Engineering, Reliablity, Corrosion & Materials

November 5 - 8, 2023 | Atlanta, Georgia

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Engineering, Reliability, Corrosion & Materials (ERCM) 


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 ERCM Track Schedule

(Program is subject to change)

Monday, November 6th


3:30pm - 5:30pm
Session 6: Materials Performance in Corrosive Environments

Session Chair: Nat McAlonen, Altum Technologies
Location: Courtland

    1. Bleach Plant Materials Selection
      Margaret Gorog, Houston Cascade Holdings, LLC

    2. Maximizing Performance of FRP Equipment and Piping
      Jeff Eisenman, Maverick Applied Science, Inc.

    3. Corrosion of a Power Boiler Air Heater
      Victor Padilla, FPInnovations (Matthew Tunnicliffe, FPInnovations)


Tuesday, November 7


10:30am - 12:00pm
Session 9: Digester Safety and Fitness for Service

Session Chair: Margaret Gorog, Houghton Cascade Holdings, LLC
Location: Courtland

  1. Fitness-for-Service Evaluation of Thinning in Continuous Digesters
    David Perkins, Corrosion Probe

  2. Monitoring and Eliminating Risks of Corrosion and Stress Corrosion Cracking in Kraft Pulp Digesters
    Timo Laurila, Savcor Forest Inc. (presented by Pasi Niemeläinen, Savcor)

  3. Overpressure by Design – An Oil and Gas Perspective on Safety for Kraft Digesters
    Philip Henry, E2G


1:30pm - 3:00pm
Session 13: Extreme Weather and Supply Chain Challenges – What Impacts Mill Operations Panel

Session Chair: Chris Johns ‐ MEGI Engineering
Location: Dunwoody


  • Chad Harrod, Georgia Pacific
  • Greg Golike, International Paper
  • John O’Donnell, Domtar


3:30pm - 5:00pm
Session 16: Continuous Digester Corrosion & Cracking Case Study

(Co‐sponsored by Plant Engineering & Project Management & Corrosion & Materials Engineering Division & Alkaline Pulping & Bleaching Division)

Session Chair: Matthew Tunnicliffe, FPInnovations
Location: Learning Center

  1. Continuous Digesters‐A Story of Shell Corrosion Under Insulations (CUI)
    Kyle Lindsay, Georgia‐Pacific Corporation

  2. Continuous Digester Process Safety Improvements
    Chad Harrod, Georgia‐Pacific Corporation

  3. Continuous Digester Rapid Thinning
    Margaret Gorog - Houghton Cascade Holdings, LLC


Wednesday, November 8


12:00pm - 4:00pm

On‐line Digital Twin Technology for Your Plant‐Have Your DCS Communicate With a Live Simulation Model Workshop**

Location: Greenbriar


** Participants will need to bring in their own Laptops and we will license our software a week earlier