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Petrochemical Piping and Pressure Vessel Design Expert

Technical Consultant #2131


  • Over twenty years of mechanical engineering experience in the field of petroleum refining, including design and ASME/API code experience in pressure vessels, heat exchangers, storage tanks and piping.
  • Fitness for service evaluations, linear and non-linear Finite Element Analysis (FEA), piping stress analysis, re-rating of pressure vessels, risk based inspection and equipment strategies.
  • Field and startup support for oil refineries, pressure vessels, piping, and tankage.
  • Mechanical design audit review of petrochemical projects in the area of pressure vessels, heat exchangers, piping and storage tanks.
  • Precise mechanical specifications for reactors, towers, and pressure vessels.
  • Preform linear and non-linear stress analysis using finite element method and finite difference method for design, fitness for service, troubleshooting and research and development of petrochemical equipment using: Abaqus, Patran, Ansys, Bosor on Windows, Unix and Linux operating systems.
  • Piping stress analysis per ASME B31.2, B31.1 and B31.4 Code using Caesar II.
  • Pressure vessel design and re-rate calculations per ASME, Section VIII, Div. 1 and Div. II.
  • Pressure vessel and boiler code using Pvelite, Compress and VCESage.
  • Tank design calculations per API-650 and API-620.
  • Fitness for service evaluation per API-579/ASME FFS-1.
  • Extensive code experience with ASME Pressure Vessel Codes (Div. 1 and 2), ASME Piping Codes B31.1, B31.3), API Storage Tank Code (A_I 650 and 620), and API fixed equipment maintenance standards (API 510, 570 and 653).


Undisclosed Company, Senior Engineering Advisor, Present

Independent Contractor, Present

Projects: Mechanical Technology Owner for Delayed Coking and Storage Tanks at ExxonMobil.

  • Field support for ExxonMobil affiliates and licensees for trouble shooting plant problems.
  • Risk based inspection technology and equipment strategies for maintenance and operations of plant equipment.
  • Mechanical startup leader for ExxonMobil plants and mechanical field support to refineries worldwide using ExxonMobil hydroprocessing technology.

Honors & Publications

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Actively participates on ASME code committees. Highlights of activities
  • ASME Member of the working group on Design by Analysis for ASME Section VIII, Division II, Boiler and Pressure Vessel Cod and Elevated Temperature Design of Pressure Vessels and Internals
  • Former member of API-650, Welded Tanks for Oil Storage


  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K.
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, (1st class honors), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K
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