January 2009

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HP Reliability: Recognizing advantageous API seal flush plans

A feature article in the May 2008 issue of HP dealt with sealing issues of interest to industry.1 It explained the energy conservation and environmental benefits described in the API literature. The p..

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A feature article in the May 2008 issue of HP dealt with sealing issues of interest to industry.1 It explained the energy conservation and environmental benefits described in the API literature. The purpose of this month's column is to show, in a single example, the importance of reliability engineers becoming familiar with the merits of one flush plan or another. In this instance, the value of changing from API Plan 21 (Fig. 1) to Plan 23 (Fig. 2) is briefly highlighted.   Fig. 1    API Flush Plan 21, product recirculation from discharge through flow-control orifice and heat exch

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