The focus of this paper is the management of critical equipment ageing within the context of lower and upper tier Seveso process plants, with a peculiar insight into the effectiveness of safety management systems in setting-up reliable procedure for critical element identification. Recent research studies in fact evidenced that in Europe nearly 50% of major 'loss of containment' events, arising from technical plant failures, were primarily due to ageing plant mechanisms such as erosion, corrosion and fatigue. The critical ageing elements should be included in maintenance, inspection and periodic monitoring programs in relation to their reliability, as assumed in the risk assessment and their lifetime or frequency ranges, based on their operational experience. This paper will accurately discuss how the issue of ageing is currently handled in the process industry. The methodology builds on the critical results of actual findings from the inspections on the safety management systems of major accident plants, which were performed by a working group. The primary objective is to stimulate the introduction of effective ageing management changes into the safety management of companies, by taking advantages of findings of the previous assessment and establishing proper and effective audits.

Ageing and creeping management in major accident plants according to seveso III directive

Vairo, Tomaso;Reverberi, Andrea P.;Fabiano, Bruno
2018

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The focus of this paper is the management of critical equipment ageing within the context of lower and upper tier Seveso process plants, with a peculiar insight into the effectiveness of safety management systems in setting-up reliable procedure for critical element identification. Recent research studies in fact evidenced that in Europe nearly 50% of major 'loss of containment' events, arising from technical plant failures, were primarily due to ageing plant mechanisms such as erosion, corrosion and fatigue. The critical ageing elements should be included in maintenance, inspection and periodic monitoring programs in relation to their reliability, as assumed in the risk assessment and their lifetime or frequency ranges, based on their operational experience. This paper will accurately discuss how the issue of ageing is currently handled in the process industry. The methodology builds on the critical results of actual findings from the inspections on the safety management systems of major accident plants, which were performed by a working group. The primary objective is to stimulate the introduction of effective ageing management changes into the safety management of companies, by taking advantages of findings of the previous assessment and establishing proper and effective audits.
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