API 653 is a standard created by the American Petroleum Institute (API) that guides the inspection, repair, alteration, and reconstruction of aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) utilized for keeping petroleum, chemicals, and related materials. It addresses different parts of AST maintenance, such as the least examination intervals, examination techniques, and repair approaches. API 653 is commonly applied in the petroleum and chemical sectors to safeguard the protection and reliability of aboveground storage tanks.
What Is API 653 Latest Edition Update?
Here are some more details about the key updates and revisions included in the latest edition of API 653, 5th Edition, November 2014:
1. Inspection Requirements for Tanks with Cathodic Protection Systems
The updated guidance includes the minimum tank inspection and testing frequency, the standards for evaluating the system’s efficiency, and the specifications for installing and maintaining the system.
2. Revised Minimum Thickness Requirements for Floor Plates
The minimum thickness requirements for floor plates have been modified to reflect the impact of corrosion and wear. The updated requirements factor in the tank’s design, the type of product stored, and the expected operating conditions.
3. Changes to The Evaluation of Repairs and Alterations
The new guidelines cover the minimum requirements for evaluating the quality and effectiveness of repairs and alterations, including the use of non-destructive testing methods.
4. New Appendices Providing Guidance on The Inspection of Tanks with Liners and on The Use of Risk-based Inspection Techniques
The new appendices provide detailed information on the minimum requirements for inspecting tanks with liners and the use of risk-based inspection techniques to prioritize inspection activities.
5. Updated References to Other Relevant Industry Standards and Guidelines.
The latest edition includes updated references to other relevant industry standards and guidelines, including those related to materials selection, welding, and non-destructive testing. The updated references reflect changes in industry best practices and technological advancements, and ensure that API 653 is aligned with other relevant industry standards and guidelines.
In the most recent edition of API 653, the minimum thickness requirements for floor plates have been modified to reflect the impact of corrosion and wear. The updated requirements factor in the tank’s design, the type of product stored, and the expected operating conditions.
What Is API 653 Training Course Objective?
PetroSync’s API 653 training course spans five days to provide a detailed discussion of the necessary engineering knowledge for in-service storage tanks, with a focus on the syllabus published by API (Body of Knowledge). The course will clarify the basic intentions of all code prescriptions for study, teach participants how to interpret code rulings, and ultimately build confidence among them for decision-making.
Divided into six main areas, our API 653 training course covers basic storage tank design engineering (API 650), in-service inspection techniques (API 653/RP 575/RP 577), damage mechanisms (API 571), cathodic protection (API RP 651), lining of tank bottoms (API RP 652), retirement thickness calculations, and other skills required for the delivery of a quality job and safe operation. You will receive comprehensive course notes and practical case studies to impart knowledge effectively.
What Is API 653 Training Course Outlines?
On Day 1, the discussion revolves around the fundamentals of Storage Tank Design & Construction (API 650):
- Allowable stress values shell, roof, and bottom design
- Material selection
- Impact test requirement of API 650
- Impact test results
- Shell thickness calculations
- Bottom plate thickness calculations
- Roof plates calculations
- Nozzle openings calculations
- API 650 Requirements for Storage Tank Fabrication, erection, NDT, and leak testing
On Day 2, you will be given the fundamentals and understanding of storage tank inspection code (API 653) Part 1:
- Introduction, scope, definitions, and Organization of API 653
- Intervals and scope of inspections
- Data evaluation and corrosion assessment of roof, shell, and bottom.
- Estimation of corrosion rate
- Inspection and testing practices of API 653
- Evaluation for brittle failure
On Day 3, you will be given the fundamentals and understanding of storage tank inspection code (API 653) Part 2:
- Repairs, alterations & reconstruction of storage tanks
- Tank relocation and re-erection
- Replacement of tank bottom, hot tapping on tank shell.
- Detail discussions on material corrosion and degradation (API 571), NDT of tank repairs, leak testing
On Day 4, there will be discussion on storage tank Inspection as well as study of other relevant codes and standards:
- Discussions on cathodic protection methods against soil corrosion (API RP 651)
- Recommended practices for inspection of storage tanks (API RP 575)
- Introduction to Sec IX, Case studies of checking of PQR & WPS
On Day 5, the discussions will be mainly about corrosion protection & quality of welding:
- Discussions on the Lining of bottoms of storage tanks (API RP 652)
- Discussions on API RP 577 and Welding Inspection
- Understanding the difference between Inspection and Examination and Various NDE methods to detect flaws in metals.
- Understanding rules imposed by ASME Sec V for various NDE techniques
- Final examinations Feedback and Concluding
Is There Any API 653 Individual Certification Program Issued by API?
Yes, API issues individual certification program for API 653 standard known as the API 653 Certified Aboveground Storage Tank Inspector. API regulates the certification for individuals who pass the API 653 examination and meet the qualifications outlined in API 653 standard. The certification demonstrates the individual’s knowledge and skills in the inspection, repair, alteration, and reconstruction of aboveground storage tanks.
Who Should Attend API 653 Training Course?
PetroSync’s API 653 Tank Inspection training course will specifically benefit Engineers, Supervisors, and Managers from the following disciplines:
- Mechanical Engineering
- Maintenance & Operations
- Technical & Engineering
- Corrosion Engineer
Any design person involved in the integrity assessment of in-service tanks, repairs, and replacement of old tanks is also encouraged to enroll in our program. Mr. Chintamani, as our API 653 Tank Inspection, Repair, Alteration, and Reconstruction training course instructor, has extensive involvement in facilities inspection. His proven journey and experience as a practical coach and mentor make PetroSync‘s training course not only a preparation for you to confidently pass the API 653 examination but also an opportunity to enhance your understanding of storage tank facilities.
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