Piping

Pinch analysis: A retrofit approach

Raza, S. A., Penspen Intl.; Hussain, I., Oman Refineries and Petrochemical Ind. Ltd. (Orpic)

Pinch analysis provides techniques for heat integration to design the heat exchanger network (HEN), not only for grassroots design but also to retrofit an existing system and optimize the process.

Hydrocarbon Processing Awards

Hydrocarbon Processing, the downstream processing sector’s leading technical publication, has announced the finalists for its third annual awards.

Address measurement uncertainty in pipelines and storage

Robson, B., TUV SUD

How would you measure the volume of a can of soup? The height should work, but what about diameter? Or, you can possibly just trust what the manufacturer has told you on the label.

Specify the pressure drop of a vent silencer

Casado, E., Empresarios Agrupados (EEAA)

Industrial facilities, such as refineries and petrochemical plants, have many systems and equipment that must relieve steam or gases through discharge piping to the atmosphere to avoid overpressure and protect the installation.

Innovations

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Librestream and ecom, a Pepperl+Fuchs brand, have collaborated on an innovation for asset analysis and safety inspections in hazardous locations: the Onsight Cube-Ex wearable camera.

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.

Oil flushing benefits and optimization

Toledano, I., Wattco

Oil flushing has a direct impact on the performance and lifespan of industrial equipment.

Assess remaining life for heater tubes

Patel, R., Singh, J., Ashutosh, Engineers India Ltd.

Refineries and petrochemical plants form some of the major sections of the hydrocarbon industry and consume much of the fuel that is burned in furnaces (heaters and specialty furnaces, such as reformers and crackers) to meet process heating requirements.

Develop reactor internals for optimizing reactor design - Part 2: High-performance mixing chamber

Ahn, E. S., Park, S. I., Song, I. C., Kim, G. B., Chang, G. S., GS Engineering and Construction

Most hydroprocessing reactors are fixed-bed reactors comprising several catalyst beds that are divided by quench zones containing mixing chambers that introduce a vapor-quenching medium.

Project Management: Estimate skid and package dimensions

Abid, J., Engineering Consultant

In the absence of vendor quotations or detailed engineering, preliminary dimensions of skids or packages can be estimated quickly using the ratio method.