Course Description

This Process Piping course provides the refinery engineer a practical understanding of the basics of piping design and analysis rules of the ASME Process Piping Code, B31.3 (ASME B31.3). The course covers an overview of the organization of ASME B31.3, including piping component and system design, material considerations, fabrication, and examination and testing.

The course focuses design loads for piping, design for internal pressure, piping flexibility analysis, branch reinforcement calculations, temperature considerations [flexibility and minimum design metal temperature (MDMT)], piping layout and support design, and equipment nozzle load limits of rotating equipment, heater, and air-cooled exchangers. In addition, the fundamentals of pipe vibration and mitigation techniques are discussed. The course consists of lectures interspersed with example problems that introduce concepts covered in the lectures. The focus of the course is design and analysis requirements, but it also includes practical information that comes from instructors who have worked for Owner-Users as well as in a consulting capacity.

Our training course materials are developed and instructed by subject matter experts – many of whom are principal contributors on the relevant ASME committees.

Course Benefits

  • You will develop a practical understanding of the organization of ASME B31.3.
  • You will develop a practical understanding of the basics of process piping design.
  • You will gain confidence in performing design calculations as you progress through the example problems developed to strengthen the concepts covered in the lectures.
  • You will gain insight into the current activities of the ASME code committees and be advised of future updates.

Course Outline

  • General Requirements for Process Piping Systems
  • Basics of Component Design: Pipe, bends, miters, closures, and expansion joints
  • Branch Reinforcement
  • Piping Flexibility Analysis
  • Basics of Piping Fabrication
  • Examination and Testing
  • Material Requirements and MDMT
  • Piping Layout and Support Design
  • Overview of Non-Process Piping Codes
  • Overview of Referenced Piping Component Standards
  • Existing Piping Systems

Course Outcome

Upon completion of the the Process Piping course, students will have a basic understanding of the following:

  • The layout and use of ASME B31.3.
  • Process piping component design for internal pressure.
  • General materials, fabrication, and examination/inspection requirements.
  • Piping flexibility analysis considering the effects of temperature, branch reinforcement calculations, temperature considerations, piping layout and support design, and select equipment nozzle load limits.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for engineers working for Owner-Users, manufacturers, or engineering and design construction firms in the refining/petrochemical and comparable industries. Engineers serving in a maintenance or reliability role whose responsibilities include the evaluation of process piping will also benefit.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Does My Course Registration Fee Cover?
Course registration fees include the following:

  • Bound course notes containing all lectures and presentation handouts
  • Refreshments, morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack

Course registration fees DO NOT include the following:

  • Copies of API or ASME codes, standards, and recommended practices. To buy API Documents, contact IHS Global, Inc. here
  • Travel-related expenses including airfare, lodging, and car rental, if applicable

Do Attendees Earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for Participation in the Course?
Yes. Students who successfully complete the training course will earn PDHs.

Do I Need to Bring the Reference Standards to the Course?
No. Each student will receive a comprehensive set of course notes, and the instructors will have electronic versions of the standards available if needed.

Do I Need a Calculator for the Example Sessions?

Does E2G Provide Assistance With Students Requiring a U.S. Visa?
Yes. It is requested that attendees that require a U.S. Visa register for the course at least two months prior to the course. Upon confirmation of registration and course fee payment, E2G will provide the attendee with a Letter of Invitation for use in obtaining a U.S. Visa.

Does E2G Have a Cancellation Policy Regarding Enrollment?
Yes. E2G reserves the right to cancel a course if minimum enrollment is not reached and to modify the agenda and/ or faculty when circumstances are beyond our control.

Does E2G Have a Policy With Regard to Refund of Fees in the Event of a Cancellation of Registration for Students?
Yes. The cancellation policy for refund of course registration fees is as follows:

  • Up to 14 days prior to the course: 75% of registration fees are refunded.
  • 13 to 6 days prior to the course: 50% of registration fees are refunded.
  • Within 5 days prior to the course: 25% of registration.

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