Petrochemical Refinery Fitness for Service Mechanical Expert

Technical Consultant #2141


Expertise

  • Fifteen years experience of engineering mechanics, reliability, and pressure vessels in the petroleum refining and petrochemical industry.
  • Establishment of reliable data collection systems for petrochemical operating plants.
  • Refractory research to develop a ceramic lining system and an on-stream lining thickness monitoring system for Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) cyclones.
  • Refractory testing in accordance with API-936 practices.
  • Finite element structural and heat transfer analysis for petrochemicals and related process equipment.

Focused Areas

  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Boilers
  • Factory
  • Gas
  • Refractory
  • Piping
  • Petroleum
  • Heat transfer
  • Refining
  • Energy
  • Materials

Experience

Undisclosed Company, Owner, Present

  • Finite element structural and heat transfer analysis for petrochemicals and related process equipment.
  • Refractory lining and troubleshooting for refining and carbon black process units.
  • Refractory testing in accordance with API-936 practices.

Mobil Technology Company, (Mobil Oil), Senior Engineer; Fixed Equipment Specialist, 1991 - 2000

  • Pressure vessel engineer and refractory lining specialist for pressurized equipment.

Exxon Mobil, Fixed Equipment Specialist, 1991 - 2000

  • Performed fitness-for-service, fracture mechanics, and fatigue calculations on pressure vessels, tankage, piping systems, and various machine components.
  • Experienced in the use of commercial software for finite element modeling and reliability modeling, ANSYS, Abaqus, Jardine RAM modeling, and Relisoft Weibull.
  • Used Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability (RAM) modeling software to determine the most efficient and economic project equipment configurations to achieve maximum reliability.
  • Developed repair, replacement, and preventive maintenance strategies using Weibull analysis and failure modes, effects and criticality analysis.
  • Designed internals for refinery vessels, both new and existing.
  • Provided FCC unit turnaround internal inspections and technical support with special emphasis on insulating and erosion resistant refractory linings.
  • Conducted refractory research aimed at developing a ceramic lining system and an on-stream lining thickness monitoring system for FCC cyclones.
  • Planned and engineered all refractory repairs as Turnaround Maintenance Engineer.
  • Hired and managed refractory inspection firm.
  • Engineered additional repair/modification projects including: reactor stripper, reactor cyclone thermowells, CO boiler, main column bottom strainers, cooling tower, and assorted piping and ductwork.

Honors & Publications

Credentials

  • Registered Professional Engineer

Education

  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
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