API 579 provides guidelines and methodologies for evaluating the structural integrity and suitability of equipment used in industries such as oil and gas, petrochemicals, and chemical processing. It outlines procedures for assessing equipment condition, determining compliance with safety and performance standards, and making informed decisions regarding repairs, replacements, or continued operation. API 579 addresses degradation mechanisms, such as corrosion and cracking, and provides criteria for evaluating the severity of flaws or defects.

What Is API 579 Latest Edition Update?

The latest update of API 579 is published in December 2021. The 2021 edition aims to provide additional support and enhance the requirements found in API 510, API 570, API 653, and other relevant post-construction codes. The methods and procedures included in the latest edition serve as a supplement to these codes, as well as to FFS (Fitness-for-Service) evaluations referenced in codes such as NB-23.

What Is API 579 Training Course Objective?

The API 579 training course by PetroSync aims to familiarize you with degradation mechanisms, fitness-for-service (FFS) concepts, and decision-making processes related to equipment integrity. It provides a solid understanding of technical terms, the basics of degradation and FFS, and the ability to conduct thorough inspections and engineering calculations. You learn to choose between re-rating, repair, and replacement options, and gain insights into evaluating equipment’s remaining life. This training equips you with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective equipment management and decision-making in the field.

What Is API 579 Training Course Outline?

The outline regarding PetroSync’s API 579 training course is listed below. You can refer to PetroSync’s API 579 training course brochure for a more detailed and complete outline.

Day 1 of API 579 Training

  • Introduction to API 579
  • Fundamentals of Pressure vessels and piping
  • Review of Design formulas
  • Calculation of required thickness
  • Concept of MAWP
  • Scope and limitations of API 579
  • Definition of technical terms
  • FFS assessment procedures
  • Levels of assessment
  • Remaining strength factor
  • Failure assessment Diagrams
  • Reduced permissible MAWP
  • Remaining life assessment
  • Overview of flaw damage and assessment procedures
  • Modes of deterioration and metal loss
  • Assessment for Brittle Fracture (Level 1)
  • Critical Exposure Temperature (CET)
  • Minimum Allowable Temperature (MAT)


Day 2 of API 579 Training

  • Definition of general metal loss
  • Assessment of general metal loss
  • Required data and measurements
  • Procedures for Level 1 assessment
  • Assessment techniques and acceptance criteria
  • Step-by-step assessment method
  • Calculation of minimum required thickness
  • Calculation of average thickness
  • Coefficient of variation
  • Case studies and exercises on the application of API 579 methodology
  • Assessment of local metal loss
  • Required data and measurements
  • Procedure for level 1 assessment

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Day 3 of API 579 Training

  • Brief discussion on Pitting Corrosion
  • Step-by-step assessment method as per Level-1
  • Case study and Exercise
  • Assessment techniques and acceptance criteria for pitting
  • Assessment of Hydrogen damage – Hydrogen Induced Cracking
  • Assessment of Hydrogen blisters
  • Assessment techniques and acceptance criteria as per Level-1
  • Case Study and Exercise
  • Assessment of Wed Mis-alignments
  • Assessment of Shell distortion
  • Assessment techniques and criteria as per Level-1


Day 4 of API 579 Training

  • Assessment of Crack like flaws
  • Assessment technique as per Level 1
  • Flaw Characterization- single cracks
  • Flaw Characterization- multiple cracks
  • Step-by-step assessment method
  • Failure assessment curves for crack-like flaws
  • Selection of FAD curves
  • Maximum permissible crack dimensions
  • Level-1 Assessment of cracks
  • Case study and Exercise on crack analysis as per Level-1
  • Assessment of creep damage
  • Creep range temperatures for various materials
  • Creep curves for various materials
  • Case studies on creep damage assessment


Day 5 of API 579 Training

  • Assessment of fire damage
  • Deciding on fire zones
  • Case studies on fire damage assessment
  • Assessment of dents, gouges
  • Assessment techniques and acceptance criteria as per Level-1
  • Case studies on dents, gouges assessment
  • Assessment of Laminations
  • Case study on lamination assessment
  • Assessment of Fatigue Damage as per Level-1
  • Case study on fatigue damage
  • Final Review Exam (if required)
  • Closing Session

Is There Any API 579 Certification Issued by API?

No, API does not regulate any API 579 Individual Certification Program. The API 579 standard, also known as “Fitness-for-Service,” provides guidelines for assessing the equipment’s structural integrity. However, undergoing an API 579 training course remains highly valuable for oil and gas, petrochemicals, and power plant engineers.

PetroSync’s API 579 training equips you with essential knowledge and skills to assess equipment integrity and make informed decisions regarding repairs and replacements. Despite the absence of a certification program, API 579 training demonstrates a commitment to best practices, enhances decision-making strategy, and complements other API certifications. Enrolling in our API 579 training is a worthwhile investment for engineers.

Who Should Attend API 579 Training Course?

The target audience for the API 510/570/653 certification and the API 579 training includes various professionals involved in engineering, maintenance, and operations. This includes:

  • Pressure vessel, piping, and tank design engineers
  • Process engineers,
  • Plant operating engineers and managers
  • Chemical and mechanical engineers.

These professionals play a critical role in assessing the integrity of columns, vessels, tanks, and piping systems. Additionally, the API 579 training is recommended for:

  • Design engineers
  • Inspection personnel
  • Maintenance engineers who are involved in the repair, maintenance, and troubleshooting of equipment in the refining, petrochemical, and chemical industries.

Holding individual certifications such as API 510, API 570, or API 653 is beneficial and serves as an added advantage for you, further validating your expertise in the field.

If you are an engineer focusing on operations, maintenance, and engineering, joining PetroSync’s API 579 training course can be your excellent decision. By participating in API 579 training course, you can acquire a comprehensive set of guidelines and methodologies for assessing equipment’s structural integrity. PetroSync’s training course is also designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to evaluate equipment conditions and ensure compliance with safety and performance standards. Reserve your API 579 training course and make informed decisions about repairs, replacements, or continued operation with PetroSync!

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