Avoiding Furnace Overloading

Overloading a furnace can lead to excessive stack temperatures. To get the proper rate of heat transfer, combustion gases must remain in the heating chamber for the right amount of time. The natural tendency of an overloaded furnace is to run colder than optimal, unless the temperature is set artificially high. This causes the burners to operate at higher than normal firing rates, which increases combustion gas volumes. The higher gas flow rates and shorter time that the gas remains in the furnace causes poor heat transfer, resulting in higher temperatures of the flue gases. The increased volumes of higher temperature flue gases lead to sharply increased heat losses. Overly ambitious production goals might be met, but at the cost of excessive fuel consumption. The overload problem may be corrected by improving heat transfer or not operating in this mode to achieve ambitious production goals (US EPA, 2010. p. 26).

Development Status Products
Rolled steel

Avoiding Furnace OverloadingCosts & Benefits

Parent Process: Rolling Mills
Energy Savings Potential

Energy consumption per unit production will decrease. 

CO2 Emission Reduction Potential

CO2 reductions per unit production will decrease. 


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