Maintenance & Reliability

Coupling maintenance strategies for critical equipment

Del Campo, J., Regal Beloit

Unplanned outages due to mechanical failures can cost millions of dollars of lost production time for oil and gas companies.

Corrosion impact of the mixture of butanol-blended gasoline

The role of octane boosters on the corrosivity of petroleum products for gasoline/diesel engines has attracted more attention in the auto fuel market due to the depletion of fossil fuels in the world’s feedstock.

Getting onboard with modernization

Robling, D., Schneider Electric

While electrical equipment typically has a lengthy lifespan, it is not meant to last, or be relevant, forever.

Viva Energy’s Geelong refinery reduces FCCU turnaround risk

Blaser, P., Pendergrass, J., CPFD LLC; Gabites, J., Brooke, A., Viva Energy Australia

Change involves risk. Many fluidized catalytic cracking units (FCCUs) can be operated more profitably, but changes to achieve more efficient operations can be risky.

A game-changing approach to furnace safeguarding

Mickity, D., Phillips 66

This work is a follow-up article to “Automate furnace controls to improve safety and energy efficiency,” which was published in the June 2014 edition of Hydrocarbon Processing.

Additive solutions to SOx emissions in FCCUs

Genç, M., Dalgıç, E., Karani, U., Emiroglu, I., Er, I., Gul, A., Avcilar, S., TÜPRAŞ; Ventham, T., Johnson Matthey Process Technologies

Sulfur oxide additives are typically based on hydrotalcite or magnesium aluminate spinel-type structures. Magnesium alumina is the pickup agent present in the most effective SOx additives on the market; therefore, to optimize SOx reduction, it is critical to maximize the amount of the critical magnesium component in the fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) in an efficient and cost-effective way.

Industry Perspectives: The latest advancements in refining/petrochemical technologies on display

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

From September 25–26, Hydrocarbon Processing will bring its International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC) back to the US.

Digital: Improve chemical production with the IoT

If chemical companies want to remain competitive and move forward in a changing world, they must rapidly adopt innovative technologies.

Reliability: Better pumps and seals for HF service

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In mid-2017, we received a well-written request from a young reliability engineer.

Attaining TCO nirvana with outcome-based services

Linton, S., Honeywell Process Solutions

The industrial manufacturing sector is grappling with an unprecedented number of challenges.