February 2018

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Editorial Comment: It’s all in the makeup of things

This issue of Hydrocarbon Processing features a topic that has been addressed in sections of the magazine for several decades, but has never been a focal point of the publication. That topic is materials manufacturing.

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This issue of Hydrocarbon Processing features a topic that has been addressed in sections of the magazine for several decades, but has never been a focal point of the publication. That topic is materials manufacturing. Refineries and petrochemical plants contain some of the harshest environments on the planet. Processing units are subjected to extreme temperatures and pressures, as well as highly corrosive elements. As a result, it is imperative that these units are made of—and contain—materials that are able to handle such environments. FIG. 1. Estimated 2018 capital spending in the HPI, by region ($ B). As demand for refined products and pet

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