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becht refractory services

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 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.