Saturday, May 24, 2014

TCR Arabia to participate in the RTR Corrosion Awareness Day

Ras Tanura Refinery Engineering Department is conducting the RTR Corrosion Awareness Day, which will take place at the RT Refinery-HR Training Building on Tuesday, June 05, 2014. TCR Arabia will showcase majority of its advanced inspection activities related to Corrosion Studies on that day including automated normal/high temperature corrosion mapping equipment and technique, HTHA (high temperature hydrogen attack), Sour gas testing as per NACE TM 0177 and TM 0284, corrosion damage mechanisms, failure analysis, fitness for service as per API 579, condition assessment, remaining life assessment and metallographic replicas.

TCR Arabia, based in Dammam, is an approved Contractor to provide NDT, Metallurgical & Inspection Services..

With the vast experience of TCR Arabia in the above mentioned field, we have successfully executed several major projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for clients like Saudi Aramco, SABIC, SEC, SWCC, LUBREF, MARAFIQ, CRISTAL, Petrorabigh, SATORP, SADARA etc. since our inception in KSA in the year 2007. Currently we are offering services on long-term contracts to clients like Saudi Aramco, SABIC, TASNEE, MARAFIQ & GE.

Our services range include the following and most importantly these are our own in-house capabilities without any sub-contracted service;


Conventional NDT (UT, MT, PT)


Advanced NDT (ToFD, Phased Array)


Tube Inspection (ECT, RFET, IRIS, MFL, Acoustic Eye)


Tank Floor Inspection by MFL


Metallurgical Services (Metallographic replication – Insitu replica, Failure Investigation, Remaining Life Assessment, Fitness for Service etc.)


Heat Treatment




Mechanical Testing (TCR’s lab in Dammam)


Welder Qualification


Microbiology Testing


Supply of Inspection Engineers and NDT technicians (long term & short term)


Corrosion Mapping (normal & high temperature)


Helium Leak Test


Long Range Ultrasonic Testing (LRUT)


Boroscopic Inspection

TCR Arabia is an ISO-9001-2008 certified and ISO-17025 / SASO Accredited Company.

Our Western Region Office in Yanbu provides continuous support to our clients in Yanbu, Rabigh and Jeddah regions. 

NACE TM 0177 Method A and D testing at TCR Engineering material testing laboratory in Mumbai, India

TCR Engineering has enhanced its test facilities and now becomes the first laboratory in India to start testing as per NACE TM 0177 Method D. TCR Engineering is already testing samples for its clients as per NACE TM 0177 Method A.

The NACE TM 0177 standard is for Laboratory Testing of Metals for Resistance to Sulfide Stress Cracking and Stress Corrosion Cracking in H2S Environments. In the NACE TM 0177 Method D, also called as the NACE Standard DCB Test, provides for measuring the resistance of metallic materials to propagation of EC, expressed in terms of a critical stress intensity factor, KISSC for SSC and KIEC for the more general case of EC, using a crack-arrest type of fracture mechanics test.

Microbiology and Food Testing at the laboratory of TCR Arabia in Dammam, Saudi Arabia

TCR Arabia’s Food Testing (Microbiology) Laboratory is now ISO 17025:2005  Accredited Company by SASO.

TCR Arabia's food testing and microbiology labs have clients such as Aryaf bakeries, Vita food Products company, Al Sanbok sea food restaurant, La caravella Italian restaurant, La Gandola Italian restaurant, Saudi food Bank Company, Al Barrak Catering company, Ramada Hotel, Gulf Haulage Heavy Lift, Aujan Food (Rani juice), SWEC, Saudi German Hospital, Saudi Fisheries, ETLCO etc.

Monday, May 19, 2014

TCR Advanced conducts course on Reformer Tube: Damage Mechanisms, Failures and RLA

TCR Advanced, recently conducted a two days intensive course on “Reformer tube: damage mechanisms, failure investigation, inspection and Remaining life assessment (RLA)”.” on 25th and 26th April 2014 at Vadodara.  The primary reformers are widely adopted in fertilizers, petrochemicals and oil refining industries. They produce hydrogen with endothermic reaction at elevated temperature above 800 Deg. C in pressurized condition. The challenge for the metallurgy is to combat creep and thermal damages for long term durability. Advancement in alloy development has allowed robust design of reformer tubes which are typically designed for 100,000 hours of operation but can still perform for higher lifespan with extended interpretation of NDT results. 

The specially designed course was delivered by global experts to explain the damage mechanism and tube metallurgy. The  aspect of tube metallurgy along with failure mechanism will be delivered in the form of simple to understand fundamentals. The tube replacement strategy is generally dependent on NDT inspection results that includes estimate of cumulative creep strain through precise ID or OD measurements, tube bowing condition, ultrasonic attenuation measurement for detection of mid-wall fissures and microstructural degradations.

Brief Bio data of speakers are as under:

Paresh Haribhakti : Paresh Haribhakti is a  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 metallurgy 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.

Dr. A.K.Lahiri : Dr. A.K.Lahiri is a graduate and PhD in Metallurgy from Banaras Hindu University having about 60 years’ experience in corrosion control, plant inspection and industrial failure analysis.. After superannuating from Engineers India Ltd. in 1989, he is providing consultancy services in the areas of Materials, Corrosion Control and Plant Inspection to refinery, fertilizer, petrochemical and oil and gas industries.  Dr Lahiri is well known metallurgist of India and possess a gamut of knowledge for different damage mechanism in the fertilizers and petrochemical industries.

Mr  H. G. Pradhan : Mr. Hemant Pradhan is a Mechanical Engineer with over 34 years of experience in design, detail engineering services, projects, inspection, mechanical construction, procurement, estimation etc. for fertilizer and petrochemical plants and projects.

His major experience field has been design, detailed engineering, trouble shooting of fertilizer plants . He has vast experience in executing trouble shooting jobs in major plant equipment like Primary Reformer , Air Pre-heaters, Waste Heat Boilers, Various Heat Exchangers, Isothermal Shift Reactor, Urea Reactor, High Pressure Decomposer, high pressure plunger pumps & their discharge piping, Contact Furnace, Decomposer, Sulphur combustion furnace boiler, etc.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Metallurgical and Composite Fatigue Testing in Mumbai, India

TCR Engineering Services ( based in Mhape, Navi Mumbai, India has state of the art closed loop servo hydraulic controlled universal testing machines of 25kN and 250kN capacity to conduct fatigue, fracture toughness and CTOD tests. image

1) Strain hardening exponent (n) of metallic materials can be determined as per ASTM E646.

2) Constant Amplitude Axial Fatigue tests of ductile materials can be conducted to obtain fatigue strength for 1 million cycles and more where strains are predominately elastic as per ASTM standard E466-2002. Customers need to indicate the type of specimen, wave from (sine / ramp / saw tooth etc.) and the frequency of test.

3) TCR can also undertake low cycle fatigue (strain controlled fatigue testing) to find out the fatigue strength coefficient and cyclic strength coefficient at a given strain and for total cycle to failure. The test can be conducted as per ASTM E606-2004.

TCR has also facility to fabricate specimens as per required standards.

TCR can also undertake composite testing for fatigue as per ISO 527–5 (Type A) (Axial tensile strength and modulus) & ISO 527–5 Type B (Transverse tensile strength and modulus). These standard pertains to Tensile test in longitudinal direction using type A or transverse direction using type B specimens. The specimens for these tests have to be machined in the required direction from the laminate and end tabs fixed as per the standards. The speed of the test will be specified as per ISO 527-1.

TCR also undertakes test as per ASTM D 6641 (Axial Compressive strength and modulus) as well as ASTM D 3479 (High cycle fatigue; f=2 to 5Hz; R=0.1).

Fatigue test on PMC can be conducted on specimen that is subjected to repetitive constant amplitude uni-axial in plane loading as per your frequency (2-5Hz) & stress ratio R=0.1 requirements. Customers must specify the wave form as well as the stress level at which the number of cycles to failure has to be found.

The fatigue charges at TCR depends on the usage of the machine time and is quoted on a per hour basis. Lump sum quotes can be given as well.