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Refractory Services

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Becht Engineering has broad expertise in refractory and ceramics engineering throughout the petroleum and petrochemical industries including all aspects of refractory lining materials for oil refining and petrochemical applications. Expert experience includes participation in over 100 major refinery and petrochemical plant turnarounds and consulting support for many more.


Becht refractory services include:

  • Refractory selection, design, installation, inspection, installation quality control and dryout.
  • Technology Development and Failure Analyses:
  • Erosion resistant refractories
  • Advanced anchoring systems
  • Quick forming casting techniques
  • Advanced Inspection techniques including laser mapping
  • Repair/replacement criteria and remaining life
  • Hot spot treatment and remediation
  • Mechanical behavior of refractory lined piping
  • Dryout and prevention of explosive spalling

Other areas of experience:

  • Fireproofing
  • Chemical resistant lining materials
  • Hydro-demolition of reactor wall coke
  • Turnaround execution for fluid solids units

Becht’s expertise also includes comprehensive knowledge and application of:

  • API 936 – Refractory Inspection and the Certification Program
  • API 560 - Fired Heaters for General Refinery Service - Refractory Requirements
  • ASTM C704 - Abrasion Resistance of Refractory Materials 


Becht Engineering Company, Inc. provides expert consulting services in the areas of piping design, analysis, and troubleshooting. Becht's senior specialists in piping include Dr. Charles Becht and Don Frikken, both former Chairmen of the ASME B31.3, Process Piping Committee. Dr. Becht is also the author of the ASME Books, Process Piping, The Complete Guide to ASME B31.3, and Power Piping, The Complete Guide to ASME B3.1, as well as the chapters on the ASME B31.1, Power Piping Code and ASME B31.3, Process Piping Code in the ASME Book, Criteria and Commentary on Select Aspects of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code and Codes for Pressure Piping.

We have performed numerous designs, design reviews, analyses, and troubleshooting of piping systems.  This includes flexibility analysis, dynamic analysis, vibration troubleshooting, water hammer and other fluid transient analysis, and piping specification preparation and review.  We have designed and analyzed both metallic piping systems and non-metallic piping systems such as lined pipe, fiberglass and other reinforced thermosetting resin systems and thermoplastic pipe.


Piping Specifications

Becht Engineering has piping experts that work with clients in a variety of process and power industries and who participate or have participated in several industry standards groups such as ASME B16, ASME B31 and API Refinery Department. The combination of years of experience writing international and national standards, writing corporate and project specifications, and encountering and solving a variety of piping problems gives Becht Engineering a unique set of experiences to develop on-target piping specifications.

  • Becht Engineering has commented on and developed from scratch piping specifications of all types for many different clients. The types of specifications included
  • Piping material specifications
  • Valve and other component specifications
  • Design guides covering subjects such as flexibility analysis, support selection, cathodic protection and heat tracing
  • Construction specifications covering fabrication, examination, installation and testing

Becht Engineering has also commented on and developed from scratch piping specifications for specific projects. These included scope of work and design criteria documents.

Pressure Vessels

Becht Engineering has substantial expertise in pressure vessels. Our full-time engineering staff includes members of the ASME Committee on Pressure Vessels (BPV VIII); Subgroup on Design; Subgroup on General Requirements; Subgroup on Heat Transfer Equipment; Subgroup on High-Pressure Vessels (former Chair); Subgroup on Toughness; Working Group on Design-By-Analysis; Task Group on Impulsively Loaded Vessels; Subgroup on External Pressure; Subgroup on Elevated Temperature Design (former Chair).  Our senior specialists in this area include Bob Sims, Clyde Neely, Don Kurle, Trevor Seipp, and Dr. Charles Becht, all of whom are active on key ASME Pressure Vessel Code Committees.

We perform both routine and highly complex design and analysis of pressure vessels and heat exchangers. Becht's extensive experience in detailed analysis and code intent are essential to proper interpretation of these analyses. These evaluations are performed for new and existing equipment including rerating for changing service conditions and fitness-for-service evaluations for corroded, cracked or otherwise deteriorated vessels.

High Pressure Design

Becht Engineering is expert in the design and analysis of high pressure equipment.  Our staff includes the former Chair of the high pressure subgroup of ASME B31.3 responsible for Chapter IX rules and the former long time Chair of the Subgroup on High Pressure Vessels, which is responsible for the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section VIII, Division 3.  We have designed piping and pressure vessels for pressures in excess  of 3,500 bar, such as for the manufacture of low density polyethylene (LDPE).  We have reviewed and commented on the design of  pressure vessels for pressures up to 6,000 bar.  Our designs have included high pressure composite vessels for natural gas transport (glass fiber) and hydrogen fuel tanks (carbon fiber). We use our in-house fracture mechanics software for the design of such equipment for cyclic loading.

Vessel Internals Design

As many of our staff come from owner-operator organizations, they are familiar with the practical details of vessel internals and how they operate.  This include high temperature internals in Fluid Catalytic Cracking Units, as well as fixed bed reactors and a wide variety of other equipment.  We have experience performing the mechanical design for reactor vessel internals for a major licensor of process technology used in the refining [CBI1] industry.  We also have experience with refractory-supported internals.  Our sophisticated analyses capabilities combined with expert knowledge on failure mechanisms has enabled us to determine operation at more severe conditions than design, such as higher delta pressure on fixed bed reactor outlet collectors, was acceptable, permitting continued operation of the units.

Electric Power Systems

Generation and distribution of electricity within the plant and adjacent facilities is reviewed to assess opportunities for more efficient utilization; particularly, when major changes to existing processing units and/or new process units are to be installed. In addition, a periodic review of the reliability of electrical components and electronic control systems to evaluate opportunities reduces the failure rate or costly preventive maintenance. Electrical systems are normally included in our process plant reliability studies.

Cogeneration of steam and power is highly attractive at most locations to improve energy efficiency and increase reliability of critical steam and power users. Power reliability also is dependent on dual supply and distribution facilities.

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.

Becht Fitness For Service

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We are organized to quickly and efficiently handle all levels of Fitness-For-Service assessments including rapid response to emergency situations where quick assessments are required to keep a plant running or when damage is found.

For immediate response, contact our FFS coordinator, Magnus Gustafsson (click to email / phone at 571-550-0722) or complete the form. Your form request will go to Mr. Gustafsson, as well as our President, Chuck Becht and General Manager, John Basil.

A quick response is guaranteed!

Finite Element Analysis

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Becht Engineering has developed a reputation as one of the premier providers of Design-By-Analysis services.  We have a deep reservoir of staff that perfrom finite element analysis using commercial programs such as ABAQUS, ANSYS, SolidWorks and products of Paulin Research Group.  Types of analysis include linear and nonlinear analysis, stress, heat transfer and dynamics including seismic.

Given the many analytical tools available, we are able to choose the most efficient and cost-effective tool for the task at hand; for example, we frequently use non-linear analysis to develop more efficient equipment designs and/or to demonstrate that existing equipment is fit for service. Our extensive code expertise enables us to provide authoritative interpretations of the analysis results. Our experts include such frequently published engineers as Greg Hollinger, Trevor Seipp, and Dr. Charles Becht.