Course Description

This Storage Tanks course provides the storage tank engineer a practical understanding of the basics of tank design and analysis. Tank component design, material considerations, fabrication, and examination and testing will be covered, with a focus on API 650.

This course covers design loads for tanks, including special requirements for wind and seismic loads and external pressure, temperature considerations related to brittle fracture (LODMT) and elevated temperature tanks, and design requirements for some basic tank designs (e.g., stainless and aluminum tanks, fixed roof and floating roof tanks, and tanks with double bottoms).

The course also gives the student a basic understanding of the evaluation of existing storage tanks in accordance with API 653, including the determination of tank minimum thickness, inspection intervals, repairs, hydrostatic test requirements, and settlement evaluation. The focus of this 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. The instructors will discuss the background and logic behind the document and provide relevant case histories.

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

Course Benefits

  • You will develop a basic understanding of the organization of API 650, API 653, and API 620.
  • You will develop a practical understanding of application of API 650 design requirement and the suitability for service and repair requirements in API 653.
  • You will gain an understanding of the 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 API Subcommittee AST and be advised of future updates.

Course Outline

  • Course Overview, API 650 Scope
  • Material Requirements
  • Shell and Bottom Design
  • API 650 Shell Attachments and Roofs
  • Anchorage and Foundations
  • Internal Pressure Design
  • Elevated Temperature Design
  • External Pressure Design
  • Small and Shop Fabricated tanks
  • Seismic Design
  • Piping Loads on Tanks
  • Fabrication, Erection, and Testing
  • Floating and Aluminum Dome Roofs
  • Leak Detection
  • API 653 Scope
  • Suitability for Service
  • Inspection Intervals
  • Materials and Welding
  • Repairs, Reconstruction, and Testing
  • Settlement Assessment
  • Other API 653 Considerations
  • API 620 Overview
  • Low Temperature Tanks
  • Overview of Other Tank Standards
  • API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 for Tanks
  • Case Studies: Tank FFS

Course Outcome

Upon completion of the ETI Storage Tanks course, students will have a basic understanding of the following:

  • The layout and use of API 650, API 653, and API 620.
  • The design loads for tanks (e.g., special requirements for wind, seismic loads and external pressure, temperature considerations related to brittle fracture (LODMT), and elevated temperature tanks).
  • General materials, fabrication, and examination/inspection requirements.
  • The evaluation of existing storage tanks in accordance with API 653, including the determination of tank minimum thickness, inspection intervals, repairs, hydrostatic test requirements and settlement evaluation.

Who Should Attend

This Storage Tanks course is intended for engineers and inspectors working for Owner-Users in the refining/petrochemical and comparable industries. Engineers serving in a maintenance or reliability role whose responsibilities include the evaluation of storage tanks 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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