Aslam Kittur, P.Eng.: About the Author
Operations Engineering Specialist, Saudi Aramco

Aslam Kittur, P.Eng.

Aslam Kittur is a professional mechanical engineer with expertise in troubleshooting integrity issues related to static equipment based in Ras Tanura Refinery of Saudi ARAMCO. He has over 23 years in performing complex stress and thermal analysis to simulate chronic failures in equipment and establish root causes for developing solutions corrective designs. Mr. Aslam has an M.S. degree in solid mechanics and employs FEM-based structural and thermal simulations that are often required for a Level-III API-579 Fitness-For-Service Evaluation. Prior to joining Saudi Aramco, he was involved in a similar capacity for 10 years in the Canadian oil sands facilities.

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Published Articles

January/February 2024 Inspectioneering Journal

A detailed analysis revealed the weaknesses of an existing gasket seating design and bolt tensioning effectiveness to be the root cause of a chronic leak issue.

September/October 2023 Inspectioneering Journal

Failure of internal attachment welds became a chronic issue for an NGL plant. Identifying design discrepancies was key to eliminating repeated failures.

January/February 2023 Inspectioneering Journal

The specialized predictive techniques used in assessing the vibration behavior observed and recorded on a pre-flash column overhead piping system.

September/October 2022 Inspectioneering Journal

An assessment of the vibration behavior observed and recorded on a pre-flash column overhead piping system and the strategic methodologies used based on a proactive troubleshooting technique.

January/February 2022 Inspectioneering Journal

The application of a detailed design-by-analysis method using ASME Sec-VIII Div-2 confirms field-observed ratcheting and fatigue type failures in the tubesheet due to the complex cyclical thermal-mechanical loading encountered during operation.

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