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November 2000


Advanced Control

Improve high-pressure polyethylene reactor control
Borealis A/S: Moen, O.

A multivariable, nonlinear approach provided significant benefits

Rotating Equipment

Optimize gas turbine-driven centrifugal compressors
Global Machinery Consultants Pty Ltd.: Saxena, M. N.

'Designed engineering' increases output by 100 - 500 kW


HP Control: The changing publishing biz
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Kane, L.

Most of you rely on technical trade magazines to keep up to date with technical developments and articles for improving plant operations. The buyout trend that has had a significant imp..

HP Reliability: Upgrade your compressor piston rods
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

For about the past ten years, the high-velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF) coating process has achieved commercial acceptance. After making inroads in gas turbine applications, these pure, dens..

HPInternet: Statistical review of world energy
Competitive Analysis Technologies: Crowley, B.

This may well be one of the most valuable sites on the Internet for the oil and gas industry (http://www.bp.com/worldenergy/). Today, it is still called the BP Amoco Statistical Review of ..

HP Water Management: What does deposit analysis mean?
MarTech Systems, Inc.: Huchler, L. A.

Inspecting waterside equipment is the best method to evaluate the effectiveness of your water treatment program. Deposits can form from contaminants in the water, treatment chemicals, p..

HP Automation Safety: One size does not fit all!
exida LLC: Marsza, E. M.

When selecting safety integrity levels (SILs) many engineers like to take a one size fits all approach. This is very common when selecting SILs for fired heaters. Many times I've heard,..

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

Global technology group ABB, Zurich, Switzerland, has agreed to form a joint venture with U.S. software developer SKYVA Int'l., a leading supplier of enabling software for collaborative commerce. ABB ..

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

Air Liquide America to build hydrogen facility inLouisiana Air Liquide America Corp. plans to build a new hydrogen facility in Geismar, Louisiana, to supply BASF, a key global customer of Ai..

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

Jet fuel production is at a record-setting pace, according to the American Petroleum Institute. Refineries have been running flat out to keep up with demand; utilization has been about 95%. As a resul..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Methanol market: what glut?
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

A recent conference from DeWitt & Co. assessed the global MTBE, oxygenates and methanol outlooks. Topics scrutinized possible outcomes from various U.S. and European governmental mandates. Speakers al..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Notes from annual ECC Conference
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Strategies for creating optimum business value was the theme presented to attendees of the 32nd Annual Engineering and Construction Contracting Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Sept. 28 - 29, 2..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Initiative for process industry practices details future plans
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

A recent meeting of the Process Industry Practices (PIP) initiative featured progress reports and strategic plans for continuing industry collaboration. Group members from around the world represented..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Report 'blows smoke' on diesel facts, says industry forum
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

A recent report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) entitled "Rolling Smokestacks" has prompted a critical response from the Diesel Technology Forum (DTF). Calling the report "highly imbalanc..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Future 'bright' for residue upgrading
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Demand for residue conversion units will continue to grow, according to a recent report by SRI Consulting's Process Economics Program. Growth is driven by increasing demand for transportation fuels an..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Study provides NA perspective on ozone
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Pollution controls established over the past 30 years to reduce the amount of ozone in the air are working, especially in some large urban areas. But some of the gains are being offset by increasing h..

HP Impact: HPImpact: European online equipment sales
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

As the Internet continues to rewrite the supply chain rulebook, product distribution within Europe's industrial equipment markets is on the verge of a fundamental shift. So says a new study by Frost &..

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Modern advanced control pays back rapidly: corrections In the September '00 article, "Modern advanced control pays back rapidly," by A. J. Taylor, T. G. laGrange and G. Z. Gous, the pro..


HPInformer, North America edition

Flo P. Stephens, Editor, Departments/International       Comments? Write: editorial@HydrocarbonProcessing.com AMETEK, Wilmington, Massachusetts, has acquired Roch..

Refining Processes 2000 - more 'pots and pans'
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Romanow, Stephany

Process technology is just like "pots and pans." An overwhelming number of options are readily available from many suppliers. Depending on local situations, users can pick and choose from various tech..

Control level under fouling conditions

Technique can be applied where level can be inferred by discrete measurements

Evaluating liquid distributors in hydroprocessing reactors

Quickly assess catalyst utilization of various tray designs and estimate the benefits of an internals revamp

Design considerations to prevent heat exchanger failure

Tests show the importance of relief system design and location

Applied artificial intelligence for delayed coking

Implement this real-time technology to improve process control results