May 1998


Special Report: Terminals and Distribution

Improve automatic tank gauging of floating roof tanks
Myers, P. E., Chevron Products Co.

Seal friction causes inaccuracies. Here are some recommendations for better measurements

Heat Transfer

Heat-flux imbalances in fired heaters cause operating problems
Martin, G. R., Process Consulting Services, Inc.

Use pass flowrates and outlet temperatures to identify inefficient performance


HP Control: Controversy in control - a sequel
Bosler, W. H., Texas Consultants

Editor's note: The following is in response to my March '98 column, "Controversy in control," which requested input from our readers on controversial issues. Fieldbus Foundation. Apparently the Intern..

HP Reliability: Are electric motor efficiency improvements worth the price?
Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

At Gulf Publishing's Fifth International Process Plant Reliability Conference in 1996, Lincoln Electric's Jean Revelt provided valuable insight on electric motor efficiency. Having spent 40+ years in ..

HPInternet: Finding an HPI job the Internet way
Crowley, B., Competitive Analysis Technologies

We will take an entirely different direction this month with a review of Internet sites for job seekers. At some point in our careers, we all consider throwing in the towel and looking for another job..

HPIn SHE: The other side of the fence
Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

In one of my lectures on process maintainability, I describe a plant complex: It has storage for large quantities of fuel, lubricants and explosives, all in close proximity; a nuclear power plant; a s..

HPIn Processing: Clean fuels update
Nakamura, D. N., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Last month in the "Editorial," I discussed the new low-sulfur proposal presented by a coalition of U.S. refiners. I mentioned that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was due to release a d..

HPIn Competitiveness: Plant availability-based business simulation
Lamb, R. G., Cost Control Systems, LLC

What if manufacturing plant designers omitted process simulation from the engineering approach? Would it be good business to own such a plant? This is how reliability and maintenance is being tackl..

HPInformer: HPInformer, International edition
Stephens, F. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Aspen Technology, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts, a leading provider of Smart Manufacturing software and services for the process industries, has completed the acquisition of Contas Process Control S...

HPInformer: HPInformer, North America edition
Stephens, F. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Cooper Industries, Inc., Houston, Texas, has completed its acquisition of INTOOL, Houston, Texas, a division of Global Industries Technologies, Inc. for $217.5 million. INTOOL, Cooper's third addition..

HP Construction: HPIn Construction
Roberson, M., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Tosco looks to Nooter to complete turnaround Connecticut-based Tosco chose Nooter Construction to perform a critical fluid catalytic cracker unit (FCCU) turnaround at the company's Trainer, Pennsyl..

HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The National Petroleum Refiners Association has changed its name to the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association. While the NPRA acronym remains, according to the organization, "the name change e..

HP Impact: HPImpact: CMAI conference petrochemical outlook
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The worldwide outlook for petrochemicals was addressed at the Chemical Market Associates, Inc. (CMAI) 13th annual World Petrochemical Conference. This year's meeting, April 1 – 2, in Houston, Tex..

HP Impact: HPImpact: DeWitt conference petrochemical outlook
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The economic supply / demand forecast is varied for different HPI market segments. Recent presentations at the annual DeWitt & Co. Petrochemical Review conference, April 1 – 2, Houston, Texas, co..


What is the HPI’s safety status?
Kletz, T. A., Consultant

As an industry, has the HPI made great progress? What areas need improvement? These are some of the issues we put before Trevor Kletz, a renowned process safety consultant. Dr. Kletz has authored many..