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Furnace Refractory Fundamentals (PB158)

Designed For:

Engineers, operators, maintenance and training personnel responsible for refractory specification, reliability and maintenance in high-temperature fired process heaters.

Course Overview:

This course provides introductory knowledge of high temperature furnace refractory lining principles and refractory used for burner tiles. Discussion includes furnaces similar to ethylene, hydrogen reformers, ammonia reformers, steam superheaters and EDC/VCM cracking furnaces. This one-day course examines the basics of selection, design, installation and maintenance of a broad range of refractory materials. Current best practices for brick, ceramic fiber, cast and gunned materials will be discussed.

Students will be introduced to the Three Keys to Reliability for refractory installations. Examples of best practices will be shown, as well as examples of failures observed in a variety of service conditions. Participants are encouraged to bring specific examples and questions based on their own operations for group and one-on-one discussions.


Some Topics Covered During the Course:

  • Plant Performance and Industry Standards
  • Refractory Material Selection Criteria
  • Comparison of Various Ceramic Fiber Systems
  • Hot-Face Coating and Rigidizer
  • Bullnoses, Transitions, Peephole Tiles and Door Plugs
  • Burners Tiles, Penetration Seals, Maintenance Considerations


This course is eligible for 0.7 CEUs.


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*Please contact the Institute Administrator for more information on this course.