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  • January 8, 2014

    Recent graduates with engineering degrees typically have very little – if any – experience with thermal insulation. This knowledge gap can now be bridged with ASTM C1696, a guide designed to provide the specific knowledge required for the development of a thermal insulation system within a large-scale engineering project.

  • December 18, 2013

    Corrosion under insulation (CUI) is a topic of discussion in any number of venues today – online forums, industry meetings, sales calls…. How does corrosion happen?

    For corrosion to occur, four conditions must be met simultaneously:

  • December 18, 2013

    We all know the adage ”measure twice, cut once.” It’s advice that comes in handy when planning an insulation project to avoid installation errors and on-the-job snafus.

    Steve Fisher, an experienced insulation field support manager, thought about the steps necessary for a successful installation and has broken the subject down into three component parts: Job layout and estimation; on-site installation; and quality inspection.

  • December 18, 2013

    U.S. industry runs up an energy bill of more than $200 billion a year, and the federal Department of Energy wants to help companies reduce that expense through cost-effective investments in energy efficiency and combined heat and power (CHP) – the concurrent production of electrical power and useful thermal power from a single fuel source.

  • December 18, 2013

    While the nation’s political leaders debate the implications of global climate change, a new report from researchers CDP discloses that a number of the biggest and smartest energy players including Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, BP, and Royal Dutch Shell have integrated an “internal carbon price” into their business planning calculations.

  • December 4, 2013

    Industrial insulation, whether it’s mineral fiber, perlite or calcium silicate, is often considered a necessary evil during the industrial process design phase – a required add-on that has to be factored into the project estimate. Calculating the thickness of that insulation is typically done by balancing the twin goals of minimizing installed cost while conforming to safety requirements.

  • December 4, 2013

    The Marcellus-Utica shale gas boom underway in Western Pennsylvania has created new prospects for downstream petrochemical operations, as various multinational manufacturers assess how to capitalize on the region’s suddenly abundant, inexpensive energy source. Now comes word that two Brazilian energy giants are considering an olefin cracking facility and three polyethylene manufacturing plants in West Virginia that would tap the pipeline networks now beginning to take shape in the region.

  • December 4, 2013

    Whether a mechanical insulation project is large or small, there is no substitute for developing a proper specification document. All to often, a spec is developed by “dusting off’ the plans from a previous job, which can result in confusion, delays, and unanticipated expense.

  • December 4, 2013

    What combination of energy sources will power the U.S. in the year 2030? Will it be shale-generated oil and gas? Renewables such as solar and wind? Old-fashioned coal? Or a newer, safer version of nuclear technology?

    The rapidity of recent changes in the energy economy like the fracking boom and the Fukushima meltdown makes forecasting problematic. But one of the nation’s premiere energy experts, Daniel Yergin, has published his predictions in the form of three scenarios or “plausible stories” about which way we are headed. He calls the three paths “Global Redesign,” “Meta” and “Vortex.”

  • November 13, 2013

    The controversy — and uncertainty — over the long term effects of the world’s increasing greenhouse gas emissions has now galvanized three of America’s business and political leaders to launch a project designed to assess the measurable risks of climate change to the nation’s economy and industrial health.