What is the minimum residence time to consider that there is coke formed inside the drum (considering that all operation conditions are normal)?
If a heater trip occurs and the drum remains purging for a long period of time, what parameter should be analyzed to confirm if the combined feed can be aligned to the same drum, after heater normalization? Only drum temperature? Is there a reference value?
The conventional time to trigger a short run drum procedure varies around the industry but it is 4-6h as a general rule to ensure a reasonable bed of coke has been formed.
2nd question is very, very, very complicated. Things like position in cycle (start, middle, end), drum-in and out temperatures before the incident. Foaming and quenching problems are likely if not done properly…. proceed with caution. When in doubt, bypass and feed a new drum after lining out the heater.