Investigation of damage and repair of a 1000 MTD horizontal ammonia converter

Authors

  • Subir Rao,

    1. Sherritt Gordon Mines Ltd., Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada
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    • Subir Rao is a Senior Production Engineer in Sherritt Gordon Mines Limited's Ammonia II Plant, located at Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada. He has been associated with design, construction, and start-up of this plant. He received his Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.) Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India and M.A.SC Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

  • R. C. A. (Bob) Wilttzen,

    1. Sherritt Gordon Mines Ltd., Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada
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    • R. C. Wiltzen is the Area Maintenance Superintendent for Fertilizer II operation of Sherritt Gordon Mines Limited at Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada. He is responsible for coordinating all aspects of maintenance of the Ammonia-Urea Complex. He has been in this capacity since start up of this complex in 1983.

  • Wesley Jacobs

    1. The M. W. Kellogg Company, Houston, Texas
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    • Wes Jacobs is Manager of the Mechanical Engineering Division at M. W. Kellogg's Houston Operating Center. He is responsible for heat exchange, vessel and tank designs engineered by Kellogg. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Cornell University and is a member of ASCE and ASME. He is registered in New York State, Texas and the Province of British Columbia.


Abstract

An operational upset caused by a diapharagm failure in the high pressure casting of the synthesis gas compressor resulted in major pressure/flow surges in the synthesis loop.

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