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Recommended sound pressure level for offshore facilities

Recommended sound (noise) pressure control level for offshore facilities according to industry standards. Read more

Unauthorized changes to alarm configuration should be checked as part of circuit maintenance

The need to provide a permanent record to document controller settings/configuration for programmable heating controllers in a manner that can be easily used. Lock-out of unauthorized changes needs to be assured, and configuration should be checked as part of circuit … Read more

The need for ground leakage equipment protection and the need to have the controller switch

The lesson learned reveals that the arcing between the bus and the metallic braid across the Fluoropolymer jacket was sustained for some period of time. The fault current was sufficient to generate temperatures well above the temperature limit of the … Read more

Why a Work Permit is needed for Hazardous Work to ensure safety for all involved

The Work Permit is designed to ensure full communication takes place between the area(s) involved, the owner of the affected equipment, and individual(s) performing the work so that hazardous work, and non hazardous work, is performed safely and efficiently. Read more

Cold weather design of instrumentation and the need to perform regular preventive maintenance to prevent plant shutdown

Lessons learned of an industry loss study that determined that instruments in critical service should require routine maintenance and be provided with regular monitoring. Read more

Working on or near exposed energized electrical equipment

The purpose of this document is to protect personnel when working on or near exposed energized electrical circuits and equipment. First and foremost, working on unguarded energized equipment is not permissible. However, situations may arise that require energized work Read more

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Guidelines for packed tower liquid distributor design, selection, construction, and operation

General guidelines for packed tower liquid distributor design, selection, construction, and operation are presented. Read more

Reflux and Intermediate Feed Inlets for Tray Columns

This document examines common practices of introducing reflux and intermediate feed into tray columns, outlines the preferred practices, highlights the consequences of poor practices, and supplies guidelines for troubleshooting and for reviewing designs of reflux and intermediate feed inlets as … Read more

Vented Pipe Seal Plugs Installation and Recommended Hazard Checklist

This document recommends specific suggestions to be followed when using a vented pipe seal plug. This includes plug vendors, steps for installation of the plugs, and a suggested checklist to be followed prior to authorizing work behind a vented pipe … Read more

Engineering Tensile Stress-Strain Diagrams

The engineering tensile stress-strain curve is obtained by static loading of a standard specimen, that is, by applying the load slowly enough that all parts of the specimen are in equilibrium at any instant. The curve is usually obtained by … Read more

Common causes of distillation column malfunctions

This article reviews the common causes of column malfunctions. It then looks at the basic troubleshooting tools: the systematic strategy for troubleshooting distillation problems and the dos and don'ts for formulating and testing theories. Read more

Gas Compression, Dehydration, Injection Flowline De-Watering and Sweetening Systems

General summary of Gas Compression, Dehydration, Injection Flowline De-Watering and Sweetening Systems typically found on Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO). Read more