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January 25, 2016 - Kobus Stadler has been named the new President of KnightHawk Engineering, Inc. effective January 1, 2016. Kobus has an excellent track record of success spanning over 20 years from the early days of his career to becoming Chief Process Engineer of research in a major multinational oil company, SASOL. Kobus has worked in production, engineering, and research at all levels.

Kobus has a mission to bring KnightHawk to the next level by streamlining the Specialty Engineering Group, expanding capability of the metallurgical materials lab, and growing the field service group.

All of us are excited to have Kobus on board. Cliff Knight will continue as Chief Engineer of KnightHawk while working as CEO focusing on the vision and success of the KnightHawk Companies.

2015 was an excellent year in KnightHawk's 25 year history. We have expanded the office in Clear Lake by nearly doubling its size. We look forward to 2016. KnightHawk's accredited Lab has grown with the word getting out.

Our team is ready to help you team.

January 20, 2015 - In our effort to continue to provide the best quality materials testing services, KnightHawk Engineering Materials Lab (KML) successfully obtained accreditation to the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard late last year. Accreditation to this International Standard indicates KML operates under a management system for quality, administrative and technical operations that also meets the principles of ISO 9001, with demonstrated competency in several ASTM test methods.

Our accredited scope of testing includes Hardness (Rockwell B and C, Vickers Micro and Macro Hardness), tensile testing, Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy, Corrosion rates and micro-etching). While these accredited test methods represent a major component of the testing we conduct, KML also specializes in development and execution of customized testing to satisfy client specific needs. We have experience in developing and conducting tests that range from long term high pressure and high temperature corrosion testing of screen reactor materials, creep testing of clad wiring, torsion testing of large equipment bolts, to tests designed to simulate operating loads and conditions experienced by components.

KML has experienced technicians and Ph.D. level engineers that can also assist you in determining deformation and fracture mechanisms and modes of failure of components, equipment and systems made of metallic, polymeric and other industrial materials. Whether it is a standard test, a highly customized test, or determination of the failure mechanisms/modes, KML can help you with your testing needs in a timely fashion.

June 02, 2014 - Knighthawk performed an extensive two phase flow analysis of a large bore piping system in a petrochemical facility. The problem was they were having remarkable vibration causing damage. The issue was, the problem needed to be fixed the first time during a planned shutdown. Our CFD engineers analyzed the problem and came up with a low cost unique solution that could be easily installed during a planned shutdown. It worked and the client is "Happy, Happy, Happy".

May 05, 2014 - KnightHawk & Mechanical Testing Services would like to announce an Engineering and Testing Alliance, formed between the two companies. Read more

March 12, 2014 - KnightHawk launches its new Product Design Group. The mission of the group is to handle a whole host of challenges from designing advanced concept products to basic heavy industry products and equipment. KnightHawk has the most advanced CAD tools with the right leadership. Read more

February 27, 2014 - KHE's static equipment group has been contracted to conduct a FFS analysis of a vessel and associated piping to determine if the equipment can run safely to a planned outage. To accomplish this our group has performed metallurgical analysis, field services to take measurements, and finally a Level 3 FFS study of the vessel. We are a one stop shop when it comes to these problems.

February 11, 2014 - Knighthawk is awarded a propylene compressor job in Tobolsk, Russia. A newly constructed plant is being delayed from starting up, due to high vibration problems with this process critical compressor. KnightHawk Engineers have been mobilized to the plant in Central Russia for consultation to assist with troubleshooting the problem. KHE's staff in Houston is assisting with analysis and Research.

January 24, 2014 - Our field services group just got back from a field analysis of transient pressure/momentum effects in a waste heat boiler. The group instrumented a boiler an tied it into a high speed data acquisition system. They measured dynamic pressure, acoustics, and vibration simultaneously to characterize the forcing function causing the boiler to fail. The measurements were in a high temperature environment.

January 09, 2014 - Our lab has worked through detailed analysis of a boiler tube failure. With the help of our Specialty Engineering group the root cause was able to be determined. A process analysis was performed to help explain the local stat of fluid conditions to understand why the fracture surface had corrosion and erosion indications. Once again the multiphysics approach got to the bottom of the problem.

December 17, 2013 - Our Specialty Engineering group has been awarded a research and development project to validate a new fastener technology.

December 06, 2013 - Our Specialty Engineering group has been awarded and completed Level 3 FFS work involving creep effects and plasticity. Our team consisting of high level engineers, have characterized and developed solutions to help our clients run safely.

November 08, 2013 - KnightHawk has recently renewed a contract with a Fortune 5 oil company to provide global services for specialty engineering, field, and lab services. KnightHawk does work with most all the major companies and has done some of the most interesting projects with individual investors. No matter who you are, you all share one thing in common, "our valued client".

October 25, 2013 - KnightHawk welcomes Reni Raju, PhD to our team. He has over 11 years of experience in Numerical Analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics. Also 10+ years of experience with leading commercial CFD packages including ANSYS Fluent/CFX. He is an expert in solving a range of complex fluid dynamics problems including multiphase flows, cavitation, heat transfer, fluid structure interaction (FSI), bubble dynamics, flow control, micro/nanofluidics, incompressible and compressible flows. His background includes parallel/high performance computing, multiphase solvers, Eulerian-Lagrangian methods, turbulence modeling and immersed boundary methods.

Working with Lee Hill, PhD, Reni will add to our already solid foundation in solving unique problems with the CFD tools.

Sri Krishna, PhD is the head of our FEA group and they are cranking out all kinds of models. Lately working on complex non-linear models including "creep" and "plasticity" at high temperature.

As our Lab Director, Carlos Corleto, PhD has been successful in coordinating his team on some complex and interesting pipe failures.

Mikhail Granovskiy, PhD, our process engineering lead has been on top of advancing a waste to energy process for our client.

Using the Integrated Systems Approach developed by Cliff Knight, our team has been called upon to solve really complex and challenging problems.

October 16, 2013 - KnightHawk Industries, LLC a sister company of KnightHawk Engineering has successfully cold tested its TurboMixer© and expectations are met. KnightHawk performed the complete engineering design. This includes mechanical design, CFD, FEA, and detailed drawings. This device will save millions of dollars for its intended process service.

October 7, 2013 - KnightHawk continues to received advance compressor failure projects because we provide a complete multi physics solution including field services and lab work. We normally have a compressor wreck project in our shop all the time.

KnightHawk has developed and is patenting new technology in the waste to energy ball game for our clients. In fact, we believe it is a game changer. We will keep you informed as things develop.

September 30, 2013 - KnightHawk has received an order to perform research and development on ground breaking technology involving process equipment for use in the Petrochemical Industry.

Turnarounds - We are there 24/7 to help you out when the unexpected shows up and you need engineering, field services, and lab help right away.

Finally, many have asked about Cliff Knight. His recovery is going well. He is back to work full time and has put his Mongolia experience behind him.

August 2013 - Specialty engineering company launches joint venture - Click here to read the article.

February 2013 - KnightHawk has received a contract to perform advanced analysis and field services at a Nuclear facility to get to the bottom of a problem. This really speaks to the caliber and knowledge of our key staff to qualify to do work in this industry and address these kinds of problems.

December 2012 – Mark Smith, PE has joined our company as Head of Process Engineering. KnightHawk is your multidiscipline resource to get the job done.

August 2012 – Erian A. Baskharone, Ph.D. joins Knighthawk as Senior Mechanical Consultant. He has over 38 years of experience in a variety of engineering disciplines, including Fluid-Induced Vibrations in turbomachinery applications. Read his profile here.

Also joining us this month is Gaurav Argade, Ph.D. as Material Advisor for Knighthawk Materials Lab. His Specialization is in physical metallurgy, mechanical metallurgy and corrosion behavior of stainless steels and light metal alloys. He is experienced with of mechanical and electrochemical testing of steel and light metal alloys, and materials characterization techniques such as, EBSD, SEM, optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and computational thermodynamic modeling software.

March 2012 – First project for TurboMixer© kicks off for prototype.

February 2012 – KnightHawk awarded series of tank and vessel Level 3 Fitness for Service Analysis.

January 2012 – KnightHawk Awarded Position as Research Firm for SASOL on next generation gasification.

December 2011 – – KnightHawk President & Chief Engineer Testifies on KnightHawk work concerning the Deepwater Horizon Disaster. Yearend wraps up with good profit and prospects look good for 2012.

November 2011 – KnightHawk awarded failure analysis of Class 1 Nuclear components.

October 2011 – KnightHawk awarded series of Level 3 Fitness for Service Analysis that require nonlinear plastic analysis.

September 2011 – KnightHawk invents TurboMixer© to be used as a device to agitate and clean large refinery API Tanks.

August 2011 – KnightHawk completes design of Molten Salt Thermal Energy Storage Tanks for the Solana Solar Power Plant Project under construction in Gila Bend, Arizona. The project, is the world’s largest parabolic trough concentrating solar plant and the first large-scale solar plant in the United States. The plant is scheduled to be in full production in 2013.

July 2011 – KnightHawk Engineering (KHE) is proud to be celebrating its 20th anniversary. KHE opened its doors for business on July 1, 1991 in Baton Rouge Louisiana . Subsequently, KHE opened an office in Houston Texas in 1995 and moved the headquarters there in 1997. In 1999, KHE closed its Baton Rouge office to consolidate all services into one location. In 2008, KHE opened its Materials / Metallurgical and Testing Lab in League City, Texas. KnightHawk is now able to offer full turnkey failure analysis services to all heavy industries and manufacturing facilities around the world.

May 2011 – KnightHawk Engineering Announces Agent Agreements executed for the 3 following countries.
For the country of Qatar our agent is “TRAGS Trading & Agency Services”,
Their contact information is as follows:
Address: Abdul Aziz Bin Ahmed Street, Jaidah Tower,
PO Box 1884, Doha, Qatar.
T: +974 – 44432212, 4432213, 44428391, or 44428238.

For the country of Kuwait our agent is “Petrosas Oil & Gas Services Co. Sas Al-Dar General trading & Contracting Co”.
Their contact information is as follows:
Address: Kuwait City, Sharq, Ahmed Al-jaber St., CBK Building, 1st Floor
PO Box 4045, Safat 13041
T: +965 2245 96 10/ 22472010/40/80/90
F: +965 2245 96 07
Skype ID: Msabri-Petrosas

For the country of Brazil our agent is “GT2 Energia”.
Their contact information is as follows:
Address: Av das Americas 500, Bloco 15/201 Barra da Tijuca,
CEP 2264-100 Rio de Janeiro-RJ
T: +55 (21) 3203 0565
F: +55 (21) 3203 0564
W: or
Skype ID: sandrobarrosferreira

KnightHawk attended, the 2011 AIChE Spring Meeting in Chicago March 13 through the 17. KHE highlighted its new EZ De-Coke Technology at the conference and was asked to make an impromptu presentation on the new technology. The presentation was well attended and a lot of interest in the new technology was demonstrated by the volume of individuals who visited our booth on the exhibit floor. To find out more about our new EX De-Coke Technology, view our presentation at this link, .

March 2011 – KnightHawk completes successful redesign and rebuild of burner system for oxidation of waste gasses from petrochemical plant. Successful startup of the newly design system was in February, 2011. Reduced emissions and cooler metal temperatures combined with hotter combustion temperatures improves plant reliability, profitability and reduces EPA monitored emissions.

December 2011 – KnightHawk President & Chief Engineer Testifies on KnightHawk work concerning the Deepwater Horizon Disaster. Yearend wraps up with good profit and prospects look good for 2012.

March 2011 – KnightHawk completes successful redesign and rebuild of burner system for oxidation of waste gasses from petrochemical plant. Successful startup of the newly design system was in February, 2011. Reduced emissions and cooler metal temperatures combined with hotter combustion temperatures improves plant reliability, profitability and reduces EPA monitored emissions.

February 2011 – KnightHawk Engineering was invited to Present a paper at the first Middle East Turbomachinery Symposium in Doha, Qatar. On February 16, 2011 Cliff Knight Presented a Case Study on a Centrifugal Compressor Failure Analysis.

May 2010 – KHE receives contract to perform root cause analysis of critical compressor failure.

April 2010 – Middle East plant plant goes on line with assistance from KHE to solve problems with failures to their critical heat exchangers.

February 2010 – KHE receives contract to design Molten Salt Tank as a part of the Green Power technology movement.

January 2010 – KHE promotes Carlos R Corleto, Ph.D. to the position of Materials Lab and Field Services Director.  He replaces Kevin Sicking who is moved back to the corporate offices to resume his duties as Sr. Vice President.

October 2009 – KHE sends team to Middle East to support Client in plant startup.

August 2009 – KHE receives contract to investigate plant explosion in Pasadena.

August 2009 – KHE receives contract to perform root cause analysis on critical heat exchangers. Middle East ethylene plant had failures on its transfer line exchangers during commissioning and cannot start the plant until the reasons for the failures are identified and solutions are developed and implemented.

June 2009 – KHE is pleased to announce the acquisition of the assets of Clear Lake Industries, Filtration Division.  KHE formed a new subsidiary, KnightHawk Industries, DBA “Clearlake Filtration” and has moved it next door to the KnightHawk Materials Lab in League City, TX. 

April 2009 – KHE receives Phase 2 of the Process Technology R&D project.

Feb 2009 – KnightHawk receives contract to perform a Metallurgical examination of Failed Compressor parts.

Dec 2008 - KnightHawk receives a major turbomachinery job involving the failure of a turboexpander.

October 2008 – KHE receives order for a Process Technology R&D project involving extensive numerical modeling.

September 2008 – KHE survives Ike.  KHE offices and almost all employees’ homes received significant to severe damage during Hurricane Ike.  In spite of the damage and prolonged power outages experienced, the KHE offices were back up and operating on the following Monday.  Client’s critical projects were kept on track with minimal delays.

May 2008 – KnightHawk is contracted to work on a major OSHA related event, related to a Heat Exchanger Failure.

April 2008 – Now Open - KnightHawk Materials Lab! KnightHawk Engineering now has a state of the art Materials and Metrology Lab in League City, Texas. Our services now include materials analysis, testing and reverse engineering. KnightHawk is now your one stop shop for all your problematic engineering needs.

February 2008 – KHE receives offshore job on Thunder Horse requiring extensive Finite Element modeling of riser equipment.

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