Process Equipment and Piping Systems: Application, Design and Operation

Regina, Saskatchewan /
Oct 7 - 10, 2019 /
Course Code: 10-1018-2370

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

  • Size and select major process equipment for specific applications
  • Improve plant availability and productivity by applying industry standards and best practices
  • Assess the degradation and condition of process equipment as well as make run/repair/replace decisions
  • Achieve measurable improvement in the plant's mechanical reliability level and a reduction in failure rates

Engineers in process plants need an integrated and practical understanding of the key design, operation and maintenance aspects of major process equipment and piping systems. This course aims to provide participants with the skills to design and build business-focused facilities that can be safely and effectively operated and maintained while complying with all regulatory requirements, industry codes and standards. To achieve this end, the process equipment and piping systems must have the required level of reliability to perform their intended function, at the least life cycle cost, over their specified life. This course builds on a focused and practical coverage of engineering materials properties and selection methods and provides structured procedures.

    Course Outline:

  • Plant Integrity and Reliability
  • Pressure Vessels and Reactors
  • Liquid Storage Tanks
  • Overpressure Protection
  • Process Heaters
  • Heat Exchangers
  • Pumps , Compressors, Electric motors
  • Industrial Failures and Failure Prevention
  • Inspection and Testing
  • Machinery Condition Monitoring

Who Should Attend:
Professional and technical personnel in the petroleum, process, power, manufacturing, and other related industries •Mechanical engineers and designers • Process engineers •Project engineers •Other discipline engineers

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Daily Schedule
8:00 Registration and Coffee (Day I only)
8:30 Session begins
12:00 Lunch
4:30 Adjournment

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.

Day I – Key Design Considerations, Guidelines and Practices

Welcome, Introduction, Course Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

1.1 Process Equipment - An Overview

1.2 Plant Integrity and Reliability

  • Interdependence of engineering, operation and maintenance
  • Management of change

1.3 Equipment Design Bases and Methodology

  • Service conditions and fitness for purpose
  • Equipment sizing and functional performance

1.4 Business-Focused-Facilities – Appropriate quality at lowest life cycle cost

1.5 Safety by Design

  • Worst foreseeable credible scenarios, safeguarding, best industry practices.
  • Codes, standards, industry practices

1.6 Compliance with Regulations and Acts - HS&E requirements and considerations


Day II – Design and Operation of Pressure Equipment

2.1 Pressure Vessels and Reactors

  • Materials of construction and standards
  • Basic design methodology
  • ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Sections II, V, VIII and IX.
  • Worked examples

2.2 Liquid Storage Tanks

  • Types and application; cone roof tanks, floating roof tanks, shop-fabricated tanks
  • Basic design methodology
  • Overview of API 650, UL 142

2.3 Piping Systems

  • Materials of construction and standards
  • Basic design methodology – hydraulic design, pressure integrity, mechanical integrity.
  • ASME B31.1 and B31.3
  • Piping flexibility and support
  • Piping system components – valves and fittings; classes, ratings
  • Worked examples

2.4 Overpressure Protection

  • Types and application of pressure relieving devices
  • Code requirements
  • Sizing methodology; API 520 and 521
  • Specific operation and maintenance requirements; API 576


Day III – Design and Operation of Thermal and Fluid Handling Equipment

3.1 Process Heaters

  • Types and configuration; box type, vertical cylindrical type
  • Thermal and mechanical design
  • API 560, API 530

3.2 Boilers

  • Types and configuration; watertube, firetube and waste heat recovery boilers
  • Fundamentals of design and operation
  • Operating efficiency and testing
  • ASME B&PVC Section 1 and Section 4, ASME PTC-4

3.3 Heat Exchangers

  • Types and application; shell and tube heat exchangers, plate heat
  • Exchangers, air cooled heat exchangers
  • Thermal and mechanical design
  • Overview of TEMA standards, API 660, API 661
  • Operation, fouling, and effectiveness

3.4 Pumps

  • Types and application; centrifugal, positive displacement
  • Performance characteristics
  • Selection and design considerations and standards; ANSI, API 610
  • Worked examples

3.5 Compressors

  • Types and application; centrifugal, screw, reciprocating
  • Design considerations and standards
  • Operation and troubleshooting

3.6 Electric motors

  • Types and application
  • Operation and troubleshooting


Day IV – Degradation and Condition Assessment of Process Equipment

4.1 Degradation processes in Fixed Equipment

  • Corrosion, erosion, fatigue, hydrogen attack
  • Overview of API 571

4.2 Industrial Failures and Failure Prevention

  • Statistics
  • Typical examples
  • Causes and implications
  • Learnings

4.3 Inspection and Testing

  • Inspection strategies, plans and coverage – Real function of inspection
  • Nondestructive Testing (NDT) methods and their characteristics and applicability
  • Risk Based Inspection (RBI) - Overview of API 580 and API 581

4.4 Fitness-For-Service Assessment

  • Overview of API Std. 579-1/ASME FFS-1
  • Worked examples

4.5 Machinery Condition Monitoring

  • Vibration monitoring
  • Lubricating oil analysis
  • Troubleshooting - Methodology and guidelines
  • Reliability improvement

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes


Nabil Al-Khirdaji, M.Eng., P.Eng.

Nabil is president of Kappa Associates International, which provides engineering and project services to the petroleum, process, energy, and related industries.

Mr. Al-Khirdaji has taught well over 200 technical professional development courses in Canada and internationally. He has over 40 years of experience in the petroleum, petrochemical, and related industries both in Canada and the Middle East, including 24 years with Shell Canada Limited, where he assumed a number of project, engineering specialist, and engineering management positions. He also held the position of mechanical program director with EPIC and a number of senior international positions including project management with an oil and gas engineering company in Milan, Italy. Mr. Al-Khirdaji served for several years on the API committee on refinery equipment.


To be announced

Although the venue is not officially confirmed, EPIC courses are generally held at the following location(s):

Hotel Saskatchewan Radisson Plaza
2125 Victoria Avenue
Regina SK  S4P 0S3

DoubleTree by Hilton Regina
1975 Broad St
Regina SK  S4P 1Y2

Double Tree by Hilton Regina
1975 Broad St,
Regina SK  S4P 1Y2

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Regina East Gate
3830 East Gate Drive
Regina SK  S4Z 1A5

Please confirm with EPIC that the venue has been officially confirmed before making any reservations or travel arrangements.


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Fee & Credits
Early Registration Fee:

$2595 + taxes

Fee after August 30, 2019:

$2995 + taxes

  • 2.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 28 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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