Maintenance & Reliability

TOTAL refineries improve overhead systems corrosion and salting with amine-neutralizing technology

Brun, L. A., Majorel, C., Thoret-Bauchet, J. P., Total; Pothuaud, A., Cross, C., SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions

Weak organic amines are commonly used in crude unit overhead systems to prevent acidic corrosion from chlorides and other acidic contaminants via a neutralization reaction.

Business Trends: A perspective on new technology impacts on the chemical processing industry

Fernandes, S., Yokogawa Corp.

Over the past five years, the industrial evolution has been propelled by the same technologies that have dramatically changed our private lives.

Executive Viewpoint: Interconnected neural networks drive breakthrough optimization

Cohen, G., Imubit

We have all learned that technology alone will not improve our operations.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 111: Predict the cause of cracks in gear teeth and time to failure

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

In the practice of engineering, we sometimes wish for better hindsight or foresight.

Reliability: Finding upgraded sealing solutions

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

By universal agreement, the safety and reliability of facilities in the hydrocarbon processing industry—and most other industrial plants—are of highest importance.

High-frequency acoustic excitation—Part 2

Datta, A. K., Process Consultant

Failure of a piping section at the outlet of pressure safety valves (PSVs) and control valves—where significant differential pressure exists (particularly in gas processing industries)—is a common problem in industries.

Down with downtime: Repair complex petrochemical components with selective electroplating

Arana, T., SIFCO ASC

The volatile impact of the coronavirus pandemic hit at the same time the petrochemical industry was entering a downcycle.

Strategies to minimize piping thermal maintenance system cost without compromising performance

Forbes, B., AMETEK

Where process fluid must be maintained within a certain operating temperature window, the piping will likely require the application of a thermal maintenance system.

Double-suction centrifugal compressor in ethylene plant inlet piping design

Zardynezhad, S., TurboTech Consulting Corp.

Centrifugal compressors are designed with different suction nozzle orientations and impeller layouts in casing.

Optimizing failure data analysis

Stewart, L., Statham, S., exida LLC

A critical objective of engineers who design an automatic protection system is to lower the false trip rate and to lower a key metric called average probability of failure on demand (PFDavg).