Engineering and Spec Writing


engineers meeting pipes engineers meeting pipes engineers meeting pipes engineers meeting pipes


Behind the technical reason for a failure, there resides a lack of technical curiosity, a search for the truth and, ultimately, a lack of...

Rockwell hardness scale test indenter Rockwell hardness scale test indenter Rockwell hardness scale test indenter Rockwell hardness scale test indenter


Knowing the hardness of a material is extremely useful as it assists in the selection of appropriate materials for specific applications....

6 Ways to Measure Fluid Viscosity 6 Ways to Measure Fluid Viscosity 6 Ways to Measure Fluid Viscosity 6 Ways to Measure Fluid Viscosity


Viscosity is an important fluid property that is essential for products in various industries. Dynamic viscosity and kinematic viscosity...

Metal bridge with corrosion being repaired Metal bridge with corrosion being repaired Metal bridge with corrosion being repaired Metal bridge with corrosion being repaired


The stress concentration factor (Kt) gives a clear indication of the amount of overstress at a specified location, which is used by...

Corrosion engineer among equipment and pipes holding a blueprint and checklist Corrosion engineer among equipment and pipes holding a blueprint and checklist Corrosion engineer among equipment and pipes holding a blueprint and checklist Corrosion engineer among equipment and pipes holding a blueprint and checklist


With proper consideration, corrosion can be limited and even prevented almost entirely. There are many different ways that the risk of...

5 Coating Defects That Can Be Avoided By Adhering To Coating Specs 5 Coating Defects That Can Be Avoided By Adhering To Coating Specs 5 Coating Defects That Can Be Avoided By Adhering To Coating Specs 5 Coating Defects That Can Be Avoided By Adhering To Coating Specs


Some coating problems may be due to poor technique or selecting an inappropriate product, however the five highlighted in this article can...

tank farm explosion tank farm explosion tank farm explosion tank farm explosion


Proper grounding, the use of additives, quality construction of the tank and supporting infrastructure and adherence to safe operating...

6 Tests to Measure a Material's Strength 6 Tests to Measure a Material's Strength 6 Tests to Measure a Material's Strength 6 Tests to Measure a Material's Strength


Tensile, compressive, fatigue, torsion, nick break and creep tests are six important procedures used to measure the strength of a material.

Potential Causes of Corrosion in Pre-combustion and Hydrogen Production Process Plants Potential Causes of Corrosion in Pre-combustion and Hydrogen Production Process Plants Potential Causes of Corrosion in Pre-combustion and Hydrogen Production Process Plants Potential Causes of Corrosion in Pre-combustion and Hydrogen Production Process Plants


The elevated temperatures and high pressure found in the pre-combustion hydrogen production process along with the presence of corrosive...

When is a Paint Dry? When is a Paint Dry? When is a Paint Dry? When is a Paint Dry?


The seemingly simple question of “When is a paint dry?” may appear as exciting as watching paint dry, but in fact shows some complications...

Combat CUI: Major Advancements in Material Standards, Insulation Features and Metal Jacketing Combat CUI: Major Advancements in Material Standards, Insulation Features and Metal Jacketing Combat CUI: Major Advancements in Material Standards, Insulation Features and Metal Jacketing Combat CUI: Major Advancements in Material Standards, Insulation Features and Metal Jacketing


To implement an effective strategy to prevent CUI, engineers, specifiers and facility operators need to consider the elements of an entire...

Lessons from a 35-Year-Old Water Heater Lessons from a 35-Year-Old Water Heater Lessons from a 35-Year-Old Water Heater Lessons from a 35-Year-Old Water Heater


A tale of why I didn’t replace my 35-year-old hot water heater, or why most corrosion mitigation procurement practices are hopelessly...

An In-Depth Look at Tensile Strength An In-Depth Look at Tensile Strength An In-Depth Look at Tensile Strength An In-Depth Look at Tensile Strength


While tensile strength is by no means a sure-fire way to guarantee the reliability and safety of a structure due to many different issues,...

5 Things to Consider When Selecting Wet or Vapor Abrasive Blasting Equipment 5 Things to Consider When Selecting Wet or Vapor Abrasive Blasting Equipment 5 Things to Consider When Selecting Wet or Vapor Abrasive Blasting Equipment 5 Things to Consider When Selecting Wet or Vapor Abrasive Blasting Equipment


With many designs on the market it’s hard to know what to look for. Here we examine five things to consider when selecting wet or vapor...

Top 5 Considerations when Coating High-Heat Surfaces Top 5 Considerations when Coating High-Heat Surfaces Top 5 Considerations when Coating High-Heat Surfaces Top 5 Considerations when Coating High-Heat Surfaces


Learn the five major considerations you should make before coating a high-temperature surface.

The Ugliest Coating System You’ve Never Seen The Ugliest Coating System You’ve Never Seen The Ugliest Coating System You’ve Never Seen The Ugliest Coating System You’ve Never Seen


The coating, for all intents and purposes, was perfect. But if this work were to be done today, with a third-party inspector onsite, it...

Corrosion Prevention for Water Pumps, Valves, Impellers and Fittings Corrosion Prevention for Water Pumps, Valves, Impellers and Fittings Corrosion Prevention for Water Pumps, Valves, Impellers and Fittings Corrosion Prevention for Water Pumps, Valves, Impellers and Fittings


Pumps, valves, impellers, and fittings are highly susceptible to several types of corrosion, including erosion, galvanic, pitting and...

Soluble Salts and Coating Performance Soluble Salts and Coating Performance Soluble Salts and Coating Performance Soluble Salts and Coating Performance


Due to the potential for soluble salts to reduce coating performance, testing the substrate for the presence of these salts should be...

A Two-Step Solution to the High Cost of Corrosion Under Insulation A Two-Step Solution to the High Cost of Corrosion Under Insulation A Two-Step Solution to the High Cost of Corrosion Under Insulation A Two-Step Solution to the High Cost of Corrosion Under Insulation


The direct and indirect costs of corrosion under insulation (CUI) are substantial. Aging infrastructure contributes to the total cost. A...