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The Becht Team

Senior Engineering Advisor

Jim McLaughlinJim McLaughlin has over 30 years experience in materials engineering in the petroleum industry working with Chevron, Exxon and ExxonMobil.  He has been involved in all aspects of materials engineering including corrosion prevention, failure analysis, fire damage assessment and fitness-for-service assessments in the entire range of equipment in refineries, petrochemical units and upstream facilities. In addition to serving as a lead technical expert in areas of crude corrosion, high temperature corrosion, fitness-for-service (including high temperature remaining life assessments), risk-based inspection and metallurgy, Mr. McLaughlin has conducted research on and evaluated the effects of harsh environments at high temperatures involving such phenomenon as carburization, metal dusting and sulfidation in reducing conditions.

He has had a lead role in performance of API-579 Fire Damage Assessment and has held leadership roles in several API efforts to develop standards including:

  • Brittle fracture prevention guidelines inAPI653
  • Research on creep embrittlement of Cr-Mo steels
  • Research and guidance on minimum pressurization temperature for heavy wall reactor vessels
  • Risk-based inspection standards 580 and 581
  • Fabrication of heavy wall Cr-Mo and Cr-Mo-V reactors (series of 934 standards)

Jim has led an effort to increase refinery ability to process increasing volumes of corrosive crude through improved understanding of crude corrosion mechanisms and optimal use of mitigation strategies, such as inhibitor injection and selective use of alloy and has taught courses to plant engineers on subjects including metallurgy, corrosion, risk-based inspection, degradation mechanisms, fitness-for-service and assessing remaining life of equipment in the creep range.

Mr. McLaughlin has a BS degree from the University of Notre Dame in Metallurgical Engineering and a MS degree fromLehighUniversityin Metallurgy and Materials Science.  He has authored or co-authored over 10 papers in ASME/PVP, NACE or other conferences, and has lead and presented topics at many industry exchange meetings.