The Marketing Committee discussed the Membership Value Campaign, which included letters written by FSA members with their personal reasons for their membership in the FSA and what they find is the value of that membership. The letters can be found on the FSA website under “FSA in Action”. The committee has also been overseeing promotion of the KnowledgeBase and the Fall Meeting being held in October in Fort Worth. The FSA has partnered with four trade shows being held later this year. Social media will continue to be used to promote all of the FSA’s activities.
The Program & Locations Committee met on June 6, 2017, to discuss the details for their meeting being held on October 24-26, 2017, at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. This meeting will be co-located with the Hydraulic Institute. They also asked that staff pursue a contract with the Hotel William Gray in Montreal, Quebec, on October 23-25, 2018 for their annual meeting.
The Strategic Planning Committee met on August 23, 2017, to define programs and actions needed in order to reach their current list of initiatives and coordinate activities with other FSA committees and divisions.
Internal strategic initiatives included deepening the perceived value of FSA membership to existing members, maintaining the financial stability of the association, expanding members’ engagement in association activities, and identifying areas of collaboration between FSA divisions.
External strategic initiatives included attracting new members, defining objectives to promote FSA as a technical leader in the industry, developing key industry partnerships, and defining priorities for the Government Affairs Committee under the new administration in Washington, DC.
Mechanical face seals are a complex combination of materials and design that form a system whose prime objective is maintaining the integrity of the pumping system, keeping what is inside where it belongs and preventing contamination from the outside.
From the simplest design to the most complex, the system must operate across a multitude of conditions (and often beyond what the original design intended) in terms of speed, contact loads and environment. Every component in the system is a vital link contributing to the system’s success or failure.
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Industrial equipment is subject to harsh conditions and even some abuse, but it is nevertheless expected to operate around the clock for extended periods of time. Typically, a measure of success is if no one can remember the last time maintenance was performed on specific process machinery.
The process must be uninterrupted to meet production goals, but it also must be contained to meet emission regulations. Containing the process not only controls emissions but also increases productivity, as the amount of product lost to the environment is minimized. When problems arise, the equipment design or manufacturing is usually the first line of inquiry to find solutions to the failure. However, that is not necessarily the right place to look for improvements.
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Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Methane and Certain Volatile Organic Compounds (Upstream Oil and Gas Sector,) Canada Gazette, Part I, Vol 151, No 21; May 27th publication
Fluid Sealing Association Response:
On behalf of The Fluid Sealing Association, an organization comprised of sealing device technology manufacturers who make devices used to contain fluids and air emissions to prevent harmful, toxic, or otherwise dangerous products escaping into the environment. FSA’s technologies are used in every aspect of oil and gas production, gathering, boosting, processing, transmission and storage, and generally in all industrial activity around the world. These devices are often overlooked and their function is not generally well known or understood, yet they fulfill an essential role in support of our customers in the oil & gas sector to maintain a clean environment, insure safety, and prevent product waste, while allowing industrial growth and profitability.
FSA members manufacture the following products that we believe will be helpful in achieving the goals to significantly reduce methane emission from the oil and gas industry.
- Mechanical Seals which are used to seal rotating shafts as they enter the housing of a centrifugal compressor. The seals prevent gases from escaping in the space where there is relative motion between the shaft and the housing. Various mechanical seal technologies are used, dry gas seals or wet oil seals with significantly different emission characteristics.
- Gaskets are used to provide a static seal between two stationary components. They are used on flanges that connect piping, valves, compressors, pneumatic driven pumps, instrumentation, and many other types of equipment. Due to the high number of flanges and equipment connections subject to the thermal and mechanical stresses associated with centrifugal and reciprocating compressors, the proper use of high performance gaskets can significantly contribute to reduced fugitive emission levels.
- Compression Packing is most commonly made of braided fibers, and is used to seal valve stems and shafts of reciprocating compressors. Valves have been identified as a major contributor to emissions, primarily due to their extremely high usage. Modern fibers and construction methods allow sealing at extremely low emission levels.
- Expansion Joints for Piping are used to provide a flexible connection between pipes and their joining to other equipment. The expansion joints are typically bolted to flanges of piping or other process equipment. The use of expansion joints can reduce the number of piping connections, eliminate stress on a pipe that can create leaks in bolted joints, and reduce stress on rotating equipment that could affect seal or bearing wear, thereby significantly contributing to the reduction of emissions in piping systems.
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The Piping Expansion Joint Division of the FSA recently completed revisions for the 8th edition of the Piping Handbook, now called the Piping Expansion Joints Technical Handbook. The revised handbook includes a contemporary format with new three-dimensional graphics. The technical content has been expanded and revised to reflect a wider variety of expansion joints and to make the handbook more relevant to the user.
The handbook provides up-to-date compilations of construction standards and guides for specifying and purchasing non-metallic expansion joints and flexible pipe connectors. It is based on the latest information concerning research, design and application of rubber (elastomer) expansion joints by engineers associated with the FSA’s Non-Metallic Expansion Joint Division member companies.
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The air we breathe contains by volume 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen and approximately 1% argon. Oxygen concentrations as high as 23% are considered acceptable by OSHA. However, in many areas of industry and medicine where technical or high-purity oxygen is used, oxygen concentrations can exceed 23% and create what is known as “flammable atmosphere,” leading to serious accidents and the inability for workers to self-rescue from hazardous situations when proper care is not taken.
Oxygen is non-flammable, but it is a fire promoter and can accelerate combustion and thus is a hazardous substance. Ignition may be caused by sparking, welding or using electric tools when concentrations rise above 23%. Materials of construction, education and testing go far to prevent these hazards in industrial settings.
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Gasket failures can be problematic, causing unwanted downtime, revenue loss and safety concerns. Failure analysis shows that up to 85% of all gasket failures are due to faulty user installation, though it is important to note that with proper training and installation procedures, most of these failures are preventable. ASME PCC-1 is a post-construction guideline for pressure boundary bolted flange joint assemblies, and the bulk of gasket manufacturers derive their installation procedures from this guideline. For the end user who does not have an installation procedure, it is a great resource to have; however, the book is more than 99 pages and is not suitable to carry around in the field.
To help with this, the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA), in conjunction with the European Sealing Association (ESA), have created a Gasket Installation procedures pocket book (available in nine languages on the FSA and ESA websites (fluidsealing.com, europeansealing.com) to help installers focus on the key points of proper gasket installation. Following is a summary of the six principal areas of focus in sequential order.
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Multiple lip seals are commonly used in centrifugal pumps and positive displacement pumps. There are many variations, but one version that has been particularly effective is a triple lip seal arrangement. The key feature is the third outboard lip seal element, which can be used for several functions.
Sealed media can be compartmentalized, providing the opportunity to apply any of the API piping plans based on the type of media being sealed. For instance, it can serve as an excluder or a secondary seal in a quench gland design for media that crystallizes or hardens with exposure to ambient temperature and pressure. Unlike a mechanical face seal, there are no rotating parts, and all internal components are not just replaceable, but replaceable on-site by in-house or field maintenance staff.
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