Improving Operabilty & Reliability Volume 1: Equipment Systems


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Delivered in a PDF format, 231 pages.

When it comes to ensuring optimal plant reliability in chemical process industries (CPI) facilities, small issues can turn into big — even catastrophic — events, which can have operating, safety and financial implications. A sound strategy for improving plant operability and reliability requires close attention to the day-to-day operations of equipment components and systems.

This book provides a wealth of information, engineering recommendations and strategies for keeping plant components running in top condition, and taking the necessary steps to avert problems that can lead to unwanted downtime, increased maintenance costs and safety or environmental problems. Articles included focus on such key topics as proper design, operation and management of pumps, valves, fans, heat exchangers, boilers, compressors and more.  

Also provided is guidance for proper temperature measurement and control, piping system design and maintenance, bulk-solids handling tips. 

Articles include:

Advanced Control Methods for Combustion
Advanced control techniques can raise efficiency and lower pollutant emissions in industrial combustion.

The capabilities and adoption of several methods are discussed
Hot-oil heat-tracing systems

Heat Exchanger Standards for Shell-and-Tube Equipment
Reliable operation of shell-and-tube heat exchangers begins with an appropriate standard. This article provides an overview of those that are applicable

A Primer on Compressor Design
From initial conceptualization to final calculation, designing compressors requires not only engineering intuition and robust simulation tools, but also a bit of creativity

Control Engineering for Chemical Engineers
Chemical engineers who are aware of process control requirements and challenges are in a position to improve process designs

Particle Impact Problems in Pneumatic Conveying
Pneumatically conveyed solid materials inevitably impact pipe walls and other particles, which can create processing and equipment problems. Provided here is an outline of potential problems related to particle impacts and the physics behind them

Crossflow Membrane Filtration Essentials
Several aspects of crossflow membrane filtration , including process design, equipment selection and control, are detailed here

Infrared Temperature Measurement

Thermowell Installation

Pressure measurement considerations

Maximizing Fan Efficiency

Optimization of a Steam Network

Proper configuration of steam-turbine drivers affects power generation in petroleum refineries

Design Underground Piping For Safety
Buried systems bear a number of unique risks and require special considerations, including those related to soil characteristics and seismic loads

Evaluate Heat-Exchanger Tube-Rupture Scenarios Using Dynamic Simulation
Applying dynamic simulation models to tube-rupture scenarios can help ensure more accurate sizing and hazard assessments

The Impact of Off-BEP Pump Operation

Gas Turbines: Design and Operating Considerations
Follow these engineering recommendations to improve gas turbine operation and performance while reducing operating costs

Valve-Selection Best Practices
Precise combinations of valves and other equipment lead to process success. A biopolymer fermentation process provides an example of proper valve selection

Maximizing Performance In Size Reduction

Expect more in selection and scaleup, prediction of energy consumption and reliability

Combining the use of Rupture Discs with Relief Valves
Using the two devices together offers significant benefits in chemical processes. Here is how to take advantage of them

Filtration and Separation During Chemical Process Operations: Avoid Common Errors
The seven commonly made mistakes discussed here often lead to poor filtration and separation performance and many associated problems

Why Bad Things Happen to Good Steam Equipment
Accounting for an entire steam-trap population is crucial to avoiding safety incidents and suboptimal production — high-priority consideration must be given to steam-system management

Rotating Machinery: What You Should Know About Operational Problems
Follow this guidance to improve the operation, safety and reliability of rotating machinery in chemical process plants

Steel Corrosion

Five Steps to Replacing Aged Heat-Transfer Fluid
Follow these guidelines to help ensure efficient operation of heat transfer systems, and proper exchange and disposal of aged fluids

Compressors: Pursuing Lowest Cost of Ownership
Proper specification, purchase, mechanical-run and shop performance testing, installation, operation and maintenance are all important

Piping-System Leak Detection and Monitoring for the CPI
Eliminating the potential for leaks is an integral part of the design process that takes place at the very onset of facility design

Reliable Operation and Sealing of Agitators
Mechanical seals, as required by most vessel agitators, are systems sufficiently complex to warrant a good understanding by engineers and appropriate training for operators

Proper Use of Conventional PRV Discharge Coefficients
In order to correctly size pressure relief valves (PRVs), a robust understanding of discharge coefficients for vapor, liquid and two-phase flow is crucial

Industrial Insulation Systems: Material Selection Factors
To provide the desired functions while being exposed to harsh environments, insulation material should be carefully selected and specified to meet the design goals

Pressure Transmitter Basics: Selection Guidelines
Climbing the decision tree to pick the right pressure sensor

Pneumatic Conveying: Optimal System Design, Operation and Control
Numerous strategies and options for both dilute- and dense-phase conveying systems are presented here

Pipe Insulation: Finding the Optimal Thickness
Avoid tedious numerical calculation by using this quick, shortcut method

Industrial Adsorbents

Piping Codes: What the CPI Engineer Should Know
An overview of the codes and standards that are most pertinent to chemical processing facilities

Vacuum Systems: Recommendations For Safe Operation
Follow this guidance to ensure that steam ejector systems, mechanical vacuum pumps and integrated vacuum systems are designed, operated and maintained to ensure process safety

Improve Rotary Equipment Reliability with Checklists
Design selection and commissioning of rotary equipment can benefit by following a structured, checklist-based method and by promoting enduser involvement

Mechanical Seals Update: Pharmaceutical and Food Applications
For applications that require cleanliness, be sure your centrifugal pumps have the proper seals

Troubleshooting Tube-Deterioration Mechanisms in Direct-Fired Heaters
A practical step-by-step guide for reducing future tube failure