MTI offers a multitude of professional development opportunities for members to stay up to date with the latest materials technology information. Non-members may access select learning opportunities and training sessions for a fee. View the options below or email to inquire about additional information. 

FRP Training

Virtual In-Service FRP Inspection Training Program (2020): The Materials Technology Institute (MTI) Inspection of In-Service FRP Equipment & Piping program was a two-day virtual training program in 2020. This unique program provides a comprehensive overview of the areas that are of critical importance for evaluating the quality and conformance of plant FRP equipment and piping, as well as providing some basis around Fitness for Service.

The virtual program is intended for plant, engineering or materials personnel and inspectors seeking to improve their knowledge and understanding with respect to in-service FRP inspections.


Webinars are available to both members and non-members. Click the webinar titles below to learn how you can access the content.
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Webinar 1: Fitness for Service Determination of Polymer Based Materials (2018)
Instructor: Pradip Khaladkar, PE, MTI Fellow
Description: This webinar includes the basic concepts of Fitness for Service and how they are applied to polymer based materials. The concepts are illustrated by a few case histories.

Webinar 2:
Understanding Where to Use Corrosion Resistant Nickel Alloys (2019)

Instructor: Gary Coates, Manager - Market Development & Technical, Nickel Institute
Description: This webinar will help engineers:

  1. Understand the differences between both the performance of the different families and alloys within a family
  2. Look out for certain pitfalls when selecting nickel alloys for corrosion resistance (including some practical experiences)
  3. Learn what MTI and other reference materials are of value in selecting nickel alloys
  4. Understand the basics which are important for further learning about proper welding and fabrication of each family.

Webinar 3: Inspection & Repair of Reactive Metal Equipment (2019)

Instructor: Richard (Rick) Sutherlin – President, Richard Sutherlin PE Consulting, LLC.
Description: This webinar will help engineers:

  1. Determine what options can be chosen to safely clean reactive metals equipment.
  2. What to look for during inspection of the chemical equipment.
  3. Understand the proper methods for repair of this equipment, when needed. 

Webinar 4: Refractory Ceramic Selection for High Temperature Applications (2019)

Instructor: Jay Schickling, Chemours Inc.
Description: The purpose of this webinar will be to provide a general overview of the refractory ceramic materials that are available for thermal protection applications. General guidance will be provided on when to choose a brick or monolithic lining, and how to select a specific ceramic composition to resist the intended service conditions. This webinar Is this best suited for entry level engineers, technicians and experienced materials engineers with basic knowledge about ceramic materials

Webinar 5: Reliability of Flexible Hoses (2019)
Instructor: Steven P. Springer, Wehl Consulting Services LLC. 
Description: Flexible hoses are used for many purposes in plant environments. They are very useful and provide good service when maintained and used properly. Significant issues can occur when flexible hoses are defective, damaged or misused. The purpose of this webinar is to examine the reliability of flexible hoses generally used for chemical plant services in the context of a hose management program that emphasizes mechanical integrity of these essential pieces of equipment. This webinar is this best suited for all engineers, operators and technicians who work with, and rely on, flexible hoses in chemical service.

Webinar 6: Selection & Use of Duplex Stainless Steels (2019)
Instructor: Dr. Jim Fritz
Description: Over the last twenty years, the number of available duplex stainless steels and their use across all industry sectors has grown substantially. This webinar will provide an overview of available wrought duplex stainless steels and discuss their selection and use in the process industries. The physical, mechanical and corrosion properties are reviewed and advantages and disadvantages of the duplex grades compared to austenitic stainless steels are discussed.

Webinar 7: Introduction to Explosion Cladding for Chemical Processing & Refining Applications (2019)
Instructor: Steve Sparkowich, NobelClad
Explosion cladding is a solid state welding process that uses precision explosions to bond two dissimilar metals while retaining the mechanical and corrosion properties of both. The process is most commonly used to clad steel with a thin layer of corrosion-resistant alloy metal, such as stainless steel, brass, nickel alloys, titanium, zirconium and tantalum. This presentation provides an overview of the explosion cladding process with a focus on applications in the chemical process industry, including columns, towers, reactors, heat exchangers, piping and tanks.

Webinar 8: Use of Fluoropolymers in Corrosion Control in the Chemical Process Industries (2019)
Instructor: Pradip Khaladkar, MTI
This webinar includes an overview of the use of fluoropolymers for corrosion mitigation with strong focus on barrier applications in vessels, piping, valves, hoses and expansion joints. Various types of fluoropolymers will be explained with product forms and fabrication techniques. This will be followed by a discussion of quality assurance, in-service inspection, failure analysis and fitness for service.

Webinar 9: Stress Relief Cracking in High Temperature Alloys (2019)
Instructor: Rishi Kant, Lehigh University
Many alloys used at high temperature exhibit stress relief cracking (SRC) during welding and/or post weld heat treatment (PWHT). This form of cracking typically occurs along the grain boundaries and results in a low ductility fracture. The problem is often associated with precipitation strengthening of matrix and localization of plastic deformation at grain boundaries to relax residual stresses from welding. In this work, we considered the effect of variations in PWHT temperature and cold working on the SRC susceptibility of a range of austenitic and ferritic alloys (Inconel 617, 740H, Haynes 230, 282, 347H, Grade 22 and 22V). Gleeble-based tests were developed that accurately simulate the cracking mechanism and provide very good control over temperature, stress and strain. The test results were rationalized based on detailed microstructural characterization and well-established concepts from literature. Six measures of SRC susceptibility were also identified and combined with concepts of Risk Priority Number (prioritization tool in 6-Sigma) to devise a ranking methodology for SRC susceptibility of alloys.

Webinar 10: How to Make PTFE Bellows a Reliable & Safe Component in Chemical Plants (2020)
Instructor: Michael Bruemmer, Corrosion Resistant Products (CRP)
The presentation highlights the existing design standards and different practices to define max. pressure/temperature ratings, including the state-of-the-art definition for max. pressure/temperature ratings on PTFE Bellows. Furthermore, it helps to define expected lifetime for such critical components. The presentation also shows different manufacturing processes and the best manufacturing process for PTFE Bellows to achieve lowest stress and highest form stability for the PTFE.

Webinar 11: Working with Subject Matter Experts in a COVID-19 World (2020)
Instructor: Peggy Salvatore, Author of Working with SME's 

In this presentation, we’ll look at the human resource challenges of capturing knowledge from your experts and transferring it to the employees who need it as they are exacerbated during COVID-19. In this high-level overview of big challenges, we’ll briefly discuss:

  • Training and knowledge management in a remote working environment
  • Hiring, onboarding, and re-boarding issues for training
  • Off-boarding your experts

Then we’ll take a slightly deeper dive into the Working With SMEs methodology regarding how to download expert knowledge by addressing the 10 common issues you encounter when capturing knowledge from your experts.

Webinar 12: Welding Metallurgy of Duplex Stainless Steels (2020)
Instructor: Ravi Vishnu, Outokumpu
The historical evolution of different generations of duplex stainless steels will be traced and it will be shown how welding metallurgy has played a central role in these developments.

One impediment to the successful use of duplex stainless steels today is an incomplete understanding of the relevant standards governing welded constructions. An attempt will be made to present a nuanced understanding of different requirements in the codes related to welding. One common source of confusion is the differences in the requirements in many national and international standards. The differences will be highlighted, and an effort will be made to explain why they may have arisen.

Webinar 13: Sealing Non-Metallic Flange Joints – Challenges and Considerations (2020)
Instructors: Matt Tones and Jim Drago, Garlock Sealing Technologies 
A new FRP tank requires a metal gate valve with raised face flange to be joined to one of the tank's flanged nozzles. The rubber gasket originally specified won't work, due to media incompatibility...what's next? Non-metallic pipe systems are commonly specified when corrosion is of chief concern and the cost of exotic metals is high. There are basic and special considerations for the selection and application of gasket materials.

Webinar 14: Albemarle's Journey to Bolted Flanged Joint Excellence (2021)
Instructor: Ricardo Esquivel, Albemarle
The Albemarle Corporation bolted flanged joint assembly (BFJA) training program was developed and implemented several years ago, as part of Albemarle's broader initiative to drive for zero LOPC's. The objective of the initiative and mechanic training was to improve the Mechanical Integrity of bolted flange joints, achieve safe and reliable plant operation, maximize asset longevity, and minimize the potential for loss of primary containment of hazardous chemicals. Much progress has been made in this regard, and this presentation takes participants through the journey to date.

Webinar 15: Polymer Based Materials for Chemical Handling: Past, Present and Future (2021)
Instructor: Pradip Khaladkar, MTI
Polymer-based materials have been used since wooden vats were found to be corrosion resistant for pigment and dye manufacturing and properties of vulcanized rubber were discovered in 1832. Many materials have been invented since that time, and these materials are now commonly used for applications ranging from corrosion resistance to product purity. This presentation traces the evolution of polymer-based materials leading to the current state of the art. It reviews the challenges they face in the future and how the industry is responding to the critical issues related to accelerated testing for compatibility, nondestructive and non-intrusive testing for condition assessment and fitness for service evaluation.

Webinar 16: Optimized Heat Treatment to Improve Cold Toughness (2021)
Instructor: Shane Turcott, P.Eng., M.A.Sc.
Concerns of cold temperature brittle fracture of steel continue to haunt the petroleum industry. After years of study, optimized heat treatment was found to dramatically improve low carbon steels' cold temperature toughness. This talk summarizes several of the key heat treatment parameters affecting (and improving) the cold temperature toughness of steel plus provides a path forward to modernizing the heat treatment industry.

Webinar 17: Ultrasonic Array Techniques for Detection, Characterization and Sizing of High Temperature Hydrogen Attack (2021)
Mark Lozev, NDE Advisor, Becht
Advanced ultrasonic array techniques and probes were developed using modeling and their capabilities were validated utilizing samples with real HTHA damage, and progressively qualified in the field during vessels and piping inspections. Ultrasonic array techniques and algorithms demonstrated improved detectability, characterization, and sizing of early stage HTHA damage. The results were recognized by NDE experts, accepted by the industry and the techniques were recommended in 2020 revision of API 941.

Classes & Seminars

Many of the presentations for this list of courses are available to members in the e-Library. Please contact the MTI office for more information about courses noted as DVD or CD.

  • Ceramics 101
  • FRP Inspector Training - available as DVD
  • Training Team for Elastomers
  • Corrosion-Resistant Nickel Alloys Seminar - Adobe Portfolio (English version / Chinese Version)
  • Thermal Spray Coatings Training - CD
  • Manufacture of Today's CRA's Seminar - CD
  • Glass-Lined Steel Training Course for China - Adobe Portfolio
  • Bolting in China - Adobe Portfolio
  • RBI Inspection Training Seminar in China - Adobe Portfolio
  • Training Program to Introduce the Latest Fitness-for-Service (FFS) Technology - English Version and Chinese Version Adobe Portfolio
  • Second Training Program to Introduce the Latest FFS Technology - English Version and Simplified Chinese Version Adobe Portfolio
  • Duplex Stainless Steel Training Seminar at AsiaTAC - English Version and Chinese Version Adobe Portfolio
  • Clad Material Training
  • Ceramics 102 Training