ASME Section VIII Division 2 - Pressure Vessel VIRTUAL TRAINING

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PST0420-202102  11 Aug 2021  13 Aug 2021  VIRTUAL TRAINING  USD 2195  Mandar Mulay   Register

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        Aaron A. Zick, Ph.D. 
PST0420-202001  02 Sep 2020  04 Sep 2020  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  USD 2295  Mandar Mulay 
PST0420-202101  11 Jan 2021  13 Jan 2021  VIRTUAL TRAINING  USD 2195  Mandar Mulay 

This three-day program offers detailed insight and thorough understanding of the most common ASME
codes, pertaining to design/ engineering and testing of the pressure vessels namely Section VIII Div. 2. This course emphasizes understanding of ‘stated’ and ‘implied’ requirements (i.e. content and intent) of the codes. The participants would be explained in detail the mechanics of adopting and applying the code rules and design formulas for different Design conditions and Services.

ASME VIII Div 2 is an alternative code which provides a better engineered vessel with detailed stresses
calculations and more rigorous testing, and allows for savings in material costs (thinner parts may be used). This course is designed to give the participants the confidence and practice for carrying out design and Fabrication and testing for new vessels and also carrying out strength calculations and assessment of integrity of existing vessels. How to adopt code rules for different types of vessels and with various service conditions will be illustrated with numerous case studies.

Important code stipulation will be reviewed and discussed collectively with participants so as to address the
difficulties and ambiguities they might have encountered during their working.
Each attendee must bring a Laptop computer with Microsoft operating system and Scientific Calculator

Day 1

  • Introduction to ASME codes
  • Structure of ASME Sec. VIII Div. 1
  • ASME Code system : Code revisions, Editions and addenda
  • Pressure vessels included in ASME Codes
  • Pressure vessels excluding from ASME codes
  • Design principles adopted in ASME codes,
  • Design rules, How these were derived and arrived at
  • Concept of working pressure, design pressure, MAWP
  • Allowable stress in ASME design
  • Weld joint categories
  • Weld joint types
  • Concept of weld joint efficiency
  • Design of cylindrical and spherical shells under internal pressure
  • Static head calculations
  • MAWP calculations
  • Types of dished heads.
  • Selection of dished heads based on pressure / Diameter
  • Design of Ellipsoidal heads.
  • Design of Torispherical heads
  • Design of Hemispherical heads
  • Design of conical heads
  • Case Studies and examples

Day 2

  • Nozzles and openings, reinforcement of openings
  • Adequacy of weld joints for shells and nozzles
  • Methods of design optimization, economical compliance.
  • Quality Assurance System as per ASME codes
  • Materials for pressure parts
  • Materials for non-pressure parts
  • Requirement of low temperature service
  • Deciding impact test requirement
  • Impact test exemptions
  • Impact test acceptance criteria
  • Fabrication requirements
  • Forming and ovality
  • Weld fit-ups and mis-alignments
  • Weld reinforcements
  • Weld – metal build-up
  • Weld joints in shells
  • Weld joints for nozzle attachments

Day 3

  • Deciding PWHT requirement
  • PWHT methods
  • PWHT temperature, time
  • Heating / cooling rates
  • Deciding nozzle orientations
  • Requirements of man-ways and inspection openings
  • NDT of pressure vessels
  • Selection of NDT methods
  • Code requirement for radiography
  • Acceptance criteria for elongated and rounded indications
  • PT and MT requirements
  • Acceptance criteria for PT and MT
  • Hydrostatic and Pneumatic Tests
  • Requirements for Pressure Gauges for pressure test
  • Calculating test pressures, Inspection pressures, pressurization
  • stages and safety relief valve settings
  • Test temperatures, Temperature Corrections
  • Vessel stamping and Name plate
  • Introduction to Integrity assessment of in-service vessels
  • Familiarize participants with the concepts and technical terms of the codes
  • Know the basic concepts of the codes and their design fundamentals
  • Understand salient features and differences between Div 1 and Div 2
  • Know the design of Shell, Heads, and other pressure parts
  • Learn design of nozzles and nozzle reinforcements
  • Design for external pressure and Jacketed vessels
  • Design requirements for low temperature operation
  • Discover the fabrication requirements, assembly and welding requirements.
  • NDT and Inspection procedures
  • How to carry out pressure testing, certification and stamping of Pressure Vessels.
  • Introduction to Integrity assessment of in-service vessels.

The course is designed for, but not limited to, mechincal, maintenance, and inspection / QAQC
professionals who are involved in pressure vessel equipment.

  • Design Engineers / Managers
  • Mechanical Engineers / Managers
  • Maintenance Engineers / Managers
  • QAQC Engineers / Managers
  • Inspection Engineers / Managers
  • Reliability Engineers / Managers

Each attendee must bring a Laptop computer with Microsoft operating system and Scientific Calculator

Aaron A. Zick, Ph.D.

Founder and President


President, Zick Technologies (Since 10/93).

Petroleum engineering consulting and software development, specializing in the area of reservoir fluid phase behavior modeling. References available on request. Key achievements:

-Developed numerous equation-of-state and black-oil fluid characterizations for various major oil companies and as a sub-contractor for Pera A/S.

-Recommended phase behavior experimentation and modeling guidelines for several major oil companies.

-Wrote PhazeComp, a new, state-of-the-art program from Zick Technologies for equation-of-state phase behavior modeling, reservoir fluid characterization, and the robust, efficient calculation of minimum miscibility conditions.

-Wrote Streamz, unique Petrostreamz A/S software for translating, manipulating, and managing vast quantities of fluid stream information.

-Designed and helped write Pipe-It, unique Petrostreamz A/S software for managing and manipulating petroleum resources, processes, and projects.

-Taught numerous industry courses on phase behavior, equations of state, reservoir fluid characterization, and miscible gas injection processes.

-Designed and helped implement a new set of equation-of-state routines for the in-house reservoir simulator of a major oil company.

-Advised the architects of a major commercial reservoir simulator on ways to significantly improve their equation-of-state routines.


Director of Research, Reservoir Simulation Research Corporation (6/91–10/93).

Responsible for the research and development of more efficient, accurate, and reliable techniques for modeling reservoir fluid phase behavior within MORE® (a fully-compositional, equation-of-state reservoir simulator). Also responsible for improving three-dimensional visualization of reservoir simulator output, and for occasional consulting work. Key achievements:

-Designed and implemented new equation-of-state solution algorithms for MORE®, improving both efficiency and robustness while using less memory.

-Developed a powerful and flexible interface between MORE® and TECPLOT™ (three-dimensional surface contouring software from AMTEC Engineering).


Senior Principal Research Engineer, ARCO Oil and Gas Company (9/83–5/91).

Developed expertise in reservoir fluid phase behavior, phase behavior modeling, compositional reservoir simulation, and relative permeability modeling.  Designed and analyzed PVT experiments. Created equation-of-state reservoir fluid characterizations. Developed ARCO’s phase behavior modeling software and relative permeability modeling software. Helped develop several of ARCO’s compositional and limited compositional reservoir simulators. Key achievements:

-Discovered the true, condensing/vaporizing mechanism of oil displace­ment by enriched hydrocarbon gases.

-Represented ARCO on the Prudhoe Bay co-owners’ Enhanced Oil Recovery Task Force for the Prudhoe Bay Miscible Gas Project.

-Designed and analyzed most of the PVT and slim-tube experiments for the Prudhoe Bay Miscible Gas Project.

-Created the equation-of-state reservoir fluid characterization adopted by the operating companies for the Prudhoe Bay Miscible Gas Project.

-Developed the miscibility pressure correlations used by the facility operators for the Prudhoe Bay Miscible Gas Project.

-Developed EOSPHASE, a then state-of-the-art program for equation-of-state phase behavior modeling, reservoir fluid characterization, and the robust, efficient calculation of minimum miscibility conditions.

-Developed SLIMTUBE, a special-purpose, equation-of-state simulator for slim-tube displacements.

-Developed new, compositionally-consistent, three-phase relative perme­ability models for ARCO’s compositional simulators and wrote data-fitting software for those models.

-Developed the phase behavior and relative permeability routines for a new, limited compositional reservoir simulator and assisted on other aspects of it.

-Continually added improvements to various in-house reservoir simulators.

-Regularly taught in-house courses on the phase behavior of miscible gas displacement processes.



A. A. Zick, “A Combined Condensing/Vaporizing Mechanism in the Displacement of Oil by Enriched Gases,” presented at the 61st Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, New Orleans, LA (October, 1986).

D. E. Tang and A. A. Zick, “A New Limited Compositional Reservoir Simulator,” presented at the 12th SPE Symposium on Reservoir Simulation, New Orleans, LA (March, 1993).