ENGINEERS BEWARE: API vs ASME Relief Valve Orifice Size

Many are not aware of the major differences between the orifice sizes and discharge coefficients suggested by the API and the actual, ASME values used by the relief valve vendors. According to API-520, Part 1, the API orifice sizes and discharge coefficients are assumed values and are to be used only for the initial selection…

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MINIMIZING PROCESS RISKS MAXIMIZING CONFIDENCE IN YOUR CAPITAL INVESTMENTS

Overview When executing capital projects, small or large, the ultimate objective is to produce something that works as planned, at the lowest possible cost, with the most commercially desirable attributes, and meet all applicable laws and standards.  In other words, maximize the return on investment while minimizing health and safety concerns.  To do this, it…

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2018 PHA Training Course Offered by PROCESS

PROCESS ENGINEERING ASSOCIATES, LLC is pleased to publicly offer the following 3½-day PHA training: PROCESS HAZARD ANALYSIS (PHA) LEADER TRAINING COURSE The purpose of the 3½ -day training course is to assist personnel at chemical plants, petrochemical plants, petroleum refineries, and manufacturing plants in becoming proficient in leading and documenting process hazard analyses (PHAs) by becoming…

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Ventilating Your Processing Area

Overview A safe working environment requires the evaluation and careful consideration of both general exhaust ventilation requirements and localized capture and control requirements for a chemical processing area or building.   A combination of general area exhaust systems, point source capture and control systems, and emergency release capture and control systems are required to ensure that…

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Helping You With NFPA 652/654

The initial issue of NFPA 652, Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust, was issued in September 2015.  OSHA uses the NFPA standards as the basis for enforcement in managing combustible dust hazards.  Are you on track for compliance with the standards? The new standard provides the basic principles of and requirements for identifying and…

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Technical Information Supporting a Standard Technology Licensing Project

A successful technology licensing project will typically pass through three distinct phases from start to finish: ·   Phase I: Non-Confidential Disclosure ·   Phase II: Confidential Disclosure ·   Phase III: Technology Delivery The technical information developed during the first two phases facilitates a technology licensing sale by supporting a compelling story regarding why…

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