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MTI is excited to welcome two students from Rice University to present their work on a procedure to greatly reduce the permeation of water in polymers at the AmeriTAC 139 meeting in Houston, Texas. Weiyin Chen and Victoria Granja will attend the Polymers PDC meeting on Wednesday, October 26 at 9 AM CDT to give a 20-minute presentation of their research and findings. For an overview of this technology, please visit: https://news.rice.edu/news/2022/water-cant-touch-sanded-powdered-surface It's not too late to attend AmeriTAC 139 – register now: https://www.mti-global.org/about/events/ameritac-meeting
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MTI is pleased to announce the Reactive and Refractory Metals in the CPI is now available to the public in the MTI bookstore! The book can be purchased for $250 per volume or the entire set for $825. The set includes: Volume I: Titanium Volume II: Zirconium Volume III: Tantalum and Niobium Volume IV: Clad Volume V: Appendices Save $425 instantly when you purchase the five-volume set !  MTI members looking to purchase the book should be sure to login and access the MTI member bookstore for additional savings. Book Summary   Compared to other materials technologies, there has long been a significant deficit in ...
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ST. LOUIS, MO. – It is with sincere sorrow that we share news of the passing of Robert Sinko, long-time MTI member with Eastman and more recently with Becht, and an MTI Fellow (2020). Robert began participating in MTI in 1995. He was passionate about our organization and always “put on his MTI hat” when serving as Board Chair and engaging as a Board member. During that time, he also championed and collaborated on numerous project teams. He frequently engaged in the TAC Forum discussions as both a member and Fellow with more than 600 activities documented from his post and reply contributions. We will miss Robert’s knowledge, leadership and friendship. Our deepest ...
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MTI's newest publication, Asset Integrity Program for Plant Structures, is a direct result of an emerging theme from the first Managing Aging Plants Conference in Dusseldorf, Germany in 2015. This book serves to provide an approach to assess, prioritize, and manage the risks associated with aging plant structures. Although the approach discussed in this book is rooted in assessing asset condition over time and planned intervention for structural failures, the low-probability or random events do happen from time to time. In establishing a risk-based structural inspection and repair program, we are able to articulate the risk present at a given plant and carry ...
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Corrosion of the WSA condensers at the OMV refinery in Schwechat made them less economical in the long-term due to constant maintenance. A new condenser design engineered by OMV and INWA AG using PFA sheets reduced the maintenance costs in half while increasing both maintenance intervals and overall safety. A total of three condensers have already been rebuilt and lined by INWA AG. As the largest industrial company in Austria, OMV refines fuel products and petrochemicals at its site in Schwechat, Austria. In the refining process, crude oil and natural gas are processed into high-quality fuels, oils and other special products such as paraffin, ...
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The Materials Technology Institute's (MTI) Dual Laminate and FRP training is a comprehensive program delivered by experts with a combined 135-plus years of experience in the subject. The training provides practical information for inspection and maintenance of materials of construction that is not currently available in the industry.  Materials and design fundamentals, manufacturing techniques for pipe and equipment, applicable codes and testing, fabricator qualification, installation, inspection, repair options, and applicable case histories will be the focus for the training. Dual Laminate Equipment is made of a polymeric sheet lining and FRP as the structural ...
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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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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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