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Ralph E. King P.E.: About the Author
Senior Staff Consultant, Stress Engineering Services, Inc.


Ralph E. King P.E.

Ralph E. King, P.E. is a 35-year mechanical engineering veteran with experience, formerly of LyondellBassell chemical company, in evaluating equipment for auto-refrigeration and brittle fracture potential utilizing API-579/ASME FFS-1 methodologies, coupled with subject- focused process hazards analysis (PHA) methods. His current responsibilities include providing staff technical support for the SES Plant Services Division, which includes reliability engineering, equipment fitness-for- service evaluations, fixed equipment design, selection and evaluation, leading process hazards evaluations, and incident investigations. He has a BSME degree from the University of Houston and is licensed in South Carolina as a professional engineer.

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Published Articles

Piping Vibration Assessments
July/August 2016 Inspectioneering Journal
By Jacob Manuel, P.E. at Stress Engineering Services, Inc., and Ralph E. King P.E. at Stress Engineering Services, Inc.

An overview of process piping vibration and evaluating piping systems in vibration service to reduce harmful vibrations.

High Temperature Hydrogen Attack (HTHA): Life Assessment Methods for Carbon Steel and Carbon 0.50% Mo Materials
November/December 2015 Inspectioneering Journal
By Ralph E. King P.E. at Stress Engineering Services, Inc., and Brian Olson at Stress Engineering Services Inc.

To ensure the mechanical integrity and fitness-for-service (FFS) of equipment, facility managers, reliability engineers, and inspection technicians must understand the HTHA damage mechanism.

March/April 2014 Inspectioneering Journal
By Bobby Wright, P.E. at Stress Engineering Services, and Ralph E. King P.E. at Stress Engineering Services, Inc.

Recently, Inspectioneering Journal sat down with Stress Engineering’s Bobby Wright and Ralph King to discuss how companies can better transfer and preserve industry knowledge.

Auto-Refrigeration / Brittle Fracture Prevention And Process Safety Mitigation
November/December 2013 Inspectioneering Journal
By Ralph E. King P.E. at Stress Engineering Services, Inc.

Auto-refrigeration is a process where an unintentional and/or uncontrolled phase change of a hydrocarbon from a liquid state to a vapor occurs, resulting in a very rapid chilling (refrigeration) of the liquid containing local equipment and/or piping. This phenomenon can result in a catastrophic ‘break-before-leak’ scenario commonly referred to as brittle fracture.


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