Environment & Safety Gas Processing/LNG Maintenance & Reliability Petrochemicals Process Control Process Optimization Project Management Refining

April 2000


Computer Modeling/Control

Improve nonlinear soft sensing modeling by combining multiple models
Research Institute of Automation, East China University of Science and Technology: Yu, J.  |  Zhong, W.

FMM-based methods are shown to give better results

Management Guidelines/Standards

A look at the new ISO 9000:2000
Eagle Group USA, Inc.: Kitka, J.  |  Pearch, C.

Here are answers to questions such as: What’s the difference between the old and revised standard? Will it be more difficult to implement? Will it change the way a business is run?

Rotating Equipment/Reliability

Analyzing gear failures
Prager Inc.: DeLange, G.

Use this information to identify and eliminate problems


HP Control: Engineering merry-go-round
Crest Engineering: Lange, S.

Like many of you, I work for an engineering company (EC). I've worked for several, and whenever the company has lost a few proposals, the reason is (as always), "Our multiplier is too h..

HP Reliability: Good procedures have huge paybacks
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

A few years ago, a major petrochemical company modified the piping leading from their steam generator to a mechanical drive turbine inlet flange. They then disconnected the piping from ..

HPInternet: Oil Refinery Exercises
Competitive Analysis Technologies: Crowley, B.

If you operate in the downstream sector, you need to know about the core of our industry - the petroleum refinery. Because of the vast resources of the Internet and the fantastic work d..

HP Water Management: How do you measure boiler water carryover?
MarTech Systems, Inc.: Huchler, L. A.

Boiler water carryover occurs when water droplets become entrained in saturated steam. The quantity of water entrained in the steam is described as steam quality. Steam quality and ..

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

AEA Technology Engineering Software-Hyprotech Ltd. andDB Robinson & Associates Ltd. (DBR) have announced a strengthening of their long-term relationship to provide advanced thermodynamics to gas proce..

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

BP Amoco, Stavanger, Norway, has agreed withADB Systems to purchase its e-commerce solution. BP Amoco will be one of the first oil companies on the Norwegian Continental Shelf to start using a busines..

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

Lorne Bain has joined WorldOil.com as chairman, president and chief executive officer. WorldOil.com is the corporate parent of Hydrocarbon Processing magazine and other businesses of Gulf Publishing C..

HP Impact: HPImpact: EIA: gasoline price volatility to persist
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The Energy Information Administration submitted its analysis and outlook on the energy marketplace last month to a House subcommittee on energy and power. Here are highlights from the statement, prese..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Electronic procurement transactions to grow
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Worldwide shipments of e-procurement solutions (ePS) software are forecast to grow 10 times their present size. At $243 million in 1999, shipments are expected to reach $2.2 billion by year-end 2004. ..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Developments improve bimodal LLDPE
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Poor processability of first-generation linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) has prevented full penetration of this polymer into the high-pressure LDPE market. Significant catalyst and process deve..

HP Impact: HPImpact: 'New phase' begins for natural gas in North America
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

This decade marks "the next step forward" in the evolution of North America's natural gas industry. A study from Arthur Andersen and CERA characterizes the next 10 years as "a period of tremendous gro..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Sulfur standards reap big benefits
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

U.S. taxpayers have received a high return on their investment in measurement standards for fossil fuels. These saved $113 for every dollar spent, while enhancing environmental quality, according to a..

HP Impact: HPImpact: What's driving CAD/CAM, CAE growth?
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Plant and product design technology analysts at Daratech (Cambridge, Massachusetts) forecast that worldwide user spending for mechanical CAD/CAM, CAE software and services will top $6.6 billion in 200..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Thermoplastic elastomers: market opportunities
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Demand for thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) in the U.S. is forecast to increase 6.7%/yr to 1.4 billion pounds in 2003. This is a significant outpacing of gains in the general economy. Market research f..

HP Impact: HPImpact: U.S. air pollution control equipment market to rise 5.4%/year
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The value of VOC-related air pollution control (APC) equipment in the U.S. market totaled $3.3 billion in 1999, according to a recent Business Communications Co., Inc. study. That amount will rise to ..

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor
exida LLC: Goble, W.

Limitations of model predictive controllers Alan Hugo, author, is to be congratulated for his insightful article "Limitations of model predictive controllers," published in the January 2000 issue..


It's a gas
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Romanow, Stephany

Gas processing is this month's special report. HP's Gas Processes 2000 lists tried-and-true gas preparation techniques. It also debuts several newcomers. Traditionally, the gas processi..

HPIn Construction
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Stephens, F. P.

Flo P. Stephens, Editor, Departments/International       Comments? Write: editorial@Hydroc..

Use safety transmitters to reduce costs and improve reliability

Here’s how transmitters designed for critical use can save thousands of dollars and still provide a high level of plant safety and fewer false trips