Inspection Practices for Piping System Components Using API RP 574

Online Course with e-Instructor Support

Earn: 8 CPD hours
Price: $500

Course Description

This course is instructionally designed for inspectors, engineers, and other personnel who want to learn more about the practice of inspection of piping system components, as described in API Recommended Practice 574.

Online lessons are available for six months from the date of registration.

Learning Outcomes

Participants who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • identify and apply API RP 574 standard piping inspection terminology;
  • recall the common piping system components, their applications, and how they work;
  • describe common pipe-joining methods;
  • explain the reasons for inspecting piping system components;
  • understand the requirements for inspection plans for piping system components;
  • justify the frequency and extent of inspection requirements for piping system components, including safety requirements;
  • explain pressure testing requirements for piping system components;
  • determine the minimum required thickness for piping, valves and flanged fittings in accordance with API RP 574; and
  • recall reporting and record keeping requirements for piping system components.

Who Should Attend

This e-learning course is designed for inspectors, QA/QC personnel, engineers, tradespeople, and others working for plant owners, pressure equipment manufactures and repair organizations, engineering procurement and construction companies in oil and gas industries (oilfield, upgraders, refineries, etc.), chemical plants, petroleum refining, petrochemical plants, power plants, pulp and paper plants, fertilizer plants, and others.

Course Outline

The following topics are covered in this course:

Introduction to Inspection Practices for Piping System Components
  • introduction to standard terminology based on API RP 574
  • piping components
    • piping
    • pipe linings
    • tubing
    • valves
    • fittings
    • flanges
Pipe-Joining Methods
  • threaded joints
  • welded joints
  • flanged joints
  • cast iron pipe joints
  • tubing joints
  • special joints
Reasons for Inspection
  • process and personnel safety
Inspection Plans
  • developing an inspection plan
  • risk-based inspection (RBI) plans
  • interval-based inspection plans
  • classifying piping service
  • monitoring process piping
  • piping systems and piping circuits
  • identifying locations susceptible to accelerated corrosion
  • accessibility of CMLs
  • inspection for specific damage mechanisms with specific attention to
    • injection points
    • process mixing points
    • dead legs
    • corrosion under insulation (CUI)
    • soil-to-air interfaces
    • other damage mechanisms including erosion and erosion/corrosion, environmental cracking, corrosion beneath lining and deposits, fatigue and creep cracking, and more
Frequency and Extent of Inspection
  • general
  • on-stream inspection, including practical reasons for
  • offline inspection
  • inspection scope
Safety and Preparatory Work
  • general
  • inspection tools
  • hot zones and PPE requirements for leaks
Thickness Measurements
  • UT
    • high-temperature thickness measurements
  • RT
  • caliper
Internal Visual Inspection
  • general
  • inspection for cracks
  • inspection of gasket faces of flanges
  • inspection of valves and flanged joints
  • inspection of welded joints, threaded joints, and clamped joints
  • inspection for misalignment and vibration
Pressure Tests
  • performing pressure tests
  • tell-tale hole drilling
  • inspection of underground piping
  • inspection of new fabrication, repairs, and alterations
Determination of Minimum Required Thickness
  • piping
    • minimum required thickness
    • structural minimum thickness
    • minimum alert thickness
  • valves and flanged fittings
Records and Reports
  • general
  • review of records, updates, and audits

e-Instructor Support

CASTI e-Instructor provides support for any questions about the online course content.

Learning Self-Assessment

Practice problems throughout the course content are graded to allow self-assessment of student learning. Grades are reported at the completion of each lesson within the online content. Answer keys include references to the corresponding sections of API RP 574.

Required Code Documents

The API RP 574 document is required to complete this course. If you require a copy, it can be purchased from CASTI when you register for the course.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Hours

Participants will receive a digital CASTI Certificate of Completion, awarding 8 CPD hours, for successfully completing all online lessons. Note: CPD (Continuing Professional Development) hours are equivalent to PDH (Professional Development Hours).

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