In Part 1 of our series on rewarding structural engineering careers, we talked about the engineers, designers, and technicians who work in industrial processing facilities and turn ideas into new products that make advances in our modern world possible. In Part 2 of this series, we discussed industrial coking units and the unique loading challenges the drums present to the structural engineering team. In Part 3 of this series, we’ll be discussing the unique challenges of the coke chutes, which receive the brunt of the impact load caused by coke unloading.
coke chutes receive the brunt of the impact load caused by coke unloading
The repeated impact loading of hot, abrasive coke onto the concrete or steel chutes is highly damaging to the chutes and creates many challenges for Structural Engineers to repair or retrofit. Brindley Engineering has conducted the field evaluations of dozens of coke chutes and has designed repairs plans or retrofits for all of them.
Some examples of projects that our BE structural engineers have conducted on coke chutes include:
- Coker unit FEA modelling and field evaluations of concrete and steel chute structures to determine the source and magnitude of the problems for developing a repair.
- Engineering patch repairs to the chutes utilizing specialty shotcrete materials.
- Designing coke chute slide plate systems to serve as wear plates to chutes and extend their life.
Brindley Engineering’s structural team has conducted these types of assessments, materials analysis, engineering & design, and construction oversight on dozens of coke chutes. An engineer who is experienced in steel and concrete can handle these analysis as they learn about the unique materials, loadings, and operations of the units.
In Part 4 of our series on rewarding structural engineering careers, we’ll explore how the structural engineers at Brindley Engineering analyze and mitigate structural collapse for cooling towers, fluid catalytic crackers, and other units in industrial environments that have been damaged by corrosion, water hammer, and other unanticipated conditions.
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