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CLIFF KNIGHT, Owner/President, KnightHawk Engineering

​It’s the weekend. You are sitting at home watching your favorite team on TV. A call comes in from the plant about a heat exchanger that has just cracked. You are amazed because this exchanger has been the best performer in your unit. more

Sep 1, 2015 12:00 AM Maintenance & Reliability

Your production facility is no different than any other. It has happened again, and this time you are determined to get to the bottom of the problem. Structural piping and supports failed, and operati... more

May 1, 2015 5:00 AM Engineering, Procurement & Construction

One day you walk out in your plant or manufacturing facility and a pipe is vibrating. It is a relatively high-frequency vibration. What is your response? Maybe it is to put in new supports or just to ... more

Dec 1, 2014 6:00 AM Engineering, Procurement & Construction

The morning meeting at the plant was a tough one for you. As an area engineer, you’re not satisfied with the information you’re receiving from your team’s investigation into a major compressor wreck. ... more

Oct 1, 2014 5:00 AM Engineering, Procurement & Construction

One complex area of physics that frequently causes problems in production and pipeline facilities is acoustics. At first thought you might ask, “What is this all about?” Acoustical pulsation occurs in... more

Sep 1, 2014 5:00 AM Engineering, Procurement & Construction

It’s another day at the plant and you pass that same old turbine deck on the way to your office area next to the unit. Your office is elevated within the structure and you can feel what mode of operat... more

Aug 1, 2014 5:00 AM Engineering, Procurement & Construction

Many processes today involve various types of fired furnaces with radiant and convection coils containing the process. As with most mechanical equipment, the process is fired hotter and runs longer. D... more

Jun 1, 2014 5:00 AM Maintenance & Reliability