Advanced ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code
Training Course

2 Days

$1895 CAD

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Course Description
This two-day course will cover advanced topics related to the ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code. This course emphasizes the piping flexibility analysis process, including practice application of simplified methods and demonstration of computer analysis methods. This course also covers requirements for nonmetallic, Category M fluid service, high pressure and high purity piping, as well as in-service inspection to API 570 and a comparison to ASME B31.1 Power Piping requirements. An introduction to piping vibration and a discussion of considerations for underground piping are included.

Each session is conducted in a lecture/discussion/problem solving format designed to provide intensive instruction and guidance on understanding Code requirements. The instructor will be available following each day’s session to provide participants with further opportunity for discussion and consideration of specific problems. Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of the code (not included in course fees) to the session.

The learning objectives for this course include:

Who Should Attend
Engineers, senior designers, maintenance and manufacturing personnel who work in depth with process piping (e.g., in the chemical, petroleum, plastic processing, pulp and paper, and bioprocessing fields) will find it a time-saving means to broaden and update their knowledge of piping.

This course is most valuable to folks with 5 or more years of experience in the process industry.

Having taken the Introduction to ASME B31.3 Course is helpful, but not a requirement.

  • Materials
    • Strength of Materials
    • Bases for Design Stresses
  • Introduction to Flexibility Analysis
    • What are we trying to achieve?
    • Sustained loads
    • Displacement Loads
    • Reaction Design Criteria
    • Flexibility Analysis Example
    • Stress Intensification
    • Elbow Flexibility
  • Layout and Support
    • General Considerations
    • Support Spacing
    • Support Locations
    • Support Elements
    • The Sustained Load Analysis
    • Fixing Problems
  • Flexibility
    • General Considerations
    • Friction
    • Thermal Expansion
    • Spring Hangers
    • The Displacement Load Analysis
    • Elastic follow-up
    • Fixing Problems
  • Reactions
    • General Considerations
    • Fabricated Equipment
    • Rotating Equipment
    • Supports
    • Flanged Joints
    • Cold Spring
  • Flexibility Analysis
    • When to Perform a Detailed Analysis
    • Computer Program Attributes
    • Considerations
  • Designing with Expansion Joints
    • Types of Expansion Joints
    • Pressure Thrust
    • Installation of Expansion Joints
    • Metal Bellows Expansion Joints
    • Other considerations
  • Nonmetallic Piping Systems
    • General
    • Thermoplastics
    • Reinforced thermosetting resins
    • Concrete and glass
    • Piping lined with nonmetals
    • Limitations
  • Category M Fluid Service
    • General
    • Design
    • Fabrication
    • Examination and Testing
    • Typical Owner Added Requirements
  • High Pressure Piping
    • General
    • Materials
    • Pressure Design
    • Limitations
    • Flexibility Analysis
    • Fabrication
    • Examination and Testing
    • Overpressure Protection
  • High Purity Piping
    • General
    • Fabrication and Installation
    • Examination and Testing
    • Category M Fluid Service
  • In-service Piping - Inspection, Repair, Alteration and Rerating
    • API 570 Piping Inspection Code
    • What to Inspect
    • Types of Inspection
    • Inspection Practices
    • Frequency and Extent of Inspection
    • Remaining Life Calculation
    • Repairs and Alterations
    • Rerating
  • Introduction to Piping Vibration
    • Single Degree of Freedom System
    • Damping
    • Screening Criteria
    • Determining the Cause
    • Solving the Problem
  • What’s Different in B31.1
    • Scopes
    • Organization of the Codes
    • Bases for Allowable Stresses
    • Piping Component Standards
    • Fluid Service Requirements
    • Material Requirements
    • Pressure Design and Flexibility Analysis
    • Fabrication and Installation
    • Inspection, Examination and Testing
  • Underground Piping
    • Steel Piping
    • Ductile Iron Piping
    • Nonmetallic Piping
  • Final Exam
    • Discussion Questions

Don Frikken, P.Eng.
Don Frikken is an internationally recognized authority in piping design. Now employed by Becht Engineering, Don had been with Solutia, Inc. and Monsanto Company for 34 years; working on a wide range of activities including piping and mechanical design, project engineering, and engineering standards. Don's principal specialty is piping design, including design of complex piping systems, piping flexibility analysis, selection of piping components including valves, development of piping standards and specifications, and developing and teaching numerous piping seminars and workshops. 

He is an ASME Fellow and is active on various ASME standards committees. He is a member and past Chair of the ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code committee, a member and past Chair of the B31 Standards Committee, which oversees all B31 Piping Code committees, member of the B16 Standards Committee, past member of the Council on Standards and Certification, which oversees ASME's codes and standards development, and a past member of the ASME Board of Governors. 

Don has received a number of awards, including the ASME Melvin R. Green Codes and Standards Medal, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the development of documents used in ASME programs of technical codification, standardization and certification.  

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