Turbines

Improve quality of lubricating fluids via filtration

Kroger, K. G., Puradyn Filter Technologies

Micro-sized dust particles, along with water, can ruin the best lubricating fluids. Contamination of lubricating fluids can occur due to the byproducts of combustion, metal wear, oxidation and more. T..

Wide design margins do not improve engineering

Toghraei, M., Engrowth Training

Engineers use design and safety factors in sizing and specifying instrumentation or major process equipment, such as pumps, valves and compressors. Design factors are applied to cover the uncertainty ..

HP Reliability: Was that a failure or ‘just a repair’?

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Purists among reliability professionals are sometimes concerned about the accuracy of the measurement of the mean-time-between-failure (MTBF) of an asset. There are many ways to conduct this failure f..

HP Engineering Case Histories: Case 76: Simple troubleshooting analysis tips are useful

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

Analyzing failed parts or poor operation requires the proper skills and equipment. Sometimes these investigations are not always very difficult. Often, troubleshooting a failure just requires a logica..

HP Innovations

Blume, Adrienne, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Software combines crude management with designInvensys released its integrated Spiral CrudeSuite crude oil knowledge-management software (Fig. 1) with its SimSci PRO/II design and ROMeo optimization s..

Recommended guidelines can help prevent fires caused by static electricity

O’Brien, M., Newson Gale

For any person working in the oil and gas industry who is responsible for the safety of employees, colleagues, plant equipment and property, one of the most potentially confusing aspects in providing ..

HP Reliability: Maintain proficiency in root-cause-failure analysis

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Earlier in the year, the author attended a series of client and organizers’ presentations at the 2013 TapRooT Summit in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. TapRooT is a structured failure analysis and trouble..

HP Reliability: Why users must update design contractors’ understanding

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In early 2012, a rotating equipment engineer was involved in a machinery quality assessment (MQA).1 Located halfway around the globe, this engineer’s new job was to oversee the engineering, procu..

HP Viewpoint: Increase the visibility and reliability of all major plant assets

Scheef, D., Dresser-Rand

Turbomachinery, essential to refining and petrochemical operations, has significant impact on plant production, maintenance and energy consumption. One of the most effective ways to improve turbomachi..

HP Innovations

Blume, Adrienne, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Burner management system ideal for retrofitsPrincipal Technology Inc. offers a modern burner management system (BMS) (Fig. 1) specifically designed for the retrofit of legacy boilers, ovens, furnaces ..