Fired Process Heaters

Focus on Design, Operation and Reliability

Duration: 13 Hours
Course Instructor

Nicholas Bohensky

$ 2028
Discounts: We offer a 10% group discount when you register 2 or more attendees (up to 10). Contact us for groups over 10.

Course description

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Fired process heaters (also known as fired heaters, process heaters, furnaces, process furnaces, and direct-fired heaters) are critical pieces of equipment in petroleum refineries, petrochemical plants, chemical plants, and other industrial process facilities where providing heat to a process fluid at elevated temperature levels is required. They are a major consumer of energy in such facilities, and their proper operation is integral to their safety, reliability, production capacity, and profitability.

This training will provide insight to the design parameters and limitations of both thermal/ hydraulic and mechanical/structural design of fired process heaters and ancillary equipment (burners, fans, air preheaters, etc.). Additional major topics include instrumentation and controls, operations and troubleshooting, mitigation of emissions/corrosion/fouling, and revamping/modification. Techniques for specification development and proposal/design evaluation also will be discussed. The course will be taught in interactive lecture format, with roundtable discussions for certain topics.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the thermal and hydraulic principles of fired heater and ancillary equipment design and operation
  • Explain the structural and mechanical aspects and limitations of fired heaters and ancillary equipment
  • Analyze and troubleshoot fired heater performance
  • Apply techniques for safe operation, to improve efficiency, and to minimize emissions, corrosion, and fouling
  • Evaluate options for fired heater modifications and revamps
  • Create specifications
  • Evaluate proposals and designs
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The course would be valuable to professionals working with fired process heaters in the petroleum refining, petrochemical, chemical and related industries, such as:

  • Process Engineers/Designers
  • Mechanical Engineers/Designers
  • Heat Transfer Engineers/Designers
  • Project Engineers/Managers
  • Maintenance Personnel
  • Operators
  • Those involved in design, specification, and retrofitting of fired heaters

Course Instructor


Nicholas Bohensky

Manager-Process, Wood Foster Wheeler Fired Heaters

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