Tips & Tools From Our Engineers

Pilot vs. Commercial Plant - Part 3

December 21, 2017

Author: Adam Whalley

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The overuse and over-specification of thermowells is one of the common errors we see in pilot-plant specifications, because they are so useful in commercial plants it intuitively feels right to extend the same philosophy to pilot plants. Clients commonly...

Pilot Plants: Strategies to Enhance Design-Build Quality

May 29, 2017

Author: Paul Martin

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Caution should be used in the application of corporate engineering standards for components, materials, and methods of construction to pilot-plant projects. The application of inappropriate standards or the misapplication of standards can result in unnecessary cost and schedule delays without improving the quality of the pilot plant in a meaningful way. In fact, the inappropriate...

The Design/Build Approach and Modular Construction

May 15, 2017

Author: Paul Martin

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The development timescale for the design, fabrication, and commissioning of a new pilot plant is characteristically much shorter than that for the commercial facility, and the commercial pressure to meet these tight schedules can be enormous. However, the technical and financial risk of carrying out an inadequate pilot program or skipping the pilot step entirely...

Scaling Up- Or Down

May 1, 2017

Author: Paul Martin

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A good pilot-plant design must balance the need for physical and equipment similarity to the commercial process with the other goals of the pilot-plant program. Careful and creative design is necessary to ensure that the equipment will continue to work reliably...