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

January 02, 2019

The Intertek AIM Engineering 2nd Annual High Energy Piping (HEP) Symposium is open to all interested in improving equipment reliability and safety through data, inspection, and knowledge management. This symposium will be held at the Intertek AIM Engineering office in Santa Clara, CA.  Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, where temperatures average 60F in winter, the event will take place January 29th – February 1st, 2019.

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 Why 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 our subject experts about your specific problems or questions.
Who should attend this meeting?
Anyone who wants to learn more about how HEP is an integral part of an asset integrity management program. The information is applicable to HEP systems for boilers, pressure vessels, or any high energy piping systems in power plants, refineries, pipelines, and chemical plants.

Presentations will include: 

  • Introduction to HEP
  • ASME B31.1 Power Piping Code Highlights
  • Development of an ASME B31.1 CPS Condition Assessment Program
  • Stress Analysis
  • Damage and Failure Mechanisms
  • Metallurgical Evaluation Case Studies
  • Supports and Components
  • High Energy Piping Walkdowns
  • Piping Support Corrective Actions – Travel and Load Adjustments
  • Evaluations of Significant Field Anomalies
  • Selection of Examination Locations
  • Creep/Fatigue Remaining Life Case Studies
  • Non-destructive Examinations with Demonstrations
  • Fitness-for-Service in Compliance with API-579
  • Power Plant Flexible Generation
  • Cost of Cycling
  • Data Management
  • Special Topics (including Grade 91 Piping Macrocracks, FAC, and dispositioning of crack-like indications)
  • Future Developments 
  • Laboratory show and tell on failed HEP
  • Steps to a Successful Failure Analysis
  • Case Studies on Grade 91 and Grade 22 

    The cost to attend is $500.   A discount of $100 per registrant is available to teams of 3 or more who register together for the conference. Deadline to register is January 25, 2019.
    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 832-593-0550.
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    2019 Intertek High Energy Piping Symposium Agenda
     Tuesday, January 29th 
    6:00pm - 8:00pm Informal Welcome Reception
    Wednesday, January 30th 
    7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast
    8:30am - 5:00pm Paper presentations & open discussions (lunch provided)
    6:00pm – 9:00pm Evening Event
    Thursday, January 31st 
    7:30am - 8:30am  Breakfast
    8:30am - 5:00pmPaper presentations & open discussions (lunch provided)
    5:30pm-7:30pmEvening Reception
    Friday, February 1st 
    7:30am - 8:00am Continental Breakfast
    8:00am – 12:00 noon Demonstrations and 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; non-destructive 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 40 years of experience in the fields of engineering mechanics, stress analysis, and metallurgy.  In the last 30 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 re-examination 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
    Director – Field Engineering and Inspections
    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 Faham, P.E.
    Director – Engineering and Failure Analysis
    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.

    John Haiser, PhD
    Senior Metallurgist
    Intertek Asset Integrity Management

    Mr. Hasier has experience ranging from analog electronics to mechanical design to materials characterization. His previous work includes rocket injector design and testing, paleoaltimetry, particle physics, energy storage, magnetic functional materials, material discovery, alloy design, and heat treatment. He has a bachelor's degree in physics from Caltech and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

    Colin T. Campbell
    Failure Analysis Laboratory Manager
    Intertek Asset Integrity Management

    Mr. Colin Campbell has experience in metallurgical engineering and field metallographic techniques. Over his career, he has completed a number of failure investigations in the petrochemical, power generation, and semiconductor industries. His field expertise includes failure investigations and root cause analyses, the preparation and evaluation of metallurgical replicas for assessing creep damage, ultrasonic testing (UT) and measurement of internal oxide thickness in boiler tubes to assess remaining useful life, and multiple inspection techniques for high energy piping.

    Robert J. Gialdini, P.E.
    Mechanical Engineer
    Intertek Asset Integrity Management

    Mr. Gialdini is a registered Professional Engineer (Mechanical) with experience in failure analysis, mechanical testing, instrumentation, and data acquisition. His experience includes analysis of steady-state and transient stress, strain, and temperature fields using ANSYS finite element software; fatigue and fracture analysis of mechanical components. He has designed and fabricated testing equipment for the investigation of various mechanical failures; including a high cycle fatigue tester for cast aluminium components, a bolt torsion and tensile strength fixture, and a boiler ignition system.  Mr. Gialdini is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Institute of Steel Construction.