Optimal Design of Flare Height Considering Safe Pollution Levels in Neighboring Areas
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1Department of Chemical Engineering, AmirKabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic)
2Department of Chemical Engineering, AmirKabir University of Technology
The flare height is an important design parameter that has a direct impact on the economics of the plant, safety of the plant workers, and in particular, the health of the people living in some distance from the plant. The latter is especially true in industrial areas, where many flares concentrated in a small region contribute to a greater amount of pollution released to neighboring towns or cities. The flare designer must take all the above-mentioned factors into account, a task which is not trivial using traditional tools, especially in case of complex terrains. In this work, an optimization framework is proposed for systematic design of the heights of flares scattered over a certain area so that the flares cost is minimized, and at the same time, the safe radiation and pollution levels are met. Two case studies are presented to both motivate the subject and demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed framework in handling optimal flare height design problems.