Catalyst Breakage in Reformer Tubes
by Gerard B. Hawkins, Managing Director at GBH Enterprises, Ltd., Catalyst Process Technology Consultancy on Jul 31, 2013
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Catalyst breakage is a well known phenomena that occurs during operation and transients such as reformer trips, whether this be due to,
• Normal in service breakage,
• Breakage due to carbon formation/removal,
• Breakage due to steam condensation or carry over,
• Breakage during a trip.
The effect of catalyst breakage can be observed in a number of ways,
• Hot bands,
• Speckling and giraffe necking,
• Catalyst breakage and settling.
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