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Troubleshooting Process Plant Control

ISBN: 978-1-118-21114-4
264 pages
September 2011
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The book focuses on process control in the petroleum and refinery industries, with an emphasis on problem solving. The author explores various real life examples and relays the lessons learned from his career in this area. He explains many new yet straightforward concepts without the use of complex mathematics. This handy go-to emphasizes single and well-established process engineering principles that will help working engineers and operators switch manual control loops to automatic control.
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PREFACE ix

INTRODUCTION—A HISTORY OF POSITIVE FEEDBACK LOOPS xi

Chapter 1 Learning from Experience 1

Chapter 2 Process Control Parameter Measurement 9

Chapter 3 Dependent and Independent Variables 21

Chapter 4 Binary Distillation of Pure Components 29

Chapter 5 Distillation Tower Pressure Control 37

Chapter 6 Pressure Control in Multicomponent Systems 51

Chapter 7 Optimizing Fractionation Effi ciency by Temperature Profi le 59

Chapter 8 Analyzer Process Control 67

Chapter 9 Fired Heater Combustion Air Control 75

Chapter 10 Sizing Process Control Valves 85

Chapter 11 Control Valve Position on Instrument Air Failure 93

Chapter 12 Override and Split-Range Process Control 101

Chapter 13 Vacuum System Pressure Control 107

Chapter 14 Reciprocating Compressors 115

Chapter 15 Centrifugal Compressor Surge vs. Motor Over-Amping 123

Chapter 16 Controlling Centrifugal Pumps 131

Chapter 17 Steam Turbine Control 139

Chapter 18 Steam and Condensate Control 147

Chapter 19 Function of the Process Control Engineer 155

Chapter 20 Steam Quality and Moisture Content 163

Chapter 21 Level, Pressure, Flow, and Temperature Indication Methods 179

Chapter 22 Alarm and Trip Design for Safe Plant Operations 195

Chapter 23 Nonlinear Process Responses 205

ABOUT MY SEMINARS 213

FURTHER READINGS ON TROUBLESHOOTING PROCESS CONTROLS 217

THE NORM LIEBERMAN VIDEO LIBRARY OF TROUBLESHOOTING PROCESS OPERATIONS 219

INDEX 221

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Norman P. Lieberman is an independent process design engineer and field troubleshooter. His clients include refineries and petrochemical plants. Mr. Lieberman is well known and respected in the process industry for his seminar "Troubleshooting Process Operations," which he has presented to more than 12,000 engineers and plant operators.
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