December 2013

Safety/Loss Prevention

Consider process-based failure analysis methods for piping and equipment

Avoiding incident (or accident) recurrences at industrial systems is a long-standing problem, and it involves process safety strategies (PSSs). Incurring zero incidents is the ultimate goal for any st..

Avoiding incident (or accident) recurrences at industrial systems is a long-standing problem, and it involves process safety strategies (PSSs). Incurring zero incidents is the ultimate goal for any structured failure analysis. When applied to pipes and equipment, this investigation usually involves studying the damage mechanisms. Sometimes it requires deep and complex laboratory testing. Often, it is just based on team experience, visual inspection, design, codes, and process and maintenance information. However, the physical approach to failure analysis, which identifies the type of corrosion, metallurgical alteration or mechanical damage, is not conclusive or sufficient enough to avoid

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