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PD448 - BPV Code, Section VIII, Division 2: Design & Fabrication of Pressure Vessels

PD448 - BPV Code, Section VIII, Division 2: Design & Fabrication of Pressure Vessels

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Las Vegas, NV, USA
Sep 24, 2018 - Sep 27, 2018


San Diego, CA, USA
Nov 5, 2018 - Nov 8, 2018




Length: 4 days    CEUs: 3.00    PDHs: 30.00

This course covers the alternative rules for the design and fabrication of pressure vessels in Section VIII, Division 2 of the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code. It discusses the major topics related to the construction of pressure vessels.

During the course the background of the rules is explained, to help you understand the reason and the basis for them. As a result of making the rules more exact and refined, the design formulas have become considerably more complicated than most of the older codes.  As designers are increasingly dependent on computer programs for detailed vessel design, it is important for the designers to understand the basis of the design rules to be able to apply them properly.  While this course cannot cover the details of all methods for stress analysis, it does discuss the guidelines in the Code for various methods and acceptance criteria.

The course also covers the basic materials requirements of the Code and the material toughness requirements. Other topics include the fabrication requirements, NDE requirements, PWHT, tolerances, weld details, over-pressure testing, pressure relief equipment, documentation and stamping.

You Will Learn To
 - Explain and apply the requirements of Division 2
 - Explain theories of failure and design margins
 - Describe the general design requirements of Division 2
 - Identify design rules and stress analysis methods
 - Describe fatigue analysis
 - Identify materials and describe fabrication requirements
 - Explain nondestructive examination (NDE) requirements, pressure testing and pressure relief requirements

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Course requirements
Each student must bring a calculator to class.

Who Should Attend
Individuals involved with design, analysis, fabrication, purchasing, repair, and inspection of pressure vessels should attend, as well as supervisory and regulatory personnel.  Although some knowledge of design and fabrication of pressure vessels is desirable, no previous experience is required for attending this course. Both the beginners and experienced personnel involved with pressure vessels will benefit from this course.

Also available as the online, instructor-led course EL502.

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  • Course Type: Public Course
  • Course Number: PD448
  • Language: English
Final invoices will include applicable sales and use tax.


Kamran Mokhtarian, P.E., has 40 years of experience in design, analysis and fabrication of pressure equipment. He presently performs consulting services to the pressure vessel industry. He is a member and past Vice Chairman of ASME Code Subcommittee VIII, a member of ASME Post Construction Committee, ASME/API Joint Committee on Fitness-For-Service and a number of other professional organizations. He is also a past Chairman of the Pressure Vessel Research Committee (PVRC).

John P. Swezy Jr. is the founder of Boiler Code Tech, LLC, which provides consulting services for ASME Non-Nuclear Pressure Equipment. He has over 35 years’ experience in steam and combustion driven prime mover electrical generation plants and associated engineering auxiliary systems and over 20 years of experience in developing and implementing detailed procedures, work instructions, and QC programs for design, welded fabrication, repairs, and alterations of pressure equipment following ASME, B31, NBIC, API, DOT and various International Codes and Standards. He also has extensive experience in the area of nondestructive examination.

Mr. Swezy has been a member of various ASME Codes & Standards Committees since 1996. He is a National Board Commissioned Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspector and an American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector (CWI). Mr. Swezy served honorably in the U.S. Navy in various engineering capacities onboard nuclear powered submarines, completing his service as the Machinery Division Leading Chief Petty Officer. He earned his Associate of Science degree from the University of the State of New York.
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