Recommended guidelines can help prevent fires caused by static electricity

O’Brien, M., Newson Gale

For any person working in the oil and gas industry who is responsible for the safety of employees, colleagues, plant equipment and property, one of the most potentially confusing aspects in providing ..

HP Reliability: Maintain proficiency in root-cause-failure analysis

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Earlier in the year, the author attended a series of client and organizers’ presentations at the 2013 TapRooT Summit in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. TapRooT is a structured failure analysis and trouble..

HP Reliability: Why users must update design contractors’ understanding

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In early 2012, a rotating equipment engineer was involved in a machinery quality assessment (MQA).1 Located halfway around the globe, this engineer’s new job was to oversee the engineering, procu..

HP Integration Strategies: Could remanufactured control components place HPI plants at risk?

Clayton, D., ARC Advisory Group

The hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) must address a number of potentially catastrophic safety issues. One issue, in particular, is the growing use of remanufactured equipment and components from ..

HP Viewpoint: Increase the visibility and reliability of all major plant assets

Scheef, D., Dresser-Rand

Turbomachinery, essential to refining and petrochemical operations, has significant impact on plant production, maintenance and energy consumption. One of the most effective ways to improve turbomachi..

HP Engineering Case Histories: Case 75: Analyzing wear when troubleshooting

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

Wear occurs frequently on machinery. In its simplest terms, it is the undesirable removal of material. When troubleshooting the root cause of wear in equipment, the engineer’s interest should be ..

Optimize your compressor maintenance program

Geitner, F. K., Consultant

One deviation alone might not be enough to bring on a compressor failure, but, when several more deviations combine, the failure risk is known to increase exponentially.

HP Reliability: Four-stage, low-flow process centrifugal compressor can fill important industry gaps

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In the 1970s and 1980s, multistage centrifugal compressors in the 3,000 acfm (about 5,000m3/hr) and lower flow ranges were largely confined to instrument and plant air duties. Three stages with interc..

HP Engineering Case Histories: Case 74: How to determine impact forces when troubleshooting

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

When troubleshooting failures, it is not unusual for the metallurgical report to indicate that the failure was the result of an impact type of force. The investigator who receives this information mus..

HP Reliability: Expect adversity, but plan for success

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Consider that a major oil refinery was planning a substantial modernization project in 2008. Energy efficiency gains and the ability to process a more readily available crude slate were key motivating..