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Introduction to ASME BPV Code, Section VIII, Division 1 (On Demand)

Understand and apply ASME’s BPV Code, Section VIII, Division 1 to pressure vessel design and construction in this On Demand course.

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Introduction to ASME BPV Code, Section VIII, Division 1 (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.
Are you tasked with the design or fabrication of pressure vessels, but are not sure where to begin with code requirements?  This On Demand course is a comprehensive introduction to the requirements of the current Edition of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC), Section VIII, Division 1. Beginning with a unique insight into the background and organization of the code, the course will then focus on the design and construction requirements of the code. Participants will also explore requirements applicable to materials, fabrication, inspection, testing, and certification of pressure vessels.  The course highlights the most commonly applied subsections, paragraphs, and appendices.
This On Demand course features recordings of Live Virtual Classroom sessions taught by ASME’s expert Instructor. This video-based course is designed for learners to gain first-hand experience completing a user design requirement (UDR) form, selecting materials, identifying design load conditions, determining post-weld heat treatment (PWHT) requirements and data report preparation. Engage in a multimedia experience and perform relevant example calculations on formed and flat heads, nozzle reinforcement, axial compression, and much more!

By participating in this course, you will learn how to successfully:

  • Describe scope, purpose, and organization of the Code: BPVC VIII-1
  • Define allowable materials, explain how to reclassify materials and identify material traceability requirements
  • Explain how to apply the Code rules to common design and fabrication situations
  • Identify the calculations for some of the loadings and situations not addressed by the Code
  • Describe the preparation of design specifications, design reports, data reports, and other documentation

Who should attend?
This course is designed primarily for vessel designers and those involved with the purchase, design, fabrication, or inspection of pressure vessels, both beginner and experienced, who would like to update their knowledge with the latest version of the Code.  Some technical background will be helpful, but attendees are not required to have an Engineering degree or previous work experience in the subject matter. 

Certificate of completion with 1.5 CEUS / 15 PDHs will be issued to registrants who successfully complete the course.

Learn more about our B&PVC, Section VIII, Div 1 and Pressure Vessel Learning Path


Topics covered

Module 1: Introduction to ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel (BPV) Code and Section VIII 
Editions, Interpretations, and Code Cases 

  • Foreword 
  • Responsibilities 
  • Scope 
  • Comparison between Divisions 1 and 2

Module 2: Materials Requirements

  • Code accepted materials 
  • Exceptions to material requirements 
  • Recertification of materials 
  • Basis for allowable stresses 
  • Other material properties

Module 3: General Design Requirements

  • Stresses and Load Conditions 
  • Joint Types and Efficiencies 
  • Joint Categories 
  • Alternate Design Rules 
  • Rules for Pressure Vessel Designers 
  • Mandatory Appendices 
  • Nonmandatory Appendices

Module 4: Design for Internal Pressure

  • Cylindrical Shells 
  • Spheres 
  • Formed Heads 
  • Flat Heads and Covers 
  • Openings and Reinforcement

Module 5: Design for External Pressure and Buckling

  • Axial Compression 
  • External Pressure applied to  
  • Cylinders  
  • Formed heads 
  • Spheres 
  • Design of stiffening rings

Module 6: Fabrication Requirements

  • Cutting and forming 
  • Shape Tolerances 
  • Inspection Requirements 
  • Special Service Requirements 
  • Design of welded joints 
  • Postweld Heat Treatment (PWHT) 
  • Nondestructive Examination (NDE)

Module 7: Requirements for Carbon, High Alloy, and High Strength Steels

  • Fabrication 
  • Specific Heat Treatment Requirements 
  • Toughness Requirements 
  • Toughness Testing Exemptions 
  • High Alloy Steels 
  • High Strength Steels

Module 8: Testing, Stamping, Data Reports, and Pressure Relief

  • Pressure Test Requirements 
    • Hydrostatic 
    • Pneumatic 
  • Applying the ASME Mark 
  • Manufacturers Data Reports 
  • Pressure relief requirements
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 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 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 the ASME Dedicated Service Award in 2013 and elected an ASME Fellow in September 2019.


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