Pumps

Mitigation actions to prevent vibration during factory tests of SAGD boiler feedwater pumps

Zardynezhad, S., TurboTech Consulting Corp.

The most vital information on the condition of boiler feedwater (BFW) pumps is vibration.

Aging pressure relief valves: Are you managing history well?

Younas, J., EFERT

The risks associated with the malfunction or blockage of pressure safety valves (PSVs) are significant, and operating facilities invest heavily in preventive maintenance (PM) programs to mitigate the risks and ensure that PSVs are functioning exactly as per design requirements.

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.