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Nuclear Piping System ASME B31.1 and ASME III Class 1-2-3 Design-Qualification-Analysis and Piping Operability Assessment under NRC Rules and Section XI and Repair per ASME PCC-2 and ASME XI - Aiken, SC

From Tuesday, June 04, 2019 -  08:00am
To Thursday, June 06, 2019 - 04:30pm
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Early Bird Pricing Available until May 20th!!


Course Venue - Woodside Plantation Club,  Aiken, South Carolina
Course Fee - US$1,400 US$1,260

 Becht Engineering is excited to be offering this new course. The first part of this course covers the fundamental design rules, regulations, and practices for ASME III and ASME B31 piping systems in nuclear power plants. The second part of the course provides a guide for the evaluation of degraded and non-conforming conditions through case studies, using ASME XI and the corresponding NRC regulations and precedent. The course concludes with a review of repair options for safety-related and non-safety piping systems and components.

Key Topics Covered Include:  


  • Brief historical progression from B31.1 to B31.7 to ASME III
  • Key technical developments in the historical progression
  • Scope of B31.1 and ASME III
  • Outline of B31.1 contents
  • Outline of ASME III
  • What B31.1 and ASME III cover and what they do not cover
  • Regulatory requirements related to nuclear piping systems
  • Overview of the B31.1 and ASME III piping analysis process
  • The 11 criteria for qualification of a piping system
  • Piping analysis by span or detailed methods
  • Analysis differences between B31.1, ASME III Class 1-2-32.


  • Straight pipe equation and its basis and margins
  • Weld joint efficiency factors
  • Allowable stresses
  • Pipe fittings
  • Flanges
  • Valves
  • Plant-specific Pipe Spec.


  • Global effects flexibility analysis
  • Markl’s technical basis flexibility analysis Eq.(10)
  • Flexibility stress equation margins
  • Flexibility stress analysis: Key decisions
  • Fatigue analysis using Eq.(10)
  • Local Effects
  • Through-wall stress transients
  • Differences between Class 1 analysis and B31.1, Class 2-3
  • Overview of Class 1 equations and analysis


  • Service levels and load combinations
  • Deadweight analysis
  • Seismic input and analysis
  • Waterhammer causes, analysis, and prevention
  • Flow-induced vibration causes, analysis, and prevention
  • Pipe break principles, locations and effects
  • Leak-before-break overview
  • Tornado loading on outdoor piping
  • Buried pipe, key design equations


  • ASME XI CC N-513 and N-597 technical basis
  • Case Study – cavitation in piping
  • Case Study – wall thinning N-597
  • Challenges in crack assessment


  • Introduction to fracture mechanics
  • ASME XI Ap.H Simple Case
  • Real-Life Challenges


  • ASME Code and NRC perspectives
  • Over-pressure transient
  • Abnormal vibration in piping
  • Locked snubber thermal overstress
  • Beyond-design thermal transient


  • ASME XI and PCC-2 repair options
  • Welded repairs
  • Mechanical repairs
  • Non-metallic repairs


Upon completion of this course, you will receive a certificate for attending 24 hours of classroom instruction.



George Antaki
George Antaki, P.E.
Becht Chief Nuclear Engineer











George Antaki, PE, Fellow ASME,is chairman of ASME III Working Group Piping Design, chairman of ASME B31 Mechanical Design Committee, and member of ASME O&M Subgroup Piping. He started his career at Westinghouse in 1975 and has been involved in the design, analysis, qualification, start-up, and operational trouble-shooting of mechanical equipment throughout the industry. He is the author of three textbooks on the subject of mechanical integrity and fitness-for-service, and is an instructor for ASME.

 Participants Feedback
“Mr. Antaki is a wealth of experience and history of the industry”
“Stories that tied the training to actual industry experience. This saves us from repeating mistakes of the past”
“George’s teaching style and interaction with the students provided an excellent environment for learning”
“Able to implement the subject matter immediately in current work”
“The course covered a lot of the background knowledge information that has helped me understand the very foundations.” 


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Location Woodside Plantation Club, at 1000 Woodside Plantation Dr, Aiken, SC 29803

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Becht Nuclear Services offers free, 1-hour overview sessions on a variety of topics such as:

  • Wall Thinning Corrosion or Erosion in Piping Systems using ASME XI CC N-513 and N-597
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Each seminar is followed by a question period for participants.

47 georgeablogInstructor:  George Antaki, PE, fellow ASME, is chairman of ASME III Working Group Piping Design, chairman of ASME B31 Mechanical design Committee, and member of ASME O&M Subgroup Piping.  George is the Division Manager for Becht Nuclear and has over 40 years of hands-on experience.

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