Process Piping Design Handbook, Volume 2 – Advanced Piping Design
In Volume 1, The Fundamentals of Piping Design, the objective was to arm the reader with the basic “rules” for the design, fabrication, installation, and testing of process and utility piping systems for oil and gas refineries, chemical complexes, and production facilities at both offshore and onshore locations. The objective of Volume 2, Advanced Piping Design, on the same subject, is to look into more detail at the design of process piping systems in specific locations around the various items of process equipment that would be typically found in a petrochemical or oil and gas processing facility. For Volume 2, I enlisted the direction and support of Rutger Boermans, from Delft in The Netherlands, who is the author of this title. He wrote the text in a very direct style to avoid any misinterpretation. The bullet point/checklist format allows the reader so to see quickly if he or she has considered the point when laying out the piping system. Rutger and his company, Red-Bag, have a great deal to offer the industry; and I look forward to working with him again on other projects. Peter Alspaugh, from Bentley Systems Incorporated, was responsible for the CAD-generated drawings and worked under a very tight time frame over the Christmas period. During this particularly busy period, Peter also became a proud father; and I am sure that we all wish Alspaugh junior health and happiness. Finally, my thanks go to Paul Bowers and Richard Beale, Canadian gentlemen who, at very short notice, also during Christmas 2007, carried out a peer reading exercise of the original manuscript. Both gentlemen are very experienced “pipers,” and their comments were quite constructive and, where possible, incorporated into the book. At this
very late stage, during the peer reading phase, it was not possible to include some of their ideas. They made some very interesting suggestions that would be ideally suited to a “stand-alone” book on the topics that they think need addressing on the subject of piping design. The author looks forward to the opportunity to work with them again.
Process Piping Design Handbook, Volume 2: Advanced Piping Design
Volume 2 is not intended to be the finale on the subject of piping design, and because of the nature of the subject, a practitioner never stops learning about the many facets of design, fabrication, erection, inspection, and the testing of piping systems. A process facility is made up of numerous items of equipment, which are used to efficiently change the characteristics of the process flow and change the feedstock initially introduced into the facility.
The result is a final product that can be dispatched for distribution to an end user for consumption or further refining. For a process plant to operate effectively and efficiently and therefore maximize the commercial returns, it is very important that the size, routing, and the valving of process and utility piping systems are optimized to allow them to work efficiently. As with Volume 1, we target the young and intermediate designers and engineers, individuals with a fundamental knowledge of the subject of piping systems who are interesting in expanding their set of technical skills to the next level.
Advanced Piping Design (Process Piping Design Book 2) 1st Edition
- This volume covers the various major types of equipment that make up an integrated process facility:
- Pumps, to move process liquids.
- Compressors, to move process gases.
- Heat exchangers, to transfer heat from one product to another.
- Fired heaters, for direct heating of a product.
- Tanks, to store process and utility fluids.
- Columns towers, for distillation of products.
- Relief systems, to protect the piping system from over
- Pipe racks and tracks, to route and support the piping systems.
This second volume is not intended to be a conclusion on the subject of piping, and the reader is recommended to continue to read
and research the subject in the future, because the subject is so diverse and suffers no shortage of opinions.
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