Our Company

Thermal & Power Engineering helps customers succeed with sound engineering recommendations and designs based on decades of experience within the boiler and process heating industry. Services include engineering design and consulting services for Solid Fuel Boilers and Thermal Oil Heaters, Thermal Fluid Systems, Process Gas Heaters, Direct Fired Heaters, Heat Recovery Equipment, Biomass Direct Fired Energy Systems for rotary dryers, wood products drying systems (OSB, MDF, particleboard), and thermal oil systems for hot presses.

Helping industrial clients succeed with sound engineering recommendations and designs based on decades of experience within the boiler and process heating industry.

What We Offer

  • Boiler and Thermal Oil Heater Tuning
  • Combustion Optimization for Emissions Performance
  • Grate and Stoker Design and Troubleshooting
  • Mechanical and Piping Design Services
  • 3D Modeling
  • Project Management
  • Boiler Tube Failure Analysis
  • Thermal Oil Testing
  • Thermal Oil Safety Audits
  • Energy Assessments
  • Biomass Combustion & Gasification
  • Reciprocating Grates
  • Heat & Mass Balances
  • Boiler, Superheater, & Economizer Design
  • Thermal Oil Heater Design
  • Thermal Oil System Design & Safety Audits
  • ASME/NBIC: Code, Repairs, Welding, Inspection
  • Cogeneration Systems
  • Environmental Calculations & Regulations
  • Energy Recovery
  • Boiler System Repair & Troubleshooting
  • Boiler Retubes, Rebuilds, Retrofits
  • ANSI B31.1 and B31.3
  • FM 7-99 & 6-4
  • DIN 4754
  • NFPA 85, 86 & 87 (Thermal Fluid Heaters)
  • API Standard 560 – Fired Heaters for General Refinery Service
  • Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC)
  • Energy Assessments

About Us

Christopher D. Culpepper, PE
President/Principal

A mechanical engineer with a passion for customer service and a knack for solving problems. Available for freelance assignments, to give corporate clients the necessary expertise, when they need it. Able to quickly identify the source of the problem and work with the client to implement a solution. Can optimize and tune any existing boiler and heat energy/dryer system, saving the customer big money with minimal capital costs. This is especially true for capacity and environmental compliance issues. Has over 28 years experience in process engineering design, project & construction management, consulting, field service, commissioning, OEM equipment and service sales (>$500 million career sales), and C-level executive management. The breadth of experience is in the following areas: biomass combustion, heat energy and drying systems, power boiler systems, energy recovery, thermal oil systems, biomass power generation, and air pollution control equipment. Is a licensed Professional Engineer, and has been an ASME Member for 25 years.

A subject matter expert (SME) in the following specialties: Biomass Combustion & Gasification • High Alkali Fuels • Combustion Grates (Reciprocating, Stationary, Vibrating, Travelling, and Rotary types) • Dryers (single pass rotary, triple pass rotary, flash tube, and conveyor types) • Dry Kilns • Heat & Mass Balances • Boiler, Superheater, & Economizer Design • Thermal Oil Heater Design • Thermal Oil System Design & Safety Audits • ASME/NBIC: Section I & VIII Div 1 Code, Repairs, Welding, Inspection • Cogeneration Systems • Environmental Calculations & Regulations • Energy Recovery • Boiler System Repair & Troubleshooting • ASME B31.1 and B31.3 • FM 7-99 & 6-4 • DIN 4754 NFPA 85, 86 & 87 (Thermal Fluid Heaters) • Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) • Energy Assesments • Boiler MACT• Boiler Tuning • Single Loop Control Methods

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Highly competent engineer with a compreshensive understanding of engineering fundamentals related to the combustion and energy business.

Jim Brown

Kestrel Engineering Group

Chris Culpepper’s company is involved in thermal combustion systems that many companies are looking at for renewable and sustainable recycled energy. I have consulted with Chris on various aspects of his Internet strategies and recommend him as a resource for anyone exploring energy recovery systems.

John Harper

Director of Marketing, OptiKodes, LLC

I had the pleasure of working with Chris for two years and I would have to say that Chris is perhaps the most technically proficient engineer I have ever worked with. His analysis of a unique and highly complex biomass thermal system was spot on and provided very accurate predictions of actual system performance. Chris’ competence and attention to detail ensured that our design group received the accurate information necessary to complete our work. If I needed to know that a job was going to be done right, I would go to Chris.

Buddy Hughes

Senior Engineering Professional