This week's Chemical E-Book topic highlight is: Flare Stacks.
Waste streams consisting of gases and other unknown substances are collected from various chemical processes and sent to the flare stack for destruction.
Continuous monitoring of the waste stream is necessary to identify the minimum heating value and ensure proper combustion efficiency of the stack. In addition, by identifying the minimum heating value it can be determined whether the waste stream can be used as a standalone fuel source.
For a more detailed look at this application, check out this case history:
A chemical company uses flare stacks to dispose of the waste products collected from its various chemical processes. The waste gas stream can be used to supplement the fuel supply that operates their flare stacks. But they must identify the minimum heating value of the waste stream to determine whether it can be used as a standalone fuel source or whether it needs to be blended with a constant fuel source, natural gas.
- They chose to continuously monitor with the CalorVal BTU analyzer because t has the ability to accurately measure the direct BTU content of the varying waste gas stream, measure in real-time and has a quick response. This solution optimizes their fuel savings and allows them to meet EPA guidelines.