Customized Protective Coatings Extends Life of Rotating Equipment

September 2017, Vol. 244, No. 9

By Travis Cockrell, Component Superintendent, Coating Department, Sulzer, Houston

Achieving an acceptable service life without excessive maintenance can be a challenge for rotating equipment that is used in processing and delivery of hydrocarbon products. With the latest surface coating technologies it is possible to offer massive improvements to the expected service life of compressors, turbines and pumps that are subject to surface oxidation, corrosion, erosion and heat damage. Long-term reliability is a common goal for all plant operators, and achieving it requires a considered approach that takes into account a range of contributory factors and makes use of the most appropriate technology and manpower…

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