Maintenance & Reliability

Reliability: Preserve what worked well in 1980

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The second CCC implementation strategy involved so-called “shirt sleeve seminars.”

Editorial Comment

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Each May, Hydrocarbon Processing focuses on the topic of maintenance and reliability.

Show Preview: IRPC Europe returns to Italy this June

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Gulf Energy Information and Hydrocarbon Processing are pleased to provide a preview of IRPC Europe 2018, which will be held June 5–7 in Milan.

Using valve diagnostics at startup to save time and money

Early detection of valve problems with diagnostics prevents small issues from escalating into major incidents when production starts.

High-energy pump balance line flow monitoring using ultrasonic flow measurements

Brashler, K., Saudi Aramco

The objective of this article is to demonstrate the value of utilizing portable or permanently mounted ultrasonic flow measurement technology to measure and monitor high-energy pump hydraulic balance line flow.

Mechanical design and fitness-for-service assessment of steam reformer pressure components

Aumuller, J., Carmagen Engineering, Inc.

Bulk hydrogen (H2) production in a petroleum refinery by steam methane reforming utilizes high temperatures, moderate pressures and catalyst-filled tubes that generate high tube temperatures of up to 920°C (1,690°F), imposing relatively harsh performance demands on system components.

Advanced steam system optimization program

The steam system forms an integral part of the safe, reliable and profitable operation of a process plant. Steam constitutes approximately 30% of the energy used in a typical petroleum refinery.

Three topics for operational excellence related to a Cr-Mo hydrotreating reactor

Lee, S., Kim, E., Jeon, S., SK Energy

Many end users are trying to use feedstock with higher sulfur content for their refineries to increase profitability, but numerous unknown or plausible bottlenecks exist.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 100—Was sloshing the cause of a failure?

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

Some situations in failure analysis demand an understanding of the wave motion of a liquid wave in a tank, called “sloshing.”

Reliability: Guidance for a lube sampling program

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Suppose your manager asked you to be involved in setting up a lube sampling program.