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PD601 - The Bolting Combo Course

PD601 - The Bolting Combo Course

Pricing and Availability

This course's price: and is available in Boston MA, New Orleans LA and Houston TX.



Length: 5 days    CEUs: 3.80    PDHs: 38.00

This course is a combination of “Bolted Joints and Gasket Behavior” (PD539), “Design of Bolted Flange Joints” (PD386) and “Bolted Joint Assembly Principles Per PCC-1 - 2013” (PD577). Take these courses as a combo and save up to $1,275.

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PD539 – Bolted Joints and Gasket Behavior
Gain an overview of bolted joint fundamentals, whether gasketed or not, including behavior and troubleshooting.  Participants will take a more detailed look at the latest development on gasketed joint assembly, torque factors, bolting patterns, and gasket behavior, tightness, selection and specification.  This course is intended for practicing design and manufacturing professionals involved in the assembly of electro-mechanical hardware components of any size.  Each participant will receive a copy of the book, An Introduction to the Design and Behavior of Bolted Joints, 3rd Edition, by John Bickford. 

PD386 - Design of Bolted Flange Joints
You will learn the latest developments from the Pressure Vessel Research Council research on gasketed flange joints, as well as the new design rules being developed for the ASME Codes.  Also included are examples on troubleshooting field problems and computer analysis illustrating the behavior of flanged joints under mechanical and thermal loads.  Participants will receive the textbook, Gaskets and Gasketed Joints, by John H. Bickford.

PD577 - Bolted Joint Assembly Principles Per PCC-1 - 2013
This course will train and test bolting personnel at the supervisory level on the technological and practical problems of assembling bolted joints in large scale industrial applications.  Participants enjoy interactive instruction, a student manual with resource materials (which includes a 1-year subscription to the most comprehensive on-line bolting library on the web), and in-class demonstrations.  Participants will also receive the ASME PCC-1 - 2013 Guidelines for Pressure Boundary Bolted Flange Joint Assembly, codebook.

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Who Should Attend
Engineers involved in the design, construction or maintenance of pressurized equipment utilizing flanged joints for the petroleum, refining, chemical, power, and process industries.

Practicing design and manufacturing professionals involved in assembly of electro-mechanical hardware as well as engineers and technicians in design and assembly operations. Two years of engineering experience would be beneficial, but is not necessary.

  • Course Type: Public Course
  • Course Number: PD601
  • Language: English


PD539: Randy Wacker, P.E., has over 35 years of experience in the design, specification, maintenance and troubleshooting of process equipment. This includes working in various capacities for 20 years in three DuPont Petrochemical Plants, and an additional 13 years as a consultant in the DuPont Engineering Technology, Process Equipment Group.

Mr. Wacker is currently the Senior Consultant for Inertech, Inc., where he provides PVRC leak-tight gasket solutions for bolted flange connections and a wide range of process equipment. He is a committee member of the ASME Special Working Group for Bolted Flange Connections, ASTM F03 on Gaskets, and the SAE AMS Aerospace G9 Committee on Sealing, the European Sealing Association (ESA), and the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA). Mr. Wacker is also a founding member of the Task Group that developed the ASME Bolting Specialist Qualification Program, the author of ASME PVP 2008-61410, and has recently published six magazine articles that discuss bolted flange connections.

PD386: William Koves, Ph.D., P.E., ASME Fellow, has over 40 years of experience in the design and analysis of pressure equipment. Dr. Koves’ extensive ASME and PVRC committee involvement includes ASME B31 Mechanical Design Technical Committee (Current Chair), ASME B31.3 Process Piping Committee (Past Chair), ASME Post Construction (PC) Subcommittee on Flaw Evaluation (Past Chair), ASME (PC) Standards Committee and Subcommittee on Repair, ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel (BPV) Subcommittee on Design Analysis, ASME BPV Subcommittee on Elevated Temperature Design, ASME Special Working Group on Bolted Flange Joints, Pressure Vessel Research Council (PVRC) (Past Vice Chair), PVRC Committee on Piping and Nozzles, PVRC Committee on Elevated Temperature Design (Past Chair), and PVRC Subcommittee on Shell Intersections (Past Chair). Dr. Koves is author of over 30 publications in the field; recipient of many committee, society and company awards; and holder of 24 US and 3 European patents.

PD577: David E. Lay, BA, MBA, is the Director of Training for Hytorc, the largest manufacturer of hydraulic bolting tools. He has been involved in the teaching of both the theoretical and practical aspects of heavy industrial bolting since 1992 and has been involved in corporate training for over 25 years. David is the author of several multimedia courses that have been adopted as teaching standards for union apprentice programs in the millwright and pipefitter trades across North America. He is an Affiliate Member of ASME and brings a practical view of complex problems that can be understood by workers and non-engineers, yet withstands the rigors of quantitative review. David is a member of the Post-Construction Standards Committee and the Bolted Flange Joint Subcommittee of ASME, which recently created the PCC-1-2010 “Guidelines for Pressure Vessel Boundary Bolted Flange Joint Assembly” document.

Chris Krantz (BS, MS) is the Training Manager for Hytorc. With more than a decade of hands-on experience in all facets of industrial bolting, particularly in the petrochemical area, he brings a unique combination of practical and theoretical experience to the subject of bolted joint integrity. His expertise extends beyond the nuts and bolts to the design and application of data and learning management systems in support of plant and process controls.

Chris is the key qualifier/inspector/trainer and advisory group member responsible for vetting Authorized Training Providers under the new ASME Bolting Specialist Qualification Program. This innovative blended-learning approach to assembler qualification has benefitted directly from his design ideas for testing centers and competence evaluation criteria. He teaches the ASME “Principles of Bolted Joints per PCC-1-2013” (ASME PD577) and is the principal instructor for the OSHA Training Institute “Safe Bolting: Principles and Practices” (OSHA #7110) course. Chris brings a practical and approachable feel to his classroom that makes the technical aspects of joint assembly more clear and understandable to both engineers and senior maintenance personnel.
Date & Location   Member Price List Price Qty

Boston, MA, USA
Nov 27, 2017 - Dec 1, 2017


New Orleans, LA, USA
Dec 11, 2017 - Dec 15, 2017


Houston, TX, USA
Mar 19, 2018 - Mar 23, 2018


Las Vegas, NV, USA
May 21, 2018 - May 25, 2018

Final invoices will include applicable sales and use tax.
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