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Process Insights Hands-On Training

Mass Spectrometers, Calorimeters, and Total Sulfur- Operation and Maintenance Training for Flare, Fuel, and Process Gas Analyzers

Instructor: Chuck DeCarlo, Casey Letlow, Franek Olstowski

May 18th 8:00am - 12:00pm

Industrial mass spectrometers are fast, full-composition gas analyzers used for flare gas compliance, trace contaminants in air, and fence line monitoring. They continuously quantify hydrocarbons, sulfurs, air components, VOCs, and other chemicals in complex, dynamic samples. This course will cover all the basics of operation, maintenance and application. Come see the mass spec, learn hands-on how to calibrate and run an analysis, and perform a full PM.


Real-time Flare Control: A Mass Spectrometer’s Advantage

Instructor: Chuck DeCarlo

May 18th 1:00pm - 4:00pm

As refineries continue to optimize their approach to RSR 63.670 compliance, new regulations for flare emissions are set to hit a broad range of industries over the next five years. The goal is to ensure the destruction of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) prior to release into the atmosphere, but drastic changes in vent gas composition make controlling that efficiency difficult. Getting the full composition of the vent gas quickly allows operations to apply corrections as soon as possible. Flare gas mass spectrometers measure hydrogen, hydrocarbons, carbon oxides, sulfurs, moisture and various volatile organics. In addition to reporting concentrations, the Net Heating Value (NHV) can also be reported to the control system in seconds. Examples of real-life flaring events will be discussed along with comparisons of analytical techniques during those events.


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