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Fitness-for-Service of Aboveground Storage Tanks – Applicability of API 579

Fitness-for-Service (FFS) is a recognized industry practice for assessing equipment mechanical integrity when unanticipated damage is found and can often be used to extend service life while minimizing downtime and avoiding costly repairs. In this article, Katelyn Gustoff and Joel Andreani examine the applicability of using API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 (API 579) FFS and API 653 assessment standards with in-service ASTs.

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Prevention of Overfill for Atmospheric Storage Tanks

Author: Phillip J. Smith

The 5th edition of the ANSI/API Overfill Prevention for Storage Tanks in Petroleum Facilities was recently released. In this article, read about the recent changes to API 2350 and an 11-step procedure that you can apply at your processing facility.

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Fitness-for-Service for Aboveground Storage Tanks

Author: Katelyn J. Gustoff

This article explores applying the API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 (API 579) FFS standard to aboveground storage tanks and shares several case studies to illustrate how FFS techniques can help you make informed run-repair-replace decisions for a facility’s storage tanks.

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Turnarounds: Executing a Problem-Solving Team

Author: Kraig S. Shipley

A successful turnaround has five main stages: setting goals, project scoping, detailed planning, execution, and post-turnaround planning. This article focuses on the advantages of a problem-solving team to resolve equipment inspection discovery and efficiently minimize lost opportunity costs.

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The Importance of Pre-Turnaround Reviews

Authors: Paul J. Kowalski; Brian L. Jack

A turnaround can cost hundreds of thousands or even millions of a dollars per day. In this article, you’ll learn how Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) helps to manage the costly impact of turnarounds through proper pre-planning to minimize the overall downtime.

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Evaluating a Tank Fixed Roof Structural Failure

Author: Derek Slovenec

Aboveground storage tanks are susceptible to damage from many factors, including environmental loads, process upset conditions, strength reduction due to metal loss, tank settlement, or some combination thereof. This damage often manifests as buckling of the tank shell, which is thin relative to its large surface area.

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