Webinar Replay

Stop Guessing Your Heater Tube Creep Damage Rates

Quest Integrity, June 29, 2023

Webinar Overview

Fired heater tube integrity is a critical component in the optimization of the performance and reliability of fired heaters and reformers. Operators are trying to maximize production that may lead to operation in the tube's creep damage range. Since the on-line integrity of each individual tube must be monitored, achieving that optimum balance between a tube’s reliability and peak performance is difficult. Oftentimes, operational issues have led to one tube being pushed beyond its operating boundary resulting in an on-line creep rupture failure.

Inspectioneering teams up with Tim Hill, Principal Consultant at Quest Integrity to present a case study for a hot reformer catalyst tube that demonstrates how on-line creep damage rate may be monitored, utilizing infrared thermometry, allowing the reformer’s production rate to be optimized with off-line creep damage measurement and assessment. A complete operating period that includes a short-term upset will be discussed. Attendees will take away infrared thermometry best practices that may be used at their facility.

About the Speaker

Tim Hill, Principal Consultant at Quest Integrity, is a Mechanical Engineer and Principal Consulting Engineer for Quest Integrity Group with 30 plus years' experience. He has extensive experience in evaluation of thermal processes, fired heater operation and maintenance, risk assessment, root cause failure analysis, and life assessment for fired heater equipment in the petrochemical, refining, and power generation sectors. For 10 years, Tim was responsible for the operation and reliability of all fired heaters in a major U.S. refinery. During this period, he developed and implemented effective reliability management tools covering operation, maintenance, inspection, and risk assessment.

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