Course Content – Pressure Equipment Engineering Fundamentals

Course Content – Pressure Equipment Engineering Fundamentals

Pressure Equipment Engineering Fundamentals

Schedule Date Time PDH Venue/Platform Cost Register
Fall 2023 October 2- 5, 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 4-Day Mechanical Engineering training will encompass the following topics

  • Overview of course material
Introduction to Codes & Standards
  • ASME Pressure Vessel Code, Section VIII Division 1 and 2
  • ASME PCC-2
Materials of Construction (Ferrous and Non – Ferrous)
  • Material Selection
  • Material Standards and Specification
  • Material Properties
  • – Stress-Strain Diagram
    – Fracture Toughness
    – Impact Properties
Design of Pressure Vessels (General Theory)
  • Properties and Mechanics of Materials
  • Failure Theories
  • Basis for Design Per ASME Div.1 Code
  • – Weld Joint Efficiency
    – Internal Pressure Design
    – External Pressure Design
    – Nozzle Design
    – Saddle Design
    – Wind Design for Towers
    – Seismic Design
    – External Loads on Nozzle and Attachments (Lifting Lugs)
  • Basis for Design Per ASME Div.2 Code
  • – Introduction to Design by Rule
    – Introduction to Design by Rule
  • Introduction to Design by Analysis
Design of Heat Exchangers
  • Brief Introduction to TEMA and ASME UHX
  • Design of Flanges per ASME Div. 1 Code
  • Design of Tubesheet and End Covers (ASME and TEMA)
Fabrication and Testing
  • Welding
  • Post Weld Heat Treatment
  • Impact Testing
Pressure Vessel Internal Design
  • Ring Supports
  • Catalyst Bed Support Design/Evaluation
  • Outlet Collector
SME PCC-2 – Repair of Pressure Equipment and Piping
  • introduction to PCC-2
  • Lap Patch Design
  • Full Encirclement Sleeve
  • Welded Leak Box Repair
Project Engineering
  • NPQC for the Mechanical Engineer
  • Reviewing Equipment Drawings and Specifications
  • Spot checking and validating vendor calculations
Rerating of Vessels and Exchangers using Compress
  • introduction to PCC-2
  • Lap Patch Design
  • Full Encirclement Sleeve
  • Welded Leak Box Repair
Ranjan Chithranjan, PhD, PE
Nadarajah (“Ranjan”) Chithranjan, PhD, PE. Dr. Ranjan’s career has spanned over 18 years of worldwide involvement in petrochemical industries for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering. Prior to joining Becht Engineering, he worked as a fixed equipment specialist at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering and he has worked in more than a dozen countries worldwide to solve complex mechanical plant problems as well as a mechanical support for large scale projects. He has extensive knowledge in pressure vessels, piping, and storage tanks, design and maintenance codes. At ExxonMobil, he was the lead fitness for service specialist and he is very well versed with the fitness for service codes as well as linear and non-linear finite element methods to solve complicated plant problems. Ranjan was also the Mechanical Delayed Coker and Storage Tank subject matter expert at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering.

He was a former member of API-650 Welded Steel Tank for Oil Storage and presently he is a member of the ASME Working Group on Section VIII, Division II, Design by Analysis and Working Group on Section VIII, Division II, High-temperature design. He has more than twenty-five publications and two patents. Dr. Nadarajah received his Ph.D. and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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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 15 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.

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