Firebox explosion in a primary reformer furnace


  • R. E. Sparrow

    1. Western Co-operative Fertilizers Ltd., Calgary, Alberta T2P 2N 1, Canada
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    • Robert E. Sparrow is the process superintendent of the Nitrogen Division at Western Co-operative Fertilizers Limited in Calgary. He holds a B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering and a M.A. in Systems Engineering. He also has a doctorate in computer aided design from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. For the last ten years he has worked on process engineering design, technical and operational plant supervision. He is a member of the British Institute of Chemical Engineers.


Analysis of the incident with some practical considerations for reducing the risk.