About US

ATC-CES is a small minority owned business offering a broad range of engineering services that include patented surface coatings and heat treating services, industry experts in metallurgy, failure analysis, and advanced materials Metallurgical lab testing and research (Grade 91 material development with ORNL). Combustion Engineering Solutions are experts in Boiler and HRSG design, retrofit, and material supply Project Management.  With over 300 years of experience in the industry ATC-CES strives to support the commercial success of our clients by providing superior technical services and problem-solving capabilities covering all materials-related issues in as timely and cost-effective manner as possible. 

Jeff Henry - Co-Owner / President / COO

Mr. Henry's professional experience has been concentrated on the service performance of power plant materials, with particular focus on high temperature behavior, welding, manufacturing, and the Creep Strength-Enhanced Ferritic Steels, such as Grade 91.  He has authored over 60 technical papers, is an ASME Fellow and is active on a number of the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code technical committees.  He is the former chair of BPV II, the Materials Standards Committee, and he currently chairs the Working Group on Creep Strength-Enhanced Ferritic Steel.  He also is a member of BPV I (Power Boilers), the Management Oversight Technical Committee (TOMC) and the Board of Pressure Vessel Technology.

Email: jhenry@atc-tn.com

Dr. Gang (Joe) Zhou - Chief Metallurgical Engineer

Dr. Zhou is a graduate of University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a doctorate in welding metallurgy.  He has 30+ years of diverse experience in failure analysis and condition assessment of power-generating equipment, including boilers, piping, HRSG's, steam turbines, generators, and industrial equipment.  

Dr. Zhou's areas of expertise include welding metallurgy and technology, welding repair, weldability testing and design, creep testing and design, corrosion testing and design.  Also, he is an expert in metallography and fractorgraphy, microstructural interpretation, phase transformation and aging behavior of heat-resistant materials.

He has conducted extensive research on creep rupture of long-seam welded piping, such as Mohave, Monroe, Mt. Storm and Nine Miles.  His recent researches have been focusing on CSEF steels, including effect of manufacture practice on creep behavior of Grade 91, Grade 91 DMW's failure behavior, Grade 91 SCC behavior and low creep ductility issues of CSEF steels.

Prior to joining ATC-CES, Dr. Zhou served as principle metallurgical engineer at Alstom Power, Inc. He is also a member of ASM International and AWS.

Email: jzhou@atc-tn.com

Curt Johns - P.E., MBA

Practical and innovative professional mechanical engineer with over 25 years’ experience. Leader of cross functional teams known for innovation, continuous improvement, quality, and on time delivery. Continuous improvement leader in engineering and manufacturing responsible for many cost saving design and process changes. Single biggest achievement was breaking down the wall between engineering and manufacturing and transforming the “us and them” mentality into a highly performing team.

Curt leads the development of domestic and international business at ATC-CES involving complex engineering activities encompassing all aspects of structural/duct and construction design engineering

• Contributes to the strategic planning for engineering proposal and contract activity

• Manages the direct activities of engineers and assist in their professional and technical development

Email: Cjohns@atc-tn.com

Harley Grant - Co-Owner / CEO

Mr. Grant's professional focus has been on the development and applications of coatings used for both corrosion and erosion protection in various industries, but with a particular emphasis on coatings for the power, pulp, and paper industries.  Mr. Grant has operated ATC-CES for the last 28 years and is known industry wide for the equality and innovativeness of his product.  He has been awarded two patents related to diffusion coating, one for the localized diffusion of chromium into a component and one for diffusion of metals using microwaves as the source of heat.  

In addition to his professional activities, he has been very active in the support of issues critical to Native Americans, and he has been appointed to a number of both state and federal commissions tasked with addressing specific social and economic issues of vital interest to the Indian peoples.

Email:  hag@atc-tn.com


Introduction to ATC-CES (pdf)


ATC-CES Quality Policy (pdf)


Current Issues with Grade 91 (pdf)


ATC-CES - Who We Are

Engineering - Design

 Providing professional Boiler and HRSG Engineering Solutions and Material for the Utiity, Pulp and Paper Market with Integrity, Customer Focus, and Speed with a Goal to keep Steam Generation Safe, Reliable, and Competitive

Heat Treating

Specializing in heat treatment of advanced pressure part alloys with over 175 years of experience.  Offering all types of services including, qeunch and tempering, normalizing, annealing, solution annealing, stabilization annealing, stress-relieving, post-weld heat treatment, precipitation hardening, and flame hardening.  ATC-CES has received the necessary permits to clean polymer-infused components.

Diffusion Coatings

Offer a variety of Coatings services including Diffusion, Thermal Spray, including traditional powder spray, spray and fuse, HVOF, plasma spray, and twin-arc.

Engineering - Materials

 With more than 300 years accumulated experience in energy-related industries, the materials and welding engineers at ATC-CES can provide assistance with or overall management of a broad array of projects, from root cause investigations to explain failures of critical components to the development and implementation of risk-based inspection programs for high energy piping systems to the planning and execution of weld repairs on major CSEF pressure parts (e.g., Grade 91). 

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200 Compress St., Chattanooga, TN 37405

(423) 267-0647