Compressors

Engineering Case Histories: Case 115: A method for analyzing catastrophic type failures

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

A portion of my consulting career involved investigating catastrophic type failures on machines, pressure vessels and structures in the industry.

Reliability: Resourcefulness solves problems

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In the now almost 32 yr since this monthly column was first published, we have had more than a few occasions to highlight the pitfalls of trial-and-error solutions in plants that process toxic, flammable or explosive materials.

Executive Viewpoint: Decarbonizing ethylene production

Knez, S., Technip Energies

Hydrocarbon Processing (HP) sat down with Stan Knez (SK), Chief Technology Officer, Technip Energies, to get his insights on decarbonization, digital and process technologies and sustainability within the processing industries.

Hydrocarbon Processing 2021 Awards FINALISTS

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Hydrocarbon Processing, the downstream processing sector’s leading technical publication for nearly 100 yr, has announced the finalists for its fifth annual HP Awards, which celebrate innovative technologies and people that have been instrumental in improving facility operations over the past year.

Reliability: ARC spring dampers eliminate compressor instability

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A recent book1 describes novel approaches in applied process gas compressor technology.

Reliability: Exploring better compressor sour seal oil traps

Bloch, H. P., Professional engineer

An interesting case involving sour seal oil traps in an offshore application recently came to our attention.

Restaging/rerating of centrifugal compressors: Fundamentals, practices and challenges

The primary requirement for rerating or revamping an existing centrifugal compressor is to match the new operating requirements, such as increased or decreased flow, increased or decreased head, or a combination of both. Rerating or revamping is necessary where the existing compressor or compressor train is incapable of meeting the new operating requirement efficiently.

Editorial Comment: Maintenance and reliability—A cornerstone of safe and efficient plant operation

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Refineries and petrochemical plants are comprised of a series of crucial processes to produce transportation fuels, products and chemicals demanded by the global market. These processes consist of capital-intensive units that must be maintained to provide reliable performance. Failure to adequately maintain these assets can have a detrimental effect to not only operations and profit, but also to worker safety.

Executive Viewpoint: Technology to drive decarbonization of the oil and gas industry

Fors, T., Siemens Energy

Hydrocarbon Processing (HP) was pleased to speak with Thorbjoern Fors (TF), EVP of Industrial Applications, Siemens Energy, to discuss the decarbonization of the oil and gas industry and the technologies that are helping companies meet their sustainability goals.

Improve the reliability of a CO2 compressor in a urea synthesis/granulation plant

Zardynezhad, S., CNRL-Canada

The carbon dioxide compressor is one of the key major equipment in a urea production plant that produces fertilizers.