Maintenance & Reliability

Measure and predict torsional vibration in rotating equipment

Pettinato, B., Wang, Q., Elliott Group

Excessive torsional vibration in rotating equipment trains can result in damage to, or failure of, equipment, leading to emergency shutdowns and costly downtime.

An evolving approach to digitalization

Wyatt, T., Fleissman, R., Emerson Automation Solutions

Much has been written in recent years about the need for refineries to embrace the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Adapting and prospering in the energy transition

Hasegawa, K., Shire, T., Yokogawa Corp. of America

The energy transition is gathering momentum as pressure from society leads policy makers and investors to demand faster and deeper cuts to carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from all industrial sectors.

FCC metal trap additives to process more residue

Most refiners frequently need metal trapping or bottoms cracking additives for residue operations.

To reduce security vulnerabilities in downstream facilities, try unikernels

Eyberg, I., NanoVMs

Unfortunately, but unsurprisingly, oil and gas facilities have joined financial, government, hospitality and other companies as tempting targets for cybercriminals.

Advanced crude management by NIR spectroscopy combined with topology modeling

Lambert, D., Saint-Martin, C., Benkhelil, K., Ribero, B., Topnir Systems Co.; Valleur, M., Val Innovation

Crude characterization is critical for refinery optimization.

Executive Viewpoint: Trends in the global process furnace market

Whether it is heating process fluids to achieve enough temperature in crude atmospheric and vacuum distillation units, or reaction temperatures inside furnace tubes to produce ethylene, vinyl chloride monomer, synthetic gas and continuous catalytic reformer reactors, or simple process heating (thermal fluid), process furnaces play a critical role in refineries and petrochemical complexes.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 107: Weld failures in vibrating equipment

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

Vibrating equipment can be machines, such as vibrating screens, conveyor pans or a combination of both, that are designed to transport, sort or dry materials.

Reliability: Know the pitfalls of excessively high oil viscosity

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Since its inception in June 1990, more than half of the 347 “HP Reliability” columns published in Hydrocarbon Processing have incorporated consulting experiences and communications that span the globe.

Editorial Comment: The true essence of optimization

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

What is the first thing that comes to mind when we hear the word optimization?