Course Description

This Process Piping course provides the learner a basic, practical understanding of the piping design and analysis requirements of the ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code. The course details piping component and system design, material considerations, fabrication, and examination and testing. It focuses on design loads for piping, design for internal pressure, piping flexibility analysis, branch reinforcement calculations, temperature considerations, piping layout and support design, and equipment nozzle load limits.

The course emphasizes the design and analysis requirements of B31.3, but it also includes practical information that comes from instructors who have worked for Owner-Users and in a consulting capacity.

The course content delivery features informal lecture style that includes example problems to challenge the learner to apply concepts covered in the lectures. The training course materials are developed and taught by our subject matter experts, many of whom are principal contributors on the relevant ASME committees.


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:

  • Understand the layout, and navigate and effectively use ASME B31.3
  • Communicate and apply the basics of process piping component design for internal pressure
  • Describe general materials, fabrication, and examination/inspection requirements
  • Understand the concepts of piping flexibility analysis while considering the effects of temperature, branch reinforcement calculations, temperature consideration, piping layout and support design, and select equipment nozzle load limits

Who Should Attend

  • Technical professionals in the oil refining, petrochemicals, chemicals, pulp and paper, or similar industries who work with process piping designed, fabricated, and tested in accordance with B31.3
  • Engineers working for Owner-Users, manufacturers, or engineering and design construction firms whose responsibilities include the evaluation of process piping
  • Engineers serving in a maintenance or reliability role
  • Central engineering staff

5 Half Day Sessions

1.75 CEUs

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