Hot Tube Stabilization
Stabilizing Process Tubes during Furnace Operation
Relying upon Hot-tek’s 35+ years’ experience in on-line fired heater repairs, Hot-tek can stabilize process tubes while the fired heater is in full operation.
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Failed Tube Supports
Occasionally, tube supports (wall and roof) in the radiant section of process heaters fail allowing the process tubes to potentially get out of alignment (sagging or bowing) or even worse, rupturing.
Hot-tek has developed an on-line repair service to stabilize the process tubes while the heater is still in full operation.
Stabilizing the Tube
The stabilizer can either be supplied by the customer or fabricated by Hot-tek. The typical metallurgy of tube supports is HK40 (or similar). More frequently than not, this material can be difficult to source in a short period of time. If HK40 is available, it will be utilized; otherwise 310SS is the next best candidate for the stabilizer material.
Utilizing proprietary procedures, Hot-tek will:
- make a penetration in the vicinity of the failed tube support
- insert the stabilizer
- weld the stabilizer in place
- replace the refractory
- replace the external steel shell in the repair area
It is important to note that the process tube will not return to its original location. Necessary process tube inspection and hanger replacement should be completed at the next available turnaround.
Safety is the most important factor in performing this type of repair. Hot-tek has performed hundreds of on-line services without any accidents/incidents.