tubes through the development of systems for accurate lifing of tubes and of a life optimiser enabling simultaneous optimisation of tube life and process performance. The project will focus on three different industrial applications, namely catalytic reforming, steam reforming and ethylene production and will be based on the development of models for predicting tube life. The potential economic benefit in terms of increased sales and reduced production costs is estimated as 500 MECU within the five year period after project completion.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

ERA TECHNOLOGY LTD
Address
Cleeve Road
KT22 7SA Leatherhead, Surrey
United Kingdom

Participants (4)

DSM Nv
Netherlands
Address
49,Mauritslaan
6160 MC Geleen
Integridade, Serviços de Manutençao e Integridade Estrututal Lda.
Portugal
Address
Rua Francisco António Silva
2780 Oeiras
Kinetics Technology International SpA
Italy
Address
Via Monte Carmelo 5
00166 Roma
Paralloy Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Nuffield Road
TS23 4DA Billingham