ASME Section VIII, Div. 1 Pressure Vessel Fabrication

Code Fabrication Requirements for Pressure Vessels

Date: May 24-27, 2022
Earn: 32 PDH
Price: $2595
Remote Online Attendance*


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 is not available at this time. Please continue to revisit this page for updates.
New COVID-19 health and safety policies are currently under review.

Learning Outcomes

Participants 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 new construction or in-service repair of ASME Section VIII, Div. 1 pressure vessels;
  • correctly reference the ASME Section VIII, Div. 1 code paragraph structure;
  • view listed ASME SA and SB specifications referenced in ASME II Parts A and B and related and material test reports (MTRs), including multiple marking, to ensure they are acceptable for the material ordered;
  • investigate, analyze, interpret, articulate, and apply the welding fabrication rules of ASME Section VIII, Div. 1 and apply them to when reviewing qualified welding procedure specifications (WPSs) to ensure they are suitable to weld on ASME VIII-1 pressure vessels;
  • identify and navigate the basic rules for ASME Section VIII, Div. 1 inspection and examination rules; and
  • recall the basic rules for ASME Section VIII, Div. 1 pressure testing rules for hydrostatic and pneumatic tests.

Who Should Attend

Inspectors, engineers, maintenance and QA personnel who work for owner-user companies, inspection companies, fabricators, maintenance service and repair companies, inspection companies, EPC's and others who want an understanding of the principles and applications of ASME Section VIII, Division 1.

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 scheduled training.

Course Outline

Introduction to Laws, Regulations, Jurisdiction and Related Codes and Standards
  • hierarchy of related regulations, codes, and standards
  • brief introduction to Pressure Equipment Safety Regulations (PESR)
  • about the Jurisdiction Administrator and Authorized Inspection Agency
  • WPS registrations
  • owner, designer, manufacturer, fabricator, erector, and owner's inspector
ASME Material Specifications
  • introduction to ASME steel specifications
    • ASME and ASTM material specification comparison and how they are different
    • common ASME Section II, Parts A and B pressure vessel material specifications
    • ASME product specifications vs general specifications and how they work together
      • SA-106 (SA-530) seamless carbon steel piping for high temperature service
      • SA-333 (SA-999) carbon steel piping for low temperature service
      • SA-350 (SA-961) carbon steel forged fittings and flanges
      • SA-516 (SA-20) carbon steel pressure vessel plates for Moderate- and Lower-Temperature Service
      • SA-240 (SA-480) chromium and chromium-nickel stainless steel plate, sheet, and strip for pressure vessels and for general applications
  • Material Test Reports(MTRs)
    • review of sample MTRs
    • understanding the importance of MTR data
    • using MTRs to make critical purchasing, accepting, and rejecting decisions
  • QC checks of sample MTRs and ASME specifications
ASME Material Specifications
  • ASME Section II Multiple Marking Rules
    • ASME SA-105 and SA-350
    • ASME SA-106 Grade B and SA-333 Grade 6
    • ASME SA-515 and SA-516
    • ASME SA-240 Grades 316 and 316L; Grades 304 and 321
  • QC check of sample MTRs with multiple markings and ASME specifications
Materials and Low Temperature Requirements
  • ASME Section II, Parts A and B materials referenced in ASME Section VIII, Div. 1
  • design minimum temperature
  • requirements for low temperature toughness tests for metals
    • Charpy impact testing procedure
    • specimen size and test temperature
  • minimum temperatures without impact testing for carbon steel materials
    • reduction in minimum design metal temperature without impact testing
  • Charpy impact testing acceptance criteria
  • determine impact testing exemption temperature
ASME Material Specifications
  • carbon steel weld regions: weld metal, heat-affected zones (HAZs), and base metal
  • carbon equivalent, ASME material specifications, and various formulas
  • heat input of welding, controlled deposition of welding, and supplementary essential welding variables
  • effect on the HAZ and brittle fracture of carbon steels
  • UW-2 and UW-9 Welded joints and restrictions
  • UW-16 Minimum Requirements for Attachment Welds at Openings
    • installation of set-through and set-on nozzles, including weldolet or threadolet
  • ASME Section IX welding procedure requirements for carbon steels
    • WPS and welder qualifications and records
      • UW-26 and Alberta Pressure Welder Regulations
    • welding materials, including AWS Filler Metal Specifications UW-5 and UG-4 to UG-15
    • UW-30 Lowest Permissible Temperatures for Welding
    • UW-33 Butt Welded Joint Alignment
    • UW-35 Finished Longitudinal and Circumferential Joints
    • UW-35(d) Maximum Allowable Reinforcement
    • UW-51 Radiographic Examination of Welded Joints
    • preheating Welds: Nonmandatory Appendix R
    • UW-40 Procedures for PWHT
    • UCS-56 and Tables UCS-56-x Heat Treatment of Carbon and Low Alloy Steels
    • Table UCS-56.1 Alternative PWHT Requirements
  • review WPSs to determine errors specific to ASME VIII-1 fabrication
Inspection and Examination for New Construction
  • responsibilities of the manufacturer, purchaser, owner's inspector, and authorized inspector, UG-90 to UG-93
  • examination requirements: evaluation and acceptance criteria of weld imperfections
    • UW-51 Radiographic Examination of Welded Joints
    • UW-52 Spot Examination of Welded Joints
    • UW-53 Ultrasonic Examination of Welded Joints
    • Mandatory Appendix 4: Rounded Indications Charts Acceptance Standard For Radiographically Determined Rounded Indications In Welds
    • Mandatory Appendix 6 Methods For Magnetic Particle Examination (MT)
    • Mandatory Appendix 8 Methods For Liquid Penetrant Examination (PT)
    • Mandatory Appendix 12 Ultrasonic Examination Of Welds (UT)
  • practice using UW-51 and UW-52 Acceptance Criteria for Welds
Pressure Testing for New Construction
  • general requirements for pressure testing
  • brittle fracture considerations for pressure testing
  • hydrostatic testing UG-99
  • pneumatic testing UG-100
  • AB-522 Standard Pneumatic Test Procedure Requirements for Piping Systems
  • ASME PCC-2 pneumatic test stored energy calculations

Learning Assessment

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

Required Code Documents

All participants must bring the ASME Section VIII, Division 1 to this class. Only Parts U, UG, UW, UCS, UHA, UHT, are required from ASME Section VIII, Division 1 (2019 Edition). This partial ASME code can be purchased from CASTI. The ASME Section VIII, Division 1 package only contains the specific portions of the code that are covered in this course. A course notebook will be provided to all participants by CASTI.

About the Instructor

John E. Bringas, P.Eng. is the President and Founder of Codes and Standards Training Institute (CASTI) and CASTI Publishing Inc. He is a professional engineer who has practiced metallurgical and materials engineering, and inspection since 1975. He has also been certified as an API 510, 570, 653, 571, 577, and 580 inspector, an AWS Certified Welding Inspector, an Alberta In-Service Pressure Vessel Inspector and Welding Examiner, and CGSB certified NDE examiner in UT and RT. He is a long-time committee member of ASTM A01 Steels, A05 Coated Steels, B02 Nonferrous Alloys, E04 Metallography, E28 Mechanical Testing, F42 Additive Manufacturing, J01 ASTM/NACE Committee on Corrosion, NACE STG 31 Oil and Gas Production—Corrosion and Scale Inhibition, STG 32 Oil and Gas Production-Metallurgy, STG 34 Petroleum Refining and Gas Processing, STG 35 Pipelines, Tanks, and Well Casings, STG 39 Process Industries—Materials Applications and Experiences, and past Canadian Representative on ISO TC 17-SC 4 (Steels). He is the author of the ASTM Handbook of Comparative World Steel Standards, ASTM Handbook of Steel Data: American and European, ASTM Passport to Steel Database, and the CASTI Metals Data Books. Mr. Bringas has engineering work experience in the steel making, foundry, consulting (failure analysis), inspection, NDE, refinery, pipeline, and petrochemical industries.