Optimizing Combustion and Monitoring Tube Temperature for Safe and Efficient Processes

Posted by TechStar on Sep 11, 2023 2:48:00 PM
Originally Written By Tim Talllon and Posted By AMETEK PI
In industrial processes, such as steam methane reforming (SMR), optimizing fuel efficiency and ensuring safety are of paramount importance. In this blog post, we will explore the Thermox WDG-V combustion analyzer and the significance of tube temperature monitoring in these processes. By leveraging advanced technologies like thermal imaging, industries can achieve decarbonization goals, improve combustion optimization, and mitigate the risks associated with tube failures.

The Thermox WDG-V Combustion Analyzer

The Thermox WDG-V combustion analyzer offers a comprehensive solution for optimizing combustion in various industrial applications. This instrument provides accurate measurements of excess oxygen, combustibles (CO+H2), and hydrocarbons in the process. It can even detect flame out events and measure hydrogen levels if present in the flue gas.

WDG-V Combustion AnalyzerBy utilizing the WDG-V analyzer, industries can enhance combustion optimization, leading to improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. The instrument's safety monitoring capabilities allow for the detection of incomplete combustion or fuel leaks. Additionally, its redundant diagnostics and SIL-2 Capable certification for excess oxygen and RTD Combustibles measurements ensure reliable and secure operation.

The WDG-V is designed with a close-coupled, extractive design, facilitating faster response times. This design, coupled with its ability to measure critical combustion parameters, makes it an ideal solution for decarbonizing SMR processes and other combustion systems.

Optimizing Combustion and Monitoring Tube Temperature for Safe and Efficient Processes

Tube Temperature Monitoring and Its Advantages in Combustion Optimization

In the context of SMR processes, tube temperature monitoring plays a crucial role in maintaining operational safety and efficiency. When implementing combustion optimization measures, such as reducing excess oxygen and increasing combustibles, a significant change occurs in the process.

With reduced excess oxygen levels in the flue gas, there are fewer inert gases flowing through the system, resulting in higher tube wall temperatures. This increase in temperature is a potential concern as it can lead to hotspots and tube failures, posing safety risks and causing operational inefficiencies.

To address this, accurate tube temperature monitoring becomes essential. By continuously monitoring tube wall temperatures with thermal imaging, industries can detect potential hotspots and identify areas at risk of leaks. Maintaining optimal tube temperature levels also helps prevent excessive carbon formation, which can negatively impact heat transfer and overall process efficiency.

Together, combustion analysis and thermal imaging of tube wall temperatures can empower operators to reduce emissions and monitor for safety while improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions

Topics: Analytical Solutions, AMETEK Process Instruments, Analyzer

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