May/June 1996 Inspectioneering Journal
Date May/June 1996
Volume  2
Issue 3
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May/June 1996 Inspectioneering Journal Article Index

  • May/June 1996 Inspectioneering Journal

    Task Group T-1G-24 on Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Pipe and Accessories in Oilfield Service is working on a test method for evaluating the compatibility of FRP tubulars in oilfield environments. They hope to submit a draft for ballot shortly. To vote on this draft, join Unit Committee T-1G.

  • May/June 1996 Inspectioneering Journal
    By Del Underwood at Det Norske Veritas

    This final issue on gusset problems will discuss why gussets are "stiffeners" rather than "strengtheners." The effective load bearing capacity of a member of given strength is based upon how large a cross-sectional area is carrying the load. Gussets are commonly welded to tubular members to reduce their flexure under a bending load.

  • May/June 1996 Inspectioneering Journal

    In today's environmental and legal climate, industry is looking for guaranteed high reliability of vessel quality for most chemical fluids. Failures are more costly than in the past due to: 1. environmental laws and requirements 2. emphasis on safety and plant/personnel protection 3. exposure to civil suits and fear of high cost judgments 4. increasing cost of shut downs

  • May/June 1996 Inspectioneering Journal
    By Rolland E. Stroup at JBF Associates, Inc.

    Since OSHA began issuing citations under the Process Safety Management (PSM) standard (29 CFR 1910.119), the relative frequency of citations related to some subsections of the regulation has increased dramatically, while the frequency of others has decreased just as dramatically. Has OSHA changed its focus over time? Will there be new trends in the future? These issues can be better understood by looking at citation history and the continuing deadlines built into the regulation.

  • May/June 1996 Inspectioneering Journal
    By Richard S. Boswell, P.E. at Stress Engineering Services, Inc., and Tom Farraro at CITGO Petroleum Corp.

    A set of delayed coker drums was placed in service in 1968, and now have 27 years of service in what may be the most violent and severe cyclic loading conditions of any petrochemical vessel. As part of the continuous evaluation of their integrity, surface contour measurements were performed to document the growth of the bulges.

  • May/June 1996 Inspectioneering Journal
    By Walter G. Reuter at INEL

    The U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) has a substantial interest in predictions for fitness-for-service as well as for lifetime extension. The ability to predict fitness-for-service is applicable to making initial lifetime prediction; making a repair, replace, or continue to operate decision when a defect is found that exceeds applicable codes and evaluating the ability to extend the lifetime of structural components.

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