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HP Engineering Case Histories: Case 70: Twenty rules for troubleshooting

Consulting Engineer: Sofronas, A.

In previous Engineering Case History columns, I have discussed checklists and their value in avoiding errors during startups. While the rules cannot replace common sense or a logical and methodical ap..

HP Reliability: Consider best-of-class lubrication practices

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

Last month’s column explained that all hydrocarbon processing (HP) facilities use machinery, and these machines require lubrication. Periodically auditing one’s lubrication practices is part..

HP Impact: The modern world of steel

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

The World Steel Association recently published the 2012 edition of “World Steel in Figures.” This study provides essential facts and statistics about the global steel industry, including inf..

HP Reliability: Rethink your auditing of lubrication practices

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

All hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) facilities use machinery, and every one of these machines requires lubrication of some type. Modern, profitability-minded plants thoughtfully manage their lub..

HP Engineering Case Histories: Case 69: Heat-up rate and rubs on a steam turbine

Consulting Engineer: Sofronas, A.

This column has suggested using simple analytical models to troubleshoot equipment. However, in some cases, a more detailed solution may be required. The following case histories examine the heat up o..

HP Reliability: Avoid unnecessary developments

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

Innovative thinking is appropriate in the hydrocarbon processing industry, and tremendous forward movement has occurred over the past 30 years. Innovation is to be commended, unless we invent or disco..

Use better designed turboexpanders to handle flashing fluids

Energent: Kaupert, K.

New models eliminate vibration problems and improve process reliability

HP Reliability: Selecting steam turbines in a ‘lean’ environment

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

We received a nice compliment recently from a reader in South America. He wrote: “I am a mechanical engineer working on power plant designs at a major corporation and admire your work as a writer..

HP Innovations: HPInnovations

AESSEAL wins big at IMechE awards   Fig. 1. Award-winning   AESSEAL offers a wide range   of products. The UK-based mechanical seals manufacturer was nominated for seven out o..

GE sees rising gas turbine sales in North America

GE has received more than $1 billion in orders for heavy duty and aeroderivative gas turbines for projects throughout North America in 2011, underscoring a growing trend to use abundant, cleaner-burning natural gas for power generation. That figure is up more than 10% from 2010, the company said.