ASME Section VIII, Div. 1 Pressure Vessel Design (Virtual Access)

Code Design Requirements for Pressure Vessels

Available Dates and Locations:
Date: April 13-16, 2021
Earn: 32 PDH
Price: $2595
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The design requirements of Section VIII, Division 1 will be explained and the application of those requirements demonstrated through example problems. General, material, and fabrication requirements with related documentation will be covered. The participants will not only gain the knowledge for design of safe and economical vessels, they will also learn how to pick proper materials, avoid common fabrication problems, and prepare data reports. A number of important Code Cases, which will result in more economical construction will be introduced. The latest Code revisions and the work being performed on future revisions will be reviewed.

Who Should Attend

Individuals involved with the purchase, design, fabrication, or inspection of pressure vessels. (Engineers, designers, fabrication personnel, QA supervisors, and inspectors who work for pressure vessel owners, fabricators, inspection companies, EPC's and government agencies.) Some degree of technical background will be helpful, but individuals are not required to have an engineering degree or previous work experience in the subject matter.

Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

Each participant will receive a digital CASTI Certificate of Completion with 32 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for attending all 4 days of the Virtual Access training.

Course Outline

Introduction to the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel (B&PV) Code
General Requirements of Section VIII, Division 1
Design Criteria and Strength Theory of Division 1
General Design Rules
  • Shells for internal pressure
  • Heads for internal pressure
Introduction to Buckling
Design Rules
  • Shells for external pressure
  • Heads for external pressure
  • Flat covers
  • Openings
Sizing of Stiffeners
Design for External Loadings
Design of Nozzles for Piping Reactions
  • WRC Bulletins 107, 297 and 368
Definition of Joint Categories and Joint Efficiencies
Fabrication Requirements
  • Post weld heat treatment (PWHT)
  • Tolerances
  • Non-destructive examination (NDE)
  • Welding requirements and weld details
  • Carbon and low alloy material requirements
  • High alloys
  • Heat treated materials
Testing requirements
Overpressure protection requirements
Stamping and documentation requirements
Introduction to Flange design
Comparison with Division 2
Research and development work being performed
  • PVRC and elsewhere
Design Example Problems
Open Discussion
Questions and Answers
Problem Solving Workshops
  • With practical examples

Learning Assessment

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

Virtual Access

Approximately 1 week prior to the Virtual Access training days, participants will receive an email invitation to join the online meeting. On the scheduled Virtual Access training days, use the email invitation to log in and join the online meeting. [For more information about how to join a Webex Meeting, please visit the Cisco Webex website.]

Required Code Documents

All participants should have a copy of the ASME Section VIII, Division 1 Code. If you require a copy, it can be purchased from CASTI when you register for the course.

About the Instructor

Fahim E. Shadid, P.E has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and MS degree in Engineering Mechanics. He is a member of ASME Code Subcommittee Section VIII. Mr. Shadid has over 40 years of experience in the design, analysis and fabrication of pressure vessels, including refinery turnarounds. He has expert knowledge of the ASME Codes Sections VIII (Divisions 1 and 2) as well as NBIC, API 510, API 579, and other international codes. His work has included the training of new engineers, preparation of documents for EPC companies pertaining to several LNG terminal projects, and consulting services to the pressure vessel industry.