Aslam Kittur, P.Eng.: About the Author
Static Equipment Engineer, Saudi Aramco

Aslam Kittur, P.Eng.

Aslam Kittur is a professional mechanical engineer with expertise in troubleshooting integrity issues related to refinery static equipment and is currently employed in the Technical Services Division of the Global Manufacturing Admin Area of Downstream Segment of Saudi ARAMCO. He has more than 23 years of experience in the energy industry (upstream, offshore, and downstream) and specializes in performing stress analysis to understand the complex failure mechanisms of critical equipment. His focus is mainly on establishing root causes for repetitive failures and develops solutions to ensure reliable design for any given operating conditions. Mr. Aslam has a 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

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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