3 Day Course
Instructor: George Antaki, P.E. or Greg Hollinger, P.E.
This course reviews the application of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Section III code for the design of nuclear plant components: vessels, tanks, piping systems, pumps and valves. It addresses the roles and responsibilities of the Owner, the designer, the regulator, and the authorized nuclear inspector. The course reviews the design methods, equations, and criteria, with example applications. The course also provides the regulatory requirements which apply to these components and a historical perspective on the evolution of the design and regulatory rules.
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2 to 3 Day Course
Instructor: J Robert "Bob" Sims
This course provides participants with a “HOW‐TO MANUAL” to optimize plant inspection to achieve better reliability and reduced risk without sacrificing cost. Specific exercises will give participants the opportunity to examine important aspects for implementation of a RBI system that is tailored to the individual needs of their process plant facility.
4 Day Course
Instructor: Don Frikken, P.E.
This course provides a foundation of knowledge necessary for those responsible for performing and managing piping flexibility analysis of new and existing systems. The expected outcome of this course is for the participants to be able to perform piping flexibility analyses of piping systems according to the requirements of ASME B31.3 using the CAESAR II piping flexibility analysis computer program. The course covers Code requirements for support, flexibility and reactions.
5 Day Course
Instructor: Don Frikken, P.E. or Dr. Charles Becht IV, PhD, P.E.
This introductory course is designed to provide participants with a complete and up‐to‐date overview of the area of Piping Technology with an emphasis on process piping.
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Instructor: Trevor Seipp, P.E.
Introduces participants to the Design-By-Analysis portion of the ASME code Section VIII, Division 2, Part 5. Based on the rules and guidance provided in Part 5, this course is a comprehensive introduction to the requirements of performing Design-By-Analysis to the ASME Code. This course provides detailed instruction on performing finite element analysis in compliance with the Code. Examples problems are presented and discussed for many of the common rules. This course is intended for engineers who are familiar with pressure vessel and piping design, and need additional guidance on applying Design-By-Analysis concepts.
Currently Offered (Also Virtual): September 23 to 26, 2019: Houston, TX
Blagoje is mechanical engineer with 36 years of power plant and piping engineering and design experience on coal fired and combined cycle power plant, solar power plant, offshore oil drilling platform, process plant and mining projects as design and project engineer, stress analyst and construction site engineer. Experience includes 28 years of use and implementation of plant 3D CAD systems (Aveva Plant Design Management System [PDMS] and Intergraph Plant Design System [PDS]).
2 Day Course
Instructor: George Antaki, P.E.
The course addresses the design and analysis of buried metallic pipe, their technical basis and practical application. We will develop the design loads: normal and transient pressure, temperature, soil and surface loads, flood loads, settlements, and seismic. We will perform design calculations using simplified formulas, and have an introduction to more advanced analysis methods. The course will then provide an example for evaluating the integrity and remaining life of corroded buried pipe.
Mr. Becht is a mechanical and nuclear engineer with expertise in FEA and thermo-hydraulics modeling and analysis. His experience ranges from developing new designs meeting code requirements, failure investigation and repair, and FFS assessments.
In the hydraulic area, his work includes the study of NRC issues related to entrapped gases in liquid lines, for which he developed hydraulics models and analysis
David has worked in the power industry for 8 years with Fronek Power Systems. David’s experience includes pipe stress analysis of high energy piping systems, on-site field inspections of piping and pipe hangers, pipe support design, troubleshooting and implementing recommendations on piping that has been damaged from transient events, and developing outage plans for the replacement of piping. He has experience with ASME B31.1, ASME B31.3, API 579, API 610, ASCE 7, and other various codes and standards. David is working out of the Becht/Fronek Piping Group office, located in Montvale, NJ.
Mr. Frikken is an internationally recognized authority in piping systems, valves, and the development of standards and specifications. His work with Becht includes designing new piping systems, analyzing existing piping systems, assisting manufacturers with respect to code compliance issues, and providing instruction on process piping and piping flexibility analysis courses. Don has received a number of awards including the ASME B31 Forever Medal for Excellence in Piping, and the ASME Melvin R. Green
Frank Fronek has worked in the fossil power industry for 48 years engineering, designing, analyzing and supporting HE Piping systems in new coal, gas, oil, biomass, solar and other type power plants, as well as condition assessment and troubleshooting of operating facilities. In 1983, Frank founded a piping engineering company in NJ and a fabrication shop in Texas to produce a complete line of pipe support components and related structures. These facilities were acquired by The Shaw Group in 1994. After working for The Shaw Group, Frank founded Fronek Power Services (FPS), a piping engineering company, acquired by Becht Engineering in January 2018. Frank will work in...
Gersh Kogan has 37 years’ experience in the power industry in the principal areas of piping, supports, mechanical engineering for various types of power plants including fossil, combined cycle and other types of plants. He has participated in design of critical piping systems for new plants, providing troubleshooting consultation during start up and operation, assisted in balancing pipe loading at steam turbines, feedwater pumps
Gorka has been working in Mechanical and Piping Engineering (mostly in Power projects) for more than 11 years. Gorka started his career in a multidisciplinary Engineering firm and has spent the last 7 years working as a part of Fronek Power Systems staff. Gorka’s experience is mostly based in Pipe Stress analysis for Critical Piping systems plus other mechanical areas such as developing P&IDs, hydraulic calculations, equipment specifications and data sheets and pipe supports design. As part of the piping team, Gorka worked in several Critical Piping Design Reviews, as well as site inspections and troubleshooting during erection and commissioning. Gorka lives in the Bilbao metropolitan area (Northern Spain).
Jon has an experience of more than 11 years in the Power Industry. He has worked the last 7 years as Mechanical Engineer in Fronek Power Systems LLC. Responsible for the analysis work, piping and support design. Multiple visit and walkdowns to Construction sites to resolve installation and startup issues and operating plants to perform piping assessment. He has experience in ASME B31.1 and other codes and standards. Before joining FPS, Jon worked in an EPC company and AE firm in Spain. Jon lives in Bilbao (Northern Spain), the city where the new office is located.
Kyle is a recent graduate from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and has worked in the power industry for over a year with Fronek Power Systems. Kyle’s experience includes pipe stress analysis of high energy piping systems, pipe support design, and on-site field inspections of piping and pipe hangers. In addition, he is proficient with various engineering applications such as CAESAR II, AutoPipe, SupportModeler, Smartplant3D, AutoCad, and Microstation. He has experience with ASME B31.1, ASME B31.3, API 579, and various other codes and standards. Kyle is working out of the Fronek Piping Group office, currently located in Orangeburg, NY.
The course studies a series of abnormal conditions, failures or near-failures in nuclear power plant vessels and piping systems, and the lessons learned to prevent their recurrence. The failures are reviewed as case studies, and are traced back to short-comings in systems (thermo-hydraulics, abnormal transients, etc.), materials (inadequacy, corrosion, etc.), detailed design (over-loads, abnormal conditions, etc.), operations (operation outside of the design envelope, etc.), and inspections (adequacy of the ISI plan for the damage mechanisms, interpreting inspection results, making the right run-or-repair decision, etc.).
The course evaluates a series of plant vibration issues recorded at nuclear power plants. A systematic approach is presented to investigate the root-cause of the vibration, its significance (run-or-repair), the inspection for damage, and the alternatives to eliminate the cause of vibration. The analysis of vibration is presented in the context of ASME O&M Part 3, with example applications of the Standard.
This course covers the fundamentals of design, layout, fabrication, examination and testing as it relates to preventative repairs and modifications of piping systems.
This course provides a background on fundamental causes of piping vibration and how to identify sources of vibration, rules of thumb and simplified methods for evaluating vibration severity, and methods of treatment. A wide variety of causes of vibration are covered in order to enable the participant to properly evaluate the variety of piping vibration problems that can occur in piping systems. Causes of vibration are discussed with respect to very basic energy and momentum principles that enable the participant to understand what is happening within and to the piping system.
Currently Offered: November 21-22, 2019: Texas Training and Conference Center, Houston, Texas
Pete has 48 years’ experience in the power industry in the principal areas of piping, supports, mechanical engineering for various types of power plants including fossil, combined cycle and nuclear plants. He has designed critical systems for new plants, troubleshot during start up and operation, designed modifications to existing plants, and performed remaining life evaluations. Pete also has experience in other types of plants and facilities as well as I&C. Pete is an active member of many ASME Code Committees including B31 Piping Committee and B&PV Code Technical Oversite and Management Committee.
This two-day course provides a practical, standard-based approach to understanding damage mechanisms, performing fitness-for-service assessment of damaged pressure equipment, making run-or-repair decisions, and selecting the repair method. The scope of the course is storage tanks, pressure vessels, and piping systems.
This course reviews the current requirement for the seismic bracing of fire protection systems, both buried headers and sprinkler systems, their technical basis and their application. The course also reviews the damage from actual earthquakes on fire piping systems and the more advanced seismic design, analysis and testing techniques.
Instructor: Frederick J. Moody, PhD
A practical course to understand and predict transients and hammers in piping systems, including 2‐phase flow and trapped gas effects.