Costly Mistakes to Avoid:
With Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers
March 1, 2009
With over 250 cumulative years of experience applying Air Abatement equipment to a variety of applications, Pro-Environmental Inc. has seen the potential pitfalls when designing these systems. The following is a list of common and costly mistakes made regarding this equipment:
- Inappropriate materials of construction, resulting in
corrosion and potential replacement of the equipment shell.
- Inaccurate or incomplete characterization of the process stream which
is the basis of design for the abatement equipment. This is especially
important with regards to chemical contamination such as chlorinated or fluorinated
- Selecting the wrong heat recovery media type resulting in system
- Insufficient heat exchanger efficiency, resulting in increased
- Poor maintenance on upstream particulate removal equipment, or lack
of particulate removal equipment in the process stream, resulting in early
replacement of RTO heat exchanger media.
- Compliance testing done at levels higher than
- Failure to install Oxidizer resulting in a Consent Decree and or
- Sizing system heat recovery for the peak conditions rather than for
- Failing to design adequate equipment capacity and finding out at start-up your actual air flow is higher than the design flow.