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Piping System Fundamentals - Design, Operation and Maintenance

Piping System Fundamentals

The participant of this seminar will have an overview of the codes and standards governing the design of pressure retaining components and the piping design process. By the end of the seminar, the participant will understand pipe sizing for various flow conditions and pipe wall thickness calculation for internal pressure. Flow and pressure drop calculation; allowable stress and basic piping stress analysis, loading on piping system. Various components that make up a piping system. Good piping design and layout practices. All topics are introduced to individuals with no or limited background on the subject.


This course will provide the participants with the knowledge on the fundamentals of the design of piping systems. The course will also include topics on maintenance, inspection and operation of a piping system.

The course will start with a discussion on the codes that governs the design of Pressure piping, the Hierarchy of Provincial Act and Regulations and various standards that is applicable to different industries. Design topics will include pipe sizing, pipe wall thickness calculation for internal pressure, flow and pressure drop calculation, the concept of allowable stresses, various loadings on a piping system and the basic of piping stress analysis. Hands on examples will be used to demonstrate various flow and stress calculations. Good piping layout practices will be discussed in detail. A recommended piping design process to ensure a successful outcome will be presented.

Additional subjects such as piping maintenance, piping inspection methods and piping failure case studies will be included in this course. By the end of the course, the participant will have the basic knowledge and the tools to design and layout a functional piping system from start to finish. Each individual will also gain an insight in the troubleshooting, operation and maintenance of piping systems.

Target Audience

Design and project engineers and technologists, plant and facility engineers, consultants, mechanical engineers, Piping Stress Engineers and technologists, maintenance and operation personnel and other technical personnel who need to upgrade/refresh their current knowledge of piping systems for process plants.

After Attending This Course You Will Be Able To

  • Understand codes and standards governing the design of pressure retaining components, pipe sizing, stress due to internal pressure, thermal stress and other loadings.

  • Learn systematic approach to design a piping system.

  • Gain insight into good piping layout practices, why piping systems fail and case studies.

Codes and standards

  • Development of Codes and Standards.

  • The Hierarchy of Provincial Act and Regulations. CSA standards. Boiler and Pressure Vessel Act

  • ASME, ANSI standards, Piping & pressure vessel code. ASME B31.1 and ASME B31.3

  • Provincial regulators in Canada


  • Method of production, property of pipe

  • Material Selection

Flow of fluid, pressure drop and flow calculation

  • Factor that affects the optimum pipe sizing

  • Pipe sizing and pressure drop of incompressible fluid

  • Flow of fluid through piping components

Pipe Joints

  • Flanged

  • Welded

  • Soldered and brazed

  • Threaded

  • Commonly used pipe joints and Fittings

  • Expansion joints

Mechanical design of piping system. Pipe wall thickness calculation

Pipe support

  • Types of pipe support

  • Size a spring hanger

  • Inspection and maintenance

Flexibility calculation and stress analysis

  • Expansion and stress

  • Allowable stress, code requirement

  • Stress intensification factor

  • General flexible requirement

  • External loading on piping system

  • Stress analysis software

Acoustic vibration, Pressure transient, vibration, erosion corrosion

  • Pressure surge, water hammer

  • Vibration

  • Erosion corrosion in a piping system

Piping System Layout

Pipe Inspection Methods. Maintenance and Operation of a piping system

  • Ultrasonic

  • Radiography

  • Liquid Penetration

  • Magnetic particle

  • Eddy current Testing

  • Operation and Maintenance

Located in Calgary, AlbertaVancouver, BCToronto, OntarioEdmonton, AlbertaHouston TexasTorrance, CaliforniaEl Segundo, CAManhattan Beach, CA; Concord, CA; We offer our engineering consultancy services across Canada and United States. Meena Rezkallah.

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