Maintenance & Reliability

Redundant control pilot valve system adds reliability in downstream operation

Boltniew, G., Emerson

In downstream processing facilities, such as refineries and chemical plants, downtime is a significant source of lost revenue.

Air-to-air pneumatic booster fail-safe system for valves

Aguirre, M., Cowan Dynamics

In pneumatic valve automation systems, it is common to hear the following terms for valve positions: “fail open (FO),” “fail close (FC)” and “fail last (FL)”.

Advanced methods for controlling boiler tube corrosion and fouling—Part 1

Kraetsch, K., Buecker, B., ChemTreat, Inc.

Many heavy industrial plants, such as refineries and petrochemical facilities, require steam for numerous processes, including powering turbines, providing energy for a variety of unit operations and even heating buildings in some locations.

Monitoring hydrogen plant performance—Part 1

Ramakumar, K. R., Johnson Matthey Process Technologies

Process monitoring is an indispensable practice to keep track of key performance indicators (KPIs) of the hydrogen (H2) plant.

Industry Perspectives

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

On October 28, Hydrocarbon Processing will announce the winners of the 2021 HP Awards during a virtual streaming event.

Industry Perspectives

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In mid-August, Hydrocarbon Processing announced the finalists of the 2021 HP Awards, celebrating innovative technologies and people that have been instrumental in improving facility operations over the past year and are making the HPI safer, more efficient and more profitable.

Corrosion under insulation on stainless steel

Rupesh, S., Independent Consultant

Corrosion under insulation (CUI) is a severe form of localized external corrosion that occurs on stainless steel (SS) that has been insulated.

Enhanced unit monitoring enabled by digital twin

Chellani, J., KBC, a Yokogawa Company; Winter, G., Alshaikh, A., Saudi Aramco

Process engineers must continuously monitor the health and performance of process units.

Implementation of advanced level control techniques in refinery operations

Mandal, K. K., Nayara Energy Ltd.

Plant performance depends on stable operations, with steady feed, product flow, temperature and pressure control as per process requirements.

Show Preview: IRPC Operations: Optimizing operations and maintenance in the HPI

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) is constantly investing in new technologies to optimize operations.