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Case Study - The Use of Infrared Thermography to Inspect and Monitor Process Heater Tubes
Process heaters are a critical component in the refining of crude oil. Similar in construction to a steam boiler, process heaters are used to heat crude oil by passing it through steel tubes located within the firebox of the furnace. Critical to the safe and efficient operation of the furnace is the operating temperature of tubes within the furnace. By using a thermal imager designed specifically for infrared inspections of operating heater tubes, it is possible to perform quantitative infrared inspections and monitor temperature of tubes within an operating furnace. This paper will discuss the application of thermography for process heater tubes and share insights from a project where thermographic monitoring was employed on a daily basis to help ensure safe operation of an operating crude furnace.
In general, hot spots within electrical systems are indicative of problems such as loose connections or overloaded circuits. For some electrical components, high temperature operation is normal and an infrared imager can be used to help ensure that these devices are functioning.
Keysight Technologies Launches IR Thermography Scholarship Program
Keysight Technologies, Inc. recently announced a scholarship program for infrared thermographers. Clients who purchase a new TrueIR imaging radiometer qualify for an Infraspection Institute Certified Infrared Thermographer® training course at a discounted price of $545 – a savings of $1150.
Thermal image shows three operating outboard engines. Cool spot on center engine caused by inoperative alternator. Taken by Charles Hazouri, this thermal image was the 1st Place winner - Mechanical Category in the annual Image Contest held during the IR/INFO 2015 Conference.