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API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspection, Maintenance & Design in the HPI / CPI

This three day / four day course will provide an intensive overview of design, material selection, fabrication details, testing and inspection of pressure vessels in the hydrocarbon processing industries as represented by refineries, oil sands, heavy oil productin, as well as, petrochemical processing facilities consistent with the body of knowledge contained in API 510 & 571, ASME VIII Div 1 & 2 as well as other supporting documents referenced in these primary documents.

The intensive three day course is directed to inspectors wishing to cover the syllabus of API 510. Days 1 and 2 will be extended in order to cover the materials in appropriate depth to challenge the practice exam. The four day course course will provide additional topics for inspectors, engineering and maintenance personnel to achieve a more thorough understanding of pressure vessels encountered in the refinery, oil sands, heavy oil and petrochemical facilities.

Course Highligts

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 course will present the topics in the context of API 510 and ASME VIII Div 1 & 2 and augment these primary documents to provide a more thoughtful consideration of the "rules". The four (4) day course goes beyond the rules and checklist approach of the API 510 requirements 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
     · History
     · Codes & standards
     · API Standard 510
     · ASME VIII Div 1 Code
     · ASME VIII Div 2 Code
     · ASME FFS / API 579
     · Jurisdictional Issues

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
    8. Exploration & Upstream Vessels
       · Appendices

Day II

3 Ancilliary API Documents
    1. API 577 Welding & Metallurgy
    2. ASME FFS / API 579 FFS
    3. Definitions

4 API 571 Damage Mechanisms
    1. Scope, References, Definitions
    2. Damage Mechanisms
         · Mechanical / Thermal Fatigue
         · General Corrosion
         · Environmentally Assisted

5 API 572 Inspection of Vessels
    · Type of Vessels
    · Construction & Maintenance
    · Inspection Methods


6 API 576 Inspection of PRD's
    1. Scope
    2. Safety valves
    3. Pilot operated
    4. Rupture discs

7 API 510 Practice Exam
    1. Calculations
    2. Welding
         · WPS - Procedure
         · PQR - Qualification
    3. NDE
         · ASME V, VIII
         · API 510
    4. Practical Knowledge

8 Practice Exam Review

Day IV

9 Case Studies
    · CUI
    · DCU Coke Drum
    · HIC / SOHIC
    · Fatigue

10 Engineering Design
    1. Design / CAE
    2. Mech Data Sheet
    3. Fluid Categories
    4. Layout
    5. Support

11 Special Topics
    1. RCA / RA for HIC damaged vessel
    2. RCA / RA for cracked nozzles

12 Class Discussion
      Engineering Aspects of Case

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

For Registration , complete the attached API 510 Vessel Inspection Course Registration - TBA, Canada

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