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Overview of In-service Codes for Inspection, Repairs and Alterations of Pressure Equipment

This course is a comprehensive introduction to requirements regarding inspection, repairs and alterations of pressure equipment and pressure vessels per NBIC, API-510, and API-579.

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  • Dec 11 2023-Jan 22nd, 2024


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This course is a comprehensive introduction to the requirements of various codes and standards, regarding inspection, repairs and alterations of pressure equipment, and in particular, pressure vessels. The requirements of the National Board Inspection Code and the API-510 are covered in detail.  A brief introduction to API-579, Fitness-for-Service is presented, and simple flaw evaluation procedures are evaluated.  Additionally, the activities of ASME’s Post Construction Committee will be explained and documents published by this Committee are discussed.

The instructor recommends that students obtain a copy of the National Board Inspection Code (you may purchase it directly from the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors website: www.nationalboard.org).

You Will Learn To

  • Describe the latest developments in the rapidly advancing field of pressure equipment inspection and repairs
  • Identify the work being performed by API, ASME, and PVRC in the related areas.
  • Identify the post-construction Codes and Standards and the interrelation of various documents
  • Explain the responsibilities of the users, manufacturers, repair organizations, regulatory agencies and authorized inspectors
  • Explain how to obtain a National Board stamp
  • Identify detailed requirements of the NBIC
  • Explain the differences between the NBIC and API-510
  • Identify and provide examples of repairs, alterations and the documentation requirements for each
  • Describe introductory portions of the ASME post-construction standards
  • Provide examples demonstrating the application of the rules

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Who Should Attend
Engineers and technical professionals including users, manufacturers, repair organizations, inspection agencies and other organizations involved with maintenance and repair of pressure equipment. This course is intended for beginners, as well as experienced personnel wishing to update their knowledge.

To take this course you should have a personal computer, Web browser, Internet connection, and software to display PDF files (such as Adobe Reader).


Module One

  • Introduction to In-Service Codes and Standards      
    • Introduction to Post Construction Activities
    • Introduction to NBIC and API 510
    • Introduction to Other Documents
    • Identify In-service documents

Module Two

  • National Board Inspection Code (NBIC) Rules
    • Introduction to the NBIC
    • Part 1 – Installation
    • Part 2 - Inspection
    • Part 3 – Repairs and Alterations

Module Three

  • API-510 Rules
    • Scope of API-510
      • Identify the differences between API-510 and NBIC
    • RBI (risk-based inspection) Planning Process

Module Four – Part 1

  • Introduction to API-579
    • Scope of API-579
      • Fitness for Service
      • Flaw evaluation procedures
      • Relationship between API-579 and Post Construction codes
      • “Remaining Strength Factor (RSF)”
      • "Critical Thickness Profile" (CTP) 

Module Four – Part 2

  • API-579
    • Scope of API-579
      • Assessment of local metal loss
      • Assessment of pitting corrosion
      • Assessment of hydrogen blisters and hydrogen damage
      • Assessment of weld misalignment and shell distortions
      • Assessment of crack like flaws
      • Evaluating the fitness-for-service of equipment that has been operating in the creep range
      • Assessing fire damage

Module Five

  • ASME and PVRC Post-Construction Documents
    • Mission and responsibilities of the PVRC (Pressure Vessel Research Committee)
    • Scope of PCC-1 (post-construction committee) and PCC-2
    • Welding Research Council (WRC)
    • Damage mechanisms

Kam Mokharian, P.E.

K.Mokhtarian Consulting LLC

Kamran Mokhtarian, P.E., has 40 years of experience in design, analysis and fabrication of pressure equipment.

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