Piping Specialty Items
Nikhil Jagtap, Raghuraj Puri, Ramkumar Shanmugavelu, V Pranjal, Fluor Daniel India Pvt Ltd.
This article discusses in detail the various requirements for design, testing of piping items from a manufacturing perspective with respect to the two important piping specialty items: steam traps and flame arresters.
Consolidated information on Specialty Piping items is not readily available – whatever is available is scarce and scattered. This article seeks to address this aspect and has put together various requirements/aspects required for the design, testing of any SP items from a manufacturing perspective. This article discusses in detail two important piping speciality items: steam traps and flame arresters.
In oil and gas or any chemical industry piping speciality (also known as SP items) items play a very important role. Most of these SP items are utilised to safeguard various process equipment such as pumps, compressors etc. Thus it is essential to carefully design these SP items so that the plant operates safely and as per requirement. Faulty design or wrong selection of the SP items can lead to huge financial losses as well as can create unsafe environment within the process plant.
Unlike other bulk piping items such as valves, pipes, fittings etc., these SP items are not predefined within piping class specification. Most of these items do not have dedicated industry standards but are used within the piping system and hence are required to meet the requirements set out in applicable piping code, like design, testing etc. One of the reasons for their noninclusion in piping specification is that they can change from project to project. Most of these SP items are vendor specific and designed based on the process data provided such as pressure, temperature, flow rates etc. There are various speciality items such as strainers, steam traps, flame arresters etc. Normally process data sheets are prepared to specify these SP items.
V Pranjal is Piping Material Engineer, with more than twenty five years of experience in the field of Oil & Gas, refining, chemicals and petrochemical industries and is with Fluor Corp. since 10 years. He possess varied experience in the field of project design and detail engineering of upstream and downstream oil facilities, hydrocarbon and petrochemical plants, steel plants and cryogenic air separation units with specific experience in piping material engineering & MTO.Pranjal has experience in working on Indian as well as global projects and has worked with leading engineering contractors.
Ramkumar Shanmugavelu (BE Chem Engg) Piping Material Engineer associated with Fluor Daniel India Pvt. Ltd., has over 8 years of working experience in material engineering in Petrochemical and Oil& Gas Piping Industry.He also has Post-Graduate Diploma in Piping Engineering.
Raghuraj Puri (BE Chem Engg) Piping Material Engineer with Fluor Daniel India Pvt. Ltd., has over 13 years of work experience in Oil & gas and Power industry in material engineering field. He is API 571 certified corrosion and material professional. He is a certified energy manager (Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, India) and a six sigma yellow belt professional.
Nikhil Jagtap (BE Chem Engg) Piping Material Engineer with Fluor Daniel India Pvt. Ltd., has over 13 years work experience in oil & gas and chemical industry in material engineering field.He has also completed a Post graduate diploma in Piping Technology.