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API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspection, Design / Construct & Integrity Assessment (FFS)

This three day or five day course will provide an intensive overview of the body of knowledge contained in API 510 and its basis documents including ASME VIII Div 1 & 2, ASME FFS - 1 / API 579 and others.   Practitioners in these industries must be fully familiar with the basis and reference documents to adequately design, construct, operate, inspect, maintain and assess the integrity of pressure vessel equipment.  A major benefit of the class will be to illustrate via example and case study where design, inspection, operating and maintenance practices can fall short and jeopardize long term vessel vessel integrity & reliability.

The intensive three day course covers the syllabus of API 510.   Days 1 to 3 will cover the primary and supporting materials in appropriate depth to challenge the practice exam while also highlighting practice improvement opportunities.  The five day course course will provide additional topics for practitioners by providing a deeper understanding of pressure vessel design, buy, construction practices and engineered fitness for service assessments.

Course Highlights

This course presents the syllabus outlined in API's API 510 pressure vessel inspection certification program; a practice exam and review will provide attendees with feedback on their understanding and mastery of the API 510 content.   The extended course will present the API 510 and ASME VIII Div 1 & 2, ASME FFS - 1 / API 579 and augment these primary documents to provide a more thoughtful consideration of the "design by rules" and "design by analysis" approaches and the impact of regulatory authorities. The course goes well beyond the brief and generalized outline discussion of API 510 to maximize value for the attendee in his organizational role.

The course is directed to inspectors, engineers, technologists, technicians, maintenance personnel and managers responsible for the compliance, integrity and reliability of pressure vessel equipment in these industries who want a comprehensive understanding of the topic.

Detailed Course Description

Day I

1 Overview
     · Background
     · ASME VIII Div 1 Code Overview
     · ASME VIII Div 2 Code Overview
     · API Standard 510 Overview
     · ASME FFS / API 579 Overview

2 API 510
    1. Scope
    2. References, Definitions
    3. Owner / User Organizations
    4. Inspection & Testing Practices
    5. Frequency of Inspection
    6. Inspection Data Evaluation
    7. Repairs, Alteration & Rerating

3 Ancilliary API Documents
    · API 572 Inspection Practices
    · API 577 Welding & Metallurgy

Day II

4 API 571 Damage Mechanisms
    1. Scope, References, Definitions
    2. Damage Mechanisms
        · Mechanical & Metallurgical
        · Mechanical & TM Fatigue
        · General & Localized Corrosion
        · Creep / Creep Rupture
        · Stress Corrosion Cracking

5 API 510 Practice Exam
    · Calculations
    · Welding
    · NDE
    · Practical Knowledge

6 Practice Exam Review


7 ASME VIII Div 2 Design by Analysis
   · Div 2 engineering fundamentals
   · Use in ASME Fitness for Service

8 ASME FFS / API 579
   · Damage Classes
   · Level I Asssessments
   · Level II Assessments
   · Level III Assessments

Day IV

9 ASME FFS / API 579
   · Level II Assessments (detailed)
   · Level III Assessments (detailed)

10 Case Studies (construction)
       · Comprehensive Design
       · Pressure Vessel MR & QC
       · WBS for a Major Vessel Revamp

Day V

11 Case Studies (in-service)
       · FFS - GML / LML
       · FFS - HIC / SOHIC
       · FFS - Crack Like Defects
       · FFS - Mechanical Fatigue

12 Special Topics (extra)
       · FFS issues from Class
       · Regulatory Considerations
       · RCFA / RA - HIC damaged vessel
       · Q&A

As of 2014, API certification programs are computer based. Contact API or visit their website for more exam information

Additional course information, contact and registration information can be obtained from   John Aumuller   P Eng, Ph D