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Reveal the unmonitored risks in your rotating equipment—Part 1

Bently Nevada, a Baker Hughes Business: O’Connor, D.  |  Gutierrez, J.

On December 15, 2002, an anomalous event occurred in a steam turbine of Unit 2 at the South Texas Project Electric Generating Station, a pressurized water reactor (PWR) nuclear reactor near Bay City, Texas. The ensuing investigation concluded that a blade was ejected from a low-pressure stage, and detailed inspections revealed additional cracked blades in several stages.

Reliability: Things rarely heard at reliability conferences

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

We can only guess how many reliability conferences we have attended since accepting job offers in the refining or chemical processing industries. In my case, starting in 1965, it is somewhere between 60 and 80. If, in each of these conferences I listened to six presentations, the number of sessions attended is perhaps 400.

Can ammonia be a future energy storage solution?

Ammonia is well known as a fertilizer. However, it is also a potential carbon-free fuel and an excellent solution for storage of renewable electricity, especially if the syngas needed for producing the ammonia is made by electrolysis.

Reliability: When slow-rolling machines can cause failures, and how to avoid them

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

All the book learning in the world will fail if we do not use common sense. We could also say that we need to think things through and should recognize that intuitive logic can lead us astray. If that sounds like semantic banter, let us zero in on three practical field examples that illustrate the issues at hand.

Consider installing a VFD to increase reliability and savings

Petronor: Vila Forteza, M.

The Petronor oil refinery is in the north of Spain and is part of REPSOL Group. In 2019, the facility upgraded the driver of a reformer’s draft fan from a general-purpose steam turbine and gearbox to a variable frequency drive (VFD) electric motor.

Hydrocarbon Processing Awards Winners

<i>Hydrocarbon Processing,</i> the downstream processing sector’s leading technical publication, has announced the winners for its third annual awards. The <i>HP</i> Awards celebrate innovative technologies and people that have been instrumental in improving facility operations over the past year.

Hydrocarbon Processing Awards

<i>Hydrocarbon Processing,</i> the downstream processing sector’s leading technical publication, has announced the finalists for its third annual awards.

Separate fine solid particles from dusty air with a uniflow cyclone

TATA Consulting Engineers Ltd.: Sakthivel, S.
Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi: Pitchumani, B.

Fine particles are usually collected by dry collectors, wet collectors, electrostatic precipitators and filters, at the commercial level.

Understand net gas compressor control logic from a process engineering standpoint

GS Engineering and Construction: Hong, R.  |  Chang, G. S.

In a refinery or petrochemical plant, certain equipment can create “gray areas” between process engineers and instrument engineers.

Improve refinery production and efficiency with asset monitoring

Emerson Automation Solutions: Donnangelo, M.

The sheer volume of equipment in a refinery—from vessels, columns, huge structures and mazes of pipes to pumps, valves, controllers and instruments—is staggering.