Design of Vessels for Petroleum Refining and Petrochemicals Services

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J. S. Clarke, M. S. Northup

Esso Research and Engineering Company, Florham Park, N. J.

J. Eng. Power 86(4), 411-417 (Oct 01, 1964) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3677627 History: Received August 23, 1963; Online January 10, 2012


A company which operates worldwide in the field of petroleum and petrochemicals finds it necessary to establish practices for pressure vessel design which are uniform and have a sound technical basis. This paper outlines certain design practices of the authors’ company related to critical problems. These problems are brittle of vessels which operate at atmospheric and lower temperatures, efficient utilization of materials for vessels in intermediate temperature service, and the validity of design stresses for vessels which operate at high temperature. The paper emphasizes the need for better high-temperature stress data and for a confirmed method of determining service life expenditure for vessels operating under creep conditions.

Copyright © 1964 by ASME
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