- Global Energy Infrastructure
Special Focus: Valves, Pumps and Turbomachinery
Intensive study on damaged wear rings of centrifugal pumps—Part 2
This article is a continuation of Part 1, which discussed the evaluation of two damaged wear rings from centrifugal pump applications—a stationary (inner) ring and a rotating (outer) ring.
Pumps handicapped by not using best available technology
Pump lubrication deficiencies are often denied, and the outstanding reliability performance of oil mist is vastly underreported.
Analyze machinery failure data with a spreadsheet
Some basic, yet insightful, machinery reliability tracking tools are introduced here that can be developed with common spreadsheet applications, such as Excel.
Specify the pressure drop of a vent silencer
Industrial facilities, such as refineries and petrochemical plants, have many systems and equipment that must relieve steam or gases through discharge piping to the atmosphere to avoid overpressure and protect the installation.
Address measurement uncertainty in pipelines and storage
Americas / Analyzers / Crude oil / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Gas Processing/LNG / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Management / Maintenance & Reliability / Natural Gas / Piping / Products / Refining
How would you measure the volume of a can of soup? The height should work, but what about diameter? Or, you can possibly just trust what the manufacturer has told you on the label.
Maintenance and Reliability
Best options for a reboiler revamp
It is always a challenge to reconfigure and resize existing reboilers, especially vertical thermosiphon ones, for the revised design and operating conditions of a brownfield project, since hydraulics external to the reboiler must match the reboiler hydraulics under the revamped conditions to ensure trouble-free operation.
Asset life assessment: A strategic reliability tool for the process industries
Asset life assessment (ALA) has become a strategic tool for process plants (e.g., petrochemical, chemical, and oil and gas) to determine the extent of degradation and the ability of assets to bear static and dynamic loads while sustaining the desired production processes.
Fatigue damage assessment of coke drums based on temperature monitoring
Coke drums are expensive equipment with a long manufacturing cycle, so a realistic and accurate life prediction can save significant time and money.
Refinery revamp opportunities with welded plate heat exchangers
Environment & Safety / Carbon Management / Catalysts / Distillation / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Heat Transfer / Maintenance & Reliability / Process Optimization / Refining / Loss Prevention / Reactors / Safety
The plate-and-shell (P&S) heat exchanger has three significant advantages over the shell-and-tube (S&T) type traditionally used in refinery processes.
Process Control and Instrumentation
Projects as programs: A vision for long-term project success
Americas / Analyzers / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Management / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Control / Process Optimization / Project Management / Polymers / Products
Process industries across the globe grapple with producing dozens or even hundreds of different products.
Estimation of relief load and realistic relieving temperature for heavy-end fractionating columns
Relief calculation is one of the most discussed aspects of chemical engineering design.
Environment and Safety
Advantages of using TDL analyzers for safety monitoring in combustion within HPI applications
Engineering & Design / Environment / Environment & Safety / Equipment / Furnaces / Carbon Management / Analyzers / Heat Transfer / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Control / Refining / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Rotating Equipment / Safety
From refining to chemical production processes, heaters play an essential role in hydrocarbon processing applications.
Chemistry modeling system—A key to increased steam system reliability
Corrosion / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Refining / Environment & Safety
Oil refineries and petrochemical plants rely on steam systems to maintain utility and process unit operations.
Minimize energy consumption in water treatment with forward osmosis technology—Part 2
Heavy industries like refining, petrochemicals and mining face concerns about the availability of freshwater, as these are affected by local water scarcities and stringent water discharge regulations.
Editorial Comment: A shift in capital? Petrochemical projects take lead in active project market share
Environment & Safety / Gas Processing/LNG / Greenhouse Gases / Natural Gas / Refining / Petrochemicals / Carbon Management / Construction / Crude oil / Desulfurization / Distillation / Economics / Environment / Polymers / Products / Sulfur / Treating / Africa / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Middle East
In mid-June, I joined Thad Pittman, Senior Research Analyst, <i>Hydrocarbon Processing’s</i> Construction Boxscore Database, to provide <i>Hydrocarbon Processing</i> subscribers with a global analysis on the downstream processing industry’s capital projects landscape.
Reliability: Find the cause of black oil in pump bearing housings
While on consulting assignments, observant reliability engineers often uncover (or rediscover) failure initiators that their long-departed colleagues experienced years ago.
Executive Viewpoint: Now and into the future: Challenges and solutions for the global processing industries
Acid Gas Removal / Construction / Crude oil / Distillation / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Environment & Safety / Gas Processing/LNG / Loss Prevention / Management / Natural Gas / Process Optimization / Project Management / People / Products / Refining / Sulfur / Treating
<i>Hydrocarbon Processing</i> sat down with senior-level executives of Merichem Company, Cyndie Fredrick (CF) and Kathy Young (KY), Senior Vice Presidents and General Managers of Merichem’s two business units, to discuss the state of the downstream industry, where it is heading in the future and how their company is helping operators meet their sustainability goals.
Trends & Resources
Industry Perspectives: HP Awards—Honoring the industry’s best
Americas / Asia/Pacific / Middle East / Europe / Environment & Safety / Equipment / Engineering & Design / Environment / Gas Processing/LNG / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Control / Process Optimization / Refining / Catalysts / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Management / Natural Gas / People / Safety
In late June, <i>Hydrocarbon Processing</i> announced the finalists for its third annual awards.
Business Trends: The new petrochemical market—Adapting to demand
A bit of advice for players in the petrochemical market: Hold on to your hats!
Global Project Data
Gas Processing/LNG / Petrochemicals / Project Management / Refining / Construction / Africa / Asia/Pacific / Americas / Europe / Middle East
<i>Hydrocarbon Processing’s</i> Construction Boxscore Database is tracking more than 1,300 projects around the world.
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Construction Boxscore: Project Spotlight
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