Failure Analysis and Prevention Seminar

Failure Analysis and Prevention Seminar
February 2, 2016

The Houston Chapter of ASM will be hosting its annual full-day seminar on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016. The topic will be Failure Analysis and Prevention, and we will be joined by joint keynote speakers Ron Parrington of ESI and Brett Miller of IMR Test Labs. Ron and Brett are both Fellows of ASM and are globally-recognized experts on failure analysis.


Breakfast/Registration: 7:30-8:30am

SESSION I: 8:30 am – 10:15 am

Failure Analysis Fundamentals: Modes, Investigation Planning and Engineering Design

8:30 – 8:45am Opening Remarks
8:45 – 9:15am
Ron Parrington
Keynote #1: Failure Analysis Root Cause Review
9:15 – 9:45am Michael Pendley
(Villares Metals)
Seven Deadly Sins of Failure Analysis
9:45 – 10:05am Krutibas Panda
The Role of Root Cause Analysis in Product Development: Case Study of Failure Analysis of a Telemetry Gate Valve

Morning Break: 10:05 am – 10:30 am

SESSION II: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Failure Analysis Prevention: Processing Control to Prevent Failures

10:30 – 11:00am Pierre Fize
Inspection Technologies to Reduce Indication Occurrence in Pipeline Steel
11:00 – 11:30am Carly Antonucci
The Effect of Steel Cleanliness on Product Life
11:30 – 12:00am Herman Amaya
(One Subsea)
The Role of Microstructure in the Hydrogen Embrittlement Failure of Carbon Alloy Steel Fasteners (An Oil & Gas Perspective)

LUNCH, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

SESSION III, 1:00 pm – 2:40 pm

Failure Analysis Case Studies and Material Specification Considerations

1:00 –1:30pm
Brett Miller
(IMR Test Labs)
Keynote #2: Failure Analysis Case Studies
1:30 – 2:00pm John Bescup
Case Study of High Voltage Capacitor Failure via Dielectric Imperfections
2:00 – 2:40pm Angelique Lasseigne
Microstructure Requirements in Material Specifications and The Importance of Passive Oxide Layer

Afternoon Break, 2:40 pm – 3:00 pm

SESSION IV, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Failure Analysis Prevention: Corrosion Prevention through Chemical Control and Surface Treatment

3:00 – 3:30pm Travis Graham-Wright
Utilizing High Strength Coiled Tubing in Sour Well Environments
3:30 – 4:00pm Thurman Harrell
(Laser Welded Solutions)
Laser Weld Cladding for Repair and Remediation
4:00 – 4:30pm Dwight Janoff
Super Duplex Failure Analysis Case Histories

SESSION V, 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Panel Discussion: Oil and Gas Failures and Prevention Methods

Panel Leaders: Keynote Speakers Ron Parrington and Brett Miller

SOCIAL AND EXHIBITS (+ DOOR PRIZES), 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Information and Registration:

Exhibitor space is still available. (8 – 10 ft x 5 ft space):
$300 (attendee/exhibitors receive $50 discount). Exhibits open during lunch and social hour.
Please contact Diane Nielsen at or 281-221-6717 or Register Online.


Professional Development Hours:
Attendees will receive 7 Professional Development Hours (PDH’s) for the full day.