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Six Decades of Mechanical Integrity

Six Decades of Mechanical Integrity Chuck Becht IV Interview with Inspectioneering An excerpt from an interview conducted in May 2024 for Inspectioneering. To view full article:.https://inspectioneering.com/blog/2024-05-13/11079/six-decades-of-mechanical-integrity Could you share your journey and how it led to your role at Becht? “In 1986, I left Exxon Engineering to join Becht (formerly Becht Engineering Co.), which was […]

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Hydrogen Piping and Pipelines

ASME B31.12, Hydrogen Piping and Pipelines was first published in 2008 to address gaps in existing piping codes with respect to needs for hydrogen infrastructure applications.  The standard includes consideration of the effect of hydrogen on material properties. It has been decided to incorporate relevant hydrogen service requirements into ASME B31.3 (piping) and ASME B31.8 […]

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Evaluation of Piping Loads on Nozzles

Are load considerations different between vessel nozzles and pump nozzles?  In general, yes.  For vessels, nozzle loads are generally calculated to determine if reinforcement of the nozzle is required for it to safely accept the loads.  For a pump, design of the nozzle for the loads is not the consideration.  Rather, it is the net […]

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Changes to f Factor in ASME B31.3 in the 2022 Edition

In the 2022 edition of ASME B31.3, the f factor was changed. There have been some mixed reactions in articles and social media; hopefully, this blog can put the matter in perspective. The f factor is used to reduce the allowable displacement stress range to prevent fatigue failure.  It is based on welded pipe fatigue […]

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Looking Forward… [to 2023 and beyond]

This blog provides some personal views on the future.  First, I believe the future is very bright for the USA.  With good demographics, a high value add work force, low cost energy, great resources, lots of land (with much of it arable), plenty of resources and financial strength, the United States has a lot going […]

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Becht 2022 Year In Review

This past year was notable for geopolitical events and higher margins.  It was great for us to once again be able to meet with our clients, and our colleagues, in person.  Throughout the year, Becht continued to work on ways to bring higher value to our clients. Some of the areas our clients found this […]

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Process Piping – The New Complete Guide to ASME B31.3 Is Available

  Fully updated for the 2020 Edition of the ASME B31.3 Code, this fourth edition provides background information, historical perspective, and expert commentary on the ASME B31.3 Code requirements for process piping design and construction. It provides the most complete coverage of the Code that is available today and is packed with additional information useful […]

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Becht Acquires EPS Customer Solutions

Becht Acquisition of EPS Customer Solutions to Grow Europe, Middle East and Africa Support in Refining, Petrochemical and Renewables Industries Becht Europe B.V. and EPS Customer Solutions B.V. have come together to better serve Refining, Petrochemical, and Renewable customers in the European, Middle Eastern, and African regions. Becht has built a strong reputation for providing […]

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Becht Year in Review – 2020

2020 has been a year filled with many challenges and we extend our sympathy to those who have been affected by hardships, both professionally and personally. This year we refocused on our mission to Help Our Clients Succeed by developing products to navigate the challenges of 2020 and beyond. Prior to COVID, our industry faced […]

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When Should the Rules for Severe Cyclic Conditions (Service) in ASME B31.3 Be Used?

This posting (November 2019) is an update to an October 2013 post which reflects changes to the ASME B31.3 Code relative to severe cyclic service that have occurred since the original post. There has been a fair amount of confusion as to when the rules for severe cyclic conditions in ASME B31.3 should be used, […]

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