Sunday, February 23, 2014

Newsletter Archives of Metallurgy for Industries by TCR Advanced Engineering

Each month, the research department of TCR publishes a newsletter to educate the industry on metallurgy and quality control aspects. Presented below are the last 14 newsletters for the benefit of the users of our blog:

December 2012
Jan 2013
Feb 2013
March 2013
April 2013
May 2013
June 2013
July 2013
August 2013
September 2013
October 2013
November 2013
December 2013
Jan 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

TCR’s paper published on

TCR's team member written article on "An Integrated Approach For RLA Of Reformer Tubes By NDT (ARTiS)" from the 14th Asia-Pacific Conference on Nondestructive testing (APCNDT 2013) has been published in issue Vol.19 No.2 (Feb 2014). To view this article please visit

TCR Arabia opens a new office in Jubail, Saudi Arabia

We are pleased to inform you that TCR Arabia has now opened a new office in Al-Jubail located at:
Executive Business Center
Office No. 11,
First Floor,
Dammam-Jubail Highway,
Al-Jubail – 31961
Saudi Arabia.
Tel         : +966-13-3449553 / 9556
Fax         : +966-13-3449943
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TCR Arabia participated in the 15th Middle East Corrosion Conference and Exhibition

15th Corrosion Conference - Bahrain - Feb 2014 (12)TCR Arabia, the leading material testing, failure analysis and NDT services provider in Saudi Arabia participated in the 15th Middle East Corrosion Conference and Exhibition which was held in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain between February 2 - 5, 2014.
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MD of TCR, Mr. Paresh Haribhakti to speak at the 7th National Conference on Steam and Boiler Systems - STEAMTECH 2014

MD of TCR, Mr. Paresh Haribhakti will present a paper on "Boiler tube failure root cause investigation and mitigation : Case studies. " at the 7th National Conference on Steam and Boiler Systems - STEAMTECH 2014 at J.B. Auditorium, Ahmedabad Management Association, Ahmedabad to be held on February 21-22 , 2014

Reoccurrence of failures results in to forced outages and do poses huge cost implication for tube replacement with direct and indirect economic losses.  Outages of thermal power plants, HRG’s as well as utility boilers worldwide are primarily due to Boiler tube failures. Considering the complex nature of design, process environment, along with operation errors during engineering, fabrication, erection, operation, and maintenance will always result in occasional boiler tube failures. The goal is for to reduce the forced outage with zero chemistry related failures. The frequency of these failures depends on the corrective actions taken to prevent or reduce boiler tube damage. Metallurgical root-cause investigation helps to narrow down the reason of failure and provides inputs for corrective action.  During boiler operation supporting tubes are like evaporator tubes exposed to the high thermo-mechanical stresses and unsteady thermal load. The super heater tubes are subjected to increase in skin temperature results in to creep failures. The aim of this paper is to identify the damage mechanisms and root cause of failure of investigated Boiler tubes. The well-equipped metallurgical laboratory with experienced personnel can unfold the failure scenario that will help for modification of the operation, combustion design and water treatment aspects.

Brief Bio data:
Paresh Haribhakti is MD of TCR Advanced Engineering Services in Baroda, India (a TCR Engineering Services partner company), Director TCR Arabia, Dammam and Global Technical Consultant to TCR group of companies.  With over two decade of experience in the field of metallography and microstructure examination Mr Haribhakti has solved more than 1500 industrial problems. He is pioneer in promoting in situ-metallography as an acceptable and reliable technique for process plant monitoring and components in the industries. He has experience of failure investigation as well as reaming life assessment  of power plants, fertilizers, chemicals and petrochemicals industries, Mr Haribhakti has intensive work experience to his credentials. He has solved materials engineering problems and performed failure analysis on components from petrochemical plants, oil and gas transmission pipelines, offshore structures, ships, pharmaceutical plants, food processing equipment, gas turbine engine components, and weldments. Mr. Haribhakti is a Founder member of Metallography Society of India. He is an active member of the Institute of Engineers, Institute of Foundry Man, Indian Institute of Metals and Indian Institute of Welding. Mr. Haribhakti is a B.E. (Metallurgy) and M.E. (Materials Technology) from M.S. University, Vadodara.