Chemical Industry Digest- December 2017

Articles covered in this issue:

Understanding the basics of ‘Tolerable Risk’
Shivendra Kapoor – Chola MS Risk Services.
It is important, the author emphasises, to know and quantify in precise terms what is the tolerable risk for a process plant. Without knowing the level of tolerable risk no consultant or internal industry operator can bring a facility to the standards required for proactive safety practices.

Is your Process Safe ? SIL, SIS, SFF PHA etc. Demystified !
S Raghava Chari – Industry Consultant
This article describes various techniques employed in process industries to ensure the safe operation of process plants. The author explains with examples on understanding risk, process hazard analysis, probability of failures, safety instrumented systems and functioning and other terms against the background of process operations.

Failure Analysis of boiler bank tubes of HRSG and comparative study for integrity assessment . . .
Maushumi Kakoti Talukdar, Abhay Kujur, Anil Bhardwaj – IEOT, Phase II, ONGC.
Safety is of paramount importance and cannot be compromised. Boilers are critical equipment which have to be proactively maintained so that no unsafe incidents take place. This case study based on failure analysis of heat recovery steam generators provides conclusions on corrosion based deterioration of tube material.

Transforming refinery operations via software innovations
Ron Beck, Sunil Patil – AspenTech . . . 
The digital world driven by softwares and computers and now leapfrogging into artificial intelligence and Internet of Things can do wonders to industry. This article projects the potential of latest softwares, particularly in complex operations like in refineries, to derive greater efficiencies in every area of a plant’s operation. How software advances capabilities in three areas: Energy optimisation, reliability and Process Safety are described in detail.

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