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Green Liquor: Recausticizing
Who was the Recausticizing Plant?
A former Nekoosa Packaging Corporation in Valdosta, Georgia, USA, needed to eliminate hammering and scaling problems exhibited by existing green liquor heater.
What Recausticizing Issues Were They Facing?
Nekoosa has been using an externally modulated direct contact steam heater, mass steam flow rate was controlled by varying the pressure of the steam with an external control valve. The resulting pressure variations of the steam resulted in a reduced range of stable operation. When the heater was operating outside the limited range of stability, the heater exhibited severe hammering and vibration with consequent damage to internal components.
Solutions Using a Hydroheater
Hydro-Thermal engineers installed the K414AN Hydroheater prior to the slaker in order to precisely control temperature and maximize the conversion efficiency of slaked lime.
Installed in 1989, the mill reported that all hammering and vibration had been eliminated. The temperature of the green liquor had been precisely maintained at 190°F [87.8°C], and the Hydroheater has operated without scaling or fouling.
Update: Regular maintenance can provide years of service even in a corrosive environment. The mill carries a spare heater for easy swapout and uses a 2-3 year rebuild schedule to replace internal wear components. The current heater is on the fourth rebuild and has been in operation for 12 years.
Goal of Recausticizing Case Study
• Eliminate hammering and scaling
• Achieve stable operation
• Reduce maintenance
• Consistent stable operation
• Eliminated scaling and hammer
• Heater has been in operation for 12 years
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