ODonnell Consulting

Petrochemical Consulting

Petrochemical Consulting - O'Donnell ConsultingO’Donnell Consulting provides engineering support to the petrochemical industry, including structural and vibration analysis, metallurgical services, weld consulting, corrosion and risk analysis.

Our work includes assisting in the design, startup, commissioning, safety and asset integrity analysis phases of chemical plants, refineries and other facilities.

FEA Model of Vessel

We were asked to investigate the structural analysis of a vessel subjected to a vacuum loading at elevated temperature – to determine instantaneous (linear and non-linear) buckling and long term creep buckling responses.

To see more of the projects we have worked on, see Portfolio.

FEA Results of Vessel under Vacuum

Recent Projects

Refineries and petrochemical plants contain some of the harshest environments – subjected to extreme pressures and temperatures, as well as highly corrosive environments. In order to design, build and operate such equipment, engineering expertise in metallurgy, welding and elevated temperature applications is required. In addition, this equipment is asked to to perform safely and efficiently to – and often beyond its design life in order to minimize plant life cycle costs.

We provide engineering in elevated temperature design & analysis, materials/metallurgy and weld consulting. This includes joint analysis, procedure development and qualification, and assisting in Code compliance. We also provide Fitness for Service evaluations to extend the life of equipment.

Our services also include providing engineering to keep you in accordance with Codes and Standards including API, AWS & ASME.

A few examples include:

  • Pressure Vessels
  • Heat Exchangers
  • Condensors
  • Compressors
  • Steam Generators
  • Superheaters
  • Evaporators
  • Piping/ Valves

Metallurgical Evaluations

We offer a full spectrum of metallurgical testing including corrosion investigations, surface condition studies, mechanical and fracture mechanics testing.

Fatigue/ Failure Analysis

Fatigue is one of the key contributing factors to the degradation of aging components. We investigate the factors that contribute to structural failure – and provide practical solutions to keep your plant fully operational.

Related Links:
>> Engineering Troubleshooting
>> Introduction to Fatigue
>> Introduction to Corrosion
>> Plant Aging Mechanisms
>> Publications

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