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Effective Turnaround Steering Teams

One aspect of process plant maintenance turnaround preparation efficiency that is often overlooked is the role of the steering team in ensuring turnaround success. In recent years it has become clear that a well-functioning Steering Team (or Steering Committee) is a vital component in successful turnaround preparation, planning, and execution. Frequently, process plant site leadership […]

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CCR Naphtha Reforming Regenerator Side Turnaround Atmospheric Regenerator Part 1 of 2

This article focuses on the turnaround (TA) of a UOP CCR PlatformingTM regenerator and covers activities related to the atmospheric regenerator, although, much of what’s written here can be applied to UOP CycleMaxTM, as well.  We’ll focus on the preparation and removal of disengaging hopper and regenerator inner screen. A separate article(s) will follow to […]

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Considerations for Formulation of Products in Stirred Tanks

When formulating complex products, stirred tanks are traditionally used because of inherent advantages in semi-batch operations.  While there is interest in moving from batch to continuous processes in the context of process intensification [1], a semi-batch stirred tank will remain the best option for complex formulations. For instance, a single stirred tank can be designed […]

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Evaluation of Piping Loads on Nozzles

Are load considerations different between vessel nozzles and pump nozzles?  In general, yes.  For vessels, nozzle loads are generally calculated to determine if reinforcement of the nozzle is required for it to safely accept the loads.  For a pump, design of the nozzle for the loads is not the consideration.  Rather, it is the net […]

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Mechanical Integrity Snapshot: Asia-Pac

An Interview with Andy Saunders-Tack, Managing Director, Asia-Pac at Becht  Below is an outline of a recent interview published in Inspectioneering. You can see the whole interview in its entirety at: MI Snapshot: Asia-Pacific – An Interview with Andy Saunders-Tack (inspectioneering.com). The article focuses on Andy’s journey, expertise, and insights into asset integrity and reliability, […]

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Design of Flue Gas Quench Sections

In the development of aircraft engines, physical tests are necessary to examine the overall performance of the engines. The exhaust gas from the test engine has high temperatures and often high pressures. The gas must be quenched before releasing to the atmosphere. A water-spray quench section is used for this purpose. The design of the […]

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WA DOSH update – Damage Mechanism Reviews (DMR)

On December 27, 2023, the Washington Division Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) filed a permanent rulemaking motion to adopt changes to how Process Safety Management (PSM) is handled for oil refineries within the state of Washinton.  This regulation was approved in response to high-profile industry incidents in the state of Washington in the last 5 […]

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CCR Naphtha Reforming Regenerator Side – Zone by Zone: Surge Hopper and Reduction Zone

The final topic in the “Regenerator Zone-by-Zone” series will be on the Reduction Zone (RZ). It is noted that there have been several design and equipment improvements with the UOP CycleMaxTM RZ vs. the older Atmo units, but the goal is still the same, to complete the reduction of an oxidized catalyst prior to it […]

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Changes to f Factor in ASME B31.3 in the 2022 Edition

In the 2022 edition of ASME B31.3, the f factor was changed. There have been some mixed reactions in articles and social media; hopefully, this blog can put the matter in perspective. The f factor is used to reduce the allowable displacement stress range to prevent fatigue failure.  It is based on welded pipe fatigue […]

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Becht’s Learning & Development 2024 Resolutions

Happy New Year! As we all embark on new adventures in 2024, it’s important to start with a sense of purpose and goals for the future. A new year is always a time for growth – personally and professionally – and Becht’s training team has taken this to heart! Becht’s training courses highlight, discuss, and […]

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