In partnership with Oilpro: Oilfield Production Equipment, NRG Process Solutions designed and supplied S.A.I.T. Polytechnic with one of our NRGMAX "Packed" Treaters. It is a 42" x 10' x 100psi (model 4210100).
How it Works
When the emulsion comes in through the inlet, it goes through the inlet schroud, which directs the free water and emulsion around the firetube. This ensures the burner capacity is only used to heat the oil emulsion, which makes it highly efficient. During the process, the majority of the gas is stripped off through the gas dome. The entrained gas is allowed to break out in the mid-section, which leaves the rear section 100% flooded. The water settles to the bottom while the cleaner, dryer oil rises to the top and spills over the weir. The oil then travels down the NRGMAX Water Valve and disperses into the packed, seconday treating section of the treater. The cleaner, dryer oil will rise to the top and exit out the oil collector pipe. This treater is highly effective in tight emulsions and lower API applications; although S.A.I.T is using clean fry oil to demonstrate to students how it works.
New Firetube Technology Installed
The BTUMAX Thermal Syphon Tube Heat Exchanger is installed in place of a traditional firetube. This firetube is currently patent pending and is the first of its kind to be installed. This heat exchanger fits into the standard oval shape of a traditional firetube opening. However, it utilizes more surface area for flame to contact than the industry standard style firetube. We expect this new design can offer as much as a 50% increase in available BTUs.
The design also incorporates vertical tubes that circulate the fluid via the principle of thermal syphon and thus adding a new process to the treating of fluid. This also increases the heat exchange process even more. The circulation is done without the use of a pump. This process means dynamic heat exchange is utilized as opposed to static heat exchange.