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ASME BPV Code, Section VIII, Division 2: Design & Fabrication of Pressure Vessel (On Demand)

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Understand and use the alternative rules for the design and fabrication of pressure vessels per Section VIII, Division 2 in this On Demand Course.

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ASME BPV Code, Section VIII, Division 2: Design & Fabrication of Pressure Vessel (On Demand)
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This Self Study course is available on ASME’s Learning Hub, our online learning platform and is designed to be taken at your convenience, and on your own schedule. You have 90 days to complete the course from the date of purchase.
This introductory, video-based course describes the use of alternative rules for the design and fabrication of pressure vessels given in Section VIII, Division 2 of the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code (2021 Edition).
This On Demand course features recordings of Live Virtual Classroom sessions taught by ASME’s expert Instructor and offers a deep insight into the benefits of applying these alternative rules. The course presents a brief history and background for these rules and introduces the new Class 1 and Class 2 vessel types by explaining their differences in design and construction. Participants are introduced to the materials, design, fabrication, toughness, examination, inspection, testing and certification requirements with a detailed discussion making these concepts easier to grasp.
The course provides a high-level overview of the Code and engages participants in a series of exercises and prepares them for the more advanced courses on topics such as design by rule, design by analysis, fatigue analysis, fracture mechanics and fitness-for-service leading to a broader understanding and mastery of these concepts.
By participating in this course, you will learn how to successfully:

  • Explain and apply requirements for Class 1 and 2, Division 2 pressure vessels
  • Explain theories of failure and design margins applied to the vessel classes
  • Describe the general concepts for design by rule and design by analysis rules
  • Describe fatigue analysis screening procedures
  • Identify acceptable materials and fabrication requirements for Division 2
  • Explain nondestructive examination (NDE) requirements
  • Describe pressure testing and overpressure protection rules

Who should attend?
Engineers and technical professionals, from users/owners, manufacturers, repair organizations, inspection agencies and other organizations involved with inspection, repair, and alteration of pressure equipment. Intended for manufacturers, users, constructors, designers, and others concerned with the design, and repair/alteration fabrication plus all potential governing entities. This course is primarily intended for beginners but is also helpful for experienced personnel wishing to update their knowledge.


Topics Covered:

  • Module 1: Introduction and General Requirements
  • Module 2: Materials Requirements
  • Module 3: Toughness Requirements
  • Module 4: Design by Rule Requirements
  • Module 5: Design for Internal Pressure
  • Module 6: Design for External Pressure and Buckling
  • Module 7: Design Rules for Openings
  • Module 8: Design by Analysis Requirements
  • Module 9: Fabrication Requirements
  • Module 10: Inspection and Examination Requirements
  • Module 11: Pressure Testing and Over-Pressure Protection Requirements
  • Module 12: Data Reports and Stamping
Course Developer

John P. Swezy, Jr. has over 40 years of experience in steam and combustion driven prime mover electrical generation plants and associated engineering auxiliary systems, He has over 30 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. John also has extensive practical experience with nondestructive examination and welding technology.
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 has also been an American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector (CWI). He is recognized for his expertise with the ASME Code rules of Section VIII, Divisions 1 and 2 as they apply to toughness, fabrication, and examination of pressure vessels. He is past Chair of the Subgroup on Toughness, past Chair of the Subgroup on Fabrication and Examination, and member of the Standards Committee for Pressure Vessels. John is also a member of the Standards Committee for Welding, Brazing, and Fusing; the ASME B31 Piping Standards Committee; and past Chair of the B31 Fabrication and Examination Technical Committee. John was presented with the ASME Dedicated Service Award in 2013 and elected an ASME Fellow in September 2019.


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