Maintenance & Reliability

Refining: Extend the life of storage tanks with a novel single-coat epoxy coating

Toews, B., Sherwin-Williams

In the oil and gas industry, time is money.

Reliability: Things to ponder when specifying sensor technology for pumps

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The application of wireless sensors to monitor process pump hydraulic performance and defect progression in the power end of pumps is of interest to pump users.

Editorial Comment: The materials that advance modern life

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Refineries and petrochemical plants contain some of the harshest environments on the planet.

Stable thermosiphon reboiler operation: With or without a valve in the inlet piping?

Kister, H. Z., Fluor Daniel; Van Doorn, E., Fluor

A reboiler provides the necessary heat duty for the separation in a distillation tower.

Resolving vibration problems in a crude booster pump

The pumps referred to in this article are 2,600-HP vertical pumps utilized as booster pumps for the shipment of crude oil.

Welded plate heat exchangers cut refinery process costs—Part 1

Plate and frame (P&F) heat exchangers were first manufactured 100 yr ago for use in the dairy industry.

Hyper-duplex stainless steel can improve on duplex steel and nickel-based superalloy

Vieira, B., Sandvik Materials Technology

Duplex materials have been around for a long time.

Fabrication of clad equipment and piping—Part 1

Panchal, A., Reliance Industries Ltd.; Carmona, R. K., Daru, K., Desai, J., Irfan, M., Shargay, C., Fluor

For pressure vessels, heat exchangers and piping in corrosive services, the materials in contact with the process are often required to be high alloys to provide a reliable service life.

Turbomachinery: Increase rotating equipment uptime with laser shaft alignment

Silveira, J. D., Nexxis

The cost of failing to properly align shafts or belts on rotating machinery adds up to more than the need to physically fix damaged machinery.

Reliability: How to deal with time thieves and knowledge parrots

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

We recently corresponded with an engineer-manager who divides his time between managing a highly productive group of product developers and a growing number of callers that are interested in the innovative solutions his company offers.