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Process Piping - Stress Analysis

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6 hours
170 USD
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Course description

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In Process Piping - Stress Analysis, you'll learn ...

  • The various types of pipe failures and common causes of failures
  • Methods of increasing flexibility in design by use of expansion loops, expansion joints, anchors & guides and directional changes
  • Acceptability conditions for allowable stress as prescribed by ASME B31.1 and B31.3 codes
  • How to determine allowable pipe support spans


Credit: 6 PDH

Length: 94 pages

Engineers call a process pipeline a thin-walled, pressure vessel. They know how much pressure it would take to fail the pipeline and what is an ‘upper-limit pressure’ or ‘allowable pressure’ that the pipeline can sustain with no problem. Of course, this requires an understanding of the material properties, design conditions, construction methods, failure modes, thermal expansion, supports, and other stress factors.

Stress analysis is a critical component of piping design through which important parameters such as piping safety, safety of related components and connected equipment and piping deflection can be addressed. The objective of pipe stress analysis is to prevent premature failure of piping and piping components and ensuring that piping stresses are kept within allowable limits.

The objective of this 6-hr course is to introduce you to the fundamental principles and concepts used in pipe stress analysis.

This course is Part 8 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 30 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:

  • The basic modes of failure such as due to yielding, fracture and fatigue
  • The need and the purpose of stress analysis
  • The disturbing parameters against which the piping system must be designed
  • The pipe material characteristics defined by its strength, ductility, toughness, and corrosion resistance
  • The use of anchors and guides to increase the flexibility of piping loop
  • The use of expansion loops and joints to counter thermal expansion and contraction
  • The various types of stress and loading classifications
  • The relationship of hoop stress, longitudinal stress and radial stress that pressure piping is subjected to
  • The methodology and equations used in ASME B31.1 and B31.3 codes for power and process plants
  • The principles and checkpoints of analyzing equipment nozzle loads
  • The various prerequisites, tools and checklists for Stress Analysis


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