Inspection Practices for Pressure Vessels Using API RP 572

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 pressure vessel inspection, as described in API Recommended Practice 572.

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 572 standard pressure vessel inspection terminology;
  • analyze operational factors to effectively develop, review and update inspection plans;
  • recall the requirements for inspection record-keeping;
  • evaluate operational factors such as shutdowns to identify opportunities for inspection;
  • realize how to identify safety risks for pressure vessel inspection including preparatory work, inspection methods, and inspection tools required; and
  • understand how to identify and apply the limitations of inspection for a pressure vessel.

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 Pressure Vessels
  • introduction to standard inspection terminology based on API RP 572 and API 510
  • common methods of construction and materials
  • internal components and equipment
Reasons for Inspection
  • general
  • safety
Inspection Plans
  • inspection for specific types of damage
  • developing inspection plans
  • reviewing and updating inspection plans
  • brief introduction to risk-based inspection
  • frequency and extent of inspection
  • opportunities for inspection
Safety Precautions and Preparatory Work
  • safety precautions
  • precautions regarding the use of breathing air
  • preparatory work for safety
Inspection Methods and Limitations
  • thickness measurements
  • external inspection
    • ladders, stairways, platforms, and walkways
    • foundations and supports, anchor bolts, concrete supports, steel supports, rivets, guy wires, nozzles
    • grounding connections and auxiliary equipment
    • protective coatings and insulation
    • external metal surfaces and evidence of corrosion or hydrogen blistering
    • cracks and external leaks
    • buried pressure vessels- soil corrosion
  • internal inspection
    • preliminary visual inspection
    • inspection of damage
      • corrosion: thinning and pitting
      • cracking, erosion, blistering, deformation, high-temperature hydrogen attack
    • trays, internal components, nozzles, linings
    • corrosion beneath linings and deposits
  • special methods of detecting mechanical damage
  • metallurgical changes and in-situ analysis of metals
  • pressure and vacuum testing
Condition Assessment and Repair
  • derating and fitness-for-service
  • visual inspection, thickness measurements, and remaining life
  • methods of repair
    • general, welding
Records and Reports Repair
  • permanent records, field notes, file data
Inspecting Practices for Towers
  • trayed and packed towers
    • safety
    • external inspection, anchor bolts, skirt fireproofing
    • internal inspection of packed towers
    • packing in place and removed
    • strip lining and cladding
    • internal manways installed and removed
    • tray valves: fixed trays valves and bubble cap trays
    • tray decks and hardware
    • tower attachments: tray support rings, support clips, downcomer bars, etc.
    • detecting surface corrosion in towers

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 572.

Required Code Documents

The API RP 572 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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