PDH regeneration air heaters must operate reliably through extreme gas velocities, high heat releases of up to one billion Btu/hr, fuel composition variations, temperature/pressure fluctuations, and more. Zeeco’s robust vessel, burner, and mounting system designs deliver dependable results in harsh conditions and provide lower emissions, improved reliability, and flexibility for the long term.
Equipment Built to Withstand Extremes
PDH heaters are critical components in chemical plants, and a shutdown due to heater problems can easily cause massive production losses. ZEECO® PDH air heaters can generate high heat release over a wide variety of fuel gas compositions, making them a flexible choice for chemical processing plants. Designed through the use of advanced Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and extensive Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling and field-proven in numerous installations, Zeeco’s PDH air heaters set the industry standard for reliable performance. From vibration challenges to air turbulence within the vessel, Zeeco’s experienced team has met the challenges of PDH air heaters head-on.
The PDH process generates propylene from a propane feedstock through the catalytic conversion of propane into propylene and hydrogen. Large single train capacities for these process units require extremely high heat release from the air heater for continuous regeneration of the offline reactor beds. That’s why Zeeco’s PDH air heaters are housed in a vessel we specifically engineered to withstand the high operating pressures and temperatures required by the process. The heat inputs are supplied by an array of ZEECO DB-series duct burners that deliver even heating across the entire cross-section of the air stream.
Standard Design Features
DB-series duct burners for even heating, reliable performance, and high heat release
Fires reliably on varied fuel compositions
Designed for lower emissions • Designed so that operators can minimize pressure drops
Designed to ensure optimal temperature homogenization at the outlet of the heater
Proprietary internal mixing devices for even heat distribution
Refractory material selection and mechanical design provides strong, abrasion-resistant lining
Engineered to minimize and withstand known PDH process challenges such as equipment vibration and refractory cracking
ZEECO AR/GS pilots installed on each burner assembly for reliable ignition