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Ray Delaforce

How to effectively use Wind and Seismic Load Cases

Around the world wind and seismic loads are often a governing factor in the effective design of pressure vessels and exchangers; ignoring these effects can produce catastrophic results. During this session you will learn how wind and seismic loads affect vessel design and how to correctly combine these loads for the safe and cost effective design of vessels and exchangers.  Static seismic analysis will be discussed as well as the more advanced dynamic response spectrum analysis.

The Importance and Principles behind Effective Flange Design and Maintenance

In many cases flanges can be purchased as off-the-shelf items, but often a particular a service calls for a flange that needs to be designed from scratch. There are so many considerations that must be taken into account that, if not addressed, could cause a catastrophic failure. In this lecture you will learn the basic principles of flange design, as set out in the ASME code, and design and installation problems that can give rise to flange leakage. We will also investigate some basic differences between off-the-shelf B16.5 flanges and custom design flanges. Precautions that should be taken when servicing systems that include flanges will also be discussed.

Theory of Fracture

Have you ever wondered why metal breaks the way it does?  Why does metal have a plastic range, and where is the precise point at which it experiences necking and finally collapses?  Is there a way of finding that precise point using simple mathematics?  Let’s find the answers in this class.

Evaluation of Openings in Vessels

Why do openings in vessels have to be reinforced?  What is the reason why having a hole in a vessel wall makes is weaker?  What are the various methods various codes tackle this problem?  In this simple easy to follow discussion you will learn the basic principles underlying nozzle reinforcement and how they are addressed by different pressure vessel codes.

Luis Sanjuan

Leveraging Vessel Code Similarities and Differences for Effective Vessel and Exchanger Design

Codes and standards are ever-changing.  This presentation discusses new requirements for both ASME Section VIII, Division 1 and Division 2 introduced in the 2011 Addendum to the 2010 edition of ASME VIII.  There were a number of changes that were required from a legal point of view.  Additionally, the wording of certain paragraphs was clarified.  There were also other changes to the nomenclature used in the codes, as well as the legal status of the stake holders (legally defined persons).  Attending this class will help you keep current with the state of affairs with ASME VIII-1 and VIII-2.

Kristin Coyle

API 579: Fitness for Service - A Focus on the Impact of Corrosion

API 579 offers valuable techniques to safely determine the fitness for service of a vessel or heat exchanger that has been in service.  Knowing the lifetime of a pressure vessel in service can have great significance on production capabilities and downtime costs. This course will focus on analyzing a vessel's fitness for service after the vessel has been subjected to corrosion, specifically to API 579 Part 4 (General Metal Loss), Part 5 (Local Metal Loss) and Part 6 (Pitting).

Bill Huffman

Vessel Fabrication from Start to Finish

Pressure vessels can vary in sophistication from fairly simple to highly complex.  Join us as we have a look at how ASME Code pressure vessels are designed, fabricated, tested and shipped.  This class will illustrate what happens once a bid for a vessel is received to when the finished vessel leaves the shop floor.  Expect to see a number of great photographs and specialized equipment that aid in vessel fabrication.

Heat Exchanger Fabrication from Start to Finish

Like some pressure vessels, heat exchangers are complex to design and difficult to build.  In this class we will focus on the entire process of how heat exchangers are designed, calculated and built.  The different types of exchangers will also be discussed.  Why would a U-Tube exchanger be chosen versus a fixed tubesheet or floating tubesheet exchanger?  Find out why and expect to see some great pictures detailing the entire process of Heat Exchanger Fabrication.
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Scott Mayeux

Catching Up With PV Elite Capabilities

PV Elite is worked on constantly by a team of software development engineers.  Each year PV Elite is updated with the new codes and capabilities, and although each release leads users to focus on these new capabilities there are still 100's of tips and tricks that users have found useful from the earliest versions of PV Elite. Please join us to learn how your use of the latest version of PV Elite and past versions can be made more effective for all users both new and experienced.