Fired Heater Risk Ranking – Owners Can Mitigate Risks Of Operation

…by Eileen Chant and Abby King Fired heaters are critical equipment items in the process industries and are often overlooked since they don’t fit nicely into a single category of equipment or existing programs in the same way a pump or pressure vessel does. Safe and reliable operation is essential to avoiding adverse health, safety, […]

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Fitness-For-Service API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 – Substantive Changes in the 2016 Edition

Authors: Eileen Chant, Greg Epremian, Magnus Gustafsson, Ranjan Nadarajah, Mark Stonehouse API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 is a Standard jointly published by API and ASME.  The purpose of the document is to provide a consensus of methods to quantitatively evaluate commonly observed damage to in-service pressure equipment.  Since it was first issued by API in 2000, this […]

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Brittle Fracture Resistance Workbook API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 Approach (Fitness-For-Service)

Description Process vessels such as towers, drums and heat exchangers may be exposed to low temperatures as a part of normal operation or as the result of an upset condition. Carbon and low alloy steels typically used in process vessels undergo a transition from ductile to brittle behavior as temperature is reduced and are at […]

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Statistical Analysis of Non-Destructive Examination Data

In 2008, Becht Engineering was awarded a project by the Materials Technology Institute (MTI) to develop an inspection guideline document and software tool for the collection and analysis of inspection data for piping, piping components and pressure vessels. Dr. Eileen Chant , as project manager, collaborated with Bob Sims of Becht, Dr. Mark Stone of […]

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Materials Technology Institute Polymeric Risk-Based Inspection Pilot Project

Becht was selected by the Materials Technology Institute (MTI) to adapt its Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) methodology to develop an RBI work process for above-ground, fiberglass reinforced polymer (FRP) storage tanks.  The Becht RBI methodology, which complies with API RP 580, was initially used for metallic fixed equipment and has been expanded to other types of […]

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Management of Aged Equipment Lacking Documentation

Proper inspection, maintenance and operation of aging equipment has become an important issue in today’s process and power industries. Industry codes and standards typically deal with the design of new equipment. More recently other codes and standards have been developed to deal with the repair, rerating or change of service of equipment dating back as […]

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Risk-Based Work Selection – Key to Optimized Turnaround Workscopes

Operations and Maintenance Practices in refineries focus on maximizing safety, reliability and profitability, in a highly competitive industry, with tight margins. A key consideration is to effectively manage annual maintenance costs which can be as high as 40-50 MM$/year for a medium size refinery. These costs can escalate to several hundred million dollars, if unplanned […]

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Risk-Based Work Selection – Key to Optimized Turnaround Workscopes

Operations and Maintenance Practices in refineries focus on maximizing safety, reliability and profitability, in a highly competitive industry, with tight margins. A key consideration is to effectively manage annual maintenance costs which can be as high as 40-50 MM$/year for a medium size refinery. These costs can escalate to several hundred million dollars, if unplanned […]

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