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Becht/HEA Engineering

Vice President - Engineering

charles becht VMr. Becht is a mechanical and nuclear engineer with expertise in FEA and thermo-hydraulics modeling and analysis. His experience ranges from developing new designs meeting code requirements, failure investigation and repair, and FFS assessments.

In the hydraulic area, his work includes the study of NRC issues related to entrapped gases in liquid lines, for which he developed hydraulics models and analysis

of the effects of pump start-up, and two- phase transients. He has developed a thermal-hydraulic model for short term LOCA transients in order to develop forcing functions on reactor-internals. An example of CFD experience includes developing models of blastwaves exiting high-energy line breaks in nuclear power plants. Finally, he has extensive experience modeling waterhammer transients for piping systems.

 

In the stress area, Mr. Becht work includes the investigation of the failure of one of the largest mobile cranes in the United States, developing the structural model for the crane failure which was benchmarked against observations of the event.

In addition Mr. Becht has worked on several rehabilitation projects on furnaces damaged by over pressure events. Responsibilities for the furnace repair have included oversight of field personnel, development of structural reinforcement, and analysis of the completed repairs. Fitness for Service analyses included analyzing both degraded structures and improperly fabricated structures, including buried cooling water pipe in nuclear facilities and large ship loader structures exposed to salt spray and sulfurous coke.

He has analyzed poor welds and stress-corrosion cracking in weld regions with the fracture mechanics methodology in Div. 3. He has helped develop the EPRI fitness-for-service analysis methods and criteria for buried piping. Computer modeling work by Mr. Becht includes FEA programs, CAD programs, and fluid modeling programs, including dynamic time-history, elastic-plastic, cyclic loads, creep studies, and strain limit damage studies from the new Div. 2., design of high pressure (15,000 psi) fiber wrapped vessels for hydrogen service, fitness-for-service of components with local thin areas in piping and weld misalignment/lack of penetration, a fully integrated approach of fluid dynamic modeling to understand potential sources of waterhammer.

Mr. Becht received his Masters of Science in Nuclear Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University.

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  • Vice President - Engineering

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    In the hydraulic area, his work includes the study of NRC issues related to entrapped gases in liquid lines, for which he developed hydraulics models and analysis

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  • Vice President - Maintenance & Projects

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    Prior to joining Becht, Paula held accounting posts at Crisdel Group, Lucent Technologies and Danline Inc.

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    Becht Engineering has more than 800 specialists on our worldwide roster, most with over 25 years experience in their specific areas of expertise. Becht Engineering's resources also include experienced and seasoned professionals (many with more than 30 years of experience in pace-setting owner organizations) who successfully manage, plan, review, and supervise process plant projects and turnarounds on behalf of the owner.

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  • Heavy Lift Manager

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  • Chief Engineer, Nuclear Services Division

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    Mr. Antaki, Fellow ASME, has over 40 years of experience in nuclear power plants and process facilities, in the areas of design, safety analysis, startup, operation support, inspection, fitness for services and integrity analysis, retrofits and repairs. George has held engineering and management positions at Westinghouse and Washington Group International, where he has performed work at power and process plants, and consulted for the Department of Energy (DOE), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He also is an

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  • Manager Richland Office

    F. George Abatt, PhD, PE

    Dr. Abatt has authored numerous technical reports and presentations in his professional career that highlight his technical expertise with linear and nonlinear structural analysis, seismic analysis, soil-structure interaction, fluid-structure interaction, and impact analyses.  A strong leader, Dr. Abatt has acted as the technical lead and project manager on numerous high-visibility projects for Department of Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Commercial customers and has presented the results of analyses to external reviewers and regulatory agencies.

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  • Engineering Fellow

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    Richard Basile has over 38 years domestic and international experience in the mechanical design, analysis, troubleshooting and technology development of process equipment in the petroleum refining industry, based on his long-term career with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company.

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  • Crude Characterization Specialist

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  • Hydroprocessing and Lubes Process Specialist

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  • Refining Metallurgical and Corrosion Expert

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    Mr. Buchheim is a recognized industry expert in damage mechanisms, sulfidation, wet H2S cracking, creep, HTHA, fire assessment, IOW’s, corrosion reviews, RBI, and FFS assessments. With his over 33years of experience, he has been involved in all aspects of materials engineering including corrosion prevention, failure analysis, fire damage assessment and fitness-for-service assessments in the entire range of fixed equipment primarily in refineries, but also petrochemical units and upstream facilities.

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  • Engineering Advisor

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