Course Content – Piping Vibration Analysis & Practical Engineering Solutions

Course Content – Piping Vibration Analysis & Practical Engineering Solutions

Piping Vibration Analysis & Practical Engineering Solutions in Process Plants

“Superb training, superb module, superb trainer. The training module is easy to understand, Don Frikken is very experience and knowledgeable. ”

“Program was very well organized & systematically conducted.”
— Project Engineer, Reliance Industries, India

“Points that were executed well – logistics and organization of the training along with the overall course progression. I appreciated the content that was provided and the knowledge Don had on the matter. ”

Schedule Date Time PDH Venue/Platform Cost Register
Spring 2024 April 24 – 26, 2024 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Central Time (UTC -6)
24 hrs. ZOOM
Virtual only


This course provides a thorough review of a wide variety of causes of process plant piping vibration from the point of view of an engineer that must identify the cause of vibration, determine if vibration is excessive, and correct the problem if it is. It provides a background on fundamental causes of piping vibration and how to identify the source 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. The causes of vibration, where possible, 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. Screening and simple vibration limits are provided. Many actual examples of typical plant piping vibration problems that the Becht has encountered in the energy industry are reviewed to illustrate the concepts covered. In addition, participants are encouraged to bring examples of troublesome vibration problems they have experienced or are experiencing in their plants for class discussion.

  • General Definitions
  • What we are Trying to Prevent
  • Vibration Type
  • When to Solve Problem
Mechanical Vibration
  • Single Degree of Freedom System
  • Displacement, Velocity and Acceleration
  • Damping
  • Multiple Degrees of Freedom
  • Simplified Vibration Analysis
  • What to do with Calculated Stress
  • Screening Criteria
Brittle Fracture
  • Factors Influencing Brittle Fracture
  • Applicability and Limitations
  • Data Requirements
  • Level 1 and 2 Brittle Fracture Assessment
Acoustic Resonance
  • What is it?
  • System Effect
  • EI Guidelines
  • API 618
  • Fixing Problems
  • Example
Reciprocating Pumps
  • General
  • Pump Discharge
  • Pump Sunction
  • Fixing Problems
  • Examples
  • What is it?
  • Surge Pressure
  • Surge Wave Velocity
  • Slow Closing Valve
  • Thrust Force
  • Vapor Column Collapse
  • Solutions to Problems
  • Examples
Slug Flow
  • General
  • Slug Flow Force
  • Examples
  • Corrective Measures
High Frequency Vibration
  • General
  • Acoustic Resonance
  • Acoustic Fatigue
  • Vortex Shedding
Earthquake General
  • Earthquake experience
  • Analysis
Other Sources of Vibration
  • Cavitation
  • Flashing
  • Flow turbulence
  • Noncondensable gases
  • Wind
  • Pressure relief valves
  • Expansion Joint
  • Mechanical Excitation
More Rigorous Analyses
  • OM-3 Requirements
  • Types of Computer Analyses
Solving Problems During Design
  • EI Vibration Guideline
  • Other Guidance
Solutions to Vibration Problems
  • Piping Restraints
  • Other Treatment
  • EI Guidelines – corrective actions
  • Severe Cyclic Condition
Practical Examples
  • Important Sources of Vibration
  • Essential Service Water
  • Cumene Piping
  • Steam & Feed Water Piping
  • Cogen Plant Cooling Wate
  • Furnace Outlet Lin
  • Low Frequency Field Vibration
  • Thick Stock Pump
  • Process Condensat
  • Cavitating Venturi
Who Should Attend:

Engineers, senior designers, maintenance, quality assurance, inspection and manufacturing personnel who work with process piping (e.g., in the chemical, petroleum, plastic processing, pulp and paper fields) will find the course a time-saving means to gain understanding piping vibration causes and remedies.

Because most piping vibration problems reveal themselves during operation, people responsible for operating piping systems are likely to find the course most valuable. However, designers of new piping systems will also find the course valuable because many of potential vibration problems can be anticipated during the design process.

Participants are encouraged to bring examples of troublesome vibration problems they have experienced or are experiencing for class discussion.

Donald Frikken, PE
Donald Frikken, PE. is an internationally recognized authority in piping design. Now employed by Becht Engineering, Don had been with Solutia, Inc. and Monsanto Company for 34 years; working on a wide range of activities including piping and mechanical design, project engineering, and engineering standards. Don’s principal specialty is piping design, including design of complex piping systems, piping flexibility analysis, selection of piping components including valves, development of piping standards and specifications, and developing and teaching numerous piping seminars and workshops.

He is an ASME Fellow and is active on various ASME standards committees. He is a member and past Chair of the ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code committee, a member and past Chair of the B31 Standards Committee, which oversees all B31 Piping Code committees, a member of the B16 Standards Committee, a past member of the ASME Board of Governors, and a past member of the Council on Standards and Certification, which oversees ASME’s codes and standards development.

Don has received many awards, including the ASME Melvin R. Green Codes and Standards Medal, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the development of documents used in ASME programs
of technical codification, standardization and certification; the ASME B31 Forever Medal for Excellence in Piping; and the ASME B16 Hall of Fame Medal. Don graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University and has a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

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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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