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API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 Fitness-For-Service Evaluation (On Demand)

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Apply the requirements of API 579/ASME FFS-1 to make run, repair, and replacement decisions for pressure vessels, piping, and tanks in this online course.

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This Self Study course is designed to be taken at your convenience and on your own schedule. You have 365 days from the time of purchase to finish the course.


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Fitness-for-service assessment is a multi-disciplinary engineering approach that is used to determine if equipment is fit to continue operation until the next inspection or replacement.  The equipment may contain flaws, have sustained damage, or have aged so that it no longer meets requirements in the original construction code. API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 is a comprehensive consensus industry standard that can be used to analyze, evaluate, and monitor equipment for continued operation. Equipment typically covered by this standard are pressure vessels, piping, and atmospheric storage tanks.
This course helps participants understand and apply the API/ASME fitness-for-service standard in their daily work. The material presented in the course shows how the disciplines of stress analysis, materials engineering, and nondestructive inspection interact and apply to fitness-for-service assessment. The assessment methods apply to in-service pressure vessels, piping, and tanks. This course will cover all parts of the API579/ASME FFS-1 standard but does not include the standard itself.
The course includes an extensive set of notes to supplement the contents of the standard, and the includes numerous example problems that illustrate fitness-for-service assessment.
Course Materials (included in purchase of course): 
Downloadable version of the course presentation via ASME’s Learning Platform
By participating in this course, you will learn how to successfully:

  • Analyze, evaluate, and monitor pressure vessels, piping, and tanks for continued operation
  • Explain how to apply background information on fitness-for-service assessment, especially as it applies to the refining and chemical process industries, which are the primary focus of API 579
  • Identify the main parts of the API/ASME standard, as well as the annexes
  • Explain the practical application of the techniques incorporated in API 579-1/ASME FFS-1

Who Should Attend
This course is intended for inspectors, engineers, and engineering management engaged in the inspection operation, analysis, and maintenance of plant facilities.  Participants should have a general knowledge of design codes, stress analysis, and materials behavior.

A Certificate of Completion will be issued to registrants who successfully complete this course.


Module 0 – Course Introduction
Module 1 – Introduction to Fitness for Service
Module 2 – FFS Procedure (General Roadmap for Parts 3 through 13 of the API/ASME Standard)
Module 3 Brittle Fracture
Module 4 – Assessment of General Metal Loss
Module 5 – Local Metal Loss
Module 6 – Assessment of Pitting Corrosion 
Module 7 – Assessment of Hydrogen Blisters and Hydrogen Damage Associated with HIC and SOIC
Module 8 Weld Misalignment & Shell Distortion
Module 9 Crack-Like Flaws
Module 10 – Creep Assessment
Module 11 – Fire Damage
Module 12 – Dents and Gouges
Module 13 – Assessment of Laminations
Module 14 – Fatigue
XX- Level 3 Fitness-For-Service Examples and Advanced Analyses

Course Developer

Gregory Brown, Ph.D.

Principal/Owner, Blue Ring Engineering

Gregory Brown, Ph.D., is the principal and owner of Blue Ring Engineering. He currently performs computational mechanics and fitness-for-service assessments for a variety of industries using API 579, as well as supporting litigation and failure analysis.

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