Principal Engineer IIYears of Experience: 40Education & Licenses:B.S., Materials Engineering, 1979, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NYRegistered Professional Engineer: States of California, Kansas, and TexasMember NACE International, 1981Areas of Specialization:Process Damage MechanismsUtilities Damage MechanismsDamage Mechanism Reviews for Risk-Based Inspection analysisBrittle Fracture Assessment and Fitness-For Service SupportMaterials Selection for Refinery and Petrochemical ProjectsCentrifugally Cast Alloys for High Temperature Furnaces (Hydrogen, Methanol, & Ethylene)Ethylene Unit Damage MechanismsOverview:Mr. Kirkham has spent his entire career in the petrochemical, refining, and oil and gas industries as a materials/corrosion engineer. He has a broad range of expertise, including materials selection, process, corrosion, utilities corrosion, failure analysis, metallurgy, welding, coatings, and non-metallic materials. He has a thorough understanding of industry standards related to materials, welding, piping, fired heaters, tanks, and pressure vessels. Additionally, he has contributed to process safety management by supporting various mechanical integrity initiatives, serving on incident investigation teams, supporting fitness-for-service (FFS) SMEs, and contributing to inspection management systems.Mr. Kirkham spent 11 years as a Materials Engineer for Chevron, 9 years as a Materials Engineer/Advisor for ARCO Chemical, and 15 years as a Materials Engineer/Advisor for Lyondell Chemical. While at ARCO Chemical, he contributed to the start-up of the FFS process. He created annotated alloy diagrams that linked damage mechanisms to the process conditions that were later used for risk-based inspection (RBI) analysis. At Lyondell, Ken’s accomplishments included:Developing a comprehensive training class on ethylene unit metallurgy and damage mechanismsSupervising the development of a Materials Manual for Glacial Acetic Acid LicensingIncluding the fabrication and material specs for zirconium and nickel-based alloysLeading a multidisciplinary effort to technically justify using an existing pipeline in ethanol serviceIncluding SCC tests of pipeline steel in ethanolMr. Kirkham joined E2G | The Equity Engineering Group, Inc. as a Principal Engineer in the Materials & Corrosion group in 2014. Since joining E2G, he has facilitated 8 damage mechanism reviews for refinery units, performed RBI damage mechanism reviews for more than 60 refinery units, created corrosion control documents for 6 petrochemical units, and developed IOWs for 10 refinery units.