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May 1998


Special Report: Terminals and Distribution

Improve automatic tank gauging of floating roof tanks
Chevron Products Co.: Myers, P. E.

Seal friction causes inaccuracies. Here are some recommendations for better measurements

Heat Transfer

Heat-flux imbalances in fired heaters cause operating problems
Process Consulting Services, Inc.: Martin, G. R.

Use pass flowrates and outlet temperatures to identify inefficient performance


HP Control: Controversy in control - a sequel
Texas Consultants: Bosler, W. H.

Editor's note: The following is in response to my March '98 column, "Controversy in control," which requested input from our readers on controversial issues. Fieldbus Foundation. Apparently the Intern..

HP Reliability: Are electric motor efficiency improvements worth the price?
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

At Gulf Publishing's Fifth International Process Plant Reliability Conference in 1996, Lincoln Electric's Jean Revelt provided valuable insight on electric motor efficiency. Having spent 40+ years in ..

HPInternet: Finding an HPI job the Internet way
Competitive Analysis Technologies: Crowley, B.

We will take an entirely different direction this month with a review of Internet sites for job seekers. At some point in our careers, we all consider throwing in the towel and looking for another job..

HPIn SHE: The other side of the fence
ility Engineering: Whetton, Chris

In one of my lectures on process maintainability, I describe a plant complex: It has storage for large quantities of fuel, lubricants and explosives, all in close proximity; a nuclear power plant; a s..

HPIn Processing: Clean fuels update
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nakamura, D. N.

Last month in the "Editorial," I discussed the new low-sulfur proposal presented by a coalition of U.S. refiners. I mentioned that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was due to release a d..

HPIn Competitiveness: Plant availability-based business simulation
Cost Control Systems, LLC: Lamb, R. G.

What if manufacturing plant designers omitted process simulation from the engineering approach? Would it be good business to own such a plant? This is how reliability and maintenance is being tackl..

HPInformer: HPInformer, International edition
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Stephens, F. P.

Aspen Technology, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts, a leading provider of Smart Manufacturing software and services for the process industries, has completed the acquisition of Contas Process Control S...

HPInformer: HPInformer, North America edition
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Stephens, F. P.

Cooper Industries, Inc., Houston, Texas, has completed its acquisition of INTOOL, Houston, Texas, a division of Global Industries Technologies, Inc. for $217.5 million. INTOOL, Cooper's third addition..

HP Construction: HPIn Construction
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Roberson, M.

Tosco looks to Nooter to complete turnaround Connecticut-based Tosco chose Nooter Construction to perform a critical fluid catalytic cracker unit (FCCU) turnaround at the company's Trainer, Pennsyl..

HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The National Petroleum Refiners Association has changed its name to the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association. While the NPRA acronym remains, according to the organization, "the name change e..

HP Impact: HPImpact: CMAI conference petrochemical outlook
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The worldwide outlook for petrochemicals was addressed at the Chemical Market Associates, Inc. (CMAI) 13th annual World Petrochemical Conference. This year's meeting, April 1 – 2, in Houston, Tex..

HP Impact: HPImpact: DeWitt conference petrochemical outlook
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The economic supply / demand forecast is varied for different HPI market segments. Recent presentations at the annual DeWitt & Co. Petrochemical Review conference, April 1 – 2, Houston, Texas, co..


What is the HPI’s safety status?
Consultant: Kletz, T. A.

As an industry, has the HPI made great progress? What areas need improvement? These are some of the issues we put before Trevor Kletz, a renowned process safety consultant. Dr. Kletz has authored many..