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Design/Analysis Services

cfdfigure1Becht Engineering has extensive experience and expertise in the design and analysis of mechanical components, including those for very severe environments such as very high temperatures and pressures. The coupling of extensive design experience and analysis capability enables us to take on the most challenging design projects. Added to this mix is our extensive experience in the relevant codes and standards, as we have participated in and chaired many of the committees that are responsible for those that govern the design of this equipment. 

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Becht Engineering thrives on design challenges. We have designed first of a kind equipment for next generation applications and pressure equipment for pressures in excess of 6000 bar and temperatures in excess of 1000oC (1800oF). We are experts in the relevant codes and standards, with more than 40 positions held in ASME, API and ASTM Codes and Standards Committees, and having chaired many of them.


Becht Engineering analytical capabilities include finite element analysis, pipe stress analysis, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), heat transfer, mechanical dynamics and vibration, fluid transients, structural analysis, fracture mechanics and pressure vessel design/analysis. We have a broad range of commercial software tools we use in our work, and when required to properly do the job, we develop our own tools. A Becht advantage is our expert abilities in interpretation of the results, which comes from our design experience and codes and standards expertise.

Code Expertise

Becht Engineering has experts covering all types of process equipment, most with over 30 years experience, coming from top Owner companies.

Becht Engineering holds over 125 current positions in ASME, API, ASTM, NACE, ASCE, and others, including many leadership positions.  Updated February 2018


  • ASME Former President
  • ASME Industry Advisory Board
  • Board of Governors - Current & Former Members
  • Board on New Development – Former Chair
  • Board on Hearings and Appeals – Former Chair
  • Board on Nuclear Codes and Standards – Current Member, Former Chair
  • Board on Pressure Technology Codes and Standards – Current Member, Former Chair & VP
  • Board on Council Operations – Former Chairs
  • Council on Standards and Certification – Former Chairs, Sr. VP's, and Members
  • Task Group on Risk-Based Design and Inspection (BPTCS) – Current Member
  • Board on International Standards (Inactive Committee) – Former Member


  • Post Construction Standards Committee – Current Chair, Former Chairs & Vice-Chairs
  • Post Construction Executive Committee – Current Vice Chair, Current Members, Former Chairs & Vice-Chairs
  • Subcommittee on Repair and Testing – Founding Chair, Current Member, Former Chair & Members
  • Subgroup on Mechanical Repair – Current Member
  • Subcommittee on Inspection Planning – Current Member
  • Subcommittee on Flange Joint Assembly – Founding Chair, Contributing Member
  • Subcommittee on Flaw Evaluation (Inactive Committee) – Former Member


  • B31, Code for Pressure Piping, Standards Committee – Current Members, Former Chair
  • B31, Code for Pressure Piping, Executive Committee – Current & Former Members
  • B31, Code for Pressure Piping, Mechanical Design Committee – Current Chair & Member, Former Vice-Chair
  • B31.3, Process Piping Section Committee – Current Members, Former Chairs
  • B31.3 Subgroup on High Pressure Piping – Former Chair
  • B31.3 Subgroup on Design – Current & Former Members
  • B31.3 Subgroup on Edit (SG-C) – Current Members
  • B31.12 Hydrogen Piping and Pipelines Section Committee – Current Members
  • B16 Standardization of Valves, Flanges, Fittings, and Gaskets Standards Committee – Current Member
  • B16 Subcommittee C – Steel Flanges and Flanged Fittings – Current Member, Former Chair
  • B16 Subcommittee F – Steel Threaded and Welding Fittings – Current Member
  • B16 Subcommittee G – Gaskets for Flanged Joints – Current Member
  • B16 Subcommittee J – Copper and Copper Alloy Flanges, Flanged Fittings, and Solder Joint Fittings – Current Member
  • B16 Subcommittee N – Steel Valves and Face-to-Face and End-to-End Dimensions of Valves – Current Member


  • Committee on Pressure Vessels (BPV VIII) - Current Chair & Members, Former Members
    • BPV VIII Subgroup on Interpretations – Current Members
    • Subgroup on Design (BPV VIII) – Current Members, Former Chair & Members
      • Working Group on Design-By-Analysis – Current Members
    • Subgroup on General Requirements (BPV VIII) – Current Member, Former Chair & Members
      • Task Group on U-2(g) – Current Member
    • Subgroup on Heat Transfer Equipment (BPV VIII) – Current Member, Former Chair
    • Subgroup on High Pressure Vessels (SC VIII Div 3) - Current Member, Former Chair
      • Task Group on Impulsively Loaded Vessels (BPV VIII) – Current Member
      • Task Group on Subsea Application (BPV VIII) – Current Member
      • Working Group on Design (SC VIII Div. 3) – Current Members
    • Subgroup on Toughness (BPV VIII) – Current Chair
  • Committee on Construction of Nuclear Facility Components (BPV III) – Former Vice-Chair
  • BPV III Executive Committee Resource Development Group – Current Member
  • Subcommittee on Design (BPV III) – Current Contributing Member
  • Subgroup on Component Design (BPV III) – Current Member
  • Working Group on Piping (BPV III) – Current Chair, Former Chairs & Vice-Chair
  • Working Group on Supports (BPV III) – Former Member
  • Subgroup on Design Methods (BPV III)
  • Working Group on Fatigue Strength (BPV III) – Current Member
  • Subgroup on Elevated Temperature Design (BPV III) – Current Member, Former Chair
  • Working Group on Elevated Temperature Construction (BPV III) – Current Member
  • Subgroup on General Requirements – Current Contributing Member, Former Member
  • Working Group in Duties and Responsibilities (BPV III) – Former Member
  • Special Committee on Interpretations (BPV III) – Former Chair
  • Task Group on Evaluation of Beyond Design Basis Events (BPV XI) – Current Member
  • Task Group on Evaluation Procedures for Degraded Buried Pipe (BPV XI) – Current Member
  • Operations & Maintenance Subcommittee on Nuclear Power Plants – Piping – Current Member
  • Committee on Transport Tanks (BPV XII) – Former Member
  • Committee on Materials (BPV II)
  • Subgroup on External Pressure (BPV II) – Current Vice-Chair
  • Project Team on Hydrogen Tanks - Current Member
  • Committee on Power Boilers (BPV I)
  • Subgroup on Design (BPV I) – Current Member
  • Task Group on Modernization of BPVC Section I (BPV I) – Current Member
  • Technical Oversight Management Committee (TOMC) – Current & Former Members
  • Special Working Group on High Temperature Technology (TOMC) – Current Chair
  • J. Hall Taylor Medal Committee – Member


  • ASME/API Joint Fitness-for-Service Committee (API 579-1/ASME FFS-1) – Current Members, Former Vice-Chairs & other Members
    • Part 7 Hydrogen Blistering – Current Chair


  • Subcommittee on Corrosion and Materials – Current Members
    • Task Group on API 941 High Temperature Hydrogen Attack – Current Members &Technical Editor
    • Task Group on API 939-C Sulfidation – Author and Current Vice-Chair
    • Task Group on API 945 Amine Cracking – Current Chair
    • Task Group on API 970 CCD/IOW – Current Members
    • Task Group on API 584 IOW’s – Member
    • Task Group on API 571 Refining Damage Mechanisms – Former Chair
    • Task Group on API 934 Heavy Wall Vessels – Members
      • Part F) Development of a Guidance Document for Establishing Minimum Pressurization Temperatures for Heavy Wall Reactors in Hydrogen Service – Technical Editor & Current Member
      • Part G) Design, Fabrication, Operational Effects, Inspection, Assessment, and Repair of Coke Drums and Peripheral Components in Delayed Coking Units – Technical Editor & Current Member
      • Parts H) & I) Hydrotreater Reactors (Maintenance and Inspection) – Technical Editor & Current Member
      • Part J) Coke Drum Repair – Technical Editor & Current Member
    • Task Group on API 580/581 RBI – Current Member
  • Subcommittee on Piping – Former Vice-Chair
  • Subcommittee on Above Ground Storage Tanks – Former Member
  • Subcommittee on Heat Transfer Equipment – Former Chair & Current Member
    • Task Group on Shell & Tube Heat Exchangers – Former Member
  • Task Group on Air Cooled Heat Exchangers – Former Member
  • API Committee on Refining Equipment – Former Chair
  • API 571 - Corrosion and Materials – Current Chair
  • API Process Safety Committee – Current Member
  • API 530 - Calculation of Heater Tube Thickness in Petroleum Refineries – Technical Editor
  • API 534 - Heat Recovery Steam Generators – Technical Editor
  • API 535 - Burners for Fired Heaters in General Refinery Services – Technical Editor
  • API 536 - Post Combustion NOx Control for Equipment in General Refinery Services – Technical Editor
  • API 537 - Flare Details for General Refinery and Petrochemical Service – Technical Editor
  • API 538 - Industrial Fired Boilers – Technical Editor
  • API 560 - Fired Heaters for General Refinery Services – Technical Editor
  • API 561 - Reforming Furnaces for Hydrogen and Syngas Production – Technical Editor
  • API 565 - Thermal Reactors in Sulfur Recovery Units for General Refinery Services – Technical Editor
  • API 537 2nd Edition – Current Chair
  • API 565 - Thermal Reactors in Sulfur Recovery Units for General Refinery Service – Author


  • NACE STG 34 Refining Corrosion – Current Members
    • SP-0296 Wet H2S Cracking Inspection – Former Vice-Chair
    • Publication 34103 Sulfidation Corrosion – Former Vice-Chair
    • NACE STG 34 Petroleum Refining and Gas Processing – Current Member
  • NACE TG-326 – Former Chair & Vice-Chair
  • NACE TG 358: Hydrofluoric Acid and Hydrogen Fluoride: Review of NACE Publication 5A171 – Current Member
  • TG 510: Joint API/NACE Advisory Committee – API 751 Safe Operation of HF Alkylation Units – Corrosion and Materials Selection – Current Vice-Chair


  • ASCE Dynamic Analysis of Nuclear Structures (DANS) Committee - Current  Vice-Chair
  • Working Group on Revision of ASCE Standard 4 Seismic Analysis of Safety-Related Nuclear Structures – Current Member
  • Working Group on Revision of ASCE Standard 43, Seismic Design Criteria for Structures, Systems, and Components in Nuclear Facilities – Current Member


  • MTI - Board of Directors – Current Member
  • MTI - Knowledge Management Project Development Committee – Current Chair
  • AWS A5 (Filler Metals) Committee - Source for ASME IIC – Current Member
  • ASTM F-17, Plastic Piping Systems Main Committee – Current Member
  • ASTM Standards and Certification Board of Directors – Current Member, Former Chair
  • ASTM Committees CO3, C-16, and D-20.23 – Current Member
  • ISA – The International Society for Measurement & Control, member of SP 93, Sealing Technologies Committee – Former Member
  • Materials Technology Institute’s Technical Advisory Council Committee – Current Member
  • Materials Technology Institute, Evaluation of Gaskets Committee – Current Member
  • US TAG for ISO/TC 153/SC 1 - Valve Design, Manufacturing, Marking and Testing – Current Member
  • US TAG for ISO/TC 5/SC 10 - Metallic Flanges and Their Joints – Current Member
  • US TAG for ISO TC 197 - Hydrogen Technologies – Current Member
  • US TAG for ISO TC 11 - Boilers and Pressure Vessels – Current Member
  • Joint ASME/IEEE Seismic Qualification Committee – Former Chair
  • ASME/ASCE Joint Task Group on Buried Piping – Founding & Current Chair
  • Process/Industry Practices (PIP): Coatings and Insulation – Former Function Team Leader
  • Process Industry Practices (PIP): Piping – Former Member
  • Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC): Standards Review Committee – Former Member
  • US DOE Hydrogen Safety Panel – Current Member
  • The Materials Properties Council – Former Member
  • PVRC Committee on Continuing Operation of Equipment – Former Chair
  • ASME Hydrogen Steering Committee (Inactive Committee) – Former Chair
  • ASME High Pressure Systems Committee (Inactive Committee) – Former Vice-Chair & Member
  • ASME Task Group on Risk Analysis for the Critical Assets Protection Initiative (Inactive Committee) – Former Chair & Member
  • ASME Task Group on Incorporation of Risk Based Principals in PTCS (Inactive Committee) – Former Chair and Member
  • ASME PVP Design and Analysis Technical Committee – Former Chair
  • ASME PVP Division Leadership Team (formerly Executive Committee) – Current Member of Management Committee
  • QAI-1 Qualification for Authorized Inspection – Former Chair
  • Subcommittee on Accreditation of Authorized Inspection Agencies – Current Member-Alternate
  • National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) – Current Vice President, Board of Directors
  • United Engineering Foundation – Current Treasurer
  • American Association of Engineering Societies – Current Member of Board of Directors
  • ASME A13 - Standards Committee on Scheme for the Identification of Piping Systems – Current Member
  • ASME TES - Standards Committee for Thermal Energy Storage Systems – Current Member
  • AWS A9 Committee on the Computerization of Welding Information – Current Vice-Chair, Member
  • ISO TC 44/WG 5 Welding Simulation – U.S. Member
  • ISO 25457:2008 – Flares Details for General Refinery and Petrochemical Service – Project Leader

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

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Becht has the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) program, STAR-CCM+ as part of our suite of software packages. STAR-CCM+ is capable of handling 3D or 2D, time dependent, multi-phase flow problems with a variety of turbulent models to choose from. It also can integrate with our FEA package, Abaqus, for a coupled approach of solving fluid-structure mechanics interaction problems.

One application for STAR-CCM+ is modeling flow through valves to calculate the pressure drops. It can dynamically move open and close the valve during the analysis to calculate pressure drops at different conditions. It can record data at multiple points or create a movie of the flow.

Figure 1 (click) shows a screenshot of one of the frames from a movie output of a valve. Such a movie output of streamlines over time provides us a strong view of any potential problem areas in the valve or any object that is being analyzed.

Another application that Becht has used STAR-CCM+ in is for guillotine pipe ruptures. These are best handled with a 2D model because of the uniform dispersion of contents from a fully ruptured pipe. The 2D model allows for refinement of the mesh and also allows for the use of smaller time steps which can more accurately track the pressure wave propagation through the cavity in which the steam is dispersing. Data is recorded to address a number of potential concerns a blast wave presents. The first of which is the pressure time history directly in-front of the rupture location as shown in Figure 2. Another important parameter to check is the reflection multiplier of any corners or walls, as shown in Figure 3. Finally the overall movement of the blast wave can be tracked as shown in Figure 4


Elevated Temperature Design

Becht Engineering has substantial experience and expertise in elevated temperature design. Dr Becht is a member and the former Chairman of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Subgroup on Elevated Temperature Design and has developed elevated temperature design methods that have been incorporated into codes and corporate standards. Included in his work are ASME funded R&D projects to develop new elevated temperature design rules for Section VIII, Divisions 1 and 2.

Becht Engineering has performed many design, analysis and troubleshooting projects for elevated temperature equipment, that is, equipment operating in the creep range for the material of construction. This includes design of equipment at such high temperatures and conditions that the design criteria needed to be developed, as was done for the Marble Hill Nuclear Reactor Annealing project involving 1000oC (1800oF) ducting that was only required to operate for a relatively short duration. These criteria were accepted by authorities such as DOE, NRC and National Labs without comment.

Our expert knowledge has enabled us to develop practical solutions to many elevated temperature problems.

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Failure Analysis

In some occasions, damage is not detected prior to failure.  In these cases, plant operations involve us to assist them in determining the root cause of the failure.  We apply the same approach used in Fitness-For-Service.  In failure analysis, we form up teams including the relevant discipline specialists, including mechanical, materials and equiprment specific experts such as rotating and fired equipment experts.  Our findings and recommendations are used to prevent failures in other equipment.