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Navigating ASME B31

Consulting-Specifying Engineer
January/February 2014 Issue

In this article, authors Monte Engelkemier and Matt Wilkey (Stanley Consultants engineers and experts) discuss the system and design considerations for pressure piping and how ASME regulations apply.

The intent is to is to walk the specifying engineer through some of the major steps in designing a pressure system that is complaint with ASME B31.

Monte Engelkemier, P.E. is a senior mechanical engineer and project principal with Stanley Consultants.  His professional experience encompasses pipe stress analysis, piping system design, design supervision, project management, and construction inspections.  Prior to Stanley Consultants, Monte was a pipe stress analyst where his responsibilities included existing pipe support assessment and modification, new pipe support design, and drawing control.  his expertise is in coal, combined-cycle, and nuclear power plants; chilled water plants, reverse osmosis desalination plants; and district heating and cooling piping systems.

Matthew Wilke, P.E. is a mechanical engineer with Stanley Consultants.  He is responsible for conceptual and detailed mechanical piping and process system design; equipment sizing and layouts; review of contractor submittals; and preparation of drawings, reports, and specifications. His professional experience includes mechanical design for various utility, municipal, institutional, and industrial clients.  System design includes steam, condensate, and closed cycle cooling water; boiler feedwater, demineralized water, chilled water, activated carbon, natural gas, and nitrogen.

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