Design and Fabrication of Pressure Vessels

Engineering context

This three-day course is a comprehensive introduction to pressure vessel design and construction as outlined in The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.

The ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, which originated more than a hundred years ago, is an international standard that regulates the design, fabrication and inspection of boilers and pressure vessels, and nuclear power plant components during construction.

Based on the requirements of Section VIII, Division 1 of the Code (Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels) the course covers the background, organisation, design, materials, fabrication, inspection, testing and documentation of pressure vessels.

It also examines the more commonly applied subsections and paragraphs of the Code and includes a practical discussion of individual problems and situations.

This course is facilitated by an international expert in boiler and pressure vessels and is run exclusively by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) with Engineering Education Australia.

Special requirements
Participants are required to bring their own calculator.

The latest edition of the ASME code book, BPVC Section VIII-Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels Division 1, is not required for this course but may be purchased separately.

Design and Fabrication of Pressure Vessels
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$ 5,500.00 - Non-member
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Is this course for you?

Designed primarily as introductory-level, the course will nonetheless be valuable for experienced vessel designers who would like to update their knowledge of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.

It will be particularly useful for those involved with the purchase, design, fabrication, or inspection of pressure vessels.

Although some technical background in engineering is helpful, participants are not required to have an engineering degree or previous work experience in the subject matter to attend this course.

Your facilitator for this course

John P. Swezy Jr. is the founder of Boiler Code Tech, LLC, which provides consulting services for ASME Non-Nuclear Pressure Equipment.

He has over 35 years’ experience in steam and combustion driven prime mover electrical generation plants and associated engineering auxiliary systems, and extensive experience in nondestructive examination. Mr Swezy also has over 20 years’ experience in developing and implementing detailed procedures, work instructions, and QC programs for design, welded fabrication, repairs, and alterations of pressure equipment following ASME, B31, NBIC, API, DOT and various International Codes and Standards.

Mr Swezy has been a member of various ASME Codes & Standards Committees since 1996. He is a National Board Commissioned Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspector and an American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector (CWI). Mr Swezy served honourably in the U.S. Navy in various engineering capacities onboard nuclear-powered submarines, completing his service as the Machinery Division Leading Chief Petty Officer. He earned his Associate of Science degree from the University of the State of New York.

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