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MC150 - Fracture Mechanics and other Methods for Fatigue and Fracture Analysis of Pressure Equipment

MC150 - Fracture Mechanics and other Methods for Fatigue and Fracture Analysis of Pressure Equipment

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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Fatigue is one of the most common failure modes in pressure equipment.  It is essential to pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of the various methods of fatigue analysis in both new construction and post-construction (in-service) codes and standards. 

This two-day MasterClass provides practical methodology for fracture mechanics analysis of pressure equipment for determining integrity in the presence of a known flaw that has been identified during an inspection.  Application of fracture mechanics to determine the remaining fatigue life of a component will be discussed in depth, as well as use of fracture mechanics to determine the design fatigue life of pressurized components for new construction of pressure vessels fabricated to ASME Section VIII, Division 3 requirements. 

This is not a course in the theory of fracture, but focuses on its practical applications.  This class will provide detailed instruction on the application of fracture mechanics and, to a more limited extent, other methods so that attendees will be able to select the appropriate technique for each situation.

The technical basis for this Master Class is API 579-1/ASME FFS-1, Fitness-For-Service and ASME Section VIII, Division 3, Alternative Rules for Construction of High Pressure Vessels.  This is not a course in the theory of fracture, but focuses on practical applications.

Upon completion, attendees will be able to
 - Identify the best method to determine the fatigue life of cyclically pressurized components
 - Perform a fatigue analysis in accordance with the appropriate Codes and Standards
 - Perform a linear-elastic fracture mechanics analysis in accordance with API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 and ASME Section VIII, Division 3 (Div. 3) to determine crack stability and remaining life for in-service equipment with a crack-like flaw or for new construction to Div. 3.

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Who Should Attend
Engineers working for Pressure Vessel Manufacturers, Owner/User firms and EPC firms who, design, specify, procure or are responsible for inspection, maintenance or repair of pressure equipment in cyclic service

MasterClass Requirements
This MasterClass is structured on the assumption that participants have a basic understanding of fracture mechanics and API 579-1/ASME FFS-1.

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  • Course Type: Masterclass
  • Order Number: MC150
  • Language: English
Final invoices will include applicable sales and use tax.


J. Robert (Bob) Sims, is an internationally recognized authority in risk-based technologies for optimizing inspection and maintenance decisions, design and analysis of high pressure equipment, including high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) equipment for oil and gas exploration and production. He also has extensive experience in mechanical integrity evaluations of existing equipment and Fitness-For-Service analyses.

Mr. Sims, an ASME Fellow and member of the Industry Advisory Board, has been an active ASME volunteer during his 35 years as a member. He held office as ASME President from 2014-2015; and previously, has served in a variety of leadership positions, including as a Board of Governors member, senior vice president for Standards and Certification, vice president for the Council on Codes and Standards, chair of the Board on Pressure Technology, and in a variety of capacities in ASME Codes and Standards boards, groups, committees and sub-committees. He has more than 20 publications and was awarded two patents. Mr. Sims is a frequent speaker and chairman for technical forums. He was responsible for developing the ASME publication, Guide to Life Cycle Management of Pressure Equipment Integrity.

Mr. Sims has been recognized by his peers throughout the industry as a leader, having received the J. Hall Taylor Codes and Standards medal in 2004, and the Melvin R. Green Codes and Standards medal in 2006. Prior to joining Becht Engineering in 1998, he worked for more than thirty years for Exxon (now ExxonMobil); the last ten years as a pressure equipment specialist with Exxon Research and Engineering Company.
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