Operability Considerations for Retrofit Design of Industrial Process Energy Systems
Licentiate thesis, 2018
This thesis presents an investigation of operability considerations for heat integrations retrofit proposals. The study is based on a theoretical framework, a qualitative evaluation and a model-based analysis of the consequences for operation of the process utility steam system. The theoretical framework was developed through a literature review and an analysis of possible operability effects through process implications resulting from increased heat integration. This framework was used to design heat exchanger network retrofit proposals that included selected operability issues at a case study oil refinery. The retrofit proposals were evaluated in an interview study with engineers at the oil refinery. The effect of the retrofit proposals on the steam system was analysed using a steam system model.
The results indicate that it is valuable to take process aspects into consideration at an earlier design stage when designing heat exchanger network retrofits for increased heat integration. If operability, non-energy benefits, practical implementation issues and utility systems are considered in an early design stage, several issues can be avoided and large benefits could be achieved for the process.
Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Energy Technology, Energy Technology 1
A Steam Utility Network Model for the Evaluation of Heat Integration Retrofits – A Case Study of an Oil Refinery
Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems,; Vol. 5(2017)p. 560-578
Investigating operability issues of heat integration for implementation in the oil refining industry
ECEEE Industrial Summer Study Proceedings,; (2016)p. 495-503
Paper in proceedings
Marton, S., Svensson, E., Harvey, S. Operability and Technical Implementation Issues Related to Heat Integration Measures – Interview Study at an Oil Refinery in Sweden
Chemical Process Engineering
Areas of Advance
Chalmers University of Technology