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Coke Drum Reliability Workshop

Regardless of career level, everyone involved with the operation, maintenance, and design of coke drums should regularly cultivate their knowledge of coke drum technology innovations to maximize the efficiency of their own operations. In order to facilitate this knowledge transfer, Stress Engineering Services holds a Coke Drum Reliability Workshop every two years. Registration is now open for participants to join us at the 2020 Coke Drum Reliability Workshop, which will be hosted at Stress Engineering’s northwest Houston facility.

By joining together with like-minded professionals – whether they be seasoned pros or young engineers – to further the discussion of coke drum reliability and best practices, you can return to work safe in the knowledge that you are upholding the very best standards of coke drum reliability, performance, and safety.



February 11 – 12, 2020



Stress Engineering Services Conference Center
13610 Westland East Blvd.
Houston, TX 77041


 Workshop Highlights:
  • Coke Drum Life Management: Design to Replacement
  • Overview of Structural Failure Modes in Coke Drums
  • Cracked Blowdown Lines/Shells/Skirts: Run, Repair or Replace?
  • Bulging Severity Assessment
  • Weld Overlay Reinforcement and Repairs
  • Coke Drum Flow Distributions: Single, Dual or Center Feed
  • Coke Drum NDE Inspection
  • New Advancement in Coke Drum Health Monitoring Technology


Who Should Attend?

Engineers, managers and inspectors involved with the operation, maintenance and design of coke drums. This meeting will be especially beneficial for young engineers wanting to achieve a greater understanding of the problems and how to improve coke drum performance.



Free of charge for refiners!
**Advance Registration Required.**

Register Now! 



Contact:  Shelley Hicks
Phone: 281.955.2900 ext 1470

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Richard S. Boswell

Keynote Speaker

Richard S. Boswell
Coke Drum Expert, Stress Engineering Services

Mr. Boswell is a pioneer and renowned expert in pressure vessel stress analysis, test engineering, and a software development conducting diverse projects in these areas. His areas of expertise includes low cycle fatigue of refinery vessels and structures. Pressure vessel projects include high temperature refinery vessels, delayed coke drums, and medical hyperbaric chambers. He is an experienced user of structural and thermal finite element programs for the petrochemical industry. He has managed projects and written reports for hundreds of clients during his consulting career.

Dr. Calvin B. Cobb

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Calvin B. Cobb
President of Calvin Cobb & Co.

Dr. Cobb is President of Calvin Cobb & Co., a management consulting firm he established in 2005.  He is known throughout the energy and chemical industry as a strategy expert.  During his 44-year career he has consulted for a wide range of clients spanning the entire range of business activities in the industry.  He has been associated with over 2000 engagements covering a wide array of subjects.  During his career, Dr. Cobb has published 70 articles dealing with all aspects of the hydrocarbon industries.

Dr. Cobb received Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in chemical engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly Missouri School of Mines and University of Missouri – Rolla) in 1964, 1965, and 1967. Dr. Cobb was awarded the Professional Degree of Chemical Engineer in 1986 by his alma mater in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in the field and the 1995 Alumni Achievement Award.