Fitness for Service Assessment According to API 579-1/ ASME FFS-1

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Registration deadline: 15 July 2024
26hr Live Sessions
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Shervin Maleki
INCO4501


Format: Instructor-led


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Course Objective

Discover the tools and methodologies of API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 to evaluate, assess, and ensure the structural integrity of aging or damaged equipment, empowering you to extend asset lifespan and maximise operational reliability.”

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About the course


   In-Company

   Live sessions

   26hr Content

   Registration deadline
       15 July 2024

  English

   INCO4501

Fitness for Service (FFS) assessment, particularly guided by API 579-1/ASME FFS-1, has emerged as a crucial framework in the realm of structural integrity management. In today's industrial landscape, where aging equipment and infrastructure pose significant challenges, mastering API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 becomes imperative.

This course delves into the core principles and methodologies of API 579-1/ASME FFS-1, empowering engineers, inspectors, and asset integrity professionals to evaluate, analyse, and make informed decisions regarding the fitness of aging or damaged equipment. As equipment reaches different stages of its service life, understanding how to effectively assess and address flaws or damages becomes pivotal. This course equips participants with the knowledge and tools needed to safeguard equipment reliability, minimize downtime, optimize maintenance strategies, and ensure operational safety. By navigating through practical case studies and real-world scenarios, attendees gain actionable insights to address critical challenges and enhance the lifespan and performance of industrial assets.

This comprehensive course offers a deep dive into the essential facets of Fitness for Service (FFS) assessment aligned with the API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 standards. Beginning with an exploration of FFS fundamentals, participants embark on a journey through crucial topics such as stress analysis, damage mechanisms identification, assessment techniques, and structural integrity evaluation methodologies prescribed by API 579-1/ASME FFS-1. Delving into practical case studies and hands-on exercises, attendees gain proficiency in flaw assessment, corrosion evaluation, fracture assessment, and the intricacies of remaining life estimation.

The course consists of 26 hours of live sessions with the instructor. All training content is provided through your EngineeringTrainer account. After the course you maintain 1-year unlimited access to the course, including any new course material. This allows you to perform modules again should you need to refresh your knowledge.

 




Upon Registration Deadline we will contact you to arrange course dates and payment.

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Meet your instructor


Instructor Shervin Maleki 

Structural Integrity Consultant


Structural Integrity Assessment, Mechanical Behaviour Analysis


 

Program & Details


  1. An introduction to FFS

  2. Real case scenarios

  3. FFS common codes and standards

  4. Scope and structure of API 579-1/ASME FFS-1

  5. Three levels of assessment

  6. Data and information required

  7. Important concepts: RSF

  1. Basic Concepts

  2. Stress in Pressure Equipment

  3. ASME B&PV design concept

  4. Allowable Stress

  5. Primary and Secondary Stresses

  6. Residual Stress

  7. Finite Element Analysis

  8. Strain Measurement

  9. Work Examples

  1. Failure modes

  2. Flaw characterisation

  3. Weld morphology

  4. Pre-service flaws

  5. In-service damage mechanisms

  6. Work Example

  1. Introduction to inspection techniques

  2. Inspection effectiveness

  3. Conditional probability

  4. Work Examples

  1. Damage Identification

  2. Real-life case study

  3. Charpy Ductile to Brittle Transition Curves

  4. Minimum Allowable Temperature (MAT) and Critical Exposure Temperature (CET)

  5. Part 3 Assessment Techniques and Acceptance Criteria

  6. Work Example

  1. Damage Identification

  2. Types of pressure equipment based on ASME B&PV codes

  3. Part 4 Assessment Techniques and Acceptance Criteria

  4. Work Example

  1. Damage Identification

  2. Critical thickness Profile (CTP)

  3. Part 4 Assessment Techniques and Acceptance Criteria for Local Metal Loss

  4. Part 5 Assessment Techniques and Acceptance Criteria for Local Metal Loss

  5. Work Examples

  1. Damage Identification

  2. Part 6 Assessment Techniques and Acceptance Criteria

  3. Work Example

  1. Damage Identification

  2. Fundamentals of Hydrogen damage

  3. Part 7 Assessment Techniques and Acceptance Criteria

  1. Damage Identification

  2. Part 8 Assessment Techniques and Acceptance Criteria

  1. Damage Identification

  2. Real life case study

  3. Fundamentals of Fracture Mechanics

  4. Fracture Toughness

  5. Failure Assessment Diagram (FAD)

  6. Part 9 Assessment Techniques and Acceptance Criteria

  7. Work Examples

  1. Damage Identification

  2. Real-life case study

  3. Fundamentals of high temperature material behaviour

  4. Larson-Miller Parameter

  5. Part 10 Assessment Techniques and Acceptance Criteria

  6. Work Example

  1. Damage Identification

  2. Part 11 Assessment Techniques and Acceptance Criteria

  3. Work Example

  1. Damage Identification

  2. Part 12 Assessment Techniques and Acceptance Criteria

  3. Work Example

  1. Damage Identification

  2. Part 13 Assessment Techniques and Acceptance Criteria

  3. Work Example

  1. Damage Identification

  2. Real-life case study

  3. Fundamental of fatigue damage

  4. Cycle counting

  5. S-N curves

  6. Fatigue Crack Growth and Paris Power Law

  7. Part 14 Assessment Techniques and Acceptance Criteria

  8. Work Examples

Results

After this course, you...  

  • can recognise and categorise various degradation mechanisms impacting equipment integrity

  • understand the methodologies and guidelines outlined by API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 for assessing equipment fitness for service

  • have mastered techniques for flaw assessment, including crack evaluation, corrosion and pitting assessment, and flaw characterisation

  • understand the fundamentals of failure including plastic collapse, fracture failure, fatigue damage and high-temperature component life assessment

  • know how to perform a Brittle Fracture Analysis: can analyse the susceptibility to brittle fracture and implement mitigation strategies

  • be able to use the industry standard techniques for estimating remaining life and predicting equipment reliability 

  • know how to navigate through the intricacies of Level 1 and 2 assessments as per API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 guidelines

  • be able to develop effective mitigation plans and decision-making based on FFS evaluations and their outcomes 

  • have engaged with practical case studies and scenarios for hands-on application of API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 principles

Who should attend this course

  • Engineers (Mechanical, Structural, or Materials): Seeking expertise in assessing equipment integrity and evaluating fitness for continued service.

  • Inspection and Integrity Professionals: Involved in asset integrity management, inspection planning, and structural assessment.

  • Maintenance and Reliability Engineers: Focused on optimizing maintenance strategies and ensuring equipment reliability.

  • Asset Managers and Operations Personnel: Responsible for ensuring operational safety and efficiency of industrial equipment. 

  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) Professionals: Interested in enhancing quality assessment methods and reliability evaluations.

Prerequisites:

  • There are no specific prerequisites for this course. Having a foundational understanding or appreciation of pressure equipment could aid participants in grasping concepts more effectively during the course.

Level: Intermediate


 This course consists of instructor-led live sessions which consist of presentations, demonstrations, discussions and worked cases. During each session, participants can ask questions to the instructor (through the chat or microphone) which will be answered in the session. 

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After signing up for the course, EngineeringTrainer will be in touch shortly after the Registration Deadline to agree a training schedule that is possible for the participants and instructor. Payment will also be arranged at this stage after the Registration Deadline.

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Sessions are held using the software Microsoft Teams and a log-in link is provided for each session through the EngineeringTrainer portal. Live sessions can be joined using any device, including tablets and mobiles.

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No payment is required until after the Registration Deadline. Payment will be arranged together with the schedule after the Registration Deadline. 

Typically the training course would be scheduled as 10 sessions of 2 to 3 hours in length.  

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This course consists of instructor-led live sessions which consist of presentations, demonstrations and discussions of questions. During each live session participants can ask questions to the instructor (through chat or microphone) which will be answered.

Please note that for privacy reasons no recordings of the live sessions are made or provided.

The training material used in the live sessions, for example the slides or exercises, will be available in the EngineeringTrainer portal for a year after the date of the training allowing you to refresh your knowledge or review material if needed. 

No, course content is not available for download.

The training material used in the sessions, for example the slides or exercises, will be available in the EngineeringTrainer portal for a year after the date of the training allowing you to refresh your knowledge or review material if needed. 

Please note that for privacy reasons no recordings of the live sessions are made or provided. 

Yes, interactive Q&A sessions are part of the live sessions in this course and allow you to interact with the instructor and ask questions.

To respect the privacy of the participants the live sessions will not be recorded, and as such the live sessions cannot be played back. Therefore it is important for all participants to block the time slots of the live sessions in their calendars and be present. 

No software licenses are provided as part of this course. 

Yes, this course qualifies for PDH hours as per the NCEES CPC Guidelines.

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