Expansion Joints for Piping Stress Engineers

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Price: €810
Registration deadline: 13 April 2024
12hr content/4 day program
14 Credits
Zdravko Ivančić, MEng

Format: Instructor-led

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Course Objective

“To explain all aspects of expansion joints specifically for piping engineers, to enable them to select expansion joints efficiently and thereby contributing to a cost effective piping system.”

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About the course


   4 Live sessions

   12hr content

   Registration deadline           13 April 2024


   Limited seats


Piping stress engineers often do not have in-depth knowledge of the theory, function and calculation methods of expansion joints. This lack of understanding can lead to a misunderstanding between piping engineers (or piping stress engineers) and expansion joint manufacturers. During the pipe stress analysis phase an expansion joint manufacturer is likely not to have been selected yet. If an engineer cannot preselect an expansion joint from a manufacturer catalogue, they must know how to make the best assumptions and preselect appropriate input data for the pipe stress analysis.

This course will provide a detailed overview of expansion joints and the key features which are relevant for piping engineers. The theoretical calculation methods, including those in the EJMA (Expansion Joint Manufactures Association) standard, will be explained and it will be shown how these can be used for calculating the required input for piping stress analysis.

Participants may also be interested in Part 2 (VILT1402) of this course.

The course consists of 4 online 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.

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Meet your instructor

Zdravko Ivančić, MEng

Zdravko Ivančić, MEng  

CEO at Numikon   

Pressure Equipment, Piping and FEA expert

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Program & Details

  1.  What are expansion joints?

  2. Types of expansion joints

  3. Two contradictory demands

  1. Methods of absorbing thermal growth

  2. Expansion joints types of movement

  3. Movement basics

  4. Types and symbols according to EJMA

  5. Expansion joints types

  6. Bellows fabrication

  7. Design limits

  8. Strength and stability requirements

  9. Stiffnesses

  10. Evaluation of expansion joints allowable movements

  11. Pressure thrust force

  12. Movement, force and moment equations

  13. Example calculations in accordance with EJMA

  1. Selection of expansion joints

  2. Optimisation of the selection process

  1. Some special cases

  2. Protecting sensitive equipment

  1. Example 1: Failure due to incorrect usage of an expansion joint

  2. Example 2: Failure due to the use of the wrong type of expansion joint

  1. Typical causes

  2. Grouping errors into categories

  3. What to do and what not to do

  1. Standard expansion joints

  2. What to do when we need expansion joints

  1. EJMA (Expansion Joint Manufacturers Association) calculations

  2. Assumptions and good estimates

  1. Available general tools

  2. Available specialised tools

  1. Simplified models of expansion joints

  2. Complex models of expansion joints


After this course, you...

  • are able to preliminary select an expansion joint type for the design of a piping system, regarding displacements and stiffnesses.

  • understand the common expansion joint types that are available on the market, and their properties so that your design solution can be tailored towards these.

  • are familiar with the analytical calculation methods and the EJMA (Expansion Joint Manufacturers Association) best practice.

  • have seen the basics of how expansion joints can be modeled in a computational piping flexibility analysis, such as CAESAR II.

  • have seen what is good and bad practice when using an expansion joint.

  • will be able to efficiently communicate your requirements to an expansion joint supplier and within your design team.

Who should attend this course

  • Piping stress engineers of all levels

  • Those involved in reviewing piping stress analyses


  • General piping design background

Level: Intermediate

This course consists of 12hr 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.  

Access to the course
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.

Once the training schedule is agreed, you will find the course welcome chapter and instructions on how to join the live sessions in your EngineeringTrainer portal. 

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.

There is a Registration procedure for this training course. Please click on the register button above to register.

Shortly after the Registration Deadline has passed EngineeringTrainer will be in touch to agree a training schedule which is possible for you, typically within 2 months of the Registration Deadline.

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

Typically the course will be split across 4 sessions, an example is shown below, the final dates and schedule of the training course will be determined together with the instructor and the participants after the Registration Deadline :

  • Session 1     3hr

  • Session 2     3hr

  • Session 3     3hr

  • Session 4     3hr

These sessions will include breaks at regular intervals


A personal digital certificate will be made available to each participant upon full attendance.

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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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