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In this section of the site contributing authors submit interesting articles relating to the various services, industries and research & development efforts of Becht Engineering.

Submitting an FEA Report to ABSA

  The pressure vessel and piping jurisdiction in Alberta, Canada is ABSA – the pressure equipment safety authority. All pressure equipment as defined by the provincial Safety Codes Act must be registered with ABSA. I have been involved in registering piping systems and pressure vessels in this, my home jurisdiction. The focus of this blog post is what is required when you use an FEA to assist in the justification of your design. Based on my experience, ABSA’s preference is to have designs justified using Design-By-Rules. Therefore, in piping or pressure vessels, if there are rules in one of ASME Section VIII, Divisions 1 or 2 or ASME B31.3, then that is their preference. However, there are many situations where the specific geometry or loads are not explicitly covered by the rules. This may require a Design-By-Analysis. Note that these rules also apply to Fitness-For-Service FEA reports. Although there may be...
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Updated links

It has been brought to my attention that the link to the AB-520 has changed. The new link is http://www.absa.ca/wp-content/upload... Read More
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 12:02
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Requirements for an ASME Section VIII, Division 2 UDS - Part 2 of 2

Since the introduction of ASME Section VIII, Division 2 in 1968, a design basis document called a Users Design Specification (UDS) has been a Code requirement. The original requirements from 1968 were rather sparse. So, when Division 2 was re-written and issued in 2007, it was decided to expand the requirements to encompass all of the necessary design inputs. For the 2010 ASME PVP Conference, I co-wrote a paper that described in great detail what these new requirements are. Even more important than these new requirements is the multi-disciplinary approach that is required to adequately achieve these requirements. This is a two-part blog post: part one focused on the requirements (and some discussion about formatting) and part two focuses on the multi-disciplinary approach. Based on the significant number of requirements that are required to go into a UDS, it is no surprise that your typical Pressure Vessel Engineer should not be...
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Requirements for an ASME Section VIII, Division 2 UDS - Part 1 of 2

Since the introduction of ASME Section VIII, Division 2 in 1968, a design basis document called a Users Design Specification (UDS) has been a Code requirement. The original requirements from 1968 were rather sparse. So, when Division 2 was re-written and issued in 2007, it was decided to expand the requirements to encompass all of the necessary design inputs. For the 2010 ASME PVP Conference, I co-wrote a paper that described in great detail what these new requirements are. Even more important than these new requirements is the multi-disciplinary approach that is required to adequately achieve these requirements. This will be a two-part blog post: part one will focus on the requirements (and some discussion about formatting) and part two will focus on the multi-disciplinary approach. There are nine required sections in a UDS. These are listed in article 2.2.2 of Division 2. The remainder of this post will discuss those...
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My Design-By-Analysis course focuses on the application of finite element analysis to pressure vessels in accordance with ASME Sec... Read More
Thursday, 08 August 2013 18:19
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Leadership

I was asked to participate in an engineering career development panel session at the 2013 ASME Pressure Vessel and Piping Conference which was held in Paris, France. I elected to talk about what engineers can do to improve their leadership skills. I am including some of the introductory material in this blog; the full presentation can be downloaded as a pdf here. I thought it best to clearly define what a leader is. It is simply a person that people follow. This is separate from the definition of a manager, which is an appointed position whose role is to plan, organize and coordinate the work. Generally, the most effective managers are also leaders. And generally, an organization needs leaders to achieve its potential and grow. If you wish to be a manager, and are in an organization that prefers to select people with leadership skills as managers, then you should develop...
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