- Global Energy Infrastructure
Tony Sofronas, D. Eng, was the worldwide lead mechanical engineer for ExxonMobil Chemicals before retiring. He now owns Engineered Products, which provides consulting and engineering seminars on machinery and pressure vessels. Dr. Sofronas has authored two engineering books and numerous technical articles on analytical methods.
During an engineer’s career, many interesting questions come up that may not have a ready or good answer.
Steam boiler explosions happen all over the world, as an internet search will reveal.
Heat exchangers have multiple tubes with fluid passing through and over them that either heats or cools another fluid.
Hydrotesting is performed on piping and vessels to verify their integrity.
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Refining / Drivers / Engineering & Design / Rotating Equipment
The gas processing and pipeline industries use many integral gas engine reciprocating compressors with crankshafts more than 20 ft long.
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Refining / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Safety
Some situations in failure analysis demand an understanding of the wave motion of a liquid wave in a tank, called “sloshing.”
Engineering Case Histories—Case 99: Pooling knowledge and experience builds personal and team success
Maintenance & Reliability / Process Control / Project Management / Refining / Engineering & Design / Loss Prevention / Management / People / Safety
With the help of an excellent mentor, I became adept at analyzing equipment and structures at the start of my career, using analytical techniques.
Engineering Case Histories: Case 98—Why performing calculations is important to an engineer’s career
Maintenance & Reliability / Refining / Economics / Engineering & Design / Loss Prevention / Management
Engineering calculations can help an engineer’s career by controlling the risks taken. The author has followed this path.
The term confirmation bias recently came up in a book I was reading,1 and it was then that I realized how relevant it was to engineering.
I have spent most of my career in the mechanical engineering technical area because that is what I do best. I was a manager of advanced engineering for many years, but then realized that it was not my calling.
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