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
Summer 2023 June 5 – 8, 2023 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Central Time (UTC -6)
32 hrs. Sheraton North Houston at George Bush Intercontinental
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.
Trevor Seipp, M.Sc., P.Eng.
Don Kurle, P.E. Mr. Kurle has over 30 years experience in mechanical design and analysis of pressure vessels and heat exchangers in the chemical and petrochemical industries. He also has experience in minimum design metal temperature (MDMT), fitness for service (FFS), reratings and minimum thickness evaluations of pressure vessels and heat exchangers.

Mr. Kurle spent several years with a major pressure vessel and heat exchanger computer software company as a technical support engineer assisting clients with technical issues related to application of the program. He also developed and presented training classes in the use of the vessel design program and ASME Code.

Mr. Kurle holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Welding Society (AWS). Mr. Kurle is a co-owner of a patent for a tubular reactor in the US and Europe. Mr. Kurle’s ASME Code Committee activities include Vice Chair Subgroup External Pressure (BPV II), member Subgroup Design (BPV VIII), Vice Chair Subgroup Toughness (BPV II & BPV VIII) and member Subgroup Heat Transfer Equipment (BPV VIII). Mr. Kurle is a past member of Repair and Testing (PCC) and Special Working Group Bolted Flanged Joints committees.

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    4 – 6 20%
    7 and up 25%
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