Pipeline Shakes Torn apart Valve Positioners

Instrumentation engineering root cause analysis (RCA) of control valve positioner as it is torn apart when pipeline shakes during plant commissioning.

Article Type:Root Cause Analysis (RCA)
Equipment Type:Control Valves
Author:S. Raghava Chari

Note: This root cause analysis (RCA) is from real-time scenarios that happened in industries during the tenure of two or three decades ago. These articles will help you to improve your troubleshooting skills and knowledge.

Valve Positioner Torn apart

35-1 bar CO2 saturated K2CO3 solution letdown severely shook pipeline control valve positioner tore apart.

Finding and implementing a reliable quick solution was the crying need of the day to resume the halted NH3 plant commissioning.

The obvious pipeline shake prevention solution takes a very long time, is very expensive and results are unsure.

The author suggested remote mount the actuator cylinder mounted valve positioner, as the control valve (CV), lets down for about an hour only, and the hydraulic energy recovery turbine always.

The commissioning team leader eagerly accepted because the last paragraph listed reasons.

 Valve Positioner Remote Mounted

The author got the valve positioner (VP) mounted on a floor-grouted nearby pillar (as shown below figure).

The plant shop made the necessary links and pillars.

Valve Positioner Torn apart

Letdown caused pipeline and pipeline bolted control valve (CV) shakes do not reach the remote located and lengthy thin wire spring linked to the cylinder valve positioner (VP).

Hence, the shakes freed valve positioner does not shatter as before; but performs reliably.

Author Solution Benefits

Author solution benefits are:

  1. Averted expensive, but results unsure pipeline modifications
  2. Solution costs near zero; but results reliable and lasting
  3. Indeed, an ideal solution for a Difficult, unresolvable and despairing problem (DDUDP)
  4. Most important: averted lengthy commissioning delays.

Author: S. Raghava Chari

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