Root Cause Failure Analysis and Notable Projects
DEEPWATER HORIZON OIL SPILL
Performed RCFA of the BOP from the Macondo well. Our reports are also available at CSB.gov website.
DRIVE SHAFT FAILURE
Failure Analysis of a drive shaft. The failure analysis revealed that the HSLA material had not been heat treated correctly.
Failure Analysis of bearings on drive train.
SOUTHERN PACIFIC 982
We provided technical assistance (pro bono) for the move of Engine 982 from its location at the Houston City Zoo to Minute Maid Park.
DOWN HOLE TUBING FAILURE
Failure Analysis of production tubing from an oil well containing high partial pressure of CO2.
PIPING MANIFOLD FAILURE
Failure Analysis of a piping manifold from a refinery incident revealed a weld defect that promoted a fatigue failure.
Failure Analysis of stainless steel tubing due to chloride stress corrosion – combined effects of chlorides and elevated temperature.
Failure Analysis of mooring chain links due to acute fatigue damage relate to service condition.
EXXON TORRANCE REFINERY
Failure Analysis of FCC unit.
CHEVRON RICHMOND REFINERY
Failure Analysis of a 8 inch carbon steel line in #4 crude unit by sulfidation corrosion.
SUBSEA PIPELINE REPAIR CLAMP
Installation of Subsea pipeline repair clamp to prevent potential failure after dented.
Crane Failure Analysis at ship loading dock from a defect weld.
BP THUNDER HORSE PROJECT
150 miles se of NO in 6,040 ft. of water
Provided Engineering Consultants for design and fabrication subsea equipment for the project.