Lange Kimball has over 30 years of piping mechanical integrity experience. He is currently project manager for numerous mechanical integrity, boiler component, and critical piping fitness-for-service studies. Mr. Kimball performs hot and cold visual pipe support system walk downs and evaluations, piping stress analyses, condition assessments, manages NDE crews, and designs pipe support retrofits. He works primarily in the Power (Fossil) Industry, but also has extensive experience in refining, pulp and paper, and offshore facilities. Mr. Kimball is a member of ASME and a graduate of the University of Rhode Island. He has published numerous papers on pipe supports.
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July/August 2015 Inspectioneering Journal
By Lange Kimball at Stress Engineering Services, Joe Frey, PE at Stress Engineering, Inc., and Britt Bettell at Stress Engineering Services
This article introduces portions of a “Best-In-Class” Fitness-for-Service (FFS) program that includes the performance of regular visual inspections of pipe supports and hangers, coupled with in-situ load testing of suspect supports. This program can give the plant engineer the knowledge he needs to make sound operational and maintenance decisions.