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Ceramic and Refractories Petroleum Engineer: Regulatory, Turnaround, and Training

Technical Consultant #2195


  • Ceramics technical support: Training manuals, utilization of refractories in the petroleum industry including the development of numerous patents.
  • Refractories engineering, overseeing more than 100 major turnarounds, providing ceramics and refractories support for over 35 years in the petroleum industry.
  • Refractory lining materials for refinery and petrochemical applications including selection, design, installation, inspection, quality control, and dryout.
  • Led refractory oversight for numerous projects including FCC, sulfur recovery. powerforming, reforming, fluid coking, flexicoking unit new constructions and or major revamps.

On Site Services

  • Fireproofing.
  • Chemical resistant lining materials.
  • Hydrodemolition of Fluid/FLEXI- Coker reactor wall coke.
  • Turnaround execution for fluid solids units.


Undisclosed Company, Senior Refractory Engineer, Present

  • Providing regulatory support for petroleum clients: Refractory Installation quality control, inspection and testing monolithic refractory linings and materials.
  • Service clients through equipment optimization, technical inspections through laser mapping, and turnaround execution for fluid solids units.


Commercial Technology Leader

  • Lead technical expert in ceramics and refractories.
  • Authored/Coauthored 24 patents, numerous company standards and training manuals.
  • Taught training seminars.

Technology Development and Failure Analyses

  • Erosion resistant refractories.
  • Advanced anchoring systems.
  • Optimization of gunning equipment and techniques.
  • Quick forming casting techniques.
  • Pump casting and self flowing castables.
  • Advanced Inspection techniques including laser mapping.
  • Repair/replacement criteria and remaining life.
  • Improved techniques for thermal conductivity measurement and erosion resistance testing.
  • Hot spot treatment and remediation.
  • Hydrodemolition of refractory linings.
  • Catalyst agglomeration.
  • Mechanical behavior of refractory lined piping.
  • Dryout and prevention of explosive spalling.

Honors & Publications


  • API 936
  • API 936 Certification Program
  • Revision of API 560 Refractory Requirements
  • Revision of ASTM C704

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Chairman API Refractory Task Force during a ten year tenure.

Publications and Patents

  • Authored or co-authored numerous papers through his API and ACS participation.
  • Presented topics at many industry exchange meetings.
  • Author of training manuals and corporate standards. requirements.
  • 24 patents filed.


  • M.S. Ceramic Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • B.S. Ceramic Engineering, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
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