Primary Syngas Reformer

Steam reforming of hydrocarbons into hydrogen is an important and established step in the ammonia manufacturing process. Accurate temperature monitoring is critical in the operation of reformer tubes to prolong equipment life and ensure process efficiency.

Excess temperatures can seriously reduce the lifespan of the steam reformer tube, while conservative operating temperatures reduce plant efficiency. Fixing thermocouples to the tubes is impractical as the thermocouple lifespan is also reduced by high heat. Infrared technology is better, but still must overcome problems of emissivity, wavelength and reflections.

High-precision, reliable measurements of the reformer tubes or furnace support your process controls to maintain the optimal process temperature. This prolongs reformer tube lifetime and produces significant savings from energy efficiency. 

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INDUSTRY GUIDE
Steam Reformer Tube Wall Temperature Measurement GuideSTEAM REFORMER TUBE WALL TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT GUIDE

Steam reforming is widely used in the hydrocarbon processing industries for the production of important gases, particularly hydrogen, methanol and ammonia. The steam reforming process uses a huge furnace which heats a large number of tubes containing a catalyst. When steam and natural gas are passed through the tubes, over the catalyst, a catalytic reaction occurs that produces the synthetic gas (syngas) made up of hydrogen and carbon monoxide. This syngas is used to produce the desired product. 
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