August 2010


Special Report: Fluid Flow and Rotating Equipment

Prevent electric erosion in variable-frequency drive bearings
Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Here are the reasons and remedial actions

Valve design reduces costs and increases safety for US refineries
Johnson, R. D., Lee, B., Flowserve Flow Control Division

The goals were achieved by using alloys with superior corrosion resistance

How the inertia number points to compressor system design challenges

It facilitates predicting compressor system performance

Pump aftermarket offers solutions for abrasive services
McPherson, S., Sulzer Pumps (US) Inc. Service Center Houston

Upgrades substantially increased MTBR

Environment/Loss Prevention

Gas refineries can benefit from installing a flare gas recovery system
Mokhatab, S., Consultant; Vatani, A., Zadakbar, O., University of Tehran

Take a look at these environmental and economic paybacks

Heat Transfer

Increase crude unit capacity through better integration
Amin, M. S., Ibrahim, M. S., Aseeri, A. S., Gulf Advanced Process Technologies (GAP-Tech)

In revamp projects, better energy integration provides more benefits with less capital investment and lower operating costs

Loss Prevention

Estimating tank calibration uncertainty
Bertotto, A., SoftLab, Inc.; Sivaraman, S., SS Tech Services; Comstock, D., Comstock Consulting LLC

Use these calculations for a specific tank calibration


HP Automation Safety: Cyber security certification for automation products and suppliers
Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff; Cusimano, J., exida LLC

The United Steelworkers Union (USW) issued a press release chastising the oil industry for the series of fires and explosions that keep happening at US refineries. USW pointed out that there has been ..

HP Control: Process control practice renewal 2010—purpose
Latour, P. R., Clifftent Inc.

In April 2010, I followed Allan Kern’s automation reassessment editorial1 with a call to renew the practice of process control and IT in the HPI. Now I follow his thoughtful July 2010 editorial2 ..

HP Reliability: Consider bearing protection for small steam turbines
Bloch, Heinz P., Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In most small machines there is a need to limit both contaminant ingress and oil leakage. Inexpensive lip seals are sometimes used for sealing at the bearing housing, but lip seals typically last only..

HP Associations: International Refining Conference debuts in Rome
Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Hydrocarbon Processing’s International Refining Conference (IRC) debuted June 21–23 in Rome, Italy. Hosted by eni, the event included a two-day, two-track technical conference as well as an ..

HP Construction: North America
Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Enterprise Products Partners’ refined products storage facility in Port Arthur, Texas, which was built to support the expansion of a nearby refinery, has commenced commercial operations and recei..

HP Construction: South America
Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

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