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Continuous monitoring of creep in equipment

Raffineria di Milazzo: D’Antonio, F.

In this article, the development of a customized program—designed by the author and used at Raffineria di Milazzo—for the continuous monitoring of creep in vessels and piping is explained.

MAA refinery—Bunker fuel oil challenge: Stable and compatible VLSFO production

Kuwait National Petroleum Co.: Matar, M. B.  |  Al-Mane, A.  |  Rajendran, M.

Studies have been conducted on strategies for bunker fuel oil (BFO) production with reduced sulfur and catalytic fines concentration limits.

Dual-mechanical seal arrangement for hot pump service

TurboTech Consulting Corp.: Zardynezhad, S.

Selecting mechanical seals for hot services in an oil refinery or petrochemical plant is always a challenging task—and it is a task that needs careful attention, since the wrong seal selection can have a significant impact on pump reliability and availability.

Keeping fugitive emissions costs down with low-E valves

Swagelok: Hunsicker, S.

Fugitive emissions have become an increasingly critical area of interest for chemical processing and refining facilities.

If you want AI to overcome limitations, give it more scalability

AspenTech: Brooks, M.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has caused a significant buzz not only within the hydrocarbon processing industry but also in everyday activities.

Integral vs. proportional gap for averaging level control

The University of Pretoria: Gous, G.  |  De Vaal, P.

In process plants, many instances of level control are required to keep the material balance of the plant from integrating to undesired operating conditions.

Why EPC firms are accelerating digitalization

AspenTech: Donnelly, P.

Even before the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms were already under considerable stress.

Project Optimization: Improve propylene recovery at FCC and DCU gas plants with mobile industrial refrigeration

Aggreko Process Services EMEA: Capra, M.

Polypropylene demand remained strong through the 2020 pandemic crisis and is booming in the Asia region, driven by strong Chinese import growth.

Reliability: Thinking outside of the box

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

In late 1989, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District asked the author to present a three-day equipment maintenance course at one of its large effluent treatment facilities.

Analyze pressure loss during FCC standpipe catalyst transfer

PetroChina Karamay Petrochemical Co.: Wei, P.  |  Hongwei, Q.
China University of Petroleum: Yansheng, L.

The fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) is the primary conversion equipment for modern refineries to obtain clean transportation fuels, along with high-grade petrochemical feedstock.