Intertek AIM Engineering: High Energy Piping Symposium in Santa Clara, CA

September 29, 2017

The Intertek AIM Engineering High Energy Piping (HEP) Symposium is open to all interested in improving equipment reliability and safety through data, inspection, and knowledge management. This symposium is planned to be held at the Intertek AIM Engineering office in Santa Clara, CA, where temperature averages in 60F in winter and located in the heart of Silicon Valley on January 16 – January 19, 2018.

 Why you should attend this meeting?
Major failures in HEP systems over the past 30 years highlight the need to establish an effective maintenance and inspection program to prevent future failures. These failures can result in personnel injuries and fatalities, as well as damaged equipment and loss of power generation. To avoid these catastrophic failures, power plant operators need to maintain the safe and reliable operation of their high energy piping systems.
During this symposium, you will learn how HEP systems’ integrity is affected by factors such as high temperature creep, fatigue, creep-fatigue, thermal shock, ratcheting, flow accelerated corrosion and load cycles, and how to deal with them. You will also learn about latest changes in the Code requirements, what other utilities do to tackle these issues and how to manage your data. You will have the opportunity to ask about your specific problems or questions to our subject experts.
Who should attend this meeting?
Anyone who wants to learn more about how High Energy Piping is an integral part of an asset integrity management program. Whether he/she has responsibility for boilers, piping systems, pressure vessels, or any high energy piping systems in power plants, refineries, pipelines, and chemical plants. 

Presentations will include: 

  • Introduction to HEP
  • Stress Basics
  • Damage and Failure Mechanisms
  • ASME B31.1 Power Piping Code
  • Supports and Components
  • High Energy Piping Walkdowns
  • Corrective Actions – Travel and Load Adjustments
  • Stress Analysis Part 1
  • Selection of Examination Locations
  • Non-destructive Examinations
  • Data Management
  • Special Topics (including Grade 91, Fitness-for-Service evaluations, FAC)
  • Stress Analysis Part 2
  • Future Developments

Registration cost is $200/per attendee.   A discount of $50 per registrant is available to teams of 3 or more who register together for the conference. Deadline to register is January 15, 2018.
For more information on the High Energy Piping Symposium or on our other services contact the Intertek AIM Engineering Team by emailing, or call us at 337-257-3650.
Click on the Register button below and we look forward to seeing you in Santa Clara!!

2018 Intertek High Energy Piping Symposium Agenda
 Tuesday, January 16th   
6:00pm - 8:00pm Informal Welcome Reception
Wednesday, January 17th 
7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast
8:30am - 5:00pm Paper presentations & open discussions (lunch provided)
6:00pm – 9:00pm Evening Event
Thursday, January 18th 
7:30am - 8:30am  Breakfast
8:30am - 5:00pmPaper presentations & open discussions (lunch provided)
5:30pm-7:30pmEvening Reception
Friday, January 19th 
7:30am - 8:00am Continental Breakfast
8:00am – 12:00 noon Training Seminars
12:00pm - 1:00pmLunch and Closing

About the Presenters

Nikhil Kumar
Managing Director and Principal
Director – Utilities Risk and Economics

Mr. Kumar is an internationally recognized expert in power plant cost of cycling analysis, power generation reliability, risk assessment, and economic analysis. He is an engineering economist with extensive experience providing research and consulting services to electric utilities, merchant power plants, legal firms, national laboratories, system operators and government agencies.  Mr. Kumar has published several technical papers and has taught courses on Power Plant Cycling, Reliability and Asset Management in multiple countries. Recent work includes project management and litigation support in utility power plant legal and public utilities commission cases; construction supervision for new power plants; root cause investigations of power generation equipment; developing predictive maintenance programs, and implementing real-time online life assessment systems.

Michael T. Cronin, P.E.
Director of Engineering
Intertek Asset Intertek Management

Mr. Cronin expertise is in analysis of steady-state and transient stress, strain, and temperature fields using finite element and finite difference methods; fatigue and fracture analysis of large steam turbines, generator rotors, jet engine disks, pressure vessels, spacecraft structures, and launch vehicle platforms; risk analysis procedures for use in making run/repair/retire decisions; nondestructive examination using ultrasonic, magnetic particle, and radiographic methods; development of stress intensity factor solutions using finite element methods; and nonlinear stress and heat transfer analysis.  

Marvin Cohn, P.E.
Director – Piping Asset Integrity Management
Intertek Asset Integrity Management

Mr. Cohn has over 35 years of experience in the fields of engineering mechanics, stress analysis, and metallurgy.  In the last 20 years, Mr. Cohn has specialized in high energy piping condition assessment and asset integrity management evaluations. His most recent work consist of the development and implementation of an integrated methodology for predicting the safe reexamination interval and remaining useful life of high energy piping and headers.  He is an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fellow and in on the ASME B31.1 Power Piping Section Committee.

Osborne B. Nye, III
Senior Project Manager
Intertek Asset Integrity Management

Mr. Nye has extensive experience with flow accelerated corrosion assessments of fossil power plants.  Developed, coordinated, and implemented asset integrity management projects and programs for high and low energy piping systems for both individual units and fossil fleets.  Experienced in fossil power plant inspection and condition assessment, including high energy piping and boiler components.  Developed in-house welding and weld repair program, including writing policies and procedures and obtaining regulatory certification for a Texas Utility. Developed and implemented procedures and training for high energy pipe hanger inspection and maintenance.

Fatma G Faham, P.E.
Senior Project Manager
Intertek Asset Integrity Management

Mrs. Fatma Faham has 10+ years of experience in asset integrity management of power generation systems and equipment.  Over her career, she has completed a number of stress analysis, design review, inspections, weld repairs, failure analysis, and hanger walkdown projects of high energy piping systems.  She has performed metallurgical failure investigations and also has experience in data management and analysis for power plant equipment.

Henry D. Vaillancourt
Senior Metallurgist
Intertek Asset Integrity Management

Mr. Vaillancourt has over 35 years of experience in the field of metallurgical engineering, welding and failure analysis. His recent work includes metallurgical evaluations on a variety of materials including aluminum-bronze pipe-to-pipe welds, solar power receivers, cast aluminum vacuum chambers, high pressure gas turbine components, boiler tubing and piping; co-authored applied research associated with the nondestructive examination and diagnostic/troubleshooting guides for attemperators and drums, a material selection guideline for heat recovery steam generators, and a boiler tube metallurgical guide.

Rana Ghosh
General Manager – AIM Software
Intertek Asset Integrity Management

Mr. Ghosh manages the software group within Intertek AIM with over 35 years of experience in providing consultancy and solutions to the energy market globally.  He is responsible for the growth strategy, development and P&L of AwareTM and the support services group.  His expertise include determining technical approaches involving AWARE to surface issues in the industry. In the AwareTM his talents include the creation of specifications, reviews, and the implementing of boiler and piping drawings.   He manages the development, delivery, support and training teams within the Software group, the deliveries of Intertek AIM software projects and products including implementing latest technology.  Mr. Ghosh makes sure that AWARE development and deliveries stay on schedule, are done on time, and ensures 100% customer satisfaction.