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Design of Bolted Flange Joints (Virtual Classroom)

Understand and apply ASME codes and standards for bolted flange joints, specifically flange design for pressure vessels and piping.

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Design of Bolted Flange Joints (Virtual Classroom)
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Schedule: This course runs from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM and 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM Eastern each day, with breaks throughout.

Bolted flange joints are essential components for the design and operation of pressure vessels and piping.  This one-day course provides a fundamental understanding of how to design bolted flange joints and predict their resulting behaviors.  Practical examples and case studies are shared with a discussion of variables that can affect flange joints along with some remediation options.
Specifically, the course reviews the different flange types and facings used in pressure vessel and piping industries, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each.  Participants will be introduced to the various ASME codes and standards applicable to flange design for pressure vessels and piping.
You Will Learn To

  • Develop an awareness of flange types and the ASME codes and standards applicable for bolted flange joint design
  • Enhance your knowledge for designing and analyzing bolted flange joints
  • Explain how the flange design interacts with bolts and gaskets to achieve a leak tight joint 
  • Identify the parameters that can affect flange sealing along with methods to troubleshoot and remediate flange leakage

Course Requirement (not incuded in the price of the course)
Scientific calculators are required for course exercises

Course Materials
Downloadable course notes and exercises via ASME's learning platform

Optional Textbook (not included in the price of the course:
An Intro to the Design & Behavior of Bolted Joints, 4th Ed., by John Bickford, is recommended, but not required 

Who Should Attend
Engineers involved in the design, design review and/or maintenance of pressure vessels and piping integrity utilizing flanged joints in the petroleum, refining, chemical, power, and process industries.

Save up to $90 by enrolling in VCPD601, a combination course consisting of this course (VCPD386), VCPD539, "Bolted Joints and Gasket Behavior," and VCPD577, “Bolted Joint Assembly Principles Per ASME PCC-1-2019.”

This ASME Virtual Classroom course is held live with an instructor on our online learning platform.
Certificate of completion will be issued to registrants who successfully attend and complete the course.

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About the Instructors

Patrick Cooper, P.E., has over 35 years of experience in the design, specification, maintenance and troubleshooting of process equipment within the petrochemical industry. He has held lead project engineering roles on several mega onshore and offshore oil and gas projects in North America, while at Shell. He provided machinery technical support to the downstream refining and chemical plants along the gulf coast. His upstream experience focused on facility and production design of offshore floating production facilities along with onshore heavy oil facilities. During his career at Shell, he developed and delivered several technical training courses for new technical professionals, globally.

Patrick brings his knowledge and experience of bolting and flange design to the classroom to share design and maintenance practices for achieving flange tightness after maintenance turnarounds and commissioning/startup of new production facilities. He is an adjunct instructor at Fletcher Technical Community College, delivering oil and gas production/refining courses. He has been a member of ASME for 37 years and serves on the University of Louisiana Mechanical Engineering Industry Advisory Board, advising university staff on research and curriculum to address industry’s technical needs.


Day One

  • Codes Addressing Flange Design
    • Discuss how the various Code sections address the design of flange joints and the applicability of flange standards
    • Vessels: ASME Section VIII, Div 1, Div 2; Section I; Section III
    • Piping: ASME B31.3, B31.1, B31.4, B31.8
  • Flange Standards
    • Discuss the ASME flange standards, their basis, applicability and how they are used within the structure of the ASME Codes and Standards
    • ASME B16.5
    • ASME B16.47 (API, MSS)
  • Strength Design Methods
    • Raised face flanges: ASME design methodology and basis
    • Flanges with metal-to-metal contact outside of the bolt circle: ASME design methodology and basis
    • Flanges with full-face gaskets: published methods for design
    • Design for external loads: discuss various methods of designing for external loads
  • Design for Leakage
    • PVRC method: background and basis of the PVRC research on flange design for leakage including ASME design methodology and basis
    • New proposed code rules: overview of the new ASME design rules currently under development
  • Flange Joint Analysis
    • Methods of flange joint analysis, interaction between the flange, bolts, and gasket
    • Behavior of flange joints: apply principles discussed by the use of a computer program
    • Examples: troubleshooting field problems

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