Material & Chemical Engineering Research Projects | MTI

Material Engineering and Chemical Processing Research Projects

Projects are a core activity of MTI that drive significant value to its member companies. Together, MTI members fund practical, non-proprietary studies on the selection, design, fabrication, testing, inspection, and performance of materials of construction used in the Processing Industries.

MTI Projects Provide Sustainable Benefits For Everyone

MTI funds a spectrum of research opportunities for manufacturing and processing companies that help make them more profitable, efficient and safe. MTI focuses its research projects on the 5 Pillars, which are listed below along with example applications.

The 5 Pillars of MTI’s Research Focus

1. Improve Reliability

The platform between the attributes of equipment and their performance characteristics on which to build improvement programs.

      • Corrosion in mixed acids creation of a system for organizing commercially available corrosion test data on a wide range of alloys in acid mixtures to predict their performance with easy-to-use three dimensional grids.
      • Statistical analysis of NDE data software to optimize the number of thickness readings taken on equipment and piping circuits, to save money, and to improve life prediction capability.

2. Improve Safety

Systems that reduce risk of release or injury.

      • Implementing risk based inspection (RBI) comprehensive guidance for plants on how to make effective use of personal resources or outside consultants.

3. Increase Uptime

Releasing the “hidden plant” through increased productivity.

      • Fiberglass reinforced plastic flange makeup minimizes severe damage to FRP equipment by following correct protocols in design, fabrication, operation and maintenance.

4. Improve Technology

New tools to improve modeling and measuring capability.

      • Thermodynamic modeling of corrosion software and training that allows engineers to predict performance of alloys in corrosive environments or improve design of corrosion experiments.
      • Non-intrusive measurement of refractory thickness head-to-head comparison of viable technologies to monitor deterioration of refractory linings without having to enter high temperature equipment.

5. Improve Lifecycle Cost

      Maintaining competitive advantage through intelligent decision making.
      • Fluoropolymer seminar development of one-day knowledge-sharing session to help engineers optimize the use of highly corrosion resistant materials as linings or solid structures.
      • Auditing of water treatment vendors optimization of chemical suppliers’ cost structure, while minimizing corrosion and scaling problems in equipment and piping.

Choosing A Project

Projects are selected by MTI Members through their Technical Advisory Council (TAC) representatives. When a project has been defined by a TAC Resource Group, bids for the investigation are requested from potential contractors, independent laboratories, consultants, universities, and others. A contractor is selected by the Resource Group and approved by the TAC.

Project Review and Authorization by the Board of Directors

All projects are reviewed and authorized by the Board of Directors. After a contract is awarded, the Resource Group monitors the work being done.

Length of Projects

Projects typically range from six months to three years. Reports submitted periodically by the contractor are immediately sent to all MTI Members for examination and use. Upon completion of a project, the accumulated information is published in books and guides, technical reports, computer programs, and/or videos for MTI members to use in their operations.

Want a glimpse at some of MTI’s past projects? View MTI project samples and summaries here to see some of the groundbreaking research that MTI and its members are leading.

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