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Plant Engineering Can a Process Plant stay Forever Young?

Author / Editor: Dominik Stephan* / Dominik Stephan

Stimuli for plant engineering and operation from service life consideration to wear and fatigue models  — How long is the service life of your plant? A recent Dechema event tracked down the links between maintenance, diagnostics and analytical procedures … Also present: Materials specialists, new guidelines and impulses from practice. Lifelong learning for the service life of the plant and a call for individual responsibility. How realistic is the zero-error-plant?

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Livelong learning for process plants and an impulse towards responsibility - Can we achieve a "zero-error-production"?
Livelong learning for process plants and an impulse towards responsibility - Can we achieve a "zero-error-production"?
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Chemical plants have a hard life: Major temperature fluctuations, mechanical stress and corrosive media attack the substance of pipes, vessels, apparatuses and process equipment alike. The effects of such factors on the service life of plants and components cannot, however, be predicted easily — especially, as in most cases of actual operation, several load types come.

The interactions between these factors and strains are difficult to model and yet, they determine how much and for how long a plant can be used. Materials experts and plant builders are equally in demand to evaluate these factors that affect the service life of a plant.