#1510 - Mechanical Design of Process Plant Equipment

Course Objective

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to apply the requirements of the relevant industry standards to the mechanical design of pressure vessels, heat exchangers, piping systems, and aboveground atmospheric storage tanks; review equipment supplier and contractor proposals for performing the mechanical design of these items; evaluate the mechanical design details for these equipment items that have been prepared by others; and apply mechanical design requirements, as necessary, in the fitness-for-service assessment of existing equipment.

Who Should Attend

Engineers, managers, and others who are responsible for the mechanical design or design review of pressure vessels, heat exchangers, aboveground atmospheric storage tanks, and piping systems in process plant applications. Also, project engineers and project managers who are responsible for capital projects in process plants and engineers who are responsible for fitness-for-service evaluations.

Course Description

Pressure vessels, heat exchangers, aboveground atmospheric storage tanks, and piping systems typically represent over half the capital investment in a process plant. Mechanical engineers at end-user locations or in central engineering organizations are often responsible for evaluating the mechanical designs prepared by others for all these items, not just one or two. To perform these evaluations, these engineers must understand how these items should be designed. Engineers at contractors and equipment suppliers are also often responsible for the design of more that one of these items as well. Fitness-for-service assessments of existing equipment and piping systems can only be done by engineers who understand how these items are designed. 

This course is unique in that it discusses all these items in a single course. It begins by discussing the fundamentals of materials selection for process plant applications, which is not discussed in the industry standards. This material is covered by concentrating only on the most commonly applied topics in each case, rather than attempting to discuss everything. Therefore, participants receive broad, practical training in a single course rather than having to attend multiple courses. This maximizes their learning in a relatively short time. Those that require additional training for a particular item or topic may take a specialized course that covers it in more detail.

The material presented demonstrates some concepts that are not always shown or described in textbooks. The course emphasis is on developing a practical understanding of the mechanical design of fixed equipment and piping systems in process plant applications. Sample problems and participant exercises are included throughout the course to illustrate the concepts discussed and provide the participants with practice in applying them.

Course Outline

Material Selection Considerations (Approximately ½ day)

Pressure Vessels (Approximately 1 day)

Heat Exchangers (Approximately 1/2 day)

Aboveground Atmospheric Storage Tanks (Approximately 1 day)

Piping Systems (Approximately 1 day)

Sample problems are included where appropriate throughout the course to illustrate specific solution techniques and provide planned opportunities for group discussion. Written exercises are included for the participants to practice what has been taught and to demonstrate their knowledge.

Course Duration - 4-5 days