ASME VIII-Div 1 Training Course

Design by Rules

The ASME VIII-1 design code is the most widely used design code for pressure vessel design. Often the rules are applied using automated software packages such as Compress or PVElite and the engineer can lose the overview of the calculation being performed.


Our course aims to explain the fundamental equations and principles in the design by rules approach. For example: What is the area replacement rule? How is the Taylor and Forge method applied? What is the minimum ligament length between nozzles? What inter-stiffener distance is required to prevent collapse under vacuum?


This training is given by one of the experienced consulting engineers from DRG who constantly work on piping and pressure vessel problems. As well as explaining the rules and how to apply them, the trainer will also challenge the participants on why a rule is formulated in a particular way.

Intended for:

  • Those designing pressure vessels with ASME VIII-Div. 1
  • A solid introduction to the design approach in the code
  • Gaining an insight into the design basis for the rules



Minimal knowledge of pressure vessel design

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Dates, Locations & Registration


29 April-30 April 2019 (2 days)Rijswijk ZH, NL9h-17hEnglish€ 1300Register
*) Prices are per person, excluding VAT. The costs include training material, lunch and refreshments during the training course.

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Course Topics


  • General Definitions and Failure Mechanisms
  • Scope of ASME VIII Div. 1
  • Design of Shells under Internal and External Pressures
  • Opening and Nozzles
  • Flat Ends and Flange Connections
  • Heat Exchanger Tubesheets
  • Rectangular Shells
  • Saddles and Skirts

Course Highlights


  • Understand the structure and applicability of the code
  • Explanation of the rules for most standard components
  • Worked examples
  • Tutorials to reinforce how to apply the rules
  • Identify the limits of the rules