Flashback Protection Equipment
Hero Flare offers flashback protection equipment that is designed to provide maximum protection to your flare system from a catastrophic event occurring. For those flaring applications such as tank vapors and loading terminals where air infiltration into the flare gas header is most likely to occur, flashback (also known as burnback) is always a potential.
Flashback occurrences take place too often due to inadequate protection.
Above pictures are from actual flashback/burnback occurrences in the field
What is flashback? Most flaring applications consist of a closed piping system where air infiltration is not likely to enter into the flare gas header. However, for applications such as tank vapors and loading terminals the system is not a closed system and often air enters into the flare gas header piping and mixes with the hydrocarbon vapors. This air and hydrocarbon mixture produces a combustible mixture and therefore is exposing your system to potential flashback. Whereas under low flow conditions, the flame on the flare will begin to burnback into the flare stack and ultimately make it's way to your tanks if the proper safe guards are not in-place.
Historically flame arrestors have been used in the industry to act as a barrier to prevent the flame from reaching the tanks. However, flame arrestors are only designed to withstand the flashback / burnback for a short amount of time before the flame arrestor element is damaged. Once the flame arrestor element is damaged (typically occurs in 10 to 15 minutes) your system is no longer protected until the flame arrestor element is replaced.
The Hero Flare Flashback Suppression System (FSS) is designed to suppress the combustible mixture so that the flashback is extinguished within 1 to 2 minutes. The FSS system not only protects your system from flashback, it also saves the flame arrestor element from becoming damaged, which will save you a lot of money and downtime. Download Brochure
- Self-supported control rack
- 12VDC battery/solar powered system
- Painted NEMA 4 control panel includes:
- On/Off selector switch
- Test Pushbutton
- Flashback Indicator Light
- Suppression Medium Gas Controls
Simple Controls System to Minimize Maintenance While Maximizing Safety!