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Process Piping - Fundamentals

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5 hours
149.80 USD
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Course description

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In Process Piping - Fundamentals, Codes and Standards, you'll learn ...

  • Pipe sizes, schedules, dimensional tolerances, pressure ratings, frequently used materials, and criteria for material selection
  • Essential piping system terminology and definitions
  • The applicability and differences between various piping codes, such as ASME B31.1 and B31.3
  • Roles and responsibilities of the piping discipline, along with key piping deliverables


Credit: 5 PDH

Length: 70 pages

One of the most important components of the process infrastructure is the vast network of pipes —literally millions and millions of miles. The term process piping generally refers to the system of pipes that transport fluids (e.g. fuels, chemicals, industrial gases, etc.) around an industrial facility involved in the manufacture of products or in the generation of power. It also is used to describe utility piping systems (e.g., air, steam, water, compressed air, fuels. etc.) that are used in, or in support of the industrial process. Also, certain drainage piping--where corrosive or toxic fluids are being transported and severe conditions may be present, or where it is simply outside the scope of plumbing codes--is also sometimes classified as process piping. Some places where process piping is used are obvious, such as chemical and petrochemical plants, petroleum refineries, pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities and pulp and paper plants. However, there are many other not so obvious places where process piping is commonplace, such as semiconductor facilities, automotive and aircraft plants, water treatment operations, waste treatment facilities and many others.

This 5-hour course provides an introduction to process piping including terminology, functions, materials and applications. This course provides guidance in the form of descriptions of the ASME B31 Code Section scopes to assist the engineer in making an appropriate pipe selection.

This course is Part 1 of a 9-part series that covers the entire gamut of piping engineering in an easy-to-learn format. Each course in the series is stand-alone. Feel free to jump back and forth through the courses depending on your own knowledge and experience and your current needs. However, it is suggested that you complete the series in sequential order if you have limited knowledge of piping systems.

This course is intended for mechanical engineers, chemical engineers, piping engineers, control systems engineers, as well as civil, structural and electrical engineers who have a need or a desire to know more about piping components and systems. No prerequisite knowledge of the subject is required.

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Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 25 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

Training content

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Basics of piping systems including terminology, functions and applications
  • Piping dimensional standards and tolerances
  • Pipe pressure rating systems
  • Applicable international codes and standards
  • Common types of base materials used in the process industry
  • Piping deliverables and the computer software used for design work
  • Pressure ratings of different pipe schedules and ASTM grades of material
  • The differences between pipe and tubing and how their diameters are specified
  • Physical properties in relation to piping materials
  • Types, materials and applications for plastic pipe


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