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Failures, Failure Prevention and Repair of Pressure Vessels, Piping, Boilers and Rotating Machinery with Life Extension Considerations

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After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • understand that mechanical integrity of process equipment and piping systems depends jointly on their proper design, operation, condition assessment, and maintenance
  • identify and use the relevant codes, standards, and best industry practices for design, operation, maintenance and repair of equipment and piping systems
  • select the appropriate non-destructive testing methods, conduct thorough risk-based inspections, and interpret results correctly to determine the condition of the equipment and piping
  • perform fitness-for-service assessment of damaged equipment, make run/repair/replace decisions, and extend the useful life of equipment
  • improve reliability and availability of your pressure vessels, boilers, piping, and rotating machinery

Many process equipment and piping systems are subjected to hazardous service conditions and damage mechanisms which, if not adequately detected, monitored and assessed, could result in major failures with consequential significant injuries and business losses.

With so many pieces of equipment and extensive piping systems and networks, it is impossible to inspect totally every piece of equipment or piping in a plant. Therefore, an approach based on criticality, i.e. risk-based, taking into consideration the damage mechanisms and failure risk must be taken.

The course combines sound engineering principles, methods, and applicable codes & standards and best industry practices with workshops that cover case studies of major failures, their root causes and the lessons learned to prevent similar failures. It provides an opportunity to learn from the practical experience and extensive knowledge of the instructor.

Course Outline

  • Mechanical integrity, operability and maintainability
  • Regulations, codes, standards and recommended practices
  • Material of construction – types; selection; in-service degradation processes (API 571)
  • Basic design of pressure equipment and piping systems
  • Failures in process equipment and piping systems – -types, causes, and case studies
  • Failure investigation techniques and root cause analysis and failure prevention
  • Estimation of consequences of pressure vessels and piping failures
  • Inspection methodology (Risk-Based per API 580/581; Non-Intrusive) and deliverables
  • Fitness-For-Service assessment in accordance with API STD 579-1/ASME FFS-1 
  • Maintenance programs – predictive, proactive, precision
  • Repairs, alterations and rerating per API 510, API 570, API 653 and ASME PCC-2

Who Should Attend
Process, Mechanical, Project, & Maintenance Engineers • Technologists & Inspectors in the Petroleum, Process, Power, Manufacturing & Other Industries • Military & other Facilities who are Involved in the Reliable Design, Operation, Maintenance & Repair of Pressure Vessels, Heat Exchangers, Storage Tanks, Piping Systems & Rotating Machinery • Engineers in Training Will Benefit Greatly from this Course.

Course Rating
4.6 out of 5

Overall rating of this course by its previous attendees!


This course is currently scheduled at the following locations. Click the city name to learn even more details about this course.

Calgary, AB
on 4/29/2019

Richmond, BC
on 5/27/2019

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