N. Chaube graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, India, in 1987. He has over 27 years of experience in oil, gas and other process industries, having worked with leading engineering and consultancy firms through MECON Ltd. and L&T-Chiyoda Ltd. During his job tenure, Mr. Chaube has been involved in working with different standards of major companies, including Shell Global, Technip, Fluor, EIL, ADCO and ARAMCO. He has worked in various capacities in design, including the troubleshooting of major industrial plants. At present, he serves as the head of plant and piping at L&T Chiyoda Ltd., Baroda, India.
The authors encountered pipe thermal bowing problems in recently executed projects. These practical problems are discussed in three case studies, after a brief description of the thermal bowing concept and common reasons for the occurrence of this phenomenon.
The fractionation tower/column is common processing equipment in the petroleum refinery and chemical industry.