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Keep liquid analysis invisible in refineries

03.01.2014  |  Joseph, D.,  Rosemount Analytical, Irvine, California

Keywords: [conductivity loops] [liquid analyzers] [corrosion] [crude unit] [cooling tower] [sour water stripper]

The hidden heroes of hydrocarbon processing plants are the liquid analyzers, especially the pH and conductivity loops. Unlike their flashier cousins in gas analysis, these analyzers operate behind the scenes to safeguard equipment and prevent downtime through the prevention of corrosion. Plant operators ignore these invisible workhorses—until they quit operating and require timely intervention. Operators need to understand that efficient liquid measurement can optimize effectiveness and reduce the chance of failure in a refinery.

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