Ron Nichols

Ron is a Senior Principal Specialist in aeSolutions Process Risk Management (PRM) group. He has over 30 years of experience in the chemical, agrochemical, and oil and gas industries focused on risk consulting facilitating PHAs/LOPAs/SIL assignments, performing SIL verification calculations, modeling facility siting studies, participating in PSM audits, and implementing and installing safety systems. Ron has a B.S. in Chemical and Materials Engineering from the University of Connecticut. His main hobby is history.

White Papers by Ron Nichols:

Understanding Overpressure Scenarios and RAGAGEP

During the PHA the team identifies consequences of concern arising from potential process deviations, identifies existing safeguards, or if LOPA (Layer of Protection Analysis) is required, the Independent Protection Layers (IPLs) available to reduce the likelihood of the consequence to a tolerable risk level. If the team identifies a gap, the team will propose recommendations to close the gap. An overpressure scenario can be a significant contributor to the risk of a facility. Overpressure of pressure vessels, piping, and other equipment can result in loss of containment of flammable or toxic materials. This paper will develop guidance including related RAGAGEP (Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practice) to help engineers and designers participate in the safety lifecycle for managing the risk of overpressure.

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