Refining

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.

Innovations

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Ross Systems and Controls (SysCon) recently completed the qualification to self-certify its touchscreen purged panels as meeting the rigorous standards of Underwriters Laboratories’ UL-698A Code and the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA-496 Code.

Industry Metrics

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

US refinery margins showed seasonal y–o–y growth, mainly supported by gasoline and diesel stocks drawdowns due to refinery maintenance.

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.”

Africa: The challenge of investing in Africa’s additional capacities

Oirere, S., Contributing Editor

According to BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy 2017, Africa’s total crude oil production is approximately 7.9 MMbpd.

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.

Enhancing refinery profitability with a novel offgas conversion technology

Aronson, A., Zaziski, D., Siluria Technologies; Carter, D., Wood Group

The refining industry is challenged every day to optimize product slates that comply with market demand, product specifications, environmental regulations and refining-petrochemical integration, all while remaining profitable.