HP Reliability: Avoid unnecessary developments

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

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

Kaupert, K., Energent

New models eliminate vibration problems and improve process reliability

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

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

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..

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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.

Rethink lubrication and steam issues on emergency equipment

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

‘Best available technology’ is a must for backup systems

HP Reliability: How do you size expansion chambers (assuming it is needed)

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Expansion chambers (Fig. 1) are designed to restrict pressure increase in closed volumes. From basic physics, we, of course, know that the pressure in a closed volume increases as temperature goes up...

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Foam provides effective thermal insulationBASF’s specialty foam Basotect is now used for the first time to insulate pipes in a liquefied natural gas (LNG) tank terminal in Gwangyang, Korea. The p..

HP Reliability: Consider ‘water washing’ for steam turbines

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff; Dowson, P., Elliott Group

Occasions may arise when deposits form on the internal parts of steam turbines. The accumulation of these deposits may be indicated by a gradual increase in stage pressures over time with no evidence ..

HP Viewpoint: Consider new developments in antifouling coatings for rotating equipment

Dowson, P., Elliott Group

Innovative materials and applications protect critical centrifugal compressors and steam turbines from erosion and corrosion