Failure analysis of vacuum column trays

Madan, M and Sujata, M and Venkataswamy, MA and Bhaumik, SK (2009) Failure analysis of vacuum column trays. Project Report. National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore, India.

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Examination revealed that holes observed in the trays were not caused by gradual loss of material or by fracture. Evidences suggest that the holes were created deliberately by using abrasive cut-off wheel. This has been further substantiated through microstructural study wherein material flow and deformation was observed at the hole-surfaces. Based on this, inference is drawn that the holes were created either during installation of the distillation column or during subsequent maintenance. However, it has to be established why and when the holes were created. The material of the tray was found to conform to the design specification.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Petroleum refinery;Vacuum column trays
Subjects: AERONAUTICS > Aeronautics (General)
CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS > Chemistry and Materials (General)
Depositing User: Ms. Alphones Mary
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2011 06:20
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2011 06:20

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