Pumps

Reliability: Houston: We have another problem

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The state of understanding science and facts on one side and distinguishing these from anecdotes and far-fetched opinions on the other side, should be concerning to us.

Vertically suspended molten sulfur pumping challenges and best practices

Brashler, K., Allah, W. K., Saudi Aramco

The objective of this article is to share industry experience related to the reliability challenges with vertically suspended molten sulfur pumps. Due to the operating temperatures and the unique chemical properties of sulfur, several operational and reliability challenges are inherently present across the industry.

Hydrocarbon Processing 2021 Awards FINALISTS

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Hydrocarbon Processing, the downstream processing sector’s leading technical publication for nearly 100 yr, has announced the finalists for its fifth annual HP Awards, which celebrate innovative technologies and people that have been instrumental in improving facility operations over the past year.

Reliability: Update your pump and mechanical seal specifications

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A professionally presented course in pump fundamentals caught our eye recently.

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.

Innovations

Mike Rhodes, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

What are the latest advancements in HPI technologies? This month’s Innovations section details the tools and technologies that are optimizing plant operations.

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.

Oil refinery/petrochemical integration in a CO2-constrained world—Part 2

Petrochemical demand will increase with gross domestic product, while the demand for motor fuels will only show modest growth and may even decline in certain regions, given environmental/legislative pressures and the introduction of battery-powered electric vehicles.

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.

Case study: Reliability of low-flow, high-head pumps

Badughaish , M., Saudi Aramco

Pumps are one of the key elements used in different industries, including oil and gas, petrochemicals and water treatment.