VIBRATION RISK-BASED INSPECTION

Find Your Vibration Problems Before They Find You

Small-bore piping failures due to vibration are one of the most common loss of containments in our industry.  Once failures occur, many root-cause failure assessments have the advantage of hindsight when determining that the branch connection would have benefited from improved bracing.

E2G has developed a scalable tool — vibration risk-based inspection (VRBI) — to identify high-risk, vibration-prone piping circuits so proactive measures can be taken in the design stage or as part of debottlenecking projects and rate increases. VRBI expands upon the Energy Institute guidance by incorporating consequence analysis into the assessment, similar to standard risk-based inspection (RBI) practices. Conducting a comprehensive vibration risk assessment of your entire facility will prevent failures before they occur.

VRBI helps you proactively identify risk on a facility-wide scale by:

  • Risk-ranking piping circuits to prioritize retrofits of existing systems, or identify changes in new designs
  • Calculating risk before changing flow rate or embarking on a costly expansion projects
  • Evaluating and identifying and evaluating retrofits or design changes to pressure relief piping to protect against acoustic-induced vibration (AIV) failure
  • Prioritizing inspection and remediation in existing systems

How can you improve your facilities to reduce the risk of small-bore failures without bracing every connection?

Screen Your Entire Facility for the Following Risks

Two-Phase Approach

At E2G, we approach vibration problems differently. We recognize not all equipment needs to be fixed. We specialize in the evaluation of in-service equipment to determine risk factors and make the most informed decision regarding run, repair, or replacement.

  1. Phase 1 – vibration risk ranking of piping circuits using the Energy Institute likelihood of failure and E2G’s consequence modeling to prioritize vibration surveys
  2. Phase 2 – using results of Phase 1, conduct a field survey of highest risk systems and perform vibration fatigue screening

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Rotating Equipment, Vibration, & Dynamics Expertise

We are vibration experts who deliver practical solutions to complicated problems. We offer turnkey services – field data capture, personnel interviews, vibration measurements, and analysis – to deliver technically superior recommendations.

Our experts:

  • Have 40+ years of combined field experience
  • Are certified ISO VCAT-IV vibration analysts
  • Are voting members of API 579 committee
  • Develop standardized pipe vibration assessment methods
  • Are members of the API Sub-committee of Mechanical Equipment (SOME)
  • Collaborate with fitness-for-service (FFS) and materials & corrosion experts to manage an asset’s lifecycle