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Processing Equipment: Nix Nozzle Nightmares

Don’t forget to check nozzle locations when altering towers

By Andrew Sloley, Contributing Editor
Feb 8, 2016

Modifying the internal layout of vessels can prompt unexpected problems. For example, after one plant switched the existing trays in a steam stripper from one-pass to two-pass in a quest for higher capacity, the tower didn’t work correctly. Several different problems seemed to occur as operators changed operating pressures as well as steam and product rates in an attempt to make the unit work.

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