Author: Katelyn J. Gustoff, Consulting Engineer I
FFS assessments are recognized as an integral tool for the effective life-cycle management of equipment. In this article, Katelyn Gustoff explores applying the API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 (API 579) FFS standard to aboveground storage tanks and shares several case studies to illustrate how FFS techniques can help you make informed run-repair-replace decisions for a facility’s storage tanks.
Authors: Joel L. Andreani, P.E., Senior Vice President of Consulting Engineering, Principal Engineer II
It is costly and time-consuming to inspect storage tanks. Joel Andreani discusses the difference between qualitative and quantitative tank risk-based inspection (RBI) and how tank RBI is a central part of a facility’s overall tank integrity management program (IMP). You will learn how applying quantitative RBI principles to storage tanks will result in optimized inspection intervals and reduced risk of loss of containment.
Authors: Phillip J. Smith, Ph.D., Instrumentation Staff Engineer II
One year ago, the 5th edition of the ANSI/API 2350 Overfill Prevention for Storage Tanks in Petroleum Facilities was released. In this article, Phillip Smith walks you through the recent changes to API 2350 and details an 11-step procedure that you can apply at your processing facility. Overfill is predictable and preventable – take these steps to improve operational control during filling activities.
A Discussion of the Opportunities and Benefits of the API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 Technology. The identification of damage is often an inevitable part of the life cycle of industry fixed equipment.
The 5th edition of ANSI/API Overfill Prevention for Storage Tanks in Petroleum Facilities was published in September 2020. The revision was informed by regulatory concerns over several incidents of gross overfilling leading to serious consequences affecting employees and nearby communities.
In recent editions of API STD 653, Tank Inspection, Repair, Alteration and Reconstruction, the use of risk-based inspection (RBI) has been permitted as a means of determining the next inspection date for initial and subsequent internal inspection of storage tanks.