Turbines

Electric drive LNG can grow with the clean energy transition

Ellrich, J., Black & Veatch

As companies across markets set aggressive decarbonization goals and sustainability commitments to align with changing regulations and consumer demands for greener energy and fuel, the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry is searching for ways to lower emissions.

Advanced cleaner technology: Leveraging tailored solutions for reliability goals

Hannon, J., ExxonMobil Fuels and Lubricants

Operators at refineries, petrochemical plants and power generation companies are under constant pressure to reduce maintenance and operational costs, boost productivity, minimize risk of unplanned outages and maximize time between overhaul periods.

HP Flashback: Excerpts from the 1950s: Capacity expands after WW2 and technologies and maintenance mature

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The following is a mixture of technical articles, columns and headlines published in the 1950s by Petroleum Refiner, the forerunner to Hydrocarbon Processing.

Rotating equipment oil systems optimization guideline

The industry is moving away from oil shaft seals and hydraulic speed control for turbines to advanced alternatives.

Valves, Pumps and Turbomachinery: Be cautious with systems that are not foolproof

Mishra, R., Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals and Fertilizers,

Mechanical systems, especially rotary equipment, are designed to support easy maintenance jobs with less complexity and low chances of incorrect installation.

Safety and environmental benefits of reliability engineering

Troyer, D., O'Malley, C., T. A. Cook

When you boil down the mission of reliability to its bare essence, the job is to deliver maximum operational availability for the least amount of money over the lifecycle of the asset.

Impact plant performance by improving the steam system

Walter, J. P., TLV Corp.

Petrochemical plants and refineries face production and profitability challenges on multiple fronts.

Reliability: Taking ownership of problems

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Taking ownership of issues during a critical or troubling time is just as important as assuming responsibility during times of opportunity and benefit.

Reliability: Plan startups wisely and involve SMEs

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

DE, a retired former colleague of mine, recounted his experience as an expert witness for ABC in litigation against XYZ. (Note that I picked the letters A through M for the plaintiff’s side; N through Z are assigned to the defendants.)

Engineering Case Histories: Case 110: A checklist for vibration analysis

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

Periodically, I receive questions from engineers around the world on why a piece of critical machinery is vibrating excessively.