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Practical Combustion for Fired Heaters (PB300)


Engineers, operators, maintenance, safety, training, and maintenance personnel as well as engineers and operators involved in the design, operation, and maintenance of fired heaters in various industries. No prior knowledge of combustion or fired heaters is required.


Led by leading experts from John Zink Hamworthy Combustion, Koch Engineered Solutions, and other professionals from the industry, this comprehensive training course covers all aspects of process burners and their impact to heater operation, from introductory theory to advanced diagnostic techniques. The course begins with Process Burner Fundamentals, providing participants with a solid understanding of the essential theory and practical application of process burners in fired heaters. Participants will then apply these basic concepts with the latest and most advanced diagnostics techniques for assessing burner and heater performance. Learners will achieve a good understanding of what causes burner flames to interact and the effect of having burners placed too close to each other and/or too close to the furnace walls or tubes and the impact that has on heater performance.

The course emphasizes safe process burner and heater operation, with time in the classroom learning the basics and hands-on burner operation in a test furnace at our world class test facility. Additionally, the course allows students to experience the science of optimizing reliability and performance in the life cycle of a fired heater. The learning includes practical approaches to performance monitoring, advanced operation, tube inspection, root cause failure analysis, reliability monitoring, risk assessment, and safety


Day 1

  • Combustion Fundamentals and Safety
  • Burner Fundamentals and Heater Operations
  • Test Procedures
  • Burner Spacing Optimization: Understanding
  • Burner Spacing for Ultra Low-NOx Burners

Day 2

  • Hands-on Burner Operation
  • Troubleshooting and Maintenance
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics: Predicting and Solving Combustion Operating Problems
  • Air Pollution Emissions: NOx, CO, and Particulate Matter

Day 3

  • Ethylene Cracking Furnaces: Basics of the Pyrolysis Process Heater and Burner Operation
  • Steam Methane Reforming: Introduction to the Reforming Process
  • Common Tube Damage Mechanisms
  • Screening Assessment for Tube Integrity

Day 4

  • Practical Applications of Infrared Thermometry
  • Heater Performance Monitoring Checklist
  • Examples of Key Performance Indicators
  • Risk and Root Cause Failure Analysis
  • Performance and Reliability Strategies


Each participant will receive a hardcopy of a color training manual of the course presentation, the JZHC Handbook Volume 1, 2 and 3, and a certificate of completion. Registration includes a continental breakfast and lunch daily and all-day complimentary beverages

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