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Reducing Soil-Side Corrosion in Abovegound Storage Tanks

Potential maintenance and repair cost savings are significant when employing vapor corrosion inhibitors either as a standalone mitigation technique, or as a complement to conventional cathodic protection methods, in aboveground storage tanks Mitigation of external corrosion on the bottoms of…

January 2023 Bookshelf: Recently Published Books for the CPI

The following lists recently published books of relevance to the chemical process industries (CPI): The Other Side of Safety: Moving from Results-Based to Behavior-Based. By Robert Palmer, CRC Press, 2023, 154 pages, $71.96. A New Approach to HAZOP of Complex…

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Simultaneous Pump and System Sizing

Flow analysis can aid in simultaneously sizing pumps and associated piping systems. The concurrent sizing can reduce wasted energy and improve pump reliability In the chemical process industries (CPI), a variety of incredible process-simulation tools are available to provide greater…

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Pump Troubleshooting Using Video Analysis

By allowing maintenance professionals to visualize vibration on entire pump systems, video vibration analysis and motion magnification can help to rapidly diagnose vibration issues Video vibration analysis, and motion magnification in particular, is democratizing complex system-level vibration testing by making…

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Quantitative microbial monitoring for corrosion-relevant organisms

LuminUltra Technologies Ltd. (Fredericton, N.B., Canada; www.luminultra.com) recently launched a suite of DNA-based monitoring tools specifically designed to address organisms linked to microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC). The collection enables industrial users to collect, prepare and test samples for a range…

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Polymer-based Piping Systems: Meeting the Challenges of the CPI

Due to favorable properties, such as light weight and corrosion resistance, plastic-piping systems are suitable for a growing number of applications Over the past few decades, plastic-piping systems have been adopted in many different sectors of the chemical process industries…

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Managing Fouling in Heat Exchangers

Fouling of heat exchanger surfaces reduces thermal efficiency. An improved understanding of fouling and the design factors that affect it can help ensure that heat exchange occurs during normal operating conditions Using tubular heat exchangers is an efficient and reliable…

Critical Flanges: Advanced Washers Eliminate Galling and Hot Work

During vessel breakout activities, plants should pay close attention to the design of the washers used on bolted flanges. A simple change in this area can help to reduce downtime and improve safety Bolted flanges on vessels, and their associated…

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Safety Relief Valves: Installation and Maintenance

Using proper installation practices and adhering to maintenance schedules helps ensure reliable operation of safety-relief valves Safety-relief valves are critical components of any pressurized system. In fact, a functioning safety-relief valve could be the most important piece of equipment on…

CE Podcast: Andreas Eschbach, CEO of eschbach

On this episode of the Chemical Engineering podcast, senior editor Scott Jenkins is joined by eschbach Europe and North America founder and CEO Andreas Eschbach, who discusses the progress and implications of the digital transformation in the chemical process industries,…