API 510 is a standard issued by the American Petroleum Institute (API) that offers guidance and mandates for the examination, maintenance, modification, and integrity management of pressure vessels utilized in the oil and gas sector. API 510 ensures the safety and dependability of pressure vessels throughout their operational lifespan.

Within the industry, API 510 certification is highly respected as it shows an engineer’s comprehensive understanding of pressure vessel inspection, maintenance, and integrity management practices.

What Is API 510 Latest Edition Update?

The latest edition of the API 510 standard was published in October 2022 as the 11th edition. In general, API 510  standard covers various aspects related to pressure vessels, including:

Inspection Procedures

The API 510 standard provides procedures and techniques for inspecting pressure vessels, including visual examinations, non-destructive testing (NDT), and other methods. These procedures detect defects, corrosion, and issues affecting vessel integrity.

Repair and Alteration Guidelines

Guidelines in the standard cover repairs and alterations of pressure vessels to maintain or enhance their structural integrity. They specify welding procedures, materials, and quality control measures for safe and effective repairs.

Integrity Management

The API 510 standard highlights the importance of managing pressure vessel integrity. It includes provisions for developing integrity management systems with risk-based inspection (RBI), corrosion assessment, remaining life calculations, and risk mitigation strategies.

Codes and Standards

Relevant codes and standards, such as ASME BPVC Sections VIII and IX, are referenced in the API 510 standard. Compliance ensures vessels are designed, manufactured, and operated according to recognized engineering principles and industry best practices.

Documentation and Record-Keeping

The API 510 standard emphasizes accurate and up-to-date documentation for pressure vessels. This includes inspection reports, repair records, alteration documentation, and other records demonstrating compliance with the standard’s requirements.

What Is API 510 Training Course Objective?

API 510 training course by PetroSync aims to enable engineers to proficiently inspect, repair, and maintain pressure vessels by the API 510 standard by equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills. Our training course objectives are:

  1. Pass the API 510 pressure vessel inspector certification exam with success.
  2. Utilize major codes such as ASME B&PV Sections V, VIII, & IX effectively.
  3. Conduct all necessary basic vessel calculations required for the API exam, including minimum thickness, test pressure, the maximum allowable working pressure (MAWP), static head, minimum design metal temperature (MDMT), corrosion rates, remaining life, and more.
  4. Implement API’s requirements for the inspection, repair, and alteration of pressure vessels.
  5. Evaluate welding procedures (WPS/PQR) and qualifications of welders (WPQ) through careful review.

What Is API 510 Training Course Outline?

The outline ofPetroSync’s API 510 training course is listed down below. For a more complete outline, you can refer to PetroSync’s API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspector training course details at PetroSync’s Website.

DAY 1 of API 510 Training

Module 1

Welcome and Introduction

Overview of API 510 Course

Module 2: Joint Efficiency

  • Weld Joint Categories from UW-3;
  • Type of radiography (full, spot, or none, RT-1, RT-2, etc.)
  • Joint efficiency by reading Table UW-12)
  • Joint efficiency for seamless heads and vessels Sections per UW-12 (d); and
  • Joint efficiency for welded pipe and tubing per UW-12 (e).

Module 3: Thickness Calculations

  • The required thickness of a cylindrical shell (UG-27(c)(1));
  • The vessel part MAWP for a cylindrical shell
  • The required thickness of a head-Hemispherical, Ellipsoidal, torispherical
  • The vessel part MAWP for a head

Module 4: Static Head

  • Calculate static head pressure on any vessel part
  • Calculate total pressure (MAWP + static head) on any vessel part
  • Calculate maximum vessel MAWP given vessel parts MAWP and elevations

Module 5: External Pressure and Impact Testing

  • Calculate the maximum allowable external pressure
  • Calculate whether a cylindrical shell meets the Code design for external pressure.
  • Determine the minimum metal temperature of a material that is exempt from impact testing (UG-20 (f), UCS-66, UCS-68(c).

DAY 2 of API 510 Training

Module 1: Pressure Testing

  • Calculate a test pressure compensating for temperature. (UG-99 & UG-100)
  • The precautions associated with hydrostatic and pneumatic testing,
  • Steps in the hydro test Procedure (UG 99 and UG 100)
  • All steps in a pneumatic test procedure (UG 100 and UG 102)

Module 2: Weld Size For Attachment Welds at Openings

  • Conversion of a fillet weld throat dimension to leg dimension, the conversion factor(0.707)
  • Determine the required size of welds at openings (UW-16).

Module 3: Nozzle Reinforcement

  • Key concepts of reinforcement, such as replacement of strength and limits of reinforcement.
  • Credit for the extra metal in the shell and nozzle
  • Calculate the required areas for reinforcement

Module 4: Scope of API 510

  • General Application
  • Specific Applications
  • Recognized Technical Concepts
  • References

Module 5:

  • Definitions and Owner/user inspection organization
  • General
  • Owner/User Organization Responsibilities

DAY 3 of API 510 Training

Module 1: Inspection, Examination, and Pressure Testing Practices

  • Inspection Plans
  • Risk-based Inspection
  • Preparation For Inspection
  • Inspection For Types Of Damage Modes Of Deterioration And Failure

Module 2

  • General Types Of Inspection And Surveillance
  • Condition Monitoring Locations
  • Condition Monitoring Methods

Module 3

  • Pressure Testing
  • Material Verification And Traceability
  • Inspection Of In-service Welds And Joints
  • Inspection Of Flanged Joints

Module 4: Interval/frequency and extent of inspection

  • General
  • Inspection During Installation And Service Changes
  • Risk-based Inspection
  • External Inspection
  • Internal And On-stream Inspection
  • Pressure-relieving Devices

Module 5: Inspection data evaluation, analysis, and recording

  • Corrosion Rate Determination
  • Remaining Life Calculations
  • Maximum Allowable Working Pressure Determination

Module 6

  • Fitness For Service Analysis Of Corroded Regions
  • API RP 579 Fitness For Service Evaluations
  • Required Thickness Determination
  • Evaluation Of Existing Equipment With Minimal Documentation
  • Reports And Records

DAY 4 of API 510 Training

Module: Repairs, alterations, and rerating of pressure vessels.

  • Repairs And Alterations
  • Authorization
  • Approval
  • Materials Requirements
  • Welding Requirements

Module 2

  • Heat Treating Requirements
  • Preheating
  • Post-weld Heat Treating
  • Local Post-Weld Heat treatment
  • Repairs to Stainless Steel Weld Overlay and Cladding
  • Rerating

Module 3

  • Introduction to ASME Sec. IX
  • Welding Procedure tests
  • Performance qualification tests
  • Acceptance criteria
  • Welding positions
  • P-No, F-No, and A-No.
  • Review of Welding Procedure Specification (WPS); and Procedure Qualification Record (PQR)
  • Determine:
    • Whether the number and type of mechanical test listed on PQR are appropriate
    • Whether the results of the tests are acceptable
    • Whether all required essential and non-essential variables have been properly addressed.

DAY 5 of API 510 Training

Module 1
API RP 576, Inspection of Pressure-Relieving Devices

  • Description of Types — (API RP-576, Section 2)
  • Causes of Improper Performance (API RP-576, Section 4)
  • Reasons for Inspection and Frequency Determination (API RP 576, Sections 3 & 5)
  • Inspection and Test Service Procedures (API RP-576, Sections 6 and 7)

Module 2

  • Article 1, General Requirements:
  • Article 2, Radiographic Examination

Module 3

  • Article 6, Liquid Penetrant Examination
  • Article 7, Magnetic Particle Examination (Yoke and Prod techniques only):
  • Article 23, Ultrasonic Standards, Section SE–797

Module 4
API RP 576, Inspection of Pressure-Relieving Devices

  • Description of Types (API RP-576, Section 2)
  • Causes of Improper Performance (API RP-576, Section 4)
  • Reasons for Inspection and Frequency Determination (API RP 576, Sections 3 & 5)
  • Inspection and Test Service Procedures (API RP-576, Sections 6 and 7)

Module 5 (1 hour + 1 hour discussion)
Practice Examination-Open Book
Practice Examination-Closed Book

Feedback and Closing

Is There Any API 510 Certification Issued by API?

Yes, there is an API 510 certification issued by the American Petroleum Institute (API). The API 510 certification is designed specifically for engineers actively engaged in the inspection, repair, alteration, and integrity management of pressure vessels in the oil and gas industry. This certification confirms that individuals possess a thorough understanding of the applicable codes, standards, and practices associated with pressure vessel inspection and maintenance.

PetroSync’s API 510 training course equips you with comprehensive instruction and guidance. Our expert instructor possesses in-depth knowledge of the subject matter and will suffice you with the necessary skills, knowledge, and confidence to excel in the examination and beyond. Our training course covers all essential topics, including relevant codes, standards, and best practices ensuring that you are well-prepared to handle the challenges of pressure vessel inspection.

Who Should Attend API 510 Training Course?

PetroSync’s API 510 training course will specifically benefit but not be limited to the Engineers, Supervisors, and Managers from the following disciplines:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Inspection
  • Maintenance & Operations
  • Technical & Engineering
  • QAQC

Further, technical personnel with 2-3 years of experience in managing and planning inspection and maintenance activities for pressure vessel systems at upstream oil and gas facilities, refineries, process plants, and petrochemical facilities will also find this course highly beneficial.

By joining PetroSync’s API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspector training course, you will learn how to effectively assess pressure vessel conditions, identify potential issues, and make informed decisions to ensure compliance with industry regulations. If you plan to take the certification, participating in the API 510 exam without prior training can be overwhelming and may not yield optimal results.

We believe that investing in a thorough training course can provide a solid foundation and a competitive edge, significantly increasing your chances of success while gaining practical and fundamentals of pressure vessel inspection. Reserve your API 510 training spot and sculpt your skills regarding pressure vessel systems with PetroSync!

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