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In this section of the site contributing authors submit interesting articles relating to the various services, industries and research & development efforts of Becht Engineering.

Fired Heater Risk Ranking - Owners Can Mitigate Risks Of Operation

...by Eileen Chant and Abby KingFired heaters are critical equipment items in the process industries and are often overlooked since they don’t fit nicely into a single category of equipment or existing programs in the same way a pump or pressure vessel does. Safe and reliable operation is essential to avoiding adverse health, safety, and environmental consequences. Poor heater conditions and plant practices can increase the risk of a loss of containment (LOC) event, potentially resulting in fire and/or explosion. This can also increase the likelihood of plant personnel being exposed to hazardous situations when starting and operating the heater, or when responding to emergencies. Plants should look for opportunities for improved operations, inspections and maintenance to mitigate the risks associated with the operation of fired heaters.The risk-based approach described is used to identify potential threats to health and safety during operation by assigning a risk to each identified credible failure....
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Guest — Ken Lamb


Input from the Fired Heater design firm and assessment of records from manufacturing and installation of the furnace can be quite ... Read More
Saturday, 17 August 2019 08:33
Abby King


Ken, Thanks for reading and leaving a comment! We agree that the original design and as-built documentation is an important data... Read More
Thursday, 22 August 2019 16:31
Guest — Steve Lancaster

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Great article! I would have added a little stronger statement about the site visit, though. You said, "Although it is not always... Read More
Monday, 12 August 2019 10:33
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