Maintenance & Reliability

Considerations for not providing a dedicated spare pressure-relief device

Namilakonda, P. K., Samsung Engineering

Pressure-relief devices play a critical role in the hydrocarbon processing industry.

Sensitivity analysis of a plug flow reactor

Laturkar, K., Facility for Rare Isotope Beams; Laturkar, K., Validation Associates LLC

A sensitivity analysis study evaluates uncertainties in a model’s output based on the changes in the input parameters of the model.

HP Flashback: Excerpts from the 1960s: Petrochemicals rise in prominence and new know-how in refining processes

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Petrochemicals rise in prominence and new know-how in refining processes

History of the HPI: The 1960s: Synthetic oils, zeolite catalysts, LLDPE, OPEC and and creation of the PLC

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

During the 1960s, the global refining and petrochemical industries witnessed new processes and products that enhanced the daily lives of millions of people around the world.

Business Trends: Insights from the 2020 Worldwide Fuels Refinery Performance Analysis

Achacoso, M., HSB Solomon Associates LLC

The author’s company recently completed its data analysis for the 2020 Worldwide Fuels Refinery Performance Analysis (Fuels Study).

Reliability: Consider packaged twin-screw compressors

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Compressors are widely used in the process industries to move fluids and gases within and outside the boundary of a process.

Editorial Comment: Pathways towards a more sustainable HPI

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Among the dominant, far-reaching themes within the global refining and petrochemicals industries are the increase in biofeedstocks processing to produce biofuels and greener petrochemicals, the continued push towards clean fuels production, regulations and initiatives to adhere to net-zero emissions targets, and a surge in capital investments to build renewables and sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) plants.

Mechanical impact of rerating process equipment

Rupesh, S., Independent Consultant

Process equipment operating in a brownfield environment is often rerated pertaining to the changes in process parameters during debottlenecking.

High risk, high stakes: Why digitalization is critical for hydrocarbon processing

Reynolds, S., AVEVA

Hydrocarbon processing, by nature, is a high-risk operation.

Air-cooled heat exchanger operation under emergency cooling service

Pramanik, R., Contributing Editor

One of the challenges in the operation of air cooled heat exchangers (ACHEs) is to decide whether or not to operate under natural convection.