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Becht Engineering Blog

In this section of the site contributing authors submit interesting articles relating to the various services, industries and research & development efforts of Becht Engineering.
Dave has worked in the petrochemical, nuclear and power industries over the last 16 years. Dave’s specialties include finite element analysis (FEA - heat transfer/thermal-stress, creep, fracture and shock and vibration), fatigue, fracture and creep modeling, as well as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and multiphysics problems.  He is ...a long time member of ASME (Sections I, III and VIII) and API committees, as well as AWS (weld residual stress modeling).  Dave lives in the Cleveland, Ohio area. where he works out of the Medina, Ohio office. More
David has worked in the power industry for 8 years with Fronek Power Systems. David’s experience includes pipe stress analysis of high energy piping systems, on-site field inspections of piping and pipe hangers, pipe support design, troubleshooting and implementing recommendations on piping that has been damaged from transient events, and developin...g outage plans for the replacement of piping.  He has experience with ASME B31.1, ASME B31.3, API 579, API 610, ASCE 7, and other various codes and standards.  David is working out of the Becht/Fronek Piping Group office, located in Montvale, NJ. More
Frederick L Lea, Jr. has over 45 years domestic and international mechanical engineering experience in the oil, petrochemical, power, and mining industries. He formed and operated a small, privately held corporation that dealt with industrial training, equipment consulting, industrial sales, and real estate development. Mr. Lea has significant expe...rience related to Capital Projects and FEED studies, and has provided expertise as Principal Design Engineer, to projects including Nexus Pipeline, Flint Hills Compressor Replacements, Enbridge Pipeline Study, Cerro Verde 2 Mine Expansion, and BGTT Trinidad Power Generation upgrade. He was also led the mechanical design team that won the design competition for the Gladstone Coal Seam Gas Project in Australia.  Mr. Lea holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lamar University, Beaumont, TX. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.  He has also been an active member of the API Subcommittee on Mechanical Equipment (SOME) for over 35 years and is a former Task Force Chair of the API 618 Reciprocating Compressors Task Force. More
Steve is a recognized industry expert in Mechanical Integrity, Inspection and Corrosion Engineering.  During his 35 years of Mechanical Integrity experience he has been involved with all aspects of Mechanical Integrity including developing and implementing Inspection and Mechanical Integrity programs for several refineries, Mechanical Integrit...y site audits, materials selection, failure analysis, and Fitness-for-Service evaluation.  He has primarily focused on refineries but has also worked at Petrochemical sites and upstream facilities. More