Paresh Haribhakti — Managing Director
Paresh Haribhakti is MD of TCR Advanced Engineering Services at Vadodara, India (a TCR Engineering Services partner company), Director TCR Arabia, Dammam and Global Technical Consultant to TCR group of companies. Mr. Haribhakti is a graduate in Metallurgical Engineering and M.E. (Materials Technology) from M. S. University, Vadodara.
With over two decade of experience in the field of metallography and microstructural examination Mr. Haribhakti has solved more than 2000 industrial problems. He is pioneer in promoting in-situ metallography as an acceptable and reliable technique for monitoring of process plants and components in the industries.
He has experience of failure investigation remaining life assessment and FFS of power plants, fertilizers, chemical and petrochemical industries, Mr. Haribhakti has intensive work experience to his credit. He has solved materials engineering related problems and performed failure analysis on components from petrochemical plants, oil and gas transmission pipelines, offshore structures, ships, pharmaceutical plants, food processing equipment, gas turbine engine components.
Mr. Haribhakti has the ability to simplify complex engineering theories into easy to understand and useable concepts. He uses simple analogies, every day examples, and layman's language to explain the data and findings so that the clients, corporate executives, government officials, or attorneys (with non-technical background in some cases) can easily understand engineering concepts.
Mr. Haribhakti has specific experience in welding, heat treating and materials technology for oil & gas drilling and production applications, including production tubing, casing and down hole motor failures. Recently, Mr. Haribhakti was lead member of the Failure Investigation team consulting to Asia's largest refinery, RIL-Jamnagar, India for damage assessment work during a fire incident in their VGO-HT2 Plant. He has provided damage assessment of Hydrocracker reactors at Baiji refinery Iraq and also helped a customer procure second hand equipment from Taiwan by a Health assessment approach.
Mr. Haribhakti undertakes assignments pertaining to Optical metallography and interpretation of microstructures, Remaining Life Assessment, provides Heat treatment solutions and studies on the degradation of microstructure under high temperature high pressure conditions. He has done extensive research in study of hydrogen embrittlement of carbon and low-alloy steels and stainless steels.
Research oriented creativeness of Mr. Haribhakti spearheaded the development of a powerful image analysis software for Metallurgical use - the Microstructure Characterizer Software (MiC). He has also developed a chemical composition mapping method for identification of dilution in weld zone. He possesses a special skill in colour metallography to increase the capabilities of interpretation of microstructure. He has also developed custom electrolytic polishing for carbon and alloy steel material.
Mr. Haribhakti has extensive knowledge of failure investigations on metallic components related to chemical/refinery plants and to general engineering. Experience ranges from cast iron, engineering steels, aluminium, copper alloys, stainless steels, and nickel base alloys to titanium. This includes all aspects of metallurgical investigations of components such as; turbine blades, compressors, gearboxes, motors, pumps, rotors, shafts, valves, pipe work, fasteners, boilers, pressure vessels, plain bearings, roller bearings, gears, pistons, spark plugs, crankshafts, camshafts, engine valves and associated valve components.
Mr. Haribhakti is a Founder member of Metallography Society of India. He is an active member of the Institute of Engineers, Institute of Foundrymen, Indian Institute of Metals and Indian Institute of Welding.
Rohit Bafna — Director Global Sales
Rohit Bafna is currently Director Global Sales based in TCR World in Washington DC, USA. Under his leadership the US office has grown from its incubation stage to one which is now profitable. Prestigious clients that have trusted TCR to carry out material testing and quality assurance services secured by Rohit include Caterpillar, Aventech, Elliot Company, Komline - Sanderson, Constar, Xalloy, Sys-Concept and the US Army. Mr. Bafna has the finincial and technical responsibility for execution of specific contract(s), including devising the planning, directing, and coordinating of project activities to ensure that project objectives are accomplished within the prescribed time and funding parameters. Where subcontracts are required, Mr. Bafna manages the development of specifications, statements of work, evaluation criteria, and requests for proposal. Mr. Bafna works with the material testing laboratory and engineering consulting divisions to analyze proposals with respect to cost/risk/quality, lead source selections and negotiation teams, and monitors subcontract costs, schedules, and technical performance. Mr. Bafna has over 8 years of experience in sales and marketing in the material testing and quality assurance business. Rohit has undergone extensive training on Ultrasonic Testing using Time of Flight Diffraction (TOFD) at Olympus in Quebec, Canada.
Ketan Upadhyaya — General Manager (Reliability Engineering)
Ketan Upadhyaya is a General Manager at TCR Advanced Engineering. He heads the activities pertaining to reliability engineering, undertaking projects on remaining life assessment, fitness for service and failure investigations.
Mr. Upadhyaya is Metallurgical engineer and has more than 22 years of experience in fertilizers and petrochemical fiel. He has 10 years of hands on experience of non-destructive examinations by UT, PT, MT, Cobalt-60 radiography interpretation and crack depth assessments. Under his supervision the NDEs techniques were deployed on integrity assessment of pressure vessels, reactors, piping along with bonding and claddings assessments, babbit lined journal bearings, nitriding layers depth measurement and hydrogen attack in synthesis gas transfer lines. He has extensively worked on Acoustic Emission testing to ascertain the reliability of components, covering AE instrument operation, test setup, procedure layout, calibration and data interpretation.
Besides NDE, he has worked extensively on vibration analysis of the rotating machinery. Has performed vibration analysis of pumps, steam turbines compressors, turbo generators of capacity ranging from 15 to 35 MW, cooling tower fans, vertical pumps with long shaft, high speed gear driven blowers, ID and FD fans and slow speed grinding mills. Oil debris analysis and trending of wear particle program was also part of his routine work.
He has a rich experience on replication metallography and microstructural examinations. Has extensively worked on different alloys like HK40/HP40M, Incoloy 800H, SS 2205, Inconel 625, titanium and aluminum based alloys besides carbon and low alloy steels and stainless steels. He has the distinction on interpretation of microstructures by scanning electron microscopy for creep assessment of T91 grades and on high temperature hydrogen attack.
He has successfully developed and implemented the projects of quantitative microstructural examinations software and automated ultrasonic reformer tube inspection system.
Gopul Patel — General Manager
Gopul Patel is a post -graduate from Sardar Patel University. He has extensive knowledge of vacuum technology and has worked as scientific officer at Department of Science and Technology(DST) sponsored Research Centre.
He has hands on experience of operation and calibration of various sophisticated analytical instruments such as Transmission Electron Microscope, Scanning Electron Microscope with EDS, X Ray Diffractometer(XRD),Inductiviely Coupled Plasma (ICP),Optical Emission Spectrometers(OES), Spectrometers, Thermal Analyzers such as DSC, TGA. He has experience of various advanced methods of material characterization and has worked extensively in the field of microscopy.
He has been trained for operation of electron microscope at PHILLIPS, The Netherlands. In fact he has handled India's first Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope with EDAX analyser for more than five years.
He is responsible for the establishing & implementing Management system at TCR Advanced and its functionality.