Maintenance & Reliability

Reliability: Calculating the value of upgrading: Shortcut estimations find savings and payback

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Bearings are precision components; to survive, they require clean lubricants in adequate amounts.

Editorial Comment: Refining’s evolution: Technology driving innovation

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Since its inception in 1922, Hydrocarbon Processing—originally called Petroleum Refiner when first published—has focused on delivering the latest refining technologies to readers around the world.

Reliability: ARC spring dampers eliminate compressor instability

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A recent book1 describes novel approaches in applied process gas compressor technology.

Editorial Comment: Advancing ideas and best practices by learning from others

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

For 99 yr, Hydrocarbon Processing has provided hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) professionals around the world with the latest technologies, best practices, know-how and case studies.

Control software drives sustainable performance and production

Sims, S., Emerson

In the face of changing dynamics around the world, hydrocarbon manufacturers are finding the need to not only change strategies, but also to continually adapt those strategies to meet new social and consumer expectations.

Continuous monitoring of creep in equipment

D’Antonio, F., Raffineria di Milazzo

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.

Dual-mechanical seal arrangement for hot pump service

Zardynezhad, S., TurboTech Consulting Corp.

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

Hunsicker, S., Swagelok

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

Online treatment of a slide valve fault in an FCCU

Ruibo, G., PetroChina Jinzhou Petrochemical Co.; Wei, P., Yansheng, L., China University of Petroleum

The regeneration slide valve is a key piece of equipment that controls the ratio of catalyst to oil and reaction temperature in FCC units (FCCUs).

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

Brooks, M., AspenTech

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