Course Content – ASME Section VIII, Division 1 Pressure Vessel Design

Course Content – ASME Section VIII, Division 1 Pressure Vessel Design


“This course combines theoretical and practical explanations to provides useful knowledge of the ASME Section VIII Div 1 codes and standards. It is useful for all engineers who want to their skills set about pressure vessel. Course is well organized, and example questions provide excellent explanation of the material. ”
— Mechanical Engineer, Becht, United States

“Enjoyed the deep knowledge and experience of the instructor. This always makes for better learning of the subject. It was nice that the class was a small group for interaction. This course really helped me get a much better understanding of section VIII. Thank you, Don.”
— Hemlock Semiconductor, United States

“Practical Practice Examples were good although looking for the problem/resource materials and any additional documents was sometimes confusing and difficult in an Online format. Don was willing to answer questions when asked and follow up later if he did not have an answer immediately available. ”
— Hemlock Semiconductor, United States

Schedule Date Time PDH Venue/Platform Cost Register
3Q2024 October 1 – 4, 2024 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Central Europe Time (UTC +2)
32 hrs. Becht Europe B.V., Dobbeweg 1c, 2254 AG VOORSCHOTEN, The Netherlands
Accepts in-person and virtual attendees


This course is a comprehensive introduction to pressure vessel design in accordance with the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section VIII, Div 1. General topics in the course include general design requirements, design requirements related to materials, welded joint design requirements and vessel component design.

  1. ASME Section VIII, Division 1 Scope and Responsibilities
    • Become familiar with the scope of ASME Section VIII, Division 1 as wll as users’ and manufacturers’ responsibilities
  2. General Requirements. Develop a more thorough understanding of the design rules
    • Cylinders, dished heads, conical heads, flat covers and opening reinforcemen for internal and external pressure
    • External loadings, including wind and seismic
    • Appendix 2 flanges
    • Part UHX tubesheets (brief discussion)
  3. Design Requirements for Welded Vessels
    • Welded joint categories and welded joint types
    • RT and UT examination and joint efficiencies
  4. Material Requirements
    • Postweld heat treatment
    • Impact testing requirements
Who Should Attend:

    Individuals involved with the design or inspection of pressure vessels. Some degree of technical background will be helpful, but such individuals are not required to have an Engineering degree or previous work experience in the subject matter.
Nathan Barkley, P.E.
Nathan Barkley, P.E. has nearly 15 years of experience with mechanical design and analysis of pressure vessels and heat exchangers in the refining and chemical industries. Prior to joining Becht, he was the Lead Design Engineer at a world-class fabrication company building ASME Section VIII, Division 1 and Division 2 equipment. He has extensive experience with ASME and API codes and standards for new and post construction. In addition to basic pressure vessel design per Section VIII of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, his experience includes design by analysis for the failure modes of Division 2 Part 5, design certification, fitness for service, rerating, alteration, repairs, and inspection.

Mr. Barkley is actively involved in ASME as a voting member or contributor to the Section VIII Subgroup committees on General Requirements, Design, and High Pressure Vessels. He also holds leadership positions within the ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference and has published several peer reviewed conference papers on pressure vessel design. Mr. Barkley holds a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering and certificate in Engineering Mechanics from Missouri University of Science and Technology and a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mississippi. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Texas and holds an inspector certification in API 510.

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Becht offers the following discounts on Public Training:

The highest applicable discount will be applied; discounts are not additive.

  1. Early Registration – A 10% discount is to be provided when you register 30 days before the start date of the training.
  2. Group Rate – A group discount is applied when you send three or more people from your organization to the same course and provide a single payment.
  3. No. of Registrants Discount/Person
    3 10%
    4 – 6 20%
    7 and up 25%
  4. Yearly Commitment Discount – A 25% discount when you prepay for a minimum of 10 participants from your organization to any of the courses in the same year.

Cancellation Policy:
Full refunds or course transfers are available 4 weeks prior to the class start date. Cancellations 2-4 weeks out are eligible for course transfers or a refund of 60% of the registration fee. Cancellations within 2 weeks of the class will not be eligible for a refund. For any inquiries, please email

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