Bases and Application of Piping Flexibility to ASME B31 Codes Master Class

Engineering context

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has been defining piping safety since 1922, with it's B31 Codes considered as the standards of best practice in many countries across the globe. 

This two-day interactive Master Class provides an in-depth review of the bases for the rules and practical applications of the B31.1 Power Piping Code and B31.3 Process Piping Code by the organisation responsible for them.

An ASME facilitator (USA) will guide you through the detailed design procedures, and the significant assumptions and available options in piping design. Real world case studies and activities will be used to demonstrate how the rules are to be applied in practice and how the options can influence the final design. Examples are reviewed showing how outputs from computer analysis can be broken down into understandable pieces and verified that the results are consistent with the actual behavior of the piping system.

Participants are encouraged to bring examples of real issues they have experienced for analyses and class discussion.

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Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define the analytical basis of piping design rules contained in either the ASME B31.1 Power Piping Code or B31.3 Process Piping Code
  • Evaluate the significance of the modeling assumptions and how they affect the final design
  • Apply the step-by-step design logic for reviewing stress analysis outputs and determine how to locate and resolve problems
  • Interpret the significance of the calculated stresses and the importance of stress categories

Special requirements

Each student must bring his or her own calculator.

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

Bases and Application of Piping Flexibility to ASME B31 Codes Master Class


Early Bird Group Discount

Register 4 or more people at once and receive 10% off the total registration fee.

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$ 3,300.00 - Non-member
$ 2,805.00 - EA member

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We can bring this course direct to you and your organisation. For groups of six or more we provide cost-effective, customised and outcome-focused in-house training.

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Is this course for you?

Relevant for piping engineers/designers, developers of piping analysis design software, as well as managers/supervisors of piping design activities.


This course is has been designed for participants with a basic understanding of ASME B31.1 or B31.3 Piping Codes and/or have previously attended the B31.3 Process Piping Code training course.

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 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, and, Chair of the ASME B31 Standards 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 have 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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