Maintenance & Reliability

Industry Perspectives: What topics do you want to hear about?

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Throughout Hydrocarbon Processing’s 97 yr of publishing technical material for the refining and petrochemical industries, the journal has focused on numerous topics to optimize downstream processing facility operations.

Equipment life assessment—An exercise to help ensure plant equipment integrity and reliability

Anwer, A., Contributing Editor

Numerous plants around the world operate with hazardous oil and gas, petrochemicals and refining fluids that have surpassed their design life.

Raman spectroscopy for the optimization of hydrogen usage in refineries

Sutherland, S., SpectraSensors

Approximately 700 refineries are in operation worldwide, producing a range of petroleum products including gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, liquified petroleum gas (LPG) and fuel oils.

Mitigating corrosion challenges from opportunity crudes

Wold, K., Emerson Automation Solutions

High-quality crudes are not always readily available, or at a price that is acceptable to the producer’s budget.

The benefits of automatic batch distillation

Process control methods have been applied to batch distillation of crude oil and intermediate oils performed in the Chevron DPST labs in Richmond, California.

Welded plate heat exchangers cut refinery process costs—Part 2

Broad, R., GESMEX Exchangers GmbH; Kauders, P., CDE Projects Ltd.

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

Online Exclusive: Interview with AspenTech at Optimize 2019

Hydrocarbon Processing's Editor, Associate Publisher Lee Nichols met with Aspen Technology's Ron Beck, Director of Industry Marketing, Oil and Gas, and Paul Donnelly, Director, Industry Marketing, at AspenTech's Optimize 2019 conference.

Topaz embraces IoT with BHGE’s VitalyX Lubricant Monitoring System

Topaz Energy and Marine has signed a long-term agreement and placed an order with Baker Hughes, a GE company to collaborate on deploying BHGE’s lubricant condition monitoring system, VitalyX.

Calculate shell-and-tube exchanger heat input for PSV fire case

Su, S., ProPEng Inc.

According to API Recommended Practice (RP) 521, 4.4.13.1, “Fire exposure on equipment can result in overpressure due to vapor generation and/or fluid expansion.

Pump sealing for low-temperature hydrocarbons and liquefied atmospheric gases

Savage, M., John Crane Inc.

Pumping of low-temperature and cryogenic fluids requires specific and unique engineering technologies for the shaft sealing system.