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I'm going to share some interesting photos with you. I'll first let you see, observe and analyzed what those photos are. Just imagine and think what are the equipments or situations... It's better if you figure out what the photos shows before I provide you with some answers and brief informations at the end of the photos. If you are a student, you will find this a good learning curve, I hope so. If you already work in a processing or production plant, you may already know about these photos.

(a) What is happening?

(b) Another view on what is happening in photo a.

(c) Another clue on what is happening in photo a. If you're tired guessing, check out the answer at the end of the post.

(d) What is this?

(e) Another close up on photo d.

(f) What is this?

(g) Another clue on what is photo f

Answers & brief explanations.

Photo a: A plate heat exchanger is leaking.

Photo b: You can see traces of fluid leaking/pouring out from the bottom of the plate heat exchanger.

Photo c: An example of plate heat exchangers' plate where fluid may come out when the incoming hot and cold fluid are not balance. Or, if the gaskets are no longer functioning due to damage, torn, not perfectly attached or various other reasons.

Photo d: This is the ball which originated from a 4" 3 piece body ball valve. It is made of stainless steel SS316.

Photo e: This ball was taken out from a damaged 4" 3 piece body ball valve. This type of ball valve is imperative in processing plant. It is more reliable than a gate valve and butterfly valve but is more expansive. To learn more about ball valve, check the following links:

Photo f: These are sight glasses. It is use to view and observe physically the flowing fluid in a pipeline or stream.

Photo g: This photo is an example on where the sight glass will be installed. By having a sight glass, it is easier to monitor and observe the condition and physical appearance of a fluid.
To learn more about sight glass and the types available in the market, check the following links:


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I’m Zaki. I used to be a project, process and chemical engineer. Few years ago I successfully became a Chartered Engineer (IChemE) and Professional Engineer (BEM). I'm now employed as a chemical engineering educator/researcher/consultant. Hope you like reading my blog. I welcome any feedback from you. My email: zaki.yz[alias]gmail.com. TQ!

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