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14 - MMS - Mechanical Engineering and Material Sciences

MMS 170 - Fitness for Service Assessment: API 579-1 and ASME FFS Standards

Code Start Date Duration Venue
MMS 170 06 November 2023 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
MMS 170 11 December 2023 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
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Course Description

Fitness-For-Service (FFS) assessments are quantitative engineering evaluations that are performed to demonstrate the structural integrity of an in-service component that may contain a flaw or damage. This training course is designed to give a detailed discussion of the subject of Fitness For Service concepts (FFS) with emphasis on the basic degradation mechanism and its consequences aspect. It presents a thorough understanding of how the disciplines of material science, stress analysis, NDT and inspection practices can be applied for assessing the present structural integrity of the component, and deciding its fitness for continued service as well as the projected remaining life. This course covers the analytical methods and their applications are explained with numerous case studies. In order to suit the course to participants with or without an FFS background, the course will be delivered such a way that most of technical terms and both code statements and examples will clarify concepts.

This 5-day training course will provide practical knowledge and experience in evaluating the integrity and overall fitness for service of stationary equipment. It will provide a method of determining the remaining life of pressure vessels, storage tanks, piping systems and pipelines. The training course will also cover basic principles of application of API579 -ASME Code rules related to material properties that are important for consideration of stresses and fractures when making important decision about equipment regarding options: run or repair or replace.

Course Objectives

  • Understanding design, operation and maintenance strategies for static equipment
  • Identification of failure modes and material degradation mechanisms: stress corrosion, cracks, blisters, in the framework of API 579 / ASME FFS
  • Methodology for quantitative evaluation of remaining life of the equipment based on its fitness for service
  • Identifying Integrity of static equipment based on material properties of strength and toughness
  • Application of fitness-for-service methodology for optimization of maintenance and repairs
  • Understanding factor of safety and P-F graphs for pressure vessels, tanks and pipelines
  • Recognizing the latest techniques of assessing the fitness-for-service of pressure vessels, tanks and piping systems, advantages and limitations
  • Obtaining a methodology for quantitative evaluation of the remaining life of equipment
  • Choosing and implementing cost-effective run-repair-replace decisions based on API 579 / ASME codes
  • Assessing defects in pressure vessels, storage tanks and piping systems

Who Should Attend?

  • Pipelines, tanks and pressure vessels operation and maintenance professionals
  • Integrity management and reliability engineers
  • Corrosion and materials engineers
  • Plant and project engineers
  • Inspection engineers for pressure equipment and piping systems

Course Details/Schedule

Day 1

  • Equipment Classifications, Failures and Assessment Methods
  • Classification of equipment used in process plants
  • Why and how equipment fails
  • The concept of Fitness for Service
  • Fitness for Services API & ASME codes

Day 2

  • Design Parameters Calculations and Testing Methods
  • Calculation of minimum allowable thickness (MAT)
  • Determination of maximum allowable working pressures (MAWP)
  • Damage mechanisms, deterioration and failure modes
  • Non-destructive testing and evaluation (NDTE) methods

Day 3

  • Corrosion and Erosion Mechanisms and Protection Strategies
  • Assessment of general metal loss: corrosion mechanisms
  • Assessment of local metal loss: typical mechanisms
  • Assessment of pitting corrosion and blisters
  • Metal loss and corrosion protection strategies

Day 4

  • Welding Methods, Cracks and Creep
  • Welding methods: advantages and limitations
  • Weld misalignment and shell distortions
  • Assessment of components operating in the creep range
  • Assessment of Crack-Like Flaws

Day 5

  • Other Related Damage Mechanisms – Fire and Mechanical Damage
  • Assessment of fire damage
  • Assessment of dents, gouges, and dent-gouge combinations
  • Assessment of laminations
  • Documentation and Records