January 27, 2022


This 4-hour course is intended to offer background information related to the original development and evolution of design by analysis (DBA) technology in ASME Section VIII Division 2 (VIII-2). Attendees will learn the advantages of designing equipment to VIII-2 and fundamentals of DBA, including basic terminology, definitions, the VIII-2 allowable stress basis, stress classification, and a summary of numerical analysis methods. Additionally, the technical basis for many of the current DBA rules will be delineated, and relevant historical publications will be referenced.

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Course Outline

  • Background information and Development of ASME VIII-2
  • Organization of ASME VIII-2
  • Comparison: ASME VIII-1 vs. VIII-2 with a Focus on Cost
  • Basics of the ASME Design-by-Analysis (DBA) Rules
  • Basic Stress Definitions
  • Primary Stress Basis and Limits
    • VIII-2 Allowable Stress Basis
  • More Fundamentals of ASME VIII-2, Part 5 Design by Analysis
  • Stress Classification and the Hopper Diagram
  • Numerical Analysis Methods
    • Load Cases and Load Case Multipliers
  • Relevant Historical Publications and References

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of this training course, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the basic background and development of ASME VIII-2
  • Explain the organization of the ASME VIII-2 document
  • Compare and contrast the requirements of ASME VIII-1 and VIII-2, and understand the impact on overall equipment costs
  • Recall the fundamentals of DBA
  • Summarize the VIII-2 elastic stress basis and identify its limits
  • Describe the groundwork of VIII-2 allowable stresses
  • Understand stress classification and the Hopper diagram
  • List several numerical analysis methods and understand the advantages of each
  • Discuss load cases and load case multipliers used in design
  • Identify relevant historical publications and references

Who Should Attend

  • Engineering, design, reliability, and maintenance personnel in the oil and gas, petrochemical, specialty chemical, fertilizer, pulp and paper, power generation, and related industries
  • Pressure vessel, piping, and tankage fabricators, engineers, and designers
  • Engineering and reliability managers and central engineering staff
  • Mechanical, materials, and corrosion engineering specialists

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January 27, 2022

1 Half-Day

4 PDHs

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