June 2019

Environment and Safety

Can nuclear power plant methodologies help improve hydrocarbon processing reliability?—Part 2

Safety requirements within nuclear power plants (NPPs) have encouraged the development of several rigorous methodologies that, in turn, have stimulated excellence in operability, reliability, availability and maintenance (RAM) to the extent that numerous guides and standards now regulate that industry.

Pradhan, S., Consulting Engineer; Abdelkhaliq, A., Tecnicas Reunidas

Safety requirements within nuclear power plants (NPPs) have encouraged the development of several rigorous methodologies that, in turn, have stimulated excellence in operability, reliability, availability and maintenance (RAM) to the extent that numerous guides and standards now regulate that industry. Part 1 of this article, which appeared in the May issue of Hydrocarbon Processing, compared the safety requirements for nuclear facilities and the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI), indicating that the two industries have similar objectives. Part 2 focuses on the results of RAM simulation of the pump/reactor/agitator system and the evolution of a maintenance strategy. It is known that un

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