One of the biggest stories of 2010 involved valve failure. From April to July, engineers were scrambling to stop the hundreds of millions of gallons of crude oil being released into the Gulf of Mexico after the blowout preventer (BOP) on the Deepwater Horizon rig failed to seal the pipe.
Why was one floor’s laboratory ventilation failing to keep up, when it was even the closest floor to the rooftop fans? Some system sleuthing led two engineers to a fitting conclusion. Read more stories in May Issue 2017.