May/June 2012 Inspectioneering Journal
Date May/June 2012
Volume  18
Issue 3
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May/June 2012 Inspectioneering Journal Article Index

  • May/June 2012 Inspectioneering Journal

    The Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center is currently seeking nominations for the annual Merit Award and Harry West Memorial Service Award, to be presented at the 2012 Annual Symposium.

  • May/June 2012 Inspectioneering Journal

    The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today deployed a four- person investigation team to El Dorado, Arkansas to determine the cause of an explosion and fire that severely burned and killed three workers.

  • May/June 2012 Inspectioneering Journal
    By Allan McIntyre at Cenovus Energy, Elias Soto at Cenovus Energy, Len Adler at Cenovus Energy, and Bruce Levan at Levan Engineering Ltd.

    Electroless nickel (ENC) is a family of coatings based on nickel-phosphorous metallic compounds. ENC was developed in 1943 by Abner Brenner, an electrochemist at the U.S. Bureau of Standards. While working on the electroplating of nickel onto nickel-tungsten surfaces, Brenner added hypophosphite chemical to the plating solution as a way to control surface oxidation.

  • May/June 2012 Inspectioneering Journal
    By Greg Alvarado at Inspectioneering Journal

    Development of shale requires the utilization of numerous types of fixed equipment. Due to the high cost and risk associated with hydrocarbon production and processing, E&Ps must continue to manage cost-effective and safe fixed equipment programs. Are the fixed equipment integrity management challenges related to shale development different from the current challenges faced in the upstream oil and gas business?

  • Internal Robotic Inspection Tool for Unpiggable Pipe Inspections
    May/June 2012 Inspectioneering Journal
    By Clay Goudy at GE Industrial Solutions

    A self-propelled in-line inspection tool tested at Electric Power Research Institute and utilized in Europe can traverse a complex piping configuration and discriminate areas of metal loss. This tool is becoming available to inspect traditionally unpiggable piping such as: buried piping at nuclear plants, oil and gas terminals, refineries, industrial sites, cased pipeline crossings and distribution pipelines.

  • Is Your Flexibility Causing You Stress?
    May/June 2012 Inspectioneering Journal
    By Rick Marsden at Cenovus Energy, and Jack Fraser at Cenovus Energy

    Flexible hose assemblies (FHAs) and flex joints are often used in designs to accommodate motion, misalignment, vibration, thermal expansion/contraction, and to simplify installations. Unfortunately, the inherent risks associated with these components are not well understood and therefore, are not always managed appropriately.

  • May/June 2012 Inspectioneering Journal
    By Jason Butz at SAIT Polytechnic

    Over the past 100 years, Nondestructive testing has made tremendous advances. New NDT methods have been introduced, while old "tried and true" methods continue to be improved. Although some NDT methods have drastically changed or "evolved" over time, the principle behind each method has remained the same; "To ensure the safety and integrity of manufactured items or goods."

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