Mechanical Integrity and Reliability of Coke Drums

This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to understand mechanical and structural failure modes in coke drums and manage their integrity in an efficient manner.

This course is tailored for refinery engineers and inspectors who are involved in the operation, reliability, and maintenance of delayed cokers. This training is also useful to managers who are involved in making decisions regarding vessel replacement. Priority for registration in this class is given to operating company personnel.

RefComm® - Mechanical Integrity and Reliability of Coke Drums

Mon-Tue, May 7-8 2018

Register $1,495Brochure & Prices PDF

You Will Learn


  • Design primer
  • Uniqueness of coke drums
  • Common failure modes
  • Relevant industry documents
  • Introduction to FEA

Skirt Failures

  • Skirt cracking and buckling
  • Assessment of cracked and distorted skirts
  • Skirt bolt failures
  • Skirt repairs and retrofitting
  • Unconventional skirts

Shell Failures

  • Tilting
  • Cracking
  • Bulging
  • Types of bulges
  • Bulging assessment
  • Bulge repairs
  • Unconventional shells

Action Plan

  • Drum life
  • Inspection and monitoring
  • Actions and strategies


Recommended for those with previous experience in design, process, operations or maintenance of delayed cokers.

Your Instructor

Dr. Mahmod Samman, P.E.Dr. Mahmod Samman is the president of Houston Engineering Solutions. He has thirty years of industry experience mostly in damage assessment, repair, and life extension of coke drums. His state-of-the-art techniques in this field are utilized around the world. A licensed professional engineer in Texas, he has a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from Duke University, numerous publications, and four issued and pending patents. He is a member of ASME and ASCE and a committee member of API 579/ASME FFS, API 934G and API 934J.


Payment is due prior to the start of the seminar by Visa, Master Card, American Express, bank wire transfer or corporate check. Training fees will be charged to your credit card at the time of registration unless other arrangements have been made. Make checks payable to “ Inc”.

Refund Policy

Fees are fully refundable until April 16, 2018 (three weeks before the event), after which a $200 USD fee will be charged for cancellations. Registering for this training course prior to April 16, 2018, will help maximize the probability that the course will proceed as planned.  Cancellations after April 30, 2018 (1 week before class until 24 hours before class) are charged a 50% fee. All other cancellations and no-shows are non-refundable.  Substitutions are allowed.  Submit all cancellations and transfers in writing, by email or by fax.

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