January 2000

Maintenance and Retrofitting

Guidelines aid troubleshooting

Here are facts and fallacies related to selecting, installing, operating and maintaining a variety of plant equipment

Goyal, O. P., Visiting Faculty, Mumbai University Institute of Chemical Technology

Equipment problems adversely affect product quality and quantity, business profitability, and personnel, plant and equipment safety. Moreover, these problems can affect the various environmental aspects of the manufacturing operations. For a hydrocarbon processing plant, the basic areas that require troubleshooting are largely related to the process and/or equipment. Compiled here are technical guidelines and facts and fallacies related to some selected processes and equipment that cause most problems. Piping. Many chemical plant problems pertain to fluid flow systems such as double-phase flow, compressible fluids, sewer systems, distribution networks and cooling water recirculation

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