June 2, 2005 at 8:57 am #4346
We have a plugged heater tube that is plugged with tar and coke. We are trying to prepare the heater for pigging by hydroblasting the tube. We are also detergasal washing it to try to clear it of the tar. Is there a better way? Any suggestions?
June 3, 2005 at 3:12 am #7798
I suppose you are talking of more than one tubes. Does it have only plugs or does it have bends like modern DCU furncaces do ?
Pigging is effective in case of straight tubes but faces difficulties at return bends/headers. We have earlier done turbining (a mechanical turbine operating on compressed air) and switched to steam-air decoking some twenty years back. Only problem with S/A decoking that it makes the un-opened plugs loose as well. At present some Cos. claim to clean any tube with hydrojet blasting operating on principle of hydrokinetics – basically different vibration range for metal tubes & deposits along with high pressure water jet. They claim to clean heater tubes as well along with condensers etc. I do not have any 1st hand experience with their heater cleaning. An net search with hydrokinetics may give you some direction.
‘Hope it helps
June 3, 2005 at 9:59 am #7797
In what you are describing you are approaching the problem in the best manner. As long as there is a plug in the tube you are unable to pig. Once there is a open passage through the furnace pass and a positive water flow has been established then pigging can commence. To remove the tar from the pass once the plug has been removed an option is to steam the unit out before pigging.
June 3, 2005 at 10:55 am #7796
As my good friend Roman explained, steam is a very good option, but an even more efficient method is to inject a chemical with the steam (vapor phase cleaning). This not only quicker, but breaks up any of the residual pitch that may be left in the heater. This is a good idea when preparing for ANY pigging project. Pitch / tar is the real ‘killer’ of a successful pigging operation.
Pigging technology today is such that u-bends and plug headers ‘normally’ do not pose a problem as Chakra mentioned in an earlier posting. The only time that we have trouble negotiating plug headers is when they are of the ‘rolled’ variety, and even some of these are piggable.
Good luck with your tube blockage issue. If we cn be of any assistance, please call.
Pinnacle Pigging Systems
1-403-341-9034 (Linc cellular)
June 3, 2005 at 11:18 pm #7795
I did look up hydrokinetics on the net. There is a company nearby that does this process. We are probably near completion with the hydroblasting by now but this hydrokinetic process may be a good option to look at the next time. Thanks for the advise!
July 18, 2005 at 1:01 am #7760
call chris Boase he is with ICE they should be able to help you out
1 713 292 8265
July 18, 2005 at 10:14 pm #7759
Depending on the situation on the plugged tube there are a couple of ways to address this. If a plug header configuration the plugs can be removed. If u bend this is more difficult. Hydro Lazing, Aqua drill can be used with limitations.Last resort is to cut. Let me know if I can assist. Roman Korpus D.D.Technology Fired Heater Pigging 713-206-6112
November 30, 2005 at 1:01 am #7711
Could you let me know how effective is Decoking via Hydrokinetics Cleaning on Coker Units?
May 12, 2011 at 11:19 pm #5105
I thought you have done the best，I may have a try the idea you told above.thanks!
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