Inspectioneering

Mike Urzendowski: About the Author
Technical Advisor, Valero Energy


Mike Urzendowski

Mike Urzendowski has 28 years of experience in the fields on metallurgy, inspection, fired heater remaining life studies and forensic analysis. He has worked approximately half his career as an independent consultant and the last half working for owner-users, managing pressure equipment integrity groups, internally auditing mechanical integrity programs, and providing in-house consulting in areas of metallurgy, welding, corrosion and inspection. In his current role with Valero, Mr. Urzendowski is responsible to provide technical guidance to 14 refineries, 10 ethanol plants and a bio-diesel facility.

He has a MS degree in Metallurgical Engineering from University of Wisconsin, Madison and a BS degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL.

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Published Articles

Avoiding HTHA Failures: An Owner-User Perspective of the HTHA Risk Mitigation Process: Part II
January/February 2014 Inspectioneering Journal
By Mike Urzendowski at Valero Energy

The intent of these two articles is to share lessons learned from recent experiences setting up a comprehensive HTHA review process across multiple refineries, and to help other operators define and mitigate the HTHA risk to an acceptable level.

November/December 2013 Inspectioneering Journal
By Mike Urzendowski at Valero Energy

A recent High Temperature Hydrogen Attack (HTHA) failure atarefineryinthestateofWashingtonwasa“wakeupcall” to our industry. On April 2, 2010, the shell of a feed-effluent heat exchanger in the Naphtha Hydrotreating (NHT) unit at the Tesoro Anacortes WA refinery ruptured, ultimately resulting in seven fatalities.


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