Lakshman Santanam

Lakshman Santanam, P.E.

Amphion Analytical Engineering, P.A.



Lakshman Santanam has more than 20 years of experience in evaluating and engineering associated with equipment reliability, root cause failure analysis, metallurgy, corrosion, non-destructive testing, mechanical integrity and fitness for service evaluation. Mr. Santanam is an expert in evaluating explosions and large-scale industrial failures.

Mr. Santanam has extensive experience in the United States and internationally. He has served as team leader and project manager for high profile projects, including the evaluation of process equipment for a manufacturing facility in the Philippines; quality assurance on a new boiler being fabricated in India, failure analysis of a high pressure wire wound vessel, Boiler and de-aerator evaluation for a client in Latin America, mechanical integrity program for a client with multiple manufacturing facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Mr. Santanam has also served as an expert for OSHA in evaluating equipment failures. He has also been retained by counsel to serve as an expert in cases involving equipment failures, mechanical integrity, corrosion and equipment reliability. He has a patent pending for the design of a high efficiency rubber mixing rotor.

Work Experience

Mechanical Integrity Services

Confidential Client- Minnesota, United States

Project manager for a mechanical integrity program of numerous pressure vessels, storage tanks, and process piping integrity evaluation. Recommendations were made to have many of the vessels repaired. The client also received a forecast of equipment life and next inspection schedules.

Equipment Reliability

Confidential Client- Multiple Locations Worldwide

Project manager for the inspection, engineering analysis, and fitness for service evaluation of pot heaters, boilers, deaerators, contact heaters, pressure vessels, piping, lifting devices, presses, and other related manufacturing equipment.

New Equipment Procurement

Confidential Client- Multiple Locations Worldwide

Conducted vendor quality audits and recommended vendors based on quality and manufacturing metrics. Performed quality assurance inspections of equipment at vendor sites worldwide to verify substantial compliance with project specifications.

Piping and Process Equipment 

Confidential Client- North Carolina, United States

Project manager for failure analysis, corrosion evaluation, and prediction of remaining useful life of cooling water system piping and process equipment for a major equipment manufacturer.

Corrosion Mitigation

Confidential Client- United States

Consulting services related to equipment failures, welding problems, and corrosion mitigation for several clients in the pulp and paper and chemical industry segments.

Physical Explosion Cause/Origin Determination

Confidential Client- Florida, United States

Lead project engineer for the examination of a piece of equipment that experienced a catastrophic failure due to a physical explosion and conducted a root cause failure analysis.

Examined 20 additional pieces of equipment and their structural supports to assess their suitability for continued use. This failure caused three fatalities.

Steam Boiler Physical Explosion Cause and Origin

Confidential Client- New Delhi, India

Lead project engineer for evaluating the failure of a coal-fired water tube boiler. The top drum was cracked and excessive bowing of the waterwall tube headers was due to overfiring. Determined the cause of failures and made recommendations regarding the suitability for continued use of this boiler.

Expert Witness Services

Confidential Client and Location, United States

Lead expert in mechanical integrity, corrosion and failure analysis services in a lawsuit involving contamination of ground water due to leaking above ground storage tanks and process sewers.

Presentations and Publications

  • Santanam, Lakshman, “Modeling of Zircaloy Cladding Degradation Under Repository

    Conditions,” Focus 1989, Conference on Nuclear Waste Isolation in the Unsaturated Zone, Las

    Vegas, Nevada.
  • Santanam, Lakshman and Edward M. Beck, February 1993. “Corrosion and Safety of Steel

    Pipelines.” International Pipeline Seminar, Houston, Texas.
  • Santanam, Lakshman and William M. Arnold, November 1995. “Nuclear Container Corrosion

    Testing and Evaluation.” Paducah, Kentucky.
  • Santanam, Lakshman, 2004. “Mechanical Integrity of Process Equipment.” PACE International

    Union Conference, Orlando, Florida.
  • Santanam, Lakshman, 2004. “Mechanical Integrity and Equipment Reliability of Process

    Equipment.” Bridgestone Firestone Engineering Conference.
  • Santanam, Lakshman, 2005. “Mechanical Integrity.” Auditing Roundtable Conference, Washington, DC.

Lakshman Santanam


  • M.S., Materials Engineering, Auburn University, Alabama, 1990
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India, 1987

Years of Experience

  • Total – 30 years

Professional Registrations

  • Registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee

Professional Certifications

  • NACE Certified Corrosion Specialist
  • NACE Certified Material Selection/Design Specialist