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John Norris, P.E.: About the Author
Staff Consultant, Stress Engineering Services


John Norris, P.E.

John Norris joined Stress Engineering Services as a Staff Consultant in 2014 after a 25-year career in plant engineering and pressure vessel design. Mr. Norris has extensive experience in the design of pressure vessels, piping flexibility calculations, fired heater tube remaining life, and Fitness-for-Service assessments per API 579. Additionally, he has supervised plant inspection groups, developed and maintained an inspection-history database, developed repair plans for process equipment, coordinated maintenance and inspection shutdown activities and provided practical “actionable engineering recommendations and solutions” for fixed equipment items and components. Mr. Norris is a Registered Professional Engineer in Louisiana and Texas.

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Published Articles

Developing a Fitness for Service Approach for Reduced Toughness Carbon Steel Piping, Flanges & Fittings
May/June 2018 Inspectioneering Journal
By Dr. Kannan Subramanian, Ph. D., P.E. at Stress Engineering Services Inc., John Norris, P.E. at Stress Engineering Services, Ralph E. King P.E. at Stress Engineering Services Inc., and Daniel Ayewah, P.E. at Stress Engineering Services Inc.

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.

Establishing a Mechanical Integrity Program for Fired Heater Tubes
September/October 2017 Inspectioneering Journal
By Arun Sreeranganathan at Stress Engineering Services Inc., and John Norris, P.E. at Stress Engineering Services

Fired heaters are among the most critical equipment in refineries and chemical plants, and failure of heater tubes presents significant safety and financial concerns. This article provides an overview of what a fired heater tube mechanical integrity program should include.


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