HP Reliability: Reassessing and updating electric motor bearing lubrication

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Over the past 25 years, this column has often dealt with electric motor lubrication. As listed in the recommended reading list, this subject is often asked and, of course, there are updates to the rec..

HP Viewpoint: Methanol takes on LNG for future marine fuels

Dolan, G. A., Methanol Institute

As the lifecycle economics of using MeOH compared with other emission compliance options become more evident, we will see the tide rising on the use of MeOH as a marine engine fuel.

HP Reliability: Consider oil-resistant cable terminations to increase electric motor reliability

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Most engineers are familiar with adhesive-coated insulating tape used by electricians in the field and maintenance shop. If we use this tape in the engine compartment of an automobile, it will soon be..

HP Engineering Case Histories: Case 83: What are useful questions to ask before starting a vibration analysis?

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

Periodically, this author receives questions from readers throughout the world addressing what performance issues could be wrong with a centrifugal compressor that is vibrating. Note: It is impossible..

Fine-tune monitoring of critical compressors

Loeken, J., PROGNOST Systems GmbH

In this case history, a new monitoring system was installed on a critical service hyper compressor for a Middle East (ME) ethylene complex. This unit supported two 400 Mton polyethylene (PE) units; do..

HP Reliability: Plan now to deal with stressed equipment later

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) “Today in Energy” brief evaluated how US refineries are processing record amounts of crude oil (Fig. 1), with Midwest and Gulf Co..

How to select compressors for various process services

Geitner, F. K., Consultant; Bloch, H. P., Professional engineer

Every style or type of compressor was developed to serve a particular process purpose. Collective references have devoted hundreds of thousands of pages on this topic. Two books have attempted to summ..

Update on control and safety systems for turbomachinery

Staroselsky, S., Compressor Controls Corp.; Jacobson, W., McWhirter, J., Compressor Controls

All plant workers want to reduce the safety risk associated with turbomachinery operation while avoiding nuisance trips. The goal is to run machines in an efficient manner. In this context, safety ris..

HP Reliability: Can integrally geared compressors be successfully used with variable speeds?

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A recent HP webinar answered a number of compressor-related questions. This same webinar also generated a few additional ones. A viewer thought that two statements from this presentation were in contr..

Raise profitability through continuous performance evaluations

Bhachu, U., Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.

Reliability engineers use a wide variety of tools to support plant equipment and to optimize unit uptime and availability. Sound reliability programs assist organizations to be more competitive in the..