ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code

Engineering context

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers' (ASME) B31.3 Process Piping Code is considered to be the international standard for piping in processing plants. A new edition, B31.3 - 2018, was released in 2019.

The Code is used for piping typically found in petroleum refineries; chemical, pharmaceutical, textile, paper, semiconductor, and cryogenic plants; and related process plants and terminals.

This three-day course, facilitated by an international expert from the USA, provides an introduction to the Code, covering the requirements for the design, analysis, materials, fabrication, testing and inspection of process piping systems. Changes to the new edition, B31.3. - 2018, will also be covered.

You will also explore the rules for various components including fittings, connections, bends, valves and specialty components and look at trends in Code changes and how they could affect your work and projects.

Upon completion you will be aware of the requirements to safely design process piping to U.S. standards. You will also be able to identify the issues to take into consideration when designing process piping; explain the pressure design of piping and relevant components; analyse piping flexibility and gauge the limitations of piping and relevant components; and identify pipe supports, leak testing, piping failures and their causes.

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Special Requirements

  • Participants are required to bring their own calculator.
  • The B31.3 code book is not provided with registration and is available to order through ASME.

Related courses

Sessions are currently scheduled in May and June for the Bases and Application of Piping Flexibility to ASME B31 Codes Master Class.

This course is run exclusively by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers with Engineering Education Australia.

ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code


"Excellent materials ... the fact that EEA was able to get the ex-chair of the code committee to provide training is excellent. His background knowledge is invaluable and entertaining" - Matthew, 2019

"Really improved my understanding of what ASME B31.3 code is about, as well as real world examples of the basis for the code and what can go wrong" - participant, 2019

"Very practical approach. Really liked the examples. Jim has an excellent way of communicating key points and succinctly covering a large code." - participant, 2019

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Is this course for you?

Relevant for engineers, designers, managers, quality personnel, manufacturers and users who are involved in the design, manufacture, fabrication, examination, inspection and/or testing of process piping.

Your facilitator for this course

Jim E. Meyer P.E., has over 45 years of experience in refining petrochemical, chemical, power generation and industrial facilities. He is a principal engineer at CDM Smith, a full service engineering and architectural firm, located in Wadsworth Ohio.

 Jim is experienced in overall project coordination/management, pressure equipment, piping design, analysis, specifications, support design, mechanical system requirements and documentation requirements. In particular, areas of his technical competence include ASME piping and pressure vessel codes, stress analysis, field troubleshooting piping system support, vibration, and expansion problems.

Jim is a member of ASME and has been involved in the ASME B31.1 and ASME B31.3 Section committees for over 40 years. He is currently, Chair of the ASME B31 Standards Committee, Chair of the B31 Mechanical Design Committee and serves on the ASME Board on Pressure Technology Codes and Standards. Jim has also served as Chair of the ASME B31.3 Process Piping Section Committee and Chair of ASME B31.1 Power Piping Code Section Committee.

Most recently, Jim co-authored chapters in the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Companion Guide, 5th Edition, covering the ASME B31.1 Power Piping Code and the B31.3 Process Piping Code. Past projects and work experience has involved major oil refineries, petrochemical plants, fossil, nuclear, solar and alternative energy generation, as well as cryogenic and vacuum test facilities.

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