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August 1999


Special Report: Fluid Flow

Understand centrifugal compressor, equipment interaction
Jacobs Canada Inc.: Majumdar, K.

Operating scenarios provide insights into predicting behavior during changes

Simple equations for pipe flow analysis
Department of Chemical Engineering: Gulyani, B. B.

Calculations apply to a wide range of Reynolds numbers


HP Control: 'Smart' control methods may reduce facility-monitoring expenses

Editorial Staff       Comments? Write: editorial@HydrocarbonProcessing.com Industrial facilities have been dedicating tremendous effo..

HP Reliability: Consider reliability-focused maintenance
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

Reliability professionals attending one of HP's recent International Process Plant Reliability Conferences were briefed on the improvement approach taken by a large U.S. organization. This forward-loo..

HPInternet: Search engines losing ground on the Internet
Competitive Analysis Technologies: Crowley, B.

A recent study by NEC Research Institute revealed an alarming fact about the Internet – search engines cannot keep up with its dynamic growth, in fact, they are losing ground. Search engines are ..

HPIn SHE: Orphan Annies
ility Engineering: Whetton, Chris

Recently, I paid a return visit to a site where I had conducted an intensive hazard study about five years previously. Sadly, not much had changed. Security had improved; they now had a guard on the b..

HPInformer: North America edition
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Stephens, F. P.

Fisher-Rosemount, Austin, Texas, has formed a worldwide strategic alliance with Elcon Instruments, Atlanta, Georgia, to combine the power of asset management solutions (AMS) software and Elcon Instrum..

HPInformer: International edition
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Stephens, F. P.

Domnick Hunter Group plc, Tyneside, England, a world-leading manufacturer of high-efficiency filtration and purification equipment, has agreed to acquire the industrial products division of HIROSS SpA..

HP Construction: HPIn Construction
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Stephens, F. P.

BP Amoco purification plant to come onstream this year BP Amoco will become one of the first producers of acetonitrile to have plants on two continents when its first European purification plant comes..

HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The Oxygenated Fuels Association (OFA) expresses 'concern'. . . over the "mixed message" conveyed by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Oxygenates in Gasoline. This panel was convened by the U.S. Environmental ..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Outlook: shifts in motor fuel markets
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

A new report assesses the impact that emerging technological trends in the motor vehicle industry will have on refiners and marketers of motor fuels. It focuses on advances in technology that will all..

HP Impact: HPImpact: 'Future is bright' for polyester – CMAI
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Typical of a classic commodity, polyester is now experiencing the result of the strong margins and product shortages seen in the mid-'90s. The symptoms include fierce competition and weak margins. A r..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Global electric power plant capacity
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

From 1998–2007, 695 gigawatts (GW) of new generating capacity is projected worldwide. And additional 720 GW of capacity with service dates after 2007 or undetermined have also been identified. Th..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Low prices fuel growth in gas demand
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The U.S. industrial sector consumes more gas than any other end-use sector. It is one of the fastest growing sectors for gas demand. Industrial gas demand is expected to grow from 10.1 quads in 1997 t..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Stronger economies driving plant-design software investments
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Worldwide user spending for mechanical CAD/CAM, CAE software will reach $6.2 billion in 1999, according to data from market analysts Daratech, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts. This is a 16.7% growth co..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Ethanol-based fuel is FAA certified
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Piston-engine aircraft will soon be able to use a new low-cost, lead-free alternative fuel that is based largely on ethanol. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently certified the fuel, whic..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Energy expenditures in refining processes
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The U.S. industry's energy use and environmental benchmarks are presented in a report from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Industrial Technologies (OIT). The document summarizes the industry..

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Optimize ethylene recovery "Optimize ethylene recovery," by Mark Hahesy and David Manley, published in the April 1999 issue of Hydrocarbon Processing was a great article. The savings scope of 23% is r..


The environment and the HPI
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Romanow, Stephany

Are all environmental issues resolved? Probably not, we have just arrived at the lull before the next storm hits. Much has changed over the last few years, many of the previously promulgated federal a..

The simple things...
CH2M Hill: Sloley, A. W.

Process engineering includes both simple and complex tasks. Naturally, we spend more time thinking about how to do complex jobs instead of simple ones. That can be a mistake. Even simple tasks need to..