Process Equipment Malfunctions: Techniques to Identify and Correct Plant Problems by Norman P. LiebermanProcess Equipment Malfunctions: Techniques to Identify and Correct Plant Problems by Norman P. Lieberman

Process Equipment Malfunctions: Techniques to Identify and Correct Plant Problems

byNorman P. Lieberman

Hardcover | August 2, 2011

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Process Equipment Malfunctions offers proven techniques for finding and fixing process plant problems and contains details on failure identification. Diagnostic tips, examples, and illustrations help to pinpoint and correct faults in chemical process and petroleum refining equipment. Complex math has been omitted. An essential resource for plant operators and process engineers, this book is based on the author's long career in field troubleshooting process problems.


  • Distillation tray malfunctions
  • Packed tower problems
  • Distillation tower pressure and composition control
  • Fractionator product stripping
  • Pumparounds
  • Reboiled and steam side strippers
  • Inspecting tower internals
  • Process reboilers--thermosyphon circulation
  • Heat exchangers
  • Condenser limitations
  • Air coolers
  • Cooling water systems
  • Steam condensate collection systems
  • Steam quality problems
  • Level control problems
  • Process plant corrosion and fouling
  • Vapor-liquid separation vessels
  • Hydrocarbon-water separation and desalters
  • Fired heaters--draft and excess O2
  • Disabling safety systems
  • Vacuum systems and steam jets
  • Vacuum surface condensers
  • Centrifugal pump limitations
  • Steam turbine drivers
  • Centrifugal compressors
  • Reciprocating compressors

Norman P. Lieberman is a chemical engineer with 46 years of experience in process plant operation, design, and field troubleshooting. An independent consultant, he troubleshoots oil refinery and chemical plant process problems and prepares revamp process designs. Mr. Lieberman teaches 20–25 seminars a year on “Troubleshooting Process P...
Title:Process Equipment Malfunctions: Techniques to Identify and Correct Plant ProblemsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:9.3 × 6.4 × 1.53 inPublished:August 2, 2011Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0071770208

ISBN - 13:9780071770200

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Table of Contents

1. Distillation Tray Malfunctions
2. Packed Tower Problems
3. Distillation Tower Pressure and Composition Control
4. Salt and Rust Formation on Tray Decks
5. Fractionator Bottoms Product Stripping
6. Heat Extraction with Pumparounds
7. Reboiled and Steam Side Strippers
8. Inspecting Tower Internals--Checklist
9. Process Reboilers--Shell and Tube
10. Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchangers in Sensible Heat Transfer Service
11. Condenser Limitations
12. Air Coolers--Forced- and Induced-Draft Air Side Malfunctions
13. Cooling Water: Towers and Circulation
14. Steam Condensate Collection Systems
15. Steam Quality Problems
16. Level Control Problems
17. Excessive Ambient Heat Losses
18. Process Plant Corrosion
19. Vapor-Liquid Separation Vessels
20. Knock-Out Drums; Demisters and Impingement Plates
21. Hydrocarbon--Water Separation--Electric Desalters and Gravity Settling
22. Natural Draft-Fired Heaters
23. Tube Failure in Fired Heaters
24. Fired Heaters: Air Preheaters
25. Disabling Safety Systems
26. Vacuum Systems and Steam Jets
27. Vacuum Surface Condensers and Precondensers
28. Excess Gas Overloads: Vacuum System Ejectors
29. Centrifugal Pump NPSH Limitations: Cavitation, Seal, and Bearing Failures
30. Centrifugal Pump and Driver Capacity Limits: Lubrication Failures
31. Steam Turbine Drivers
32. Centrifugal Compressors: Surge, Fouling, and Driver Limits
33. Reciprocating Compressors: Unloading and Efficiency
34. Summary: Typical Energy Savings and Efficiency Projects
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