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Solving common industry challenges with incinerator systems

Bill Norris,

Incineration systems and rotary kilns are commonly used by municipalities and large industrial facilities to safely dispose of solid, liquid, and gaseous wastes generated by their waste collection and production processes. Over time, waste constituencies, as well as the performance characteristics of system equipment, can change. Additionally, installed systems that are more than a few years old are often exposed to process conditions that were not addressed in the initial design stages.

These factors can lead to increased operating costs, increased maintenance, reduced equipment longevity, and reduced performance.

A recent solution designed by OBG helped to resolve these common industry challenges with incineration systems.

A proprietary incineration mass and energy balance software program

A major manufacturing facility was using a rotary kiln incinerator system to dispose of hazardous and non-hazardous solid, liquid, and gaseous wastes generated by their production processes. Over decades of use, the waste, equipment, and operating conditions of the system changed significantly, resulting in reductions in performance and capacity, while increasing operational costs.

To improve system performance and reduce operating costs, experts at OBG developed a detailed, user-friendly Incineration Mass and Energy Balance software program. This custom program models the complex, simultaneous combustion of solid, liquid, and gaseous wastes at the manufacturing facility and predicts the process conditions, performance, and operational costs associated with different system components. The program was vetted against performance data associated with the actual system.

The program successfully predicted the performance of the incineration system and proved that specific modifications reduced maintenance costs by as much as $1 million per year.

This program demonstrates that a periodic review of the operating conditions and characteristics of energy intensive waste incineration processes by knowledgeable experts can pay large dividends. Typically, such assessments and corresponding retro-commissioning projects have a short pay-back period. More importantly, such comprehensive assessments are a good way to mitigate regulatory risk and minimize unplanned down-time.

About Bill Norris: Bill Norris, a combustion, incineration, air pollution control and waste heat recovery expert at OBG, has 30 years of professional experience in the design, engineering, fabrication, installation, and operation of a wide variety of combustion, air pollution control, and waste heat recovery processes and systems. He has provided practical, mechanical and controls engineering for a wide variety of process equipment delivered to industrial, chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing clients.

Contact:
Bill Norris
William.Norris@obg.com
(302) 525-4255



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