HP Reliability: Consider best-of-class lubrication practices

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

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

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

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

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

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

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

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

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..

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.

Rethink lubrication and steam issues on emergency equipment

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

‘Best available technology’ is a must for backup systems