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Tank Farms and Liquid Terminals

You see them everywhere: acres of giant white cylinders—some rotund and some a bit slimmer—rising from the ground like a farmer’s root crop ready for harvest. They are the liquid petroleum terminals that adorn energy centers and energy transfer points around the globe. Even some of the larger airports around the world have their own farms of tanks where jet fuel is piped to the airport directly from a producer’s refinery.

The Challenges of Chlor-Alkali

With the introduction of new materials and the evolution of valve design over the years, the days when fluid handling operators were limited by the number of valve types available to control the process are long gone. These advancements plus more stringent fugitive emissions standards, a strengthened concern for the health and safety of plant personnel and the desire of operators to achieve a lower total cost of ownership have made valve selection a science. One of the applications where this science must be put into practice is chlor-alkali plants.

Where Valves Are Used: Everywhere!

Valves can be found just about anywhere today: in our homes, under the street, in commercial buildings and in thousands of places within power and water plants, paper mills, refineries, chemical plants and other industrial and infrastructure facilities.

Applications in Water Harvesting Systems

Water harvesting in commercial projects involves collecting rooftop rainwater, stormwater runoff, condensate from air handlers and greywater from showers, baths and lavatory sinks. This water is reused for non-potable applications such as toilet flushing, irrigation and cooling towers.

Supercritical Power Plants: Materials and Specifications

Charles Henley, a senior mechanical engineer at Black & Veatch, was one of the presenters at the 2017 VMA Technical Seminar held in early March in Nashville. His presentation on supercritical power plants was especially well received because he shed light on some of the critical issues. This report is based on what he said in his session.


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