As shown by the experience, substantial reliability improvement of refineries and petrochemical facilities without equipment replacement and reconstruction may be provided by introduction of the monitoring tools at the all stages of units’ lifecycle. The condition monitoring allows transferring most of the failures from “sudden” to “creeping failure” category due to early detection of errors and warning personnel about progressive damage which already exists but may not be dangerous yet, since it does not violate the Refinery units’ operability.
Relevant regulatory frameworks in the form of international standards are ascertained only common approaches in monitoring problem solving (ISO 13374) both by the vibration measuring (ISO 13373, 10816) and by the measuring of parameters of various processes (ISO 13379, 13380).
Sharing various methods of technical diagnostics and nondestructive testing for technical state assessment, on one hand, is a really difficult and urgent problem due to the need of selection of the complex diagnostic features. On the other hand, various facilities require selection of the specific diagnostics methods and features.
The solution of the problem can be found in basic researches carried out over the last 40 years, as well as relevant testing of the suggested solutions, and operation of the computer monitoring systems for accident prevention and condition control (COMPACS®) in real conditions of the productions.
Kostyukov V.N., Naumenko A.P., Boychenko S.N. Russian standards for technical state monitoring of hazardous production facilities // NDT days 2012, pp. 300-304
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