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Special Report: Plant Safety and Environment
Determining the proper hazardous area classification
Here's a common-sense approach using a basic four-part process
What you should know about liquid thermal expansion
Decision flowchart aids in correct thermal relief valve requirements
Inspecting inaccessible piping
Long-range ultrasonic testing is a useful technique
Aged interconnecting piping integrity management
The approach is based on an innovative matrix
Determining system depressurizing requirements
Use these guidelines to prevent loss of containment during emergency situations
Considerations for safe and effective design of feedwater heaters
Accounting for dry wall safety margins will impact estimates for condensing area and desuperheating area within the heater
Consider classroom training for plant operators
Course materials are specially focused on the safe, environmentally sound and efficient operations of a processing facility
Smart actuators can prevent valve failure during critical events
They enable partial stroke testing (PST) and ensure the PST signal doesn't interfere with a simultaneous emergency shutdown signal
What chemical engineers should know about ASME codes
Section VIII code defines safety issues and design requirements for pressure vessels
Bonus Report: Sustainability
Carbon capture and storage: Solution or a challenge
Established and new technologies will be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Low-carbon refinery: Dream or reality
These steps show how to implement an effective carbon management system at your facility
Integrate refinery carbon dioxide reduction plans plant-wide
Carbon capture and reduction schemes or combination of various processes have economic value and depend on many factors
Engineering Case Histories
Plant Safety and Environment
HP Control: Where do you take those inferential models from?
Charts shown in my editorials, illustrating the performance of select first-principles models, have attracted much e-mail feedback. While mostly positive, some question why the editorials do not provi..
HP Reliability: Remembering Flixboro: part 2
Last month's column attempted to make the point that reliability professionals must search for answers to questions as to why equipment failed. It related when one of six cyclohexane oxidation reactor..
HP Water Management: Hurricane 101: Prep and recovery for utilities
The aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita reshaped hurricane planning. Recent hurricanes in the Gulf Coast continue to teach new lessons about storm threats and methods to minimize risk and hasten ..
HP Integration Strategies: Fieldbus Foundation makes progress: part 1
The Fieldbus Foundation has been making progress on several fronts that will help expand usage of the technology in both new plants and existing installations. New developments include a host registra..
HPIn Europe: Avoiding 'the coming subsidy trap' of cellulosic ethanol
In my last column, I wrote about my chance encounter with Ingemar Bjurenvall—a crop scientist and innovator who deplores the lack of attention paid to farming itself by the fledgling biofuels ind..
Trends and Resources
HP Associations: An inside look at the NPRA Q&A in Orlando
An inside look at the NPRA Q&A in Orlando The NPRA Q&A and Technology Forum invaded Orlando, Florida, for three days in early October. The gatherin..
System for real-time inspection of combustion processes The portable FireSight diagnostic system is said to be the easiest and most economical means to achieve real-time color-video monitoring and d..
HP Construction: North America
Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. (SES) has an agreement with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. to provide SES the option to execute up to 15 methanol-to-gasoline (MTG) technology licenses a..
HP Construction: Europe
Invensys Process Systems (IPS) has a contract to upgrade control and automation systems at a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and regasification plant at the Barcelona terminal in Spain. Un..
HP Construction: Middle East
Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Co. (Takreer) has selected UOP LLC to supply technology and engineering services for an expansion at its Ruwais refinery in the UAE. The refinery will produce propylene, ..
HP Construction: Asia-Pacific
Australian Energy Company Ltd. (AEC) has acquired a license for two Siemens Energy 500-MW coal gasifiers. The two gasifiers are destined for a fertilizer plant in Latrobe Valley, Australia, where they..
Automation solutions for refineries Four new full-color brochures for the refining industry detail specific Metso Automation Solutions for crude distillation, catalytic reformin..
HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
'No' to low-carbon fuels mandate Tesoro Refining & Marketing Co. has filed a lawsuit against the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to prevent i..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Asian petrochemicals propel growing demand for naphtha
The petrochemical sector in Asia is undergoing fundamental change. According to a recent analysis from FACTS Inc., three key forces are impacting the industry's outlook: Massive expansion of Asian..
HP Impact: HPImpact: 'Hard truths' still relevant for assessing energy industry
Last year, the National Petroleum Council (NPC) issued a comprehensive report, Facing the Hard Truths about Energy (see "HPImpact," September 2007, p. 27). Recently, key participants in the study ex..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Get 'back to basics,' advises refining industry analyst
The Golden Age has come and gone, and refining margins have fallen from their peaks, according to Blake Eskew, vice president at Purvin & Gertz, who presented a keynote address to NPRA's recent Q&A an..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Cost increases, delays threaten security of global gas markets
The past 18 months have been tumultuous for natural gas markets. Gas prices were high and volatile in all regional markets, with demand continuously growing and a dramatic increase of liquefied natu..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Updated valve primer aims to facilitate design for novice engineers
ISA reports the release of Control Valve Primer, A User's Guide, 4th Edition by Hans D. Baumann. The guide's fourth edition is claimed to be updated and significantly enlarged by adding sections on ..
HP Impact: HPImpact: China emerges as powerhouse in plastic additives industry
Demand from China has helped drive growth in the plastic additives industry, pushing the industry to 12.2 million metric tons in 2007. The industry as a whole was valued at $32 billion, according to..
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