Designing according to the ASME BPVC VIII-1 code
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Daniel van Baalen, MSc

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Course Objective

"To explain the fundamental equations and principles, thereby creating a solid understanding of the ASME BPVC VIII-1 design code." 

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   8 moduls

   6.5 hours


   1-yr access


Design-by-Rules. The ASME VIII-1 design code is the most widely used design code for pressure vessel design. Often the rules are applied using automated software packages such as Compress or PVElite and the engineer can lose the overview of the calculation being performed.   This course aims to explain the fundamental equations and principles in the design by rules approach. For example: What is the area replacement rule? How is the Taylor and Forge method applied for flanges? What is the minimum ligament length between nozzles and why? What inter-stiffener distance is required to prevent collapse under vacuum? 

Topics include many design features such as design of shells and heads under internal and external pressure, nozzles & openings, flange connections, heat exchanger, tubesheets, saddles and skirts. 

As well as explaining the rules and how to apply them, you will be challenged on why a rule is formulated in a particular way.

The course consists of 8 online modules based on video content. You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course and the discussions forum. This allows you to perform modules again when you need to refresh knowledge for your work projects.

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Meet your instructor

Daniel van Baalen, MSc

Project Engineer

Mechanical, Piping, FEA, Flow

Program & Details

  1. Welcome to the course

  2. Your instructors

  3. How to use this course

  4. Personal Certificate requirements

  1. Introduction and Agenda

  2. ASME VIII-1 Code Coverage: Outline and Build-up

  3. Materials Aspects and Codes

  4. ASME Section 2 part D: Material Tables

  5. Weld Joint Efficiency in ASME Section 8, division 1

  6. Non Destructibe Testing related to Joint Efficiency Factor

  7. Design Loads - Part 1, 2 & 3

  8. U-stamping for Pressure Vessels

  9. Code Design Stresses and Allowables

  10. Fatique Design in ASME VIII-1 

  11. Brittle Fracture: Physical Concepts

  12. Analyzing Brittle Fracture as per the ASME BPVC VIII-1

  13. Module 1, Excercises 1: Weld Joint Efficiencies

  14. Module 1, Excercise 2: Determining the MDMT

A sample of the first module is available for free, so you can learn more about the teaching style and understand if the course fits your needs.

  1. Stress-Strain Relationships and Concepts

  2. Material Stresses for Cylindrical Shells

  3. Load Cases and Failure Modes

  4. Maximum Allowable Values for the Design Stress

  1. Introduction and Agenda

  2. Cylindrical Shells under Internal Pressure

  3. Spherical Shells and Formed Ends

  4. Cones and Conical Sections under Internal Pressure

  1. Introduction and Agenda

  2. Introduction to Buckling for Pressure Vessels

  3. Buckling Examples and Illustrations

  4. Axial Compression Loads as per ASME VIII-1

  5. Compressive Stress: Allowable Value

  6. Cylindrical Shells under External Pressure

  7. Thin Walled Shells: Buckling Evaluation

  8. Buckling Critical Length as per ASME VIII-1

  9. Thick walled Shells: Buckling Evaluation

  10. What are Stiffener Rings?

  11. Using Stiffener Rings as per ASME VIII-1

  12. Vessel Heads under External Pressure - Part 1 & 2

  1. Introduction and Agenda

  2. Shell Openings: An Introduction

  3. Area Replacement Rule as per ASME VIII-1

  4. Area Replacement Rule: Step 1, 2, 3 & 4

  5. Ligament Efficiency Rules as per ASME VIII-1

  6. Ligament Efficiency Rules: Diagonal Lines

  1. Introduction and Agenda

  2. Flat Plates, Covers, Flanges and Design Rules in ASME VIII-1

  3. Bolted Connections as per ASME VIII-1

  4. Gasket Selection for Flanges

  5. Bolt Evaluations for Flanges

  6. Design of Bolted Flanges and Associated Calculations

  7. Calculation Steps for Bolted Connections - Part 1 & 2

  8. Equivalent Pressure Rule for Flange Evaluation

  1. Introduction and Agenda

  2. Types of Heat Exchangers and Analysis Methods

  3. Tubesheet Properties: Calculating Effective Values

  4. Tubesheet Thickness and Related Calculations

  5. Alternative Methodes for Tubesheet Design

  1. Rectangular Vessels as per ASME VIII-1

  2. Openings in Non-Circular Vessels

  3. Half-Pipe Jackets as per ASME VIII-1

  1. Congratulations

  2. Course evaluation survey

  3. Your Personal Certificate

  4. Rate this course

  5. Related resources & follow up


After this course, you...

  • Have a good overview of the structure and applicability of the AMSE VIII-1 code,

  • Understand the design rules for most standard components and know the design basis for these rules,

  • Have performed multiple tutorials to reinforce how to apply the rules,

  • Are able to identify the limits of the code rules.

Who should attend this course

  • Those designing pressure vessels with ASME BPVC VIII Div. 1,

  • Engineers which need to have a solid understanding of the approaches used in the code,

  • Those that wish to understand the backgrounds and design basis for the code rules.

Prerequisites: Technical background.

Level: Intermediate

Access to the course. 
After your purchase is confirmed you receive an account to the EngineeringTrainer online learning portal, where you find the course in your dashboard. After opening the course you will be guided step-by-step through the different modules. You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course. This allows you to perform modules again if this is beneficial for your work projects.

Learn by doing.
The course is mainly based on video content: video lectures and video software demonstrations. English subtitles is available and videos can be viewed as many times as desired. The video lectures help you to grasp the important technical concepts and in the video demonstrations the instructor uses the software and discusses all the steps and actions. You are recommended to follow the steps of the instructor in the software to optimize your learning curve.

Exercises are available in the form of multiple choice quizzes to help you grasp technical concepts and in the form of .pdf-files with instructions to build and analyze different models and answer related questions. Video demonstrations of the exercises are available.

This course is self-paced and is not subject to specific dates. The course contains 8 modules with a total of 6.5 hours of content which can be performed at your own pace. A Personal Certificate will be provided to you if you finish the course within the first month after purchase. This incentive will motivate you to perform the course quickly thereby improving your learning curve.

You receive 1-year unlimited access to all 8 modules. This allows you to perform modules again whenever you want to refresh knowledge for your daily work projects.

A personal digital certificate will be made available to each participant upon full attendance. If you are unable to attend any of the sessions please notify us as you will be required to view the recordings.

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The majority of training material are videos. These are not available for download, but can be accessed directly with your account on the portal. Apart from quizzes the exercise files can be downloaded. These can include .pdf files with the exercise questions, software models or other file types. You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course. This allows you to watch content again if this is beneficial for your work projects.

We encourage participants to submit feedback and questions. These form the basis for new, future videos that will be added to the online course, but they will not be answered to the student directly.

Participants receive 1-year unlimited access to the course including new videos that are added during this year. Participants receive an email notification upon addition of new course videos.

No software is required for participants of this course.

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

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