Typical API Plan 54 setup

Tackling and Solving Your Mechanical Seal Problems

An actual pump reliability improvement issue might serve as a model for tackling sealing issues in modern refineries. You really don’t have...
Oil and gas industry - LNG tanker

Dry Gas Seals for LNG Compressors

With the discoveries of large new natural gas deposits, including shale formations, competition is intensifying for LNG supply contracts, making it imperative...
Mechanical Seal Leakage in NGL Pipeline Pumps

Environmental Impact of Mechanical Seal Leakage in NGL Pipeline Pumps: Part 2 of 2

In part one, the normal and excessive leakage rates of mechanical seals were discussed based on the monitoring function of API piping...
Designing Formed Diaphragms

Designing Formed Diaphragms for Optimum Performance and Manufacturability

Pumps that utilize a diaphragm for their mechanical force have been used since the mid-nineteenth century, and continue to be utilized in...
Refrigerant System

Advanced Gasket Formulation Helps Refrigerant Systems Keep Their Cool

In the late nineteenth century, Olin J. Garlock devised a better way to seal piston rods in steam engines. Since then sealing...
Proportional smart control valves

A New Control Valve Testing Process

Proportional smart control valves play critical roles in process industries. Accurately assessing valve performance, however, can be a cumbersome routine that often...
5-inch Model CDPH (Cartridge-Style Dual) mechanical seal

The Business Case for Mechanical Seals in the Mining Industry

Figure 3: Close-up of a 5-inch Model CDPH (Cartridge-Style Dual) mechanical seal. An overview of mechanical seal experience in...

“Sweating” Pipeline Is No Sweat for Electric Utility Project

When an electric utility in the Southeastern United States sought to protect above ground natural gas pipeline against corrosion, the goal was...
Anodizing Aluminum Cylinders

Anodizing Aluminum Cylinders

Flexible hones address surface roughness and increased dimensional changes for anodized cylinders that mate with other parts.  To permit...
two-stage double suction/double suction kerosene pump

Seven Rules for Using Vespel® CR-6100

For the past two decades, pump users have had remarkable success upgrading critically important process pumps with Vespel®, a composite material made...