ASME B31.3 Code Design Requirements

Process Piping Code Design Requirements

Date: November 5-8, 2024
Earn: 32 CPD hours
Price: $2595
Remote Online Attendance
In-Person Attendance at:
Holiday Inn Express Calgary NW - University Area
2373 Banff Trail NW
Calgary AB T2M 4L2 Canada

Attendance Options*

Remote Online Attendance:
participants attend remotely (from home or workplace) and interact with the live instructor through an online video meeting on the scheduled instructor-led training dates.
In-Person Attendance:
participants attend in-person (at the Holiday Inn Express Calgary NW - University Area location) and interact with the live instructor on the scheduled instructor-led training dates.

Who Should Attend

Engineers, technologist, and designers – working for Owners, EPCs, inspection firms, fabricators, and repair/maintenance organizations who are involved with ASME B31.3 piping systems.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Hours

Participants will receive a digital CASTI Certificate of Completion, awarding 32 CPD hours, for attending all 4 days of the scheduled training. Note: CPD (Continuing Professional Development) hours are equivalent to PDH (Professional Development Hours).

Course Outline

Introduction to Regulations, Codes, and Standards
  • federal acts and regulations
  • provincial acts and regulations
  • Canadian pressure equipment standards — CSA B51 requirements
  • piping that is not ASME B31.3 Code (e.g., plumbing, power, fuel gas)
Introduction to ASME B31.3
  • ASME B31.3 Code history and basic philosophy
  • ASME B31.3 Code organization
  • principal axis and stress
  • failure theories
  • stress categories
  • definition and basis for allowable stress
  • fluid service
Piping Design Criteria
  • design conditions
  • design loads (pressure, weight, thermal, seismic, wind, anchor movement)
  • failure modes
  • primary and secondary stress categories
  • load categorization
  • allowable stresses
Pressure Design of Piping Components
  • straight pipe (internal and external pressure)
  • elbows and bends (consideration of wall thinning)
  • branch connections (area replacement)
    • stub in connections
    • extruded outlet header
    • wye pattern fittings
  • closures
  • blind flanges and blanks
  • other unlisted components
    • * An overview of typical materials and materials requirements, as is necessary to understand design implications, shall be provided.
  • straight pipe under internal pressure
  • pipe bend under internal pressure
Listed Piping Components
  • MSS SP-95 nipples and swages
  • MSS SP-97 integrally reinforced branch connections (e.g., O-lets)
  • ASME B16.9 wrought fittings (buttwelded)
  • ASME B16.11 forged fittings (threaded and socket welded)
  • ASME B16.5, B16.36, B16.47, and MSS SP-44 flanges
  • ASME B16.20 and B16.21 gaskets
  • ASME B16.48 blanks
  • valves (ASME, API, MSS)
    • * An overview of typical materials and materials requirements, as is necessary to understand design implications, shall be provided.
  • determine forged fitting class and rating for specified application (both MSS SP-97 O-lets and ASME B16.34 forged fittings)
Introduction to Base Metal Impact Testing Requirements for Designers
  • Design minimum temperature
  • Review of 323.2.2(a) to (j) impact testing requirements
  • Review of Table 323.2.2 Requirements for Low Temperature Toughness Tests for Metals and related general requirements
  • Review of Figure 323.2.2A Minimum Temperatures Without Impact Testing for Carbon Steel Materials and related general requirements
  • Review of 323.2.2(c) stress ratio used in Figure 323.2.2B to determine the allowable reduction in the impact test exemption temperature for steels without impact testing
Instrument Tubing Components
  • straight tubing (mechanical properties, material standards)
  • tube fittings
  • testing requirements
  • tubing wall thickness calculation
Brief Overview of Pipe Flexibility Analysis
  • allowable and displacement stresses
  • flexibility
  • bending stress
  • torsional stress
  • fatigue
  • stress intensification
  • combined loads
  • cold spring
  • simplified analysis methods
  • thermal displacement calculation for preliminary layout of simple piping system
Pipe Support Design
  • support types
  • assumptions
  • load combinations
  • pipe support spacing calculation
Piping Types
  • system piping
  • pressure relief piping
  • category M (lethal) service
  • high pressure service (Chapter IX)
  • straight pipe under internal pressure per Chapter IX (High Pressure Piping)
Leak Testing
  • required Leak testing
  • hydrostatic testing
  • pneumatic testing
  • alternative leak testing
  • Initial service testing
Other Possible Workshops - Dependent on Available Time and Interest
  • straight pipe under external pressure
  • determine adequacy of fabricated branch connection
  • blank thickness calculation
Note: The following topics are excluded from this course:
  • design procedures for unlisted components (e.g., non-standard flanges or fittings, etc.)
    *An overview of applicable code paragraphs will be provided but design procedures will not be reviewed.
  • lap joint fittings
  • the design of expansion joints and spring hangers
  • seismic and earthquake design
  • vibration analysis
  • non-metallic piping systems

Learning Outcomes

Attendees who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • recall the local Safety Code Act laws, pressure equipment safety regulations (PESR), and jurisdiction (ABSA) rules related codes and standards for the design of ASME B31.3 piping;
  • recall where to apply the ASME B31.3 code to piping system design and know when and where other design codes may be more applicable (e.g., CSA Z662, CSA B149.1, ASME B31.1);
  • investigate and understand how to classify fluid services in accordance with ASME B31.3;
  • identify the differences between normal fluid service and other fluid services such as Category D, Category M, and Chapter IX High
  • Pressure Fluid Service;
  • efficiently navigate the ASME B31.3 code;
  • recall the applicability of the CSA B51 code and how it applies to piping design in Canada;
  • identify the applicable limits prescribed in ASME B31.3 for listed materials—those listed in Tables A-1 and A-1M;
  • understand the rules pertaining to the use of unlisted materials;
  • investigate, analyze, interpret, articulate, and apply the impact testing rules of ASME B31.3 and apply them when evaluating materials to be specified in a piping system;
  • identify applicable listed component standards in Table 326.1 and understand the rules pertaining to the use of unlisted components;
  • investigate, analyze, articulate, and apply ASME B31.3 code rules for the design of components such as straight pipe, bends, closures, branch connections, and flanges;
  • recall ASME B31.3 code requirements for flexibility analysis and have a basic understanding of the important parameters in evaluating system flexibility; and
  • recall the basic rules for ASME B31.3 leak testing, including closure welds.

Note: There will be a focus on local Alberta requirements but this course may touch on certain requirements in other jurisdictions as well (e.g., Offshore East Coast, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, etc.).

Learning Assessment

Learning self-assessment is performed through discussions, problem solving exercises, and workshops.

Required Code Documents

All participants must have a copy of the ASME B31.3 code.

Course Notebook

A digital course notebook will be provided to all participants by CASTI (printed hardcopy not available).

About the Instructor

Robert Neill is a registered Professional Engineer with over 25 years of experience in design, fabrication, and installation of pressure piping and pipeline systems. Since graduating from the University of Alberta in 1989, Mr. Neill has worked on a wide variety of projects around the world in both the Onshore and Offshore Oil and Gas Industry. Project work has taken Mr. Neill from his home base in Western Canada to Offshore Newfoundland, Angola, Nigeria, South Korea, and Houston and his positions have ranged from Project Engineer to Piping/Mechanical Discipline Lead, and Engineering Manager. Currently, he owns and manages his own engineering consulting business and he is based in Calgary, AB where he has been since 2004.

Having been responsible for the execution and management of piping and pipeline work for over 2 decades, Mr. Neill brings to CASTI an extensive knowledge of piping and pipeline design and material specifications and an extensive hands on knowledge of the practical aspects of design practices. In addition, while in Angola, he was responsible for the recruitment and training of local engineers and is able to draw from that experience in delivering his courses. For the past 10 years, Mr. Neill's consulting business has focused on piping and pipeline engineering activities and he has developed a number of ASME and CSA piping design and materials specifications for Conventional and SAG-D Operations in Western Canada. Mr. Neill is currently a member of ASME and NACE, he is active in supporting standards development work for Clause 14 and Annex I of CSA Z662, and he participates in the Valve Users Group.