Design of Industrial Pressure Piping to ASME B31.3 - Practical Examples

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Nov 26 - 28, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-1101-ONL24

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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 3 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10 am to 6 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)


This course is part of a two-part Series: Industrial Pressure Piping Code. The topics in this series include:

You can register for any of these courses or register for the series and save 20%.

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

  • Understand all design-related requirements of the ASME B31.3 Code
  • Determine design parameters
  • Use simple theories to determine forces on piping system components
  • Perform all calculations (thickness, flexibility, hydrostatic test) to demonstrate compliance with Code B31.3 requirements

Industrial pressure piping systems are found in many industries (pulp and paper mills, petrochemicals, mining and metals, etc.) and are subject to laws and regulations. Given their often-hazardous nature, it's important to be able to design them properly.

This course focuses specifically on the design requirements of the ASME B31.3 code, as required by the Canadian CSA B51 code. The design requirements are presented using practical examples and a synthesis exercise in the form of a case study.

Note: Training is based primarily on Chapter II of ASME B31.3.

Course Outline

  • Definition of pressure piping
  • Basic components of a piping system
  • External forces to consider when designing a system
  • Determine design conditions
  • Calculate the required thickness of a piping system
  • Calculate the various stresses in a piping system
  • Determine when a formal flexibility analysis is required

Who Should Attend
All professionals working in the field of industrial pressure piping • Engineers • Inspectors • Design technicians • Contractors

Special Features

  • This course provides an introduction to the design of industrial pressure piping systems in accordance with the requirements of ASME B31.3.
  • The course is primarily based on Chapter II of ASME B31.3 - 2018.
  • Using practical examples and a synthesis exercise, this course offers engineers, design technicians and other professionals working in the field of industrial pressure piping an opportunity to fully understand all the design requirements of the ASME B31.3 code.
  • This stand-alone course is an ideal complement to the "ASME B31.1 and ASME B31.3 Pressure Piping Codes General Requirements Overview" course.
More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day 1

  • Definition of pressure piping
  • Basic concepts for designing a piping system
  • Basic components of a piping system
  • Different types of supports, guides and anchors
  • External forces to consider when designing a piping system
  • Definition of equivalent pressure on a standard flange and examples of applications.
  • Definition of design parameters
    • Definition of design pressure and temperature
    • How to determine design pressures and temperatures based on operating data, and examples of calculations.
    • Excess thickness, what it's for and how to assess it.
  • Calculations for internal pressure
  • Formula for elbows
  • Calculation of openings (branches) on the main pipe and sample calculations
  • Hydrostatic test pressure.

Day 2

  • Beam theory applied to piping systems.
  • Definition of sustained load stress
  • Definition of displacement load stress
  • Understanding the difference between sustained load stress and displacement load stress
  • Designing for sustained load stress
    • Adequately support piping.
    • Estimating loads on supports and equipment.
    • Examples and exercises
  • Designing for displacement load stress
    • Why guide piping properly
    • Simplified methods for checking flexibility.
    • Examples and exercises
  • When to perform a flexibility or formal stress analysis

Day 3

  • Overview of concepts - Presentation of a piping system to be designed (case study)
  • Piping system design
    • Determine design conditions.
    • Determine type and class of system components.
    • Check criteria related to primary constraints.
    • Check criteria related to displacement constraints.
    • Check occasional stress criteria.
    • Determine hydrostatic test pressure.
  • Comparison between initial and final state of piping system
  • Modifications to an existing piping system - What to check.
  • Calculation tools to aid design.


Guy St-Arneault, ing.

M. St-Arneault est spécialisé dans la conception et l’analyse des systèmes de tuyauterie et des équipements pressurisés.

M. Guy St-Arneault est diplômé en génie mécanique, option design de l’École Polytechnique de Montréal (1992). Il est membre des associations professionnelles du Québec (OIQ), de l’Ontario (PEO), de Saskatchewan (APEGS), de l’Alberta (APEGA) et de la Colombie-Britannique (APEGBC). Il a débuté sa carrière en 1993 dans le domaine manufacturier où il a œuvré jusqu’en 1998 pour ensuite se diriger dans le domaine de la tuyauterie et des équipements pressurisés.

Au cours des années M. St-Arneault a développé une forte expertise en intégrité mécanique et analyse par éléments finis.

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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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