Maintenance & Reliability

Industry Perspectives: HP Awards—Honoring the industry’s best

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In late June, Hydrocarbon Processing announced the finalists for its third annual awards.

Reliability: Find the cause of black oil in pump bearing housings

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

While on consulting assignments, observant reliability engineers often uncover (or rediscover) failure initiators that their long-departed colleagues experienced years ago.

Advantages of using TDL analyzers for safety monitoring in combustion within HPI applications

Jenkins, R., Servomex

From refining to chemical production processes, heaters play an essential role in hydrocarbon processing applications.

Projects as programs: A vision for long-term project success

Scofield, R., Solvay

Process industries across the globe grapple with producing dozens or even hundreds of different products.

Refinery revamp opportunities with welded plate heat exchangers

Kauders, P., CDE Projects Ltd.; Broad, R., GESMEX Exchangers GmbH

The plate-and-shell (P&S) heat exchanger has three significant advantages over the shell-and-tube (S&T) type traditionally used in refinery processes.

Fatigue damage assessment of coke drums based on temperature monitoring

Soare, M., Minea, I-S., Predoi, M. V., Bunesco, C., Diba, C., Nuclear NDT Research & Services Srl

Coke drums are expensive equipment with a long manufacturing cycle, so a realistic and accurate life prediction can save significant time and money.

Asset life assessment: A strategic reliability tool for the process industries

Pyne, T., Reliability and Asset Strategy Specialist

Asset life assessment (ALA) has become a strategic tool for process plants (e.g., petrochemical, chemical, and oil and gas) to determine the extent of degradation and the ability of assets to bear static and dynamic loads while sustaining the desired production processes.

Best options for a reboiler revamp

Pramanik, R., Srinath, N. R., Fluor Daniel India

It is always a challenge to reconfigure and resize existing reboilers, especially vertical thermosiphon ones, for the revised design and operating conditions of a brownfield project, since hydraulics external to the reboiler must match the reboiler hydraulics under the revamped conditions to ensure trouble-free operation.

Benefits of close-coupled flush rings

Ambacher, A., AS-Schneider

The chemical industry uses flush rings for diaphragm seals.

Address measurement uncertainty in pipelines and storage

Robson, B., TUV SUD

How would you measure the volume of a can of soup? The height should work, but what about diameter? Or, you can possibly just trust what the manufacturer has told you on the label.