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Consider process-based failure analysis methods for piping and equipment

12.01.2013  |  Cypriano, D. L. N. ,  Petrobras, Rio de Janeiro-RJ, BrazilCosta, G. B.,  Petrobras, Rio de Janeiro-RJ, BrazilNoronha, M. J.,  Petrobras, Rio de Janeiro-RJ, Brazil

Keywords: [maintenance] [failure analysis] [process safety] [fault tree]

Avoiding incident (or accident) recurrences at industrial systems is a long-standing problem, and it involves process safety strategies (PSSs). Incurring zero incidents is the ultimate goal for any structured failure analysis. When applied to pipes and equipment, this investigation usually involves studying the damage mechanisms. Sometimes it requires deep and complex laboratory testing. Often, it is just based on team experience, visual inspection, design, codes, and process and maintenance information.

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