ASME VIII-Div 2 Training Course

Design by Analysis

The ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code VIII is the most frequently used pressure vessel design code in the world. Two design approaches are present in the code: design by rules and design by analysis. Design by Analysis in ASME VIII-2 Part 5 is used to complement the Design by Rules parts of the code. Why might this be necessary? Perhaps a feature is located too close to a discontinuity or has a non-standard configuration, perhaps a detailed fatigue calculation is required or loadings other than pressure are present?


The training course will be given by one of the consultants from DRG, who regularly perform consultancy assessments according to ASME VIII-2 Part 5. Within this training course the participants will learn how to conduct Design by Analysis code compliance checks for rupture, ratcheting, fatigue and buckling load cases. During which topics such as the difference between primary or secondary stresses, the influence of weld type on fatigue life and obtaining the structural stress will be addressed?


As an aid the FE/Pipe software package, for which no prior knowledge is required, will be used for some of the tutorials.

Intended for:

  • Those using Finite Element Analysis for pressure vessel design
  • An overview of the ASME VIII-Div. 2 Design by Analysis
  • Beginner and intermediate pressure vessel designers



Minimal knowledge of pressure vessel design

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Dates, Locations & Registration


08 May 2019 (1 day)Rijswijk ZH, NL9h-17hEnglish€ 750Register
*) 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
  • Overview of ASME VIII Div. 2 Part 5 (Design by Analysis)
  • Stress Categorization
  • Practical examples with Shell and Brick Finite Element Models
  • Stress Linearization
  • Fatigue Analysis using both Welded and Smooth Bar Methods

Course Highlights


  • Using Finite Element Methods to conform with the code.
  • Explanation of stress categorization for an elastic analysis.
  • Linearization of the stresses.
  • Tutorials to reinforce how to apply the rules.
  • Fatigue Analysis with both the welded and smooth bar curves.
  • Link stressed between failures modes and code checks.