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The Two Biggest Challenges on Coke Drum Reliability facing the Industry

Presented By

Dr. Mahmod Samman - Houston Engineering Solutions, LLC


The author draws on his thirty-year experience in coke drum reliability to identify the three most significant challenges that industry currently faces in this area. Three widespread practices related to inspection strategy constraints, inspection error, and quality assurance of weld overlay repairs can materially impact coke drum reliability. Case studies are used to demonstrate the consequences of these practices and the urgent need to address them.

Dr. Mahmod Samman

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.

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