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Troubleshooting Identifies and Solves Operating Problems

Timothy M. Zygula
Westlake Group
PO Box 2029
Sulphur, LA 70665

Andrew W. Sloley
The Distillation Group, Inc.
PO Box 10105
College Station, TX 77842-0105

Karl Kolmetz
Westlake Group
PO Box 2029
Sulphur, LA 70665

Prepared for presentation at the

AIChE Spring National Meeting
23-27 April 2001
Houston

Published in
Oil and Gas Journal
August 5, 2002

INTRODUCTION

Key aspects of successful troubleshooting include: a thorough understanding of both the process and the equipment: application of chemical engineering basics to problem solving: and good field technique and data interpretation skills. The process is not independent of the equipment. The equipment works as part of a process. Both must be understood for effective troubleshooting. Chemical engineering basics are required for understanding both the equipment and the process. Finally, field technique and data interpretation skills are needed to gather required information. Often, troubleshooting fails due to faulty, incomplete and misleading numbers.

Three troubleshooting cases are reviewed:

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