Course Description

This Fitness-For-Service training course will provide attendees with an introduction to API 579-1/ASME FFS-1. This training course covers all of the sections of API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 with a focus on the Level 1 and Level 2 assessment procedures. This course provides a discussion on damage mechanisms and the importance of identification, inspection techniques for flaw characterization, and an overview of remaining life, remediation, and methods to extend the life of damaged equipment.

The instructors will discuss the background and logic behind the assessment procedures, guide the students through select example problems and discuss the procedures and solutions in detail. Typical problems solved include brittle fracture, general and local metal loss, pitting, blisters/HIC, weld misalignment, crack-like flaws, and creep.

Course Outline

  • Overview and Opportunities for FFS
  • Introduction to API 579-1/ASME FFS-1
  • FFS Assessment Procedures
  • Damage Mechanisms Overview
  • Assessment of Equipment:
    • Brittle Fracture
    • General Metal Loss
    • Local Metal Loss
    • Pitting Corrosion
    • HIC, SOHIC, and Hydrogen Blister Damage
    • Weld Misalignment and Shell Distortions
    • Crack-Like Flaws
    • Creep Damage and Remaining Life
    • Fire Damage
    • Dents, Gouges, and Dent-Gouge Combinations
    • Laminations
    • Fatigue
    • In-Service Margins/Validation

Course Outcome

Upon completion of the Fitness-For-Service training course, students will have a basic understanding of the following:

  • The format, organizational structure, and use of the API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 document
  • The importance of damage mechanism identification
  • The applicability and limitations of the FFS procedures
  • The application of the Level 1 and Level 2 assessment techniques and an introduction to Level 3 assessments
  • The importance and methods used to establish inspection intervals
  • The appropriate mitigation and monitoring methods
  • The importance of documentation of the various FFS procedures

Who Should Attend

  • Plant engineers in mechanical reliability programs
  • Plant inspectors
  • Central engineering staff
  • Consultants for refining and petrochemicals
  • Can also be beneficial for the fossil fuel utility, pulp and paper, nuclear energy, and other industries that use and maintain pressurized equipment

Attendees should have a working knowledge of equipment construction codes and standards, and basic stress calculations.


4 Days

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