Modelling of NOx emission from oil refinery furnaces.

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Title Modelling of NOx emission from oil refinery furnaces.
Author Mullins, Benjamin James; Braddock, Roger David; Agranovski, Igor E
Journal Name Environmental Modeling and Assessment
Editor Jerzy A. Filar
Year Published 2002
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Kluwer Academic Publishers
Abstract The current paper investigates the possibility of establishing an empirically based model for predicting the emission rate of nitrogen oxides (NO x ) from oil refinery furnaces, in order to continually track emissions with respect to environmental licence limits. Model input data were collected by direct stack monitoring using an electrochemical cell NO x analyser, as well as a range of telemetry sensors to obtain refinery process parameters. Principal Component Analysis (PCA), in conjunction with Partial Least Squares (PLS) regression was then used to build a series of models able to predict NO x emissions from the furnaces. The models produced were proven to be robust, with a relatively high accuracy, and are able to predict NO x levels over the range of operating conditions which were sampled. It was found that due to structural/operational variations a separate model is usually required for each furnace. The models can be integrated with the refinery operating system to predict NO x emission rates on a continuous basis. Two models representing structurally different furnaces are considered in this paper.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1015257211432
Volume 7
Issue Number 1
Page from 1
Page to 7
ISSN 1420-2026
Date Accessioned 2003-04-16
Date Available 2010-07-28T06:59:32Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Atmospheric Environment Research Centre
Faculty Faculty of Environmental Sciences
Subject PRE2009-Environmental Engineering Design
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/6701
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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