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Predicting the Internal Corrosion Rate of a Free Water Knockout Vessel In Support of the Integrity Programs of a SAGD Facility 1 Introduction Hydrocarbon energy producers and operators are required to have overall inspection and integrity plans for pressure vessels and tanks. However, instances arise where knowledge of the vessel’s integrity (internally) is needed but an internal inspection is impractical or deferred to a later date, for example, to align with a shut-down. In some cases, the next scheduled internal inspection is years ahead, but actions were taken recently that affect the vessel’s integrity, such as the injection of a new chemical into ...
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ABSTRACT Precipitation-hardened nickel-based superalloys have long been known as the material of choice for industrial gas turbine blade applications. They derive their high temperature This article was originally published in MTI CONNECT 2022, Issue 1 . Download the complete article with charts and tables. strength from γ’ precipitates. However, exposure to elevated temperatures for long durations can lead to strain-age cracking (SAC). In this case study, we present a failure analysis performed on a fractured turbine blade retrieved from the second stage of a gas turbine, driving a three-stage natural gas centrifugal compressor. The blades were ...
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The Materials Technology Institute (MTI) is delighted to announce the hire of Rolf Kirchheiner for the European Associate Director (AD) position to replace Patrice Houlle, who plans to retire later this year. Kirchheiner, based in the Rhine-Ruhr area of the western part of Germany, comes to MTI with an extensive industry background and previous participation in the organization. After attaining a chemical engineering degree, he worked for KRUPP-VDM and was responsible for the development of metallic High-Performance Alloys for the CPI, Oil and Gas and Energy sectors for 20 years. He furthered his knowledge of forged, cast and centricast Super Alloys while at ...
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St. Louis, MO  --- The Materials Technology Institute (MTI) is holding a Renewable Diesel Roundtable June 21 in Kansas City, MO, in conjunction with MTI’s North American Technical Advisory Council (AmeriTAC) meeting. This special event, open to producers of bio diesel and renewables, will focus on processing, materials and corrosion challenges for unfamiliar feedstocks. As a “drop-in” biofuel, renewable diesel is currently the fastest-growing “new” addition to the suite of energy sources. Suppliers, fabricators, and engineers will be tasked to select materials, predict damage mechanisms, and establish mechanical integrity programs for renewables units as companies ...
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The largest gathering of MTI members and guests in two years took place at the second MTI Global Solutions Symposium in Orlando, Florida March 1-3. It was the perfect opportunity to celebrate member company anniversaries, Value Awards, project completions, and individual accomplishments. In fact, one TAC Representative, Hardin Wells, Fellow – Mechanical Tech Service at Albemarle, was on stage for each of the four types of awards presented at the Symposium. Wells accepted Albemarle’s 40-year MTI Membership Anniversary plaque, MTI Value and Project Champion Awards for the Best Practices in Reactive and Refractory Metals in the CPI project, and a Distinguished ...
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Paul Whitcraft, MTI’s Executive Director (ED) since October 2016, retired at the end of March. MTI recognized his years of service at a ceremony during the MTI Global Solutions Symposium 2022 reception on March 1, in Orlando, Florida. Whitcraft has been involved with MTI for more than 30 years in multiple roles, including Designated Representative for member company Rolled Alloys and Chair of the MTI Board of Directors (BOD). “My involvement with MTI for so many years assisted my career in the specialty metals industry so I was motivated to give back what I could to advance MTI,” Whitcraft recalls. “I was fortunate to have Maria Jose Oestergaard as the Chair ...
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A Hot Industry Topic – MTI Roundtable Aims to Bring Awareness and Identify Industry Gaps for Future Sustainability Projects Renewable diesel is one of the fastest-growing “new” additions to the suite of energy sources. The Knowledge Roundtable focused on Renewable Diesel, scheduled for June 21, 2022, in Kansas City, Missouri in conjunction with AmeriTAC 138, addresses the motivation for the recent push into renewables. It will provide an overview of the major processes used in conversion of renewable feeds to products, including hydrotreating and pretreatment processes, as well as give attendees an understanding of applicable damage mechanisms and the role ...
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The Materials Technology Institute (MTI) will be offering a comprehensive three-day Dual Laminate and FRP Training Course in Europe in 2022. Date and location are to be determined. The course will cover a wide range of valuable information, including FRP and Dual Laminate materials and design fundamentals, manufacturing techniques for pipe and equipment, applicable codes and testing, fabricator qualification, installation, inspection, and repair options, as well as a review of case histories. Instructors for the course have successfully completed numerous FRP and Dual Laminate projects and learned important lessons from a few mistakes along the way. These experts ...
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MTI ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR The Materials Technology Institute (MTI) is seeking candidates for an Associate Director for our European community otherwise known as EuroTAC. The Associate Director (AD) reports to the Executive Director. He/she must be capable of functioning independently within all areas of responsibility. Weekly time commitment will vary between 25% -100% of full time, averaging at least 50% over time. We anticipate commencement of employment to be in April 2022. The ideal candidate will be based in Europe and will be capable of effectively communicating in the English language.  The Associate Director for EuroTAC will be responsible for facilitating ...
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ST. LOUIS, MO – The Materials Technology Institute (MTI) is pleased to announce the hire of Kevin Ganschow as an Associate Director (AD). Ganschow has a history of participation as a member of MTI. He served as the Designated Representative for Chevron for a number of years, as well as a Project Champion of the Refiner’s Roundtable II and an MTI Board Director. In recent years, he has been working for Chevron in Kazakhstan, but made the move to retire and will begin the position for MTI in late May. In his AD role, he will support MTI through project management and work with project Champions and team members to schedule meetings, develop proposals, ...
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What to Expect at the Upcoming MTI Global Solutions Symposium: Are you ready for the upcoming MTI Global Solutions Symposium March 1-3 in Orlando, Florida? There are already 35 exhibitors and more than 100 attendees registered across the Specialty & Commodity Chemicals, Oil & Gas, Mining, Refining, Fertilizer, and other industries with more expected to sign up in coming weeks. Participants come from a wide array of backgrounds and roles within their companies, from Executive Management to Senior Engineers, Materials Engineers, Reliability/Integrity Engineers, and other disciplines. We can’t wait for you to network with one another during the event! ...
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Piping systems and circuits have been used for many years to organize effective piping inspection programs. Piping incidents have been a concern in the process industries for many years. Circuitizing piping improves inspection effectiveness. The process for developing circuits will be described. It is not a complicated process, but it requires skill and attention to detail. Circuitization points inspectors to vulnerable locations, promotes the proper inspection intensity, and provides input on the techniques best suited to find the anticipated damage. Common pitfalls are described. This article was originally published in MTI CONNECT 2021, Issue 3 . ...
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Q: Please introduce yourselves and describe your role at your companies. Meghan: My name is Meghan Oaks. I am a Senior Material Engineer at BASF. I am responsible for supporting all our sites within North America with their materials related issues: failure analysis, material selection, corrosion testing, etc. I recently took over our in-house corrosion testing lab and am responsible for running it. Chuck: I am Chuck Young, Metallurgist and Business Development Manager for Tricor Metals with headquarters in Wooster, OH and another fabrication facility in Conroe, TX. I am responsible for managing the fabrication sales and marketing team covering North ...
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Highest concentration of Materials SME's in the CPI at any meeting all year Keynote Keith Couch, Honeywell, on "Refinery of the future – Securing a Future through Integration" Technical track dedicated to Safety/Maintenance/Reliability, featuring presentations on MIC Corrosion, DSS and many other pertinent industry topics Sustainability – a new track focused on topics such as "Measuring ROI in Sustainability Initiatives" and "Life Cycle Costing" Our most popular track from 2020 – Emerging Technology, now with the addition of presentations on Additive Manufacturing HTHA and High Temperature Damage Mechanisms with six presentations and ...
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The Materials Technology Institute ( MTI) is seeking candidates for Associate Director. The Associate Director (AD) reports to the Executive Director. This individual must be capable of functioning independently within areas of responsibility while keeping the Executive Director informed. Weekly time commitment will vary between 25% -100% of full time, averaging at least 50% over time. This North American based opportunity require s attendance at all three AmeriTAC meetings each year and the Annual Members’ Meeting.   The Associate Director must demonstrate a successful history in all aspects of project ...
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In the Canadian oil sands industry, the bitumen-containing sand is mixed with water, and the resultant slurry is transported through pipelines. Due to the abrasive nature of solid particles in the slurry (slurry can contain solid particles up to five inches in size), pipeline wear has been a major issue. Due to excellent abrasion and corrosion resistance, the use of non-metallic pipe components, such as rubber hoses and elastomer-lined steel pipes, has increased. To achieve long wear life, thick elastomeric liner of 1-2 inches has been used in non-metallic pipes. Wear monitoring of pipeline is critical in asset integrity management; however, there are limited ...
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Please join Keith Couch, Sr. Director of Global Technology Sales and Integrated Projects, for an overview of the efficiency driven Six Efficiencies (E6) framework and how it is used as an enabler to help each firm realize their Refinery of the Future. Couch will be delivering his Keynote on March 2, 2022, at the MTI Global Solutions Symposium in Orlando, Florida. "As the refining industry looks to decarbonize, it is really important to understand how to align bankable investments with the need to reduce emissions, whether they be S cope 1, 2 or 3," explains Couch. "While improved energy efficiency, CCUS, wind and solar can be leveraged to reduce Scope ...
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MTI has celebrated many Associate Directors (AD) throughout its rich history and, after five years of service, Pradip Khaladkar is joining that list. Khaladkar assumed the role of Associate Director in 2017 after retiring from DuPont, but his history with MTI spans nearly 40 years. A few highlights include, initiating and leading the Polymers RAG (Resource Advisory Group, now Project Development Committee – PDC) in 1982; helping start the AsiaTAC group; and being part of several groundbreaking projects, such as FRP Global standards, Permeation of Fluoropolymers, and FRP Training Programs, among many others. He also served as the staff leader for many MTI projects. ...
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Commemorating Commitment

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ELEVEN MEMBERS CELEBRATING MTI ANNIVERSARIES IN 2021 One of the best measures of MTI’s value as a technical community is the ongoing commitment of its members. Not only do company representatives take on leadership roles in short- and long-term projects, but they bring new ideas to its Project Development Committees (PDCs) with the power to impact materials engineering issues in the Process Industries. Download the article in PDF format from MTI CONNECT 2021, Issue 3 . As time management guru and author Steven Covey once put it, “The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.” In 2021, eleven companies are celebrating their long-term ...
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MTI is pleased to announce Heather Allain will assume the role of Executive Director (ED) as Paul Whitcraft steps down after more than five years. With more than 25 years in the materials engineering field, 13 as an Associate Director (AD) for MTI, Allain’s background and experience have prepared her to lead MTI into the future. Allain graduated from Rice University (Houston) with a degree in Materials Science. Following graduation, she began working for DuPont where she primarily worked to support plants on the Gulf Coast and at Chambers Works in New Jersey – a 14-year stint. Allain’s AD role at MTI began in October 2008 just prior to the AmeriTAC meeting ...
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