ASME BPV Code, Section VIII, Division 1: Design & Construction of Pressure Vessels

Practical Approach for the ASME Code Implementation

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16-20 Sep 2024 5 Days Dubai - UAE US$4,450 Register
16-20 Dec 2024 5 Days Dubai - UAE US$4,450 Register

Course Overview

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code is the leading internationally accepted construction code for defining the requirements for the design, manufacture, inspection, testing and certification of many types of boilers, pressure vessels, and nuclear power plant parts. Compliance is necessary for access to the US and global markets and is becoming an increasingly important criterion for buyers worldwide.

This 5-day interactive ASME BPV Code, Section VIII, Division 1: Design & Construction of Pressure Vessels deals with requirements applicable to the design, fabrication, inspection, and testing of pressure vessels operating internally or externally. This pressure may be obtained from an external source, by applying heat from a direct or indirect source, or by any combination thereof. Specific requirements apply to several classes of material used in pressure vessel construction and fabrication methods such as welding, forging, and brazing.

Based on the rules for pressure vessel design and construction, this programme is a comprehensive introduction to the requirements of Section VIII, Division 1, including background, organisation, design, materials of construction MOC, fabrication, inspection, examination, testing, and documentation of pressure vessels. The more commonly used subsections and paragraphs will be covered, and a discussion of individual problems or situations will be included.

This division contains mandatory and nonmandatory appendices detailing supplementary design criteria, NDE and inspection acceptance standards. Rules about using the U, UM and UV ASME Product Certification Marks are also included. This Section’s careful application will help users comply with applicable regulations within their jurisdictions while achieving the operational, cost and safety benefits to be gained from the many industries best practices detailed within these volumes. Intended for manufacturers, users, constructors, designers, and others concerned with the design, fabrication, assembly, erection, examination, inspection, and testing of pressure vessels, plus all potential governing entities.

Course Objectives

After the training course, the participants will learn to:

  • Understand the background of the code rules
  • Apply the Code rules to more standard design and fabrication situations
  • Perform calculations for loadings and conditions not addressed by the Code
  • Prepare design specifications, design/data reports, and other documentation
  • Perform the hydrostatic/pneumatic pressure calculations
  • Check the suitability of the material against the low and high-temperature fluid services
  • Determine post-weld and post-forming heat treatment requirements and exemptions

Target Audience

This training course is primarily intended for beginners and experts in purchasing, designing, fabricating, or inspecting pressure vessels. Experienced vessel designers, who would like to update their knowledge of the Code, will also benefit.

It will be valuable to the professionals, including (but not limited to) the following: 

  • Pressure Vessels Engineers
  • Operation Engineer
  • Asset Integrity Engineer
  • Inspectors and Inspection Supervisors
  • Static Equipment Engineers
  • Maintenance Engineers and Planners
  • Design Engineer
  • Operators

Training Methodology

This training course will utilise various proven adult learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension and retention of the information presented. This includes comprehensive hard and electronic course notes, copies of all presentation material, and relevant computer simulations and videos to help understand the various topics.

Course Outline

Day One

Introduction to Metallurgy and Material Properties

  • Introduction to Iron- Iron Carbide Equilibrium Diagram: Fe-Fe3C Diagram
  • Engineering Material Properties: Tensile Strength UTS, Ductility, Toughness, Hardness, Creep Resistance & Weldability
  • Introduction to Destructive Testing of Materials (DT): Tension Test, Hardness Test, Impact Test and Bend Test
  • Introduction to Conventional Non-destructive Examination (NDE)
  • Merits and Demerits of each Conventional NDE Technique
Day Two

Basics of ASME VIII-1

  • History of ASME BPV Codes
  • Structure of ASME BPVC Section VIII div-1
  • Thin Cylinder Stress Derivations
  • ASME BPVC Section VIII div-1-Scope and Limitations (U.1)
  • Allowed Materials of Construction
  • MOC Mill Tolerances
  • Allowable Stress Values According to ASME II Part D
Day Three

Design Thickness Calculation for Cylinder and Formed Heads

  • Using ASME Section II Part D to obtain Allowable Stress (S)
  • Weld Joint Types and Categories of Joints (UW-12)
  • Types of Loadings on Pressure Vessel (UG-22)
  • Liquid Static Head Calculations, Manual Problem Solving
  • Thickness Calculations for Different Components (UG 27 & UG-32)
  • Joint Efficiency Criteria
Day Four

Welding, PWHT, Impact Toughness & NDE Procedures

  • Special Welding Requirements (UW)
  • Welding Tolerances (Visual)
  • PWHT Exemption requirements in ASME codes
  • Procedures and Methods for PWHT
  • Impact Test Code Exemption Curves
  • Impact Test Acceptance Criteria
  • Types of Radiography
  • NDE Methods – Acceptance Criteria
Day Five

Pressure Testing Requirements and Marking/Reporting Requirements

  • Hydrostatic Test Procedure and Code Requirements
  • Pneumatic Test Procedure and Code Requirements
  • Understanding Pressurisation Stages, Test Temperatures, Test Time
  • Marking Requirements
  • ASME VIII-1 Forms and Certification (U-Forms)


Upon successful completion of this training course, Newage Certificate will be awarded to the delegates.

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