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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 is a 35-year experienced mechanical engineer with a broad range of technical experiences. Mr. King has extensive experience 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.

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Published Articles

May/June 2018 Inspectioneering Journal

There is concern in the industry over recent findings of reduced toughness fittings and flanges at risk of brittle fracture. This article provides an overview; possible contributors; measures taken to address; and a proposed FFS approach to address the issue.

July/August 2016 Inspectioneering Journal

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

November/December 2015 Inspectioneering Journal

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

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.

November/December 2013 Inspectioneering Journal

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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