Kittur, A.

Saudi Aramco, Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia

Aslam Kittur is a Mechanical Engineering Specialist for refinery static equipment in the technical services division of Saudi Aramco. He has more than 20 yr of experience in the energy industry (upstream, downstream) and specializes in performing stress analyses to understand the complex failure mechanisms of critical equipment. He focuses on establishing root causes for repetitive failures, and developing solutions to ensure reliable design for any given operating conditions. Mr. Aslam earned an MS degree in solid mechanics and employs FEM-based structural and thermal simulations that are often required for a Level-III API-579 fitness-for-service evaluation. Prior to joining Saudi Aramco, he participated in a similar capacity for 10 yr in the Canadian oil sands facilities.

Pressure swing adsorption vessels fatigue analysis

Kittur, A., Saudi Aramco

The hydrogen (H2) plant in a refinery produces high-purity (99.9+ vol%) H2 products using a licensed pressure swing adsorption (PSA) purification process to fulfill the H2 makeup needs of refinery hydroprocessing facilities.

Establish the maximum allowable pressure drop across the catalyst bed structure in a hydrocracker

Kittur, A., Saudi Aramco

The reaction section of a hydrocracker unit has three reactors configured in two stages.