August 2018

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Reliability: Better pumps and seals for HF service

In mid-2017, we received a well-written request from a young reliability engineer.

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In mid-2017, we received a well-written request from a young reliability engineer. We, meaning my colleagues and I, will call him “YRE.” The fact that this engineer was concerned over the seriousness of hydrofluoric acid (HF) releases and had collected data impressed us. Chances are that he was not inclined to become just another trial-and-error person. We consider him an individual with potential and are pleased to share with you what he wrote. Thereafter, we will explain our reply and recommendations. YRE wrote: “I have a particular sealing challenge and was hoping to explore your expertise on the matter. It deals with a situation that I recently inherited here at MyOilRefinery” (which we

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