August 2012

Special Report: Fluid Flow and Rotating Equipment

Utility piping: Why over-engineering is inefficient

Grooved mechanical piping can offer improved constructability, speedy expansion, retrofit and turnaround, and also reduce safety risks. It is a quality pipe-joining method.

Wilkerson, G., Victaulic

Refineries built in the 1950s to 1970s used all welded piping for both process and utility services. The specifications used during that time are often applied to retrofits, expansions and turnaround projects. But this reliance on the traditional specifications does have a downside. Scheduling, safety and constructability are three major factors in turnarounds. They are also the impacting factors that affect welding activities. However, alternatives, such as grooved mechanical piping, have been slow to gain acceptance due to the perception that the joining method won’t work and a reluctance to use a gasketed joint. This article will compare the primary pipe-joining methods—weldi

Log in to view this article.

Not Yet A Subscriber? Here are Your Options.

1) Start a FREE TRIAL SUBSCRIPTION and gain access to all articles in the current issue of Hydrocarbon Processing magazine.

2) SUBSCRIBE to Hydrocarbon Processing magazine in print or digital format and gain IMMEDIATE ACCESS to the current issue as well as to 3 articles from the HP archives per month. $239 for an annual subscription.

3) Start a FULL ACCESS PLAN SUBSCRIPTION and regain IMMEDIATE ACCESS to this article, the current issue, all past issues in the HP Archive, the HP Process Handbooks, HP Market Data, and more. $1,695 for an annual subscription.  For information about group rates or multi-year terms, contact J'Nette Nichols-Davis at  jnette.davis-nichols@gulfpub.com or +1 713.520.4426.

Related Articles

From the Archive

Comments