Engineering Capability

Thorpe is unique in our marketplace, performing engineering functions in-house.

Our engineers combine experience from across the industrial market, with material science and accepted engineering practices, to develop innovative solutions for customers. We are not limited to any single supplier’s material options but are able to design solutions utilizing the most appropriate materials for the job. Thorpe’s designs and recommendations are based upon solid engineering principles and real-life findings from our field inspection and maintenance activities.

Capabilities include:

  • Failure analysis
  • Heat transfer calculations for different surface configurations and orientations including for varying hydrogen atmospheres
  • Proprietary thermal software modeling program (radiant and convective heat loss) for cylindrical horizontal shrouded vessels
  • Detailed AUTOCAD engineered construction/installation drawings
  • Complicated brick lining designs
  • Proprietary high temperature testing regime for severe service brick linings
  • Expansion allowances and joint designs
  • Lining stabilization systems
  • Corrosion resistant linings
  • Anchoring systems and layout details
  • Stress calculations
  • Form details
  • Bill of Materials

In support of our non-metallic tank manufacturing, we additionally perform:

  • ASME Section X, Class II and ASME RTP-1 code stamped tanks
  • “Design by Rules” computer analysis
  • Trilam
  • MathCAD
  • Finite Element Modeling
  • ASTM D3299 & D 4097
  • ASME B31.3 for Pipe & Ducting
  • ASME Section V for Acoustic Emissions Testing
  • ASTM D3982 for Ducts & Hoods
  • ASTM E1067 – Acoustic Emission Testing for RTP-1


In this unprecedented time, Thorpe wants to express its dedication to maintaining a safe and clean workplace for our employees, and consistent service for our customers. We must all take action and do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. To effectively combat this, it’s imperative we unite with our communities and implement procedures that prioritize those around us. 

Thorpe understands the situation is quickly changing, and there is no way to predict what the upcoming weeks or months may look like. We can, however, ensure our continual evaluation of COVID-19 and the alteration of preventative measures as needed. In the end, our goal is to protect our staff and continue to provide services to our customers. For more information, please contact us at (713) 644-1247.