MHSOPI - Safety of equipment in process industry

Course specification
Course titleSafety of equipment in process industry
Study programmeChemical engineering
Lecturer (for classes)
Lecturer/Associate (for practice)
Lecturer/Associate (for OTC)
    Condition-Облик условљености
    The goalThe objective of the course is to give students an introduction to possible equipment failures in the process industry facilities, causes and consequences of the failure occurrence. Students will learn about up-to-date methods and devices for safe service assurance and failure prevention.
    The outcomeThrough the planned syllabus, analysis of the examples from industry and project assignment, students gain necessary knowledge about the procedures for preventing different types of failures of process equipment. Students will be able to apply this knowledge in every-day engineering practice.
    Contents of lecturesIntroductory considerations. Overview of technical regulations in the field of pressure equipment safety assurance. Concept of supervising inspection. ; Safety assurance in equipment design and manufacturing. Control of design solution and material. Reliable service assurance of separable and inseparable material joints. Pressure testing. Creating technical documentation. Overview of safety devices: selection of design solution and different ways of installation. ; Causes of damage and possible failure of equipment in exploitation. Failures caused by mechanical, thermal, corrosion and combined effects of working media. Equipment maintenance, application of non-destructive testing (NDT) methods. ; Defining the risk of equipment failure. Quantitative representation and risk monitoring: forming the risk map and matrix. “Leak before break” concept for pressure equipment. ; Application of R5 and R6 procedures for assessment of failure possibility, failure assessment diagram (FAD). Basics of SINTAP (Structural Integrity Assessment Procedure), as a procedure for estimation of structural integrity adopted in the European Union.
    Contents of exercisesAnalysis of examples of equipment failure in chemical process industry, power plants and pharmaceutical industry. Computational exercises contain examples of safety assurance: calculation of safety devices, numerical analysis of damage initiation and failure of pressure equipment, application of the risk concept, determining the integrity of the structures, where damage is determined using NDT methods, by R5 and R6 procedures and SINTAP Fitness-for-Service demonstration software package.
    1. Handouts from lectures and material from practices
    2. S. Putić, M. Rakin, Calculation, Construction and Exploitation of Equipment in Process Industry, handouts from lectures, Faculty of Тechnology and Мetallurgy, University of Belgrade, 2008 (in Serbian).
    3. S. Putić, M. Rakin, Strength of materials, Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, 2008.
    4. M. Rakin, Local approach to ductile fracture of metals, SIMS, Belgrade, 2009 (in Serbian).
    5. M. Rakin, S. Putić, N. Tomović, B. Gnjatović, Equipment in pharmaceutical engineering, handbook, Faculty of Тechnology and Мetallurgy, University of Belgrade, 2010 (in Serbian).
    6. R.C. Rosaler, Standard Handbook of Plant Engineering, third edition, McGraw-Hill, 2004.
    7. P. Carson, C. Mumford, Hazardous Chemical Handbook, second edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2002.
    8. R. Keith Mobley (Editor), Plant Engineering Handbook, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2001.
    9. D. J. Smith, Reliability, Maintainability and Risk, 7th Edition, Elsevier, 1995.
    10. R-Code, vers. 4.2 Demonstration Programme, British Energy, 2003.
    Number of hours per week during the semester/trimester/year
    LecturesExercisesOTCStudy and ResearchOther classes
    Methods of teachingLectures and computational exercises in the classroom (using computer and video beam, overhead projector and blackboard). Project assignment using the licensed MS Office software and demonstration software packages mentioned in the literature. Visit to industrial plant of chemical/ pharmaceutical industry.
    Knowledge score (maximum points 100)
    Pre obligationsPointsFinal examPoints
    Activites during lectures15Test paper
    Practical lessons25Oral examination40