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MC151 - Design by Rule Requirements in ASME BPV Code Section VIII, Division 2

MC151 - Design by Rule Requirements in ASME BPV Code Section VIII, Division 2

Date & Location   Member Price List Price Qty

Milano, ITA
Jun 18, 2018 - Jun 19, 2018


New Orleans, LA, USA
Apr 23, 2018 - Apr 24, 2018




Length: 2 days    CEUs: 1.50    PDHs: 15.00

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This MasterClass provides practical knowledge and an in-depth examination of the Design-by-Rule methods found in Part 4 of the ASME B&PV Code, Section VIII, Division 2 (ASME VIII-2).  This course gives students an overview of the general layout of VIII-2, and discusses how to employ Code Case 2695 and the Common Rule effort to incorporate Class 1 and Class 2 vessels governed by this Code. 

The focus of the discussions concerns the design methods of Part 4, including Design Loads and Load Case Combinations, Design Rules for Welded Joints, Design Rules for Shells under Internal Pressure, and Design Rules for Openings in Shells and Heads.  Other topics within Part 4 that are referenced include the Design Rules for Noncircular Vessels, Supports and Attachments, and Flanged Joints. 

The class evaluates the background and procedures described in Part 3, that explain how to calculate the minimum design metal temperature (MDMT); as well as those found in Part 7, to determine the Examination Group and appropriate Nondestructive Examination (NDE) requirements.  Case studies and real-world examples are reviewed in detail with active class discussion and analysis.

You Will Learn To
 - Navigate efficiently through the Parts of ASME VIII–2
 - Identify the circumstances under which the application of the Design-by-Rule methods of ASME VIII-2 affords beneficial cost savings to the pressure vessel design.
 - Explain the difference in philosophy regarding material toughness requirements and the nondestructive examination requirements of ASME VIII–1 and ASME VIII–2.

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Who Should Attend
This course is intended for pressure vessel engineers working for Owner-Users, manufacturers or engineering and design construction firms in the refining, petrochemical, and other comparable industries that desire a practical understanding of ASME VIII-2.

Course Requirements
This MasterClass is structured on the assumption that participants have a basic understanding of ASME B&PV Code, Section VIII, Division 2.

Attendees are encouraged to discuss actual scenarios encountered as part of a class discussion.

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  • Course Type: Masterclass
  • Order Number: MC151
  • Language: English
Final invoices will include applicable sales and use tax.


James C. Sowinski, P.E., is a Consulting Engineer for Equity Engineering Group with 25 years of experience in the refining and petrochemical industries. He is recognized for his expertise in the use of Fitness-For-Service (FFS) technology throughout the industry.

Mr. Sowinski performs design reviews for pressure vessels as part of major refinery capital projects, including expansions, revamps, and de-bottlenecking projects. He provides FFS evaluations to extend equipment life according to code, as well as design an analysis of pressure-containing equipment to evaluate mechanical integrity.

Mr. Sowinski is currently the Vice-Chair of ASME BPV VIII Subgroup on Design and is a member of various Code committees. He was involved in the development of the 2007 ASME B&PV Code, Section VIII, Division 2. He was a contributing author of ASME PTB–1, Section VIII–Division 2, Criteria and Commentary and the primary author of the Example Problem Manuals for both ASME PTB-3, Section VIII – Division 2, and ASME PTB-4, Section VIII – Division 1.
Mr. Sowinski earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at Cleveland State University and is a registered professional engineer in Ohio and Texas.
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