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PD448 - BPV Code, Section VIII, Division 2: Design & Fabrication of Pressure Vessels

PD448 - BPV Code, Section VIII, Division 2: Design & Fabrication of Pressure Vessels

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Houston, TX, USA
Mar 25, 2019 - Mar 27, 2019


Chicago, IL, USA
Apr 29, 2019 - May 1, 2019




Length: 3 days    CEUs: 2.30    PDHs: 23.00

This introductory 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.

This course offers a deep insight into the benefits of applying these alternative rules.  The course presents a brief history and background for these rules, introduces the new Class 1 and Class 2 vessel types, explaining their differences regarding their design and construction. You will be 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 that prepares participants 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.

You Will Learn To
 - 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

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Course requirements
Each student must bring a calculator to class.

Who Should Attend
Individuals involved with design, analysis, fabrication, purchasing, repair, and inspection of pressure vessels, as well as supervisory and regulatory personnel should attend.  Although some knowledge of design and fabrication of pressure vessels is desirable, no previous experience is required for attending this course. Both beginners and experienced personnel involved with pressure vessels will benefit from this course.

Also available as the online, instructor-supported course EL502.

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  • Course Type: Public Course
  • Course Number: PD448
  • Language: English
Final invoices will include applicable sales and use tax.


Kamran Mokhtarian, P.E., has 40 years of experience in design, analysis and fabrication of pressure equipment. He presently performs consulting services to the pressure vessel industry. He is a member and past Vice Chairman of ASME Code Subcommittee VIII, a member of ASME Post Construction Committee, ASME/API Joint Committee on Fitness-For-Service and a number of other professional organizations. He is also a past Chairman of the Pressure Vessel Research Committee (PVRC).

John P. Swezy Jr. is the founder of Boiler Code Tech, LLC, which provides consulting services for ASME Non-Nuclear Pressure Equipment. He has over 35 years’ experience in steam and combustion driven prime mover electrical generation plants and associated engineering auxiliary systems and over 20 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. He also has extensive experience in the area of nondestructive examination.

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). Mr. Swezy served honorably in the U.S. Navy in various engineering capacities onboard nuclear powered submarines, completing his service as the Machinery Division Leading Chief Petty Officer. He earned his Associate of Science degree from the University of the State of New York.
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