Course Title:
CSWIP Plant Inspector Levels 2/3 Module 4: Fitness-for-Service (FFS) Assessment, based on API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 2007

CountryVenueCourse FeeStart DateFurther Information
United KingdomAberdeen
£ 1,600.00 VAT
17 October 2016
United KingdomCambridge
£ 1,600.00 VAT
26 September 2016
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Suitable for:

The course is aimed at plant engineers, non-destructive testing engineers, materials and corrosion engineers, plant inspectors responsible for managing the integrity of ageing process equipment, pipelines, boilers and storage tanks.

This course covers Level 1 (for plant inspectors) and Level 2 (for engineers FFS assessments), in accordance with the 2007 edition of API 579/ASME FFS.

It is recommended that attendees have a knowledge of either the design, fabrication, operation or maintenance of process equipment and piping, as well as some knowledge of the most common pressure equipment design codes/standards (ASME, BSI,API, NACE, etc)

Course Content:

This course has been developed, based around the new API/ASME combined standard (API 579 Second Edition) which has been expanded to address material damage mechanisms other than just those commonly found in refining industry equipment.

Introduction to FFS; material properties and the API 579 Annexes; stress analysis for FFS; non-destructive testing and flaw sizing for FFS; identification of damage mechanisms for FFS; brittle fracture; general metal loss; localised metal loss; pitting; laminations; weld misalignment and shell distortion; crack-like flaws; creep; fire damage; hydrogen blisters; hydrogen damage associated with HIC and SOHIC; dents and gouges; remaining life assessment and life extension examples; repair and remediation options; status of API 579 and future developments; interaction with other assessment procedures (e.g. FITNET, BS 7910, R5 and R6) and related API documents (API 510, API 570 and API Std 653)

Course Objectives:

At the end of the course, attendees will be able to:
  • Confidently apply the latest FFS technologies for making repair, replace, re-rate and re-design decisions
  • Understand the information requirements for performing FFS assessments for brittle fracture, general metal loss, localised metal loss, pitting, laminations, weld misalignment and shell distortion, crack-like flaws, creep; fire damage; hydrogen blisters; hydrogen damage associated with HIC/SOHIC; dents and gouges
  • Use FFS on process equipment, pipelines, boilers and storage tanks

Additional Information:

CSWIP Plant Inspector scheme overview

Career Progression Map

Programme Manager Interview

The course fee does not include a copy of the associated American Petroleum Institute document. A comprehensive set of course notes will be provided to the attendees.