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HP Reliability: TAMU Turbo and Pump symposiums still leading

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

Beginning in 1971, the Turbomachinery Laboratory of Texas A&M University (TAMU) organized the first of now 41 consecutive annual turbomachinery symposiums, now known as the TAMU Turbo. In 1984, Texas ..

Reliability and maintenance: The path to world-class performance

HSB Solomon Associates LLC: Poling, A.

HPI companies in a progressive culture strive for failure-free operations with defect elimination and uninterrupted operation.

HP Reliability: Upgrade the design of vertical, multistage centrifugal pumps in low-temperature services

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

The overall mechanical design of most API-style vertical-column pumps (Fig. 1) comes close to meeting the expectations of modern pump users. Such pumps are often equipped with self oil-lubricated bear..

HP Reliability: Closed-oil-mist systems and maintenance cost avoidance

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

A recent Hydrocarbon Processing (HP) article conveyed an industry finding that dates back several decades: Oil mist successfully lubricates operating machinery, protects and preserves standby equipmen..

HP Engineering Case Histories: Case 70: Twenty rules for troubleshooting

Consulting Engineer: Sofronas, A.

In previous Engineering Case History columns, I have discussed checklists and their value in avoiding errors during startups. While the rules cannot replace common sense or a logical and methodical ap..

Modernize your compressor lube- and seal-oil systems

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

Each pipe or control line should be traced to its origin, the design intent must be well understood, and all owner-purchaser questions answered by the vendor-manufacturer.

Consider new developments for variable-speed electric motors

WorleyParsons Services: Almasi, A.

New challenges, recent developments, the latest mechanical issues and main reliability factors for large variable-speed electric motor drivers in HPI plants are presented here.

Improve performance monitoring of your turbomachinery

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.: Bhachu, U.  |  Francis, J.

This case study documents the performance variables to consider and apply when monitoring and tracking the efficiency deterioration for a steam turbine using DSs in a PI process book.

Case history: Improve refrigeration compressor performance

Fluor Canada Ltd.: Ghaisas, N.

This case examines the mechanical distress and performance deterioration of a critical refrigeration compressor that was installed at a world-scale petrochemicals complex.

Apply new guidelines to select compressors for low-temperature service

Bharat Pumps and Compressors, Ltd.: Mubarak, S.

The writer calls on design and process engineers to take extra precautions when selecting and sizing their reciprocating compressors for low-temperature gas service.