Petrochemical Combustion and Heat Transfer Consultant

Technical Consultant #2381


  • Low-NOx burner retrofits, heater rebuild and revamp projects, heater control, safeguarding and flare replacements.
  • Repair and revamp of thermal reactors and incinerators in sulfur recovery (SRU) units, energy efficiency improvement, liquefied natural gas (LNG), and on shore gas projects.
  • Design and trouble-shooting of fired and unfired heat transfer equipment.
  • Research and development, on oxy-firing in process heaters and boilers for CO2 control and sequestration.
  • Fuel-flexible burner system (patent pending); anti-coking tube coating for heaters in coking service.
  • Lead in the development of Shell internal and industry standards and best practices.


  • Training programs on combustion and heat transfer equipment.
  • Fired Process Heater course.
  • Fired Process Heater Troubleshooting.
  • Perform heater simulations for a mid-western USA refinery to help evaluate revamp options.
  • Waste heat boiler for IRPC.
  • Application of advanced thermal imaging techniques for trouble-shooting of heat transfer equipment.


Undisclosed Company, Principal Technical Consultant, Present

  • Supply comprehensive heater support.
  • Delivering fired equipment technical support for combustion and heat transfer training courses for clients.

American Flame Research, Present

  • Serving as General Chairman of (AFRC) managing AFRC's Industrial Combustion Symposia.

Shell Global Solutions, (U.S.), 2014

  • Advisor to the Combustion and Heat Transfer Engineering Department.

Shell Technology Center (STCH), Houston, TX, 2009 - 2013

  • Led the heat transfer team and provided comprehensive heater support.

Shell Americas, 1993 - 2008

  • Led the Heat Transfer Technical Discipline Network (HT-TDN).
  • Oversaw the Shell Thermography Team.
  • Lead investigator in several Shell-funded research and development projects with high benefit potential for the Company.

Special Achievements

  • Comprehensive heater review for Petrotrin (the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago).
  • Received twelve special recognition during 25 years at Shell.
  • Acknowledgment for research and development work (oxy-fired process heaters anti-coking coating for heaters in coking), resulting in patents.
  • Introduced new technology for application within Shell (two of these were related to heat exchangers - anti-fouling coating for water-cooled HEX and Cal Gavin inserts for an air-cooler at Deer Park Refinery). Establishing pigging as superior to shot-blasting for the decoking of hydrocracker heaters.
  • Technical support to sulfur recovery units (leading the solution development following a fire in SR-3 Claus Reaction Furnace, and for SR-5 burner trouble-shooting.
  • Flare support (DP Coker flare.
  • Fired heater technical support (CO heater support at DP in 1997, GOHT heater throughput improvement at Deer Park Refinery.
  • Heat exchanger support (Process Gas Cooler redesign for the hydrogen plant at Deer Park refinery and an overhead condenser redesign for Puget Sound Refinery).

Honors & Publications

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • General Chairman of American Flame Research Committee (AFRC), coordinating and managing AFRC's Industrial Combustion Symposia.
  • American Petroleum Institute (API) Sub-Committee on Heat Transfer Equipment.
  • Heat Transfer Technical Discipline Network (HT-TDN) for Shell in the Americas.


  • Received Presidential Award of Excellence at Shell twice: once on behalf of Shell

Thermography Team during a three year period performing comprehensive heater review.


  • More than 50 publications in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings.
  • Over 100 Shell internal reports, internal standards, and best practices.

Reviewer of Publications

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Heat Transfer, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Thermo-physics & Heat Transfer and Industrial Combustion
  • Journal of the international Flame Research Foundation, on line (IFRF).


  • Inventor of numerous patents.


  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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