Information Systems

Industry Perspectives: HP Awards—Honoring the industry’s best

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In late June, Hydrocarbon Processing announced the finalists for its third annual awards.

Chemistry modeling system—A key to increased steam system reliability

Robinson, J., Robinson, G., SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions

Oil refineries and petrochemical plants rely on steam systems to maintain utility and process unit operations.

Advantages of using TDL analyzers for safety monitoring in combustion within HPI applications

Jenkins, R., Servomex

From refining to chemical production processes, heaters play an essential role in hydrocarbon processing applications.

Estimation of relief load and realistic relieving temperature for heavy-end fractionating columns

Saha, J., Fluor Daniel India Pvt. Ltd.; Chaudhuri, S., Bechtel India Pvt Ltd.; Groenendijk, S., Fluor

Relief calculation is one of the most discussed aspects of chemical engineering design.

Projects as programs: A vision for long-term project success

Scofield, R., Solvay

Process industries across the globe grapple with producing dozens or even hundreds of different products.

Fatigue damage assessment of coke drums based on temperature monitoring

Soare, M., Minea, I-S., Predoi, M. V., Bunesco, C., Diba, C., Nuclear NDT Research & Services Srl

Coke drums are expensive equipment with a long manufacturing cycle, so a realistic and accurate life prediction can save significant time and money.

Asset life assessment: A strategic reliability tool for the process industries

Pyne, T., Reliability and Asset Strategy Specialist

Asset life assessment (ALA) has become a strategic tool for process plants (e.g., petrochemical, chemical, and oil and gas) to determine the extent of degradation and the ability of assets to bear static and dynamic loads while sustaining the desired production processes.

Address measurement uncertainty in pipelines and storage

Robson, B., TUV SUD

How would you measure the volume of a can of soup? The height should work, but what about diameter? Or, you can possibly just trust what the manufacturer has told you on the label.

Analyze machinery failure data with a spreadsheet

Perez, R. X., Consultant

Some basic, yet insightful, machinery reliability tracking tools are introduced here that can be developed with common spreadsheet applications, such as Excel.

Digital: The pathway to digitalization value delivery

Micklem, D., KBC, a Yokogawa Company

It seems that all software initiatives in the energy and chemical industries are now tagged with the name “digitalization.”