Dr. Mahmod Samman, P.E - Houston Engineering Solutions, LLC
While coke drum replacement decisions are often more dictated by regulatory climate and management confidence than by mechanical integrity, the uncertainty of failures and consequential unplanned shutdowns is a major concern for operating companies that often leads to premature drum replacement. In this presentation, we use case studies to demonstrate how recent advances in assessment and repair technologies have made it possible for drums to operate reliably and averted unnecessary replacements.
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.