April 2020

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Reliability: Reliability engineering on offshore platforms

Offshore platforms have had their fair share of successes and failures over the years, and to say that their reliability experiences contain lessons for all of us is an understatement.

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Offshore platforms have had their fair share of successes and failures over the years, and to say that their reliability experiences contain lessons for all of us is an understatement. Some lessons are good, and some are bad; so, we will let three case histories do the talking. Surprises while pressure testing on-deck diesel fuel storage tanks A design contractor’s engineering team voiced concerns over the possibility of diesel fuel leaking into the sea. Fortunately, there was agreement that the deck diesel fuel storage tanks should be field-tested to prove their integrity. However, the team recognized that these tanks were not designed for pressurization. With that as background informati

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