Devising improved maintenance strategies for centrifugal pumps at BP Bulwer Island refinery

Barlow, Sophie Jane (2002). Devising improved maintenance strategies for centrifugal pumps at BP Bulwer Island refinery Honours Thesis, School of Engineering, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Barlow, Sophie Jane
Thesis Title Devising improved maintenance strategies for centrifugal pumps at BP Bulwer Island refinery
School, Centre or Institute School of Engineering
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2002
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor D.N.P. Murthy
Total pages 93
Language eng
Subjects 0913 Mechanical Engineering
Formatted abstract

Effective maintenance is necessary to ensure the reliability of equipment. If equipment is unreliable, the profitability of a business can be greatly decreased. Therefore, the benefits of employing efficient maintenance strategies cannot be underestimated.

At BP Bulwer Island refinery, great importance is placed on the maintenance and reliability function of the business unit. However, there is no formalised maintenance approach. The aim of the thesis was to devise improved maintenance strategies for centrifugal pumps at the refinery. The procedures used in this study may then be applied to other refinery equipment.

The objective was achieved by focussing on two areas. The data collection system used at the refinery was studied and improved, and methods of quantitative reliability analysis were introduced.

Optimal maintenance involves a trade-off between the cost of failure avoidance and the cost of failure. By applying mathematical models to the practical situation at the refinery, a way in which to determine an optimum maintenance policy for centrifugal pumps was devised.

Keyword BP Bulwer Island
Quantitative reliability analysis
Centrifugal pumps
Additional Notes * Mechanical engineering undergraduate theses. Sem 2, 2002

Document type: Thesis
Collection: UQ Theses (non-RHD) - UQ staff and students only
 
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