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PD583 - Pressure Relief Devices: Design, Sizing, Construction, Inspection and Maintenance

PD583 - Pressure Relief Devices: Design, Sizing, Construction, Inspection and Maintenance

Date & Location   Member Price List Price Qty

Houston, TX, USA
Oct 22, 2018 - Oct 24, 2018


Las Vegas, NV, USA
Mar 11, 2019 - Mar 13, 2019


Chicago, IL, USA
Apr 29, 2019 - May 1, 2019




Length: 3 days    CEUs: 2.30    PDHs: 23.00

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Possibly the most important single safety device on a boiler or pressure vessel, the pressure relief device is all that stands between overpressure conditions and catastrophic explosions.  This comprehensive review of the design, construction, installation, operation, inspection and maintenance of pressure relieving devices currently in use on boilers and pressure vessels details how to protect pressurized equipment from exceeding the maximum allowable working pressure. 

The code requirements for pressure relief devices are covered by the following ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel (B&PV) Codes and Piping Codes:
   ASME Section I – Power Boilers
   ASME Section III – Nuclear Systems
   ASME Section IV – Heating Boilers
   ASME Section VIII, Div. 1 – Pressure Vessels
   ASME Section XII – Transport Tanks
   ASME B31.1 – Power Piping
   ASME B31.3 - Process Piping

In addition, the following American Petroleum Institute (API) standards will be discussed:
 - API RP 520-Parts I & II Sizing, Selection, and Installation of Pressure Relief Devices
 - API RP 576-Inspection of Pressure Relief Devices

Each participant will receive a copy of the ASME codebook, PTC 25 - 2014 Pressure Relief Device, and a copy of the book, Pressure Relief Devices: ASME and API Code Simplified, by Dr. Mohammad A. Malek.

You Will Learn To
- Explain the Code requirements for pressure relief devices covered by the ASME Boiler and pressure Vessel Code and the ASME Pressure Piping Codes
 - Identify the design, construction and manufacturing requirements of pressure relief devices
 - Select materials for various types of pressure relief valves, and rupture disks
 - Explain how to apply the API RP 520 Part I, Sizing and Selection of Pressure Relieving Devices, API RP 520 Part -2, Installation of Pressure Relief Devices, and API RP 576 - Inspection of Pressure Relief Devices
 - Perform calculations for sizing and selection of pressure relief devices for single phase flow of fluids
 - Explain how to handle transportation, storage, installation, and maintenance
 - Identify the requirements for testing and testing facilities
 - Explain how to perform inspections as per the National Board Inspection Code (NBIC), and API standards
 - Describe how to establish a National Board VR (valve repair) certification program and repair PRVs
 - Explain how to test pressure relief valves as required by the Code

Click HERE to review the course outline.

Who Should Attend
This course has been designed for the engineers of all levels from fresh engineering graduates to experienced engineers.  The following personnel should attend the course: Mechanical engineers, and design engineers; Process engineers, and chemical engineers; Reliability engineers, and maintenance engineers; Inspectors, and testing engineers; Supervisors, and managers.

Venue Information

  • Course Type: Public Course
  • Course Number: PD583
  • Language: English
Final invoices will include applicable sales and use tax.


Mohammad A. Malek, Ph.D., P.E., is a professional engineer registered in the United States and Canada, and an internationally recognized boiler and pressure vessel expert. He has more than 30 years of experience in design, construction, installation, operation, maintenance, inspection, and repair of boilers and pressure vessels.

Currently he is working as a pressure systems manager and subject matter expert at the Stanford University – SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, California. Prior to that, Dr. Malek worked for Kellogg Brown and Root as a senior technical advisor, for Mustang Engineering as a senior mechanical engineer, and for the States of Florida and Maine as chief boiler inspector. He was adjunct professor at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, Tallahassee, Florida from 2005-2007.

Dr. Malek is member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has served on various ASME committees including conference committee, CSD-1 committee, and QFO committee. He has been an ASME instructor for boiler and pressure vessel courses since 2001.

Dr. Malek has authored the following books on boiler and pressure vessel technology: "Power Boiler Design, Inspection, and Repair" - McGraw-Hill, 2004; "Pressure Relief Devices" - McGraw Hill, 2005; and "Heating Boiler Operator's Manual" - McGraw Hill, 2006. He has published numerous technical articles, and authored chapters in few handbooks.
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