October 2002


Special Report: Plant Safety and Reliability

Improve estimations for dynamic pressure waves from an explosion
Suri, S. A. K., Chowdhury, I., Petrofac International Ltd.

Using a polar coordinate system, engineers can estimate risks on buildings and structures during the design phase

Improve facility SIS performance and reliability
Summers, A., Zachery, B., SIS-Tech Solutions, LLC

Use solenoids to partial stroke test block valves

Operator maintenance - key to reducing breakdowns
Iyer, K. R., Reliance Industries Ltd.

Here are the benefits and implementation procedures

Pregrouted baseplates reduce installation time and costs
Hasselfeld, R., Jacobs Engineering; Korkowski, Flowserve Pump Division

Improving pump reliability is another benefit

Critical situation management – avoid the pitfalls
Ayral, T., INOVx Solutions; Anderson, R. C., Genysm Corporation

Guidelines are based on over 50 projects

Improving reliability of chemical processing facilities
Hawkins, J., PPG Industries, Inc.; Matusheski, L., Meridium, Inc.

An enterprise reliability management system offers powerful failure analysis capabilities

Include your field work force in the automation loop
Mohrmann, C., SAT Corporation

New technologies reduce maintenance costs and increase productivity

Engineering Case Histories

Case 11: Excessive ball valve seat wear
Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

A wear model helps determine the root cause of the problem


Optimize FCC flue-gas emission control—Part 2

Regenerator design plays a crucial role when limiting NOx emissions

Safety Management

Risk-based approach to near miss
Ritwik, U., Kuwait National Petroleum Co.

Here's a systematic process for first defining and then documenting incidents


HPInternet: How oil refining works
Crowley, B., Competitive Analysis Technologies

Now this is a wonderful Website (http://www.howstuffworks.com/oil-refining.htm) from the people at "How Stuff Works." It is an animated look at how petroleum refining operates and is great! B..

HP Automation Safety: Getting failure rate data
Goble, W., exida LLC

During a course this month, I heard from several that the lack of failure rate data for instrumentation used in safety applications has been the major impediment keeping control enginee..

HP Integration Strategies: Effective operations management
Woll, D., ARC Advisory Group

Even though the information age has been slow to reach manufacturing, the drive toward collaborative manufacturing will force changes. Furthermore, operations management (OM), the plant..

HP Innovations: HPInnovations

Distillation breakthrough reduces tower height Linas-Tekhno Inc. has developed a totally new solution for industrial distillation. The method is a modified-film distillation technique. ..

Jackson, Kim M., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Ulysses Systems and RRS form alliance Ulysses Systems, Inc. and Risk, Reliability and Safety Engineering (RRS Engineering), have an alliance agreement to jointly market its risk, reliab..

New Developments

Feedstock scheduling software PetroSched scheduling software is claimed to be a user-friendly and low-cost tool for effective feedstock scheduling and blending operations for refineries and ..

HP Construction: HPIn Construction
Jackson, Kim M., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Linde has contract from Norway Linde AG, Wiesbaden, Germany, is building what is claimed to be Europe's largest natural gas liquefaction plant on Melkøya island near Hammerfest, Norway,..

Free Literature

Development through problem solving Sandvik Process Systems' new corporate brochure, "Development through problem solving," provides an introduction to the company, its products and mar..

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

Energy industry should face the 'challenge of change'through strong partnerships, urged ChevronTexaco Chairman and CEO David J. O'Reilly. Speaking to more than 3,000 delegates at the 17..


A flawed perception in a transparent world
Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In Hollywood, image is everything. It is the perception of what others hold true of your actions and deeds. Presently, the image of the HPI and integrated energy companies is deplorable..

Foundation fieldbus selected for major projects
O'Brien, L., ARC Advisory Group

Here’s why Shell and Conoco are committed to the technology

Foundation fieldbus – open, integrated fieldbus architecture
Glanzer, D. A., Fieldbus Foundation

Here’s how the technology helps support plant optimization