The Becht Team
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Mr. Schulz is a recognized expert in corrosion and materials engineering for petroleum refinery process applications, and has related experience in almost all aspects of petroleum refinery fixed equipment reliability work. During his 42 year career, he has performed metallurgical failure analyses, materials selection, and corrosion engineering. His experience in the area of fixed equipment reliability engineering includes welding, design and analysis of gasketed flanged joints, fitness for service assessments, fired heater tube life assessment, coke drum life extension and repair work, identification of inspection techniques for particular equipment service, and the development of various repair techniques. Complementary refinery experience includes Process Safety Management and management of reliability engineering and inspection, and as a witness in legal proceedings.
In the area of corrosion engineering, he has worked in crude unit desalting, atmospheric crude tower corrosion, and hot oil corrosion (sulfidation/napthenic acid), including crude oil slate selection, hydrotreater reactor effluent salting and sour water corrosion, amine and SRU corrosion, and HF Alkylation corrosion. His interests include the quantitative application of process modeling software, ionic chemistry software, and heat transfer software to the analysis and development of solutions to refinery corrosion problems. He is very experienced in the leading of teams for the development of Corrosion Control Documents and Integrity Operating Windows, with particular experience in hydroprocessing and sulfur/amine technology.
One of his particular corrosion interests is HF Alkylation. In the area of HF Alkylation, he represented his employer in the group sponsored research into the effect of residual element on the corrosion of carbon steel by HF acid, and he authored an NACE paper on the corrosion rates of carbon steel in HF Alkylation service. He worked with a process modeling software licensor to develop a unit level HF Alkylation process model, with particular application for corrosion analysis. And he has participated or led many investigations into HF Alkylation corrosion and welding failures, with almost 40 years of first hand experience into what can go wrong in HF Alkylation operations.
He holds a patent for a successful ferrule and tube design to avoid film boiling failures in SRU Waste Heat Boiler Service. He has published papers on amine corrosion, HF alkylation corrosion, the application of statistics for heat exchanger reliability problems, and on SRU Waste Heat Boiler film boiling failures.
His refinery employers have included Shell, Valero, and CITGO Refining and Chemicals. He retired from the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery in 2019 as a Senior Reliability Consultant for Corrosion and Fouling after 32 years of service.
He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Materials Engineering, both from the University of Texas. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.
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