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The use of computers in converting the initial idea for a product into a detailed engineering design. Computer models and graphics replace the sketches and engineering drawings traditionally used to visualize products and communicate design information. Abbreviated CAD.



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ACCEPTANCE TEST

A test used to determine conformance of a product to design specifications, as a basis for its acceptance.

DESIGN STANDARDS

Generally accepted uniform procedures, dimensions, materials, or parts that directly affect the design of a product or facility.

PILOT-SCALE CHEMICAL REACTION

Small-scale chemical reaction used to test operating conditions and product yields; used as a pilot for design of large-scale reaction systems.

SISTER SHIPS

Ships built on the same design.

VAPOR

The gaseous product of evaporation.

ACCURACY

The degree to which measurement by a field instrument compares with measurement by a laboratory instrument or other standard reference equipment. The instrument accuracy represent an allowable tolerance limit for single readings by a specific device. These tolerances (+ and -) are the maximum ranges of error for recording the product movement.

HEAT RELEASE

The total quantity of thermal energy above a fixed datum introduced into a furnace by the fuel, considered to be the product of the hourly fuel rate and its high heating value, expressed in Btu per hour per cubic foot of furnace volume or square foot of heating surface.

CUSTODY TRANSFER

All Purchases, Sales and Exchanges involving third parties, or separate affiliated companies. Transfers using third party transportation.Transfers between business functions within an affiliate when there are legal, tax or significant product loss considerations.

APPROVED EQUIPMENT

Equipment of a design that has been type-tested and approved by an appropriate authority such as a governmental agency or classification society. Such an authority will have certified the particular equipment as safe for use in a specified hazardous atmosphere.

CRITICAL TANK

A tank used in custody transfer service or any tank which could have a significant product loss.

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