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.


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