Duration: 5 days

Course Overview

Fitness-For-Service (FFS) assessments are quantitative engineering evaluations that are performed to demonstrate the structural integrity of an in-service component that may contain a flaw or damage, or that may be operating under a specific condition that might cause a failure. This training course provides guidance for conducting FFS assessments using methodologies specifically prepared for pressurised equipment. The guidelines provided in this Standard can be used to make run-repair-replace decisions to help determine if components in pressurised equipment containing flaws that have been identified by inspection can continue to operate safely for some period of time.

Course Structure

Theory and practical examples.

Course Content

Introduction
Fitness-For-Service Engineering Assessment Procedure
Damage Mechanisms
Thickness, MAWP and Stress Equations for an FFS Assessment
Stress Analysis Overview for an FFS Assessment
Material Properties for Stress Analysis
Alternative Method for Establishing the Remaining Strength Factor
Assessment of Existing Equipment for Brittle Fracture
Assessment of General Metal Loss
Assessment of Local Metal Loss
Assessment of Pitting Corrosion
Assessment of Hydrogen Blisters and Hydrogen Damage Associated with HIC and SOHIC
Assessment of Weld Misalignment and Shell Distortions
Assessment of Crack-Like Flaws
Assessment of Components Operating in The Creep Range
Assessment of Fire Damage
Assessment of Dents, Gouges, And Dent-Gouge Combinations
Assessment of Laminations
Assessment of Fatigue Damage
Worked Examples using FITest Software

Course Objectives

By the end of this course you will be able to:

Understand API 579
Implement FFS assessments
Make run-repair-replace decisions

Target Audience

Plant engineers and inspectors including inspection, corrosion, materials, integrity, maintenance, design engineers and integrity related managers.

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