December 2019

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Reliability: When slow-rolling machines can cause failures, and how to avoid them

All the book learning in the world will fail if we do not use common sense. We could also say that we need to think things through and should recognize that intuitive logic can lead us astray. If that sounds like semantic banter, let us zero in on three practical field examples that illustrate the issues at hand.

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

All the book learning in the world will fail if we do not use common sense. We could also say that we need to think things through and should recognize that intuitive logic can lead us astray. If that sounds like semantic banter, let us zero in on three practical field examples that illustrate the issues at hand. Offshore pump testing Offshore fire water pump testing is a first example. This particular scenario involved a diesel engine with an idle speed of approximately 600 rpm and a normal operating speed of 1,800 rpm. The engine was coupled to the horizontal input shaft of a right-angle gear unit with a 1:1 speed ratio; the output shaft was connected to a multistage, vertical firewater

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