June 2012

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HP Reliability: Pumps and the Bhopal connection

In the 2012 June issue of Hydrocarbon Processing, our readers will find a highly informative article that should remind equipment specialists of their professional and ethical responsibilities. These ..

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In the 2012 June issue of Hydrocarbon Processing, our readers will find a highly informative article that should remind equipment specialists of their professional and ethical responsibilities. These professionals have the responsibility to detect, question and resolve repeat failure events. Human lives may be at stake. Contributing factors Fig. 1 is a fitting reminder that pumps were involved in the still incomprehensible Bhopal tragedy. The event occured due to serious equipment reliability issues. Erroneous decisions were made in the interest of coping with, and circumventing, a chronic machinery reliability problem. These decisions included devising alternative operating strategie

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