Troubleshooting identifies, solves operating problems

Successful troubleshooting combines a thorough understanding of the process and equipment, application of chemical engineering basics to problem solving, and good field techniques and data interpretation skills. Troubleshooting often fails due to faulty, incomplete, and misleading numbers.This article reviews three case histories that demonstrate successful troubleshooting:Operational instability in a petrochemical tower due to a faulty reboiler conversion.Off-specification petrochemical tower operations due to fouling and an out-of-level distributor.Control instability on a stab-in reboiler on a petrochemical plant deisobutanizer due to improper design.Malfunctioning reboiler loop Click...

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