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    Ok- here’s another post to collect dust.  I am curious as to whether there might be a connection between the higher furnace temperatures experienced during O2 enrichment and an increase in deposit accumulation in the waste heat boiler tubes?  For those of you with O2 enrichment, do you find any deposits inside your tubes during turnarounds?  If so, do you know what the composition is or have you analyzed them with a SEM?   Has anyone experienced dusting problems on startup after replacing the furnace refractory?
    As usual there are always more questions than answers.

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    Jeanne rameau

    Petebfhr, I have been racking my brains over this, but there are a lot of unknowns. Maybe it’s residual particles off repaired/replaced refractory, Upstream corrosion, or poor combustion.

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    Pete Bisila

    Thanks for the reply, SRS. From what we are hearing anyway, it appears to be quite rare to foul a waste heat boiler in a sulfur plant. I guess that makes us ‘special’, and not in a good way.  It could be a collection of debris left behind at startup from the refractory repair in which case we hope to not see that again for twenty plus years.  My fear is that it is somehow coming from the process under the right combination of flame temp in the furnace and composition of the acid gases.  There is a large body of literature around the formation of fly ash and coal slag in coal-fired boilers that relate flame temp and mineral content of the coal to fouling potential.  We have all the mineral components of fly ash in our refractory and in deposits found in the acid gas lines and amine systems.  What we don’t know is how they get there and why haven’t we had problems in the past.

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