Maintenance & Reliability

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.

How pipeline management becomes part of a plant safety strategy

Liston, C., HIMA Americas, Inc.

A typical refinery or chemical plant contains miles of pipelines.

Optimize your insulation to reduce costs

Corrosion under insulation (CUI) is a common problem that is shared by the oil and gas (onshore and offshore), refining, petrochemical, power and manufacturing industries.

Innovations

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Hawk Measurement Systems has announced a new OptioLaser S300 that can be used for the detection of all types of liquids, regardless of their dielectric properties.

Automation Strategies: Top technology trends in automation for 2018

Resnick, C., ARC Advisory Group

The last several years have seen significant advances in, and acceptance of, new automation technologies.

Reliability: Consider stainless steel tubing for mechanical seal connections

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

If, in days past, you have questioned why hard piping was used for mechanical seal flush lines and seal support configurations in process pumps, you are certainly not alone.

Prevent buckling of tanks with external rafters

Tharakan, J., Suncor Energy Inc.

Most cone roof tanks are designed with roof-supporting structures inside the tank.

Keep a floating roof on an even keel

Skogberg, P., Emerson Automation Solutions

Users of large liquid hydrocarbon storage tanks at refineries and terminals must solve a variety of problems and make trade-offs related to vapor emissions and general structural integrity for these massive containers.

Preventing wire wooling journal bearing failure

Brashler, K., Saudi Aramco

This work details the operation of a 21,000-HP, five-stage barrel pump utilized for seawater injection service.