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API 579: Fitness for Service - A Focus on the Impact of Corrosion
(Breakout Session with Kristen Coyle)

API 579 offers valuable techniques to safely determine the fitness for service of a vessel or heat exchanger that has been in service.  Knowing the lifetime of a pressure vessel in service can have great significance on production capabilities and downtime costs. This course will focus on analyzing a vessel's fitness for service after the vessel has been subjected to corrosion, specifically to API 579 Part 4 (General Metal Loss), Part 5 (Local Metal Loss) and Part 6 (Pitting).

Catching Up With PV Elite Capabilities (Breakout Session with Scott Mayeux)
PV Elite is worked on constantly by a team of software development engineers.  Each year PV Elite is updated with the new codes and capabilities, and although each release leads users to focus on these new capabilities there are still 100's of tips and tricks that users have found useful from the earliest versions of PV Elite. Please join us to learn how your use of the latest version of PV Elite and past versions can be made more effective for all users both new and experienced.

Evaluation of Openings in Vessels (Breakout Session with Ray Delaforce)
Why do openings in vessels have to be reinforced?  What is the reason why having a hole in a vessel wall makes is weaker?  What are the various methods various codes tackle this problem?  In this simple easy to follow discussion you will learn the basic principles underlying nozzle reinforcement and how they are addressed by different pressure vessel codes.

The Theory, Principles and Effects of creep as it Pertains to Pressure Vessel Design (Breakout Session with Ray Delaforce)
Engineers understand the effects of operating stress on pressure vessel components.  Pressure vessel codes provide allowable stresses that must not be exceeded, with safety factor based on yield of no more the two thirds x yield.  These stresses are kept well below the yield point to maintain a margin of safety.  At modest temperatures, it can be expected that (ignoring the effects of corrosion) operating  pressures can be sustained for many years without fear of failure.  There are many vessels-still in service-that are over 80 years old.  This is because the properties of the metal remain constant over time.  However…..
Modern pressure vessel design calls for higher operating temperatures.  At these higher temperatures the metal over time can suffer from stretching, ultimately resulting in failure if not understood.  This is called creep.  The problem is that keeping the stresses below the yield point is not sufficient.  Creep can take place well below the yield point. 

Vessel Design with PV Elite (Workshop with Luis Sanjuan)
Sharpen your PV Elite design skills with the masters.  In this hands-on lab course, you will be presented with a vessel design problem.  Given a drawing and a 1½ hour time limit you will create a workable Code compliant vessel design with a number of design constraints and ‘user’ requirements.  Expect to use parts of PV Elite that you might normally not use including Jackets and API 579 Fitness for Service analysis.

ASME 2013 Code Update (Breakout Session with Scott Mayeux)
Did you know that ASME Section VIII is now on a 2 year distribution cycle?  This year’s release of Section VIII will encompass 2 years of changes.  Join us as we discuss the new changes to the Code that will affect your vessel and exchanger calculations.  Keep ahead of the pack with this ‘advanced’ information.

Understanding Local Stress Analysis using FEA
Since the mid 1960’s there have been empirical methods (WRC 107) for computing local stresses on vessel attachments and nozzles due to external loads.  Other methods such as WRC 297 and PD 5500 Annex G are available to solve similar problems.  Unfortunately these methods can be overly or not conservative in many cases.  FEA provides a great way to get the exact answer to these sorts of problems.  Join us as we discuss the use of FEA to determine analysis acceptability for a variety of common vessel attachment loading scenarios.

Improving Design and Analysis of Nozzles on Heads and Cylinders Using FEA Methods (Workshop with Willy Lock)
In this first of two hands-on FEA sessions to be presented by Willy Locke from Paulin Research Group, Willy will cover FEA techniques used to improve the design and analysis of nozzles on heads and cylindrical shells.  The attendee will get hands-on experience building and analyzing FEA models of these geometries using PRG's NozzlePRO product.  The session will discuss and address how FEA methods and PRG's software gives the analyst tools to address limitations and pitfalls that can result when WRC-107 and WRC-297 methods are used. (Present when the D/T, d/t, d/D and t/T ratios are too high or too low)  NozzlePRO will help users understand and comply with the rules of Design by Analysis of ASME Section VIII Division 2 Part 5, and it will also help the user understand how the FEA methods can reduce both under-conservatism and over-conservatism in calculating local stresses for nozzles.  Willy will also discuss the physical lab tests that PRG is conducting to validate the FEA results that NozzlePRO calculates.

Improving Design and Analysis of Lifting Lugs Using FEA methods (Workshop with Willy Lock)
In this second of two hands-on FEA sessions to be presented by Willy Locke from Paulin Research Group, Willy will cover FEA techniques used to improve the design and analysis of lifting lugs on vessels.  The attendee will get hands-on experience building and analyzing FEA models of lifting lugs with and without reinforcement pads (both integral and non-integral).  The session will discuss and address how FEA methods and PRG's software (NozzlePRO) can be used to address limitations and weaknesses in the Codes and WRC bulletins for these types of lifting lugs.  The attendee will use NozzlePRO to build and analyze FEA models of several lifting lugs and get the opportunity to compare the results with other methods and understand the differences.  The stress results in NozzlePRO will be compared to ASME Section VIII Division 2 Part 5 Design by Analysis elastic stress method.  Willy will also discuss the physical lab tests that PRG is conducting to validate the FEA results that NozzlePRO calculates.

An overview of API 650 and TANK 2013 (Breakout Session with Ray Delaforce)
The American Petroleum Institute (API) has standards and guidelines for many applications including design and rating of oil storage tanks under low or ambient pressure. This standard is API 650.  This class will discuss the basic design methodology behind standard 650 including determination of loads caused by wind, seismic and pressure.  Roof design will also be a point of discussion.  To illustrate how it all fits together, Intergraph TANK™ 2013 will be utilized to show easily these designs can be performed.

PV Elite Drivers of Success (Presenter: Scott Mayeux)
In this session Scott Mayeux will introduce this year’s Drivers of Success competition winner for PV Elite® as they share their successes in the use of the software.