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Burner Capacity Curves

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#1 Sherif Morsi

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Posted 01 November 2019 - 09:53 AM



I calculated the total heat resulting from firing FG in a process heater by multiplying the total gas flow by the LHV of the gas

LHV = 949 Btu/SCF

Flow = 115,000 SCFH


Q1 = 109.14 MMBtu/hr


I also pulled out the capacity curve of the burners and at 11 psig gas pressure, the heat release per burner is 9 MMBtu/hr.

Q2 = 23 burners x 9MMBtu/hr = 207 MMBtu/hr


If I am not mistaken, capacity curves are for a specific gas composition and properties.


Why is there such a big difference between the two calculated values given that I am using the same gas properties? P.S: The FG Mol wt is 18 in the datasheet vs. actual Mol wt of 17.6 for the current FG used.




#2 breizh


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Posted 01 November 2019 - 09:58 PM

https://books.google... burner&f=false


Hi Sherif,


Consider the link above , better If you have a chance let you find this book (reference below) 


The John Zink Hamworthy Combustion Handbook: Volume 1 - Fundamentals


 Note : I found a value of HR # 4 MMBtu/h for methane at the # 11psig. Should not be very different from your gas specification ?  LHV # 910 BTU/scf .


Probably good to review your data .

My 2 cents



Edited by breizh, 03 November 2019 - 12:31 AM.

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