Kirk C. Baker

Principal Engineer II
Years of Experience:
35
Education & Licenses:

Bachelor of Science, Metallurgical Engineering, 1985, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Areas of Specialization:

Materials selection and specifications
Processing facility corrosion, damage mechanisms, and mechanical integrity
Failure analyses and investigations
Manufacturer capability assessments and quality assurance
Repair of pipelines, process piping, and pressure vessels

Overview:

Mr. Baker is a Principal Engineer II with the Materials & Corrosion Engineering Team at E2G | The Equity Engineering Group, Inc.  He is a subject matter expert in materials, metallurgy, corrosion, welding, and mechanical integrity in the oil and gas industry in upstream operations, downstream facilities, and pipelines.  He has 35 years of experience providing technical support for operations and major capital projects.  He is an industry-recognized leader in API and IOGP industry standards committees.

Publications:

  1. Baker, K.C., Thompson, R.M., and Gorrell, T.C., “Mechanical Properties of Vanadium Microalloyed High-Strength ASTM A694 Forgings,” 2017 ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference, Volume 6A: Materials and Fabrication, 2017.
  2. Baker, K.C. and Thompson, R.M., “Impact Toughness Deficiencies in ASME SA-350 LF2 Flanges,” 2017 ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference, Volume 6A: Materials and Fabrication, 2017.
  3. Nissan, A.B. and Baker, K., “Characterization of ASTM A694 High Strength Low Alloy (HSLA)F70 Forgings,” proceedings of the International Conference on Advances in Metallurgy of Long and Forged Products, pp 100-109, 2015.
  4. Kramer, P., Baker, K., and Nissan, A., “Mechanical Properties of High Strength ASTM A694 Forgings,” Proceedings of the International Conference on Advances in Metallurgy of Work Group on Flange and Fitting Quality Long and Forged Products, pp 70-79, 2015.
  5. Baker, K.C., “Prediction Tools for Sulfidic Corrosion,” NACE Materials Performance Magazine, May 2001.
  6. Baker, K. C., Sloan, J.R., and Upitis, E., “Repair of a 2 1/4 – 1 Mo Petrochemical Reactor,” Bulletin-Welding Research Council, 1996

Industry Activities:

  • Co-Chair of API Task Group on Line Pipe, 2012-2019 under CSOEM, SC5 Tubular Goods Subcommittee
  • Chair of API Work Group on Pipeline Flange and Fitting Quality, 2016-2020 under CSOEM SC21 Materials Subcommittee
  • Chevron sponsor representative, Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center (ASPPRC), at Colorado School of Mines
  • Member of IOGP JIP 33, Joint Industry Programme 33, Standardizing procurement specifications
    • WG5 Line Pipe – participated in writing Specification S-616, Line Pipe 2017 – 2020
  • Member of NACE International MR0175/ISO 15156: Oversight of Maintenance Panel, 2009-2012
  • Member NACE T-8 / STG 34 Petroleum Refining and Gas Processing, 1990-2004
    • Co-Chair of NACE International Task Group 176, Prediction Tools for Sulfidic Corrosion. Co-author of NACE International Publication 34103 (2004 ed.), “Overview of Sulfidation (Sulfidic) Corrosion in Petroleum Refining Hydroprocessing Units”
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