June 2019

Columns

Reliability: Know the pitfalls of excessively high oil viscosity

Since its inception in June 1990, more than half of the 347 “HP Reliability” columns published in Hydrocarbon Processing have incorporated consulting experiences and communications that span the globe.

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Since its inception in June 1990, more than half of the 347 “HP Reliability” columns published in Hydrocarbon Processing have incorporated consulting experiences and communications that span the globe. The event and analysis in this month’s issue are again based on actual consulting experience. They relate to an incident involving a pump-related fire; the pump-and-driver layout resembled Fig. 1. Fig. 1. Pump and driver layout sketch showing bearing types, locations and lubricants supplied. Initially, the sequence of events was investigated by refinery staff; a 6-hr meeting was convened later. This close-out meeting was attended by a consultin

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