Piping Codes (EN13480 or ASME B31.3) Training Course

The EN13480 and ASME B31.3 design codes are frequently used for piping system design. Often the rules are applied using automated pipe flexibility software packages such as CAESAR II and the engineer can lose the overview of the calculation being performed.


Our courses aim to explain the fundamental equations and principles in these design rules. For example: How is the allowable design stress calculated? Why should certain load cases be analysed? What inter-stiffener distance is required to prevent collapse under vacuum? How many cycles are permitted before fatigue failure?


The training course will either cover the rules of EN13480 or ASME B31.3, however a brief overview of the similarities and difference will be provided.


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 piping systems with EN13480 or ASME B31.3
  • A solid introduction to the design approach in the code
  • Gaining an insight to the design basis for the rules



Minimal knowledge of piping system design

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Dates, Locations & Registration



26-27 September 2019 (2 days)Rijswijk ZH, The Netherlands9h-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 EN13480 or ASME B31.3
  • Flexibility Analysis of Piping Systems
  • Design of Shells under Internal and External Pressures
  • Opening and Nozzles
  • Flat Ends and Flange Connections
  • Fatigue assessments in Piping Systems

Course Highlights


  • Un­derstand the structure and applicability of the code.
  • Explanation of the rules for most standard components.
  • Tutorials to reinforce how to apply the rules.
  • Identify the limits of the rules and comparison with other codes.
  • Material selection and failure mechanisms.