Short Courses

Design and Fabrication of Pressure Vessels

Learn global best practice in pressure vessel design and construction as outlined in The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.
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Learn global best practice in pressure vessel design and construction as outlined in The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.

The ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, which originated more than a hundred years ago, is an international standard that regulates the design, fabrication and inspection of boilers and pressure vessels, and nuclear power plant components during construction.

Based on the requirements of Section VIII, Division 1 of the Code (Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels) you'll cover the background, organisation, design, materials, fabrication, inspection, testing and documentation of pressure vessels.

You'll also examines the more commonly applied subsections and paragraphs of the Code and includes a practical discussion of individual problems and situations.

Facilitated by an international expert in boiler and pressure vessels, there will be additional content delivered on the updates to the 2019 edition of the Code.

Special requirements
Participants are required to bring their own calculator.

The latest edition of the ASME codebook, BPVC Section VIII-Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels Division 1, is not required for this course but may be purchased separately.

This course is run exclusively by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers with Engineering Education Australia.

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6 x 4.5 hour sessions
Additional Information

This course will run on the following dates:

14 – 23 May 2024, 10am – 2:30pm AEST


Registrations close two weeks before the course begins.

We can customise this course for groups of six or more.

You choose the time, place, duration and format.

Find out how we can help you and your team by completing an enquiry form or calling us on +61 3 9321 1700.

Learning outcomes
  • Describe the background of the Code
  • Explain how to apply the Code rules to more common design and fabrication situations
  • Identify the calculations for some of the loadings and situations not addressed by the Code
  • Describe the preparation of design specifications, design reports, data reports, and other documentation
Is this course for you?

Is this course for you?

Designed primarily as introductory-level, the course will nonetheless be valuable for experienced vessel designers who would like to update their knowledge of the current edition of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.

It will be particularly useful for those involved with the purchase, design, fabrication, or inspection of pressure vessels.

Although some technical background in engineering is helpful, participants are not required to have an engineering degree or previous work experience in the subject matter to attend this course.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Topics we'll cover

Topics we'll cover

Day one

  • Introduction to ASME Code and Section VIII
  • General requirements
  • Materials requirements
  • General design requirements
  • Design for internal pressure

Day two

  • Design for buckling
  • Design of flat heads and covers
  • Design of openings
  • Fabrication requirements
  • NDE, testing, pressure relief and documentation requirements
  • Requirements for vessels fabricated by welding

Day three

  • Requirements for carbon and low alloy steels
  • Requirements for high alloy steels
  • Requirements for heat treated materials
  • Code appendices
  • Example problems
John P. Swezy Jr.
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