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An Intensive 5 Day Training Course

Understanding and Preventing
Process Equipment Failures

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Code Date Venue Fee($)
ME137 30 Jun - 04 Jul 2019 Dubai - UAE 4,950
ME137 13 - 17 Oct 2019 Dubai - UAE 4,950

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Why Choose this Training Course?

Process equipment, structures and piping systems may be subjected to severe service conditions including high constant or fluctuating stresses, extreme temperatures and various types of corrosion. This could cause loss of structural integrity, leading to degradation and damage. If such damage is not detected and assessed in a timely manner, it could result in catastrophic failures with potentially enormous consequential losses of life and assets.

To ensure that engineering systems are capable of handling the service conditions in all foreseeable operating scenarios, they must first be designed through the selection of appropriate materials of construction and in accordance with recognized design methodologies and codes.

It is also important to incorporate safeguards and controls to prevent operation outside the "design and operational envelope" and to inspect the process equipment with the view to detect any damage, characterize it, and assess its impact on the equipment "Fitness For Service".

This comprehensive and structured Process Equipment Failures training course aims at providing a clear understanding of the major degradation mechanisms that process equipment and systems will be subjected to during their operating life, how to identify them, their effect on the integrity of the equipment and what appropriate measures can be taken to prevent and control the resultant damage.

This training course will feature:


Training Objectives

What are the Goals?

By the end of this training course, participants will enhance their competencies in the following areas:

  • Understanding and prediction of the degradation mechanisms that affect process equipment fitness for service and could result in significant potential failures.
  • The inter-dependence of design, operation, and maintenance for achieving mechanical integrity of mechanical equipment.
  • Have a sound knowledge of the various types mechanical failure mechanisms, including fracture mechanics, Fatigue, Creep and corrosion.
  • Understand the basic concepts of inspection and NDT methods and their effective application.
  • Be familiar with relevant failure mitigation principles.

Target Audience

Who is this Training Course for?

This PetroKnowledge training course is intended for:

  • Staff who use or supervise activities requiring the selection, design/fabrication or use of mechanical equipment or component parts
  • Engineers who seek a basic understanding of the practical aspects of evaluation of structural integrity
  • Operation, technical service and maintenance professionals from various processing plants involved in everyday operation, control, inspection and maintenance of equipment.
  • Engineers and consultants dealing with planning of new production plants, retrofitting plants and introducing new technologies
  • Technical professionals responsible for maintenance and repair of equipment
  • Project and asset managers

Training Methods

How will this Training Course be Presented?

This training course will be conducted along workshop principles with formal lectures and interactive worked examples included in relevant workshops. The emphasis in the course will be on the explanation of all technical phenomena and providing answers to problems that are encountered in everyday industrial practice related to structural failure and mitigation techniques.

Each learning point will be reinforced with practical examples. Computer simulations and videos will be used to illustrate the main aspects of the course. Delegates will receive electronic versions of the course material together with relevant computer simulations and videos.

There will be ample opportunities for active discussion and sharing professional experiences and exchange that will help solidify the gained knowledge.

Daily Agenda

Day One: Materials Testing and Failure

Competency Description: Participants need to gain a sound understanding of methods of mechanical testing of components and methods of failure examination in order to assess the structural integrity of components and equipment.

Key behaviours

  • Comprehensive understanding of relevant methods of mechanical testing
  • Gain insight into relevant types of failure mechanisms
  • Understanding the factors and caused that influence structural failure
  • Gain knowledge of the examination of failed components

Topics to be covered

  • Course objectives and overview
  • Materials Testing – Tensile, Impact, Hardness
  • Types of Failures – Ductile/brittle fracture, Temperature Effects
  • Analytical Tools – Visual examination of fracture surface, Fractography, Microscopy
  • Industrial Failures – Examples of Failures and Causes

Day Two: Damage and Interpretation of Failure I

Competency Description: Participants need to understand relevant failure mechanisms of components, including fracture, fatigue and thermal (high temperature) influence, methods of failure examination and methods of determining the life of components and equipment subjected to several loading conditions.

Key behaviours

  • Gain insight into relevant types of failure mechanisms including fracture, fatigue and high temperature applications
  • Understanding the internal and external factors and caused that influence structural failure
  • Gain knowledge of determining the life of components and equipment subjected to various loading conditions
  • Reinforcement of knowledge of component life determination through worked examples

Topics to be covered

  • Stress Concentrating
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Fatigue Failure
  • High temperature Creep
  • Thermal Expansion and deflections
  • Worked examples

Day Three: Damage and Interpretation of Failure II

Competency Description: Participants need to understand relevant failure mechanisms of components including corrosion and vibration damage, methods of failure examination and methods of determining the life of components and equipment subjected to several loading conditions.

Key behaviours

  • Gain insight into relevant types of failure mechanisms including corrosion and vibration damage
  • Understanding the internal and external factors and caused that influence structural failure
  • Gain knowledge of determining the life of components and equipment subjected to various loading conditions
  • Reinforcement of knowledge of component life determination through worked examples

Topics to be covered

  • Wear, Galing and Fretting
  • Principles and types of Corrosion damage and Mitigation
  • Vibration of Equipment and Piping
  • Vibration Condition Monitoring
  • Technical Problem Solving and Decision-making Approaches

Day Four: Examples of Equipment Failure

Competency Description: Participants need to recognise the failure of specific components and equipment and have a sound understanding of methods of failure mitigation, maintenance and troubleshooting.

Key behaviours

  • Appreciate relevant types of failure mechanisms of relevant components and equipment
  • Gain knowledge of the examination of failed components and equipment
  • Cain an understanding relevant maintenance and troubleshooting issues

Topics to be covered

  • Pressure vessels and life extension
  • Heat Exchangers
  • Pumps and Compressors
  • Mechanical Seals and “O” Rign Failures
  • Bearing failure
  • Pipes and Repair Techniques

Day Five: Inspection, Testing and Condition Assessment

Competency Description: Participants need to gain a sound understanding of methods of equipment inspection and relevant codes

Key behaviours

  • Comprehensive understanding of relevant non-destructive testing methods
  • Gain insight into estimating the remaining life of equipment and inspection intervals
  • Gain knowledge of relevant inspection codes

Topics to be covered

  • NDT Methods and Techniques
  • Inspection of Process Equipment
  • Examples of Remaining Life Calculations
  • Relevant Inspection Codes, API 570, etc.
  • Course Summary and Wrap-up

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PetroKnowledge Training


Understanding and Preventing
Process Equipment Failures


Code Date Venue Fees
ME137 30 Jun - 04 Jul 2019 Dubai - UAE $4,950
ME137 13 - 17 Oct 2019 Dubai - UAE $4,950



Why Choose this Training Course?

Process equipment, structures and piping systems may be subjected to severe service conditions including high constant or fluctuating stresses, extreme temperatures and various types of corrosion. This could cause loss of structural integrity, leading to degradation and damage. If such damage is not detected and assessed in a timely manner, it could result in catastrophic failures with potentially enormous consequential losses of life and assets.

To ensure that engineering systems are capable of handling the service conditions in all foreseeable operating scenarios, they must first be designed through the selection of appropriate materials of construction and in accordance with recognized design methodologies and codes.

It is also important to incorporate safeguards and controls to prevent operation outside the "design and operational envelope" and to inspect the process equipment with the view to detect any damage, characterize it, and assess its impact on the equipment "Fitness For Service".

This comprehensive and structured Process Equipment Failures training course aims at providing a clear understanding of the major degradation mechanisms that process equipment and systems will be subjected to during their operating life, how to identify them, their effect on the integrity of the equipment and what appropriate measures can be taken to prevent and control the resultant damage.

This training course will feature:


Training Objectives

What are the Goals?

By the end of this training course, participants will enhance their competencies in the following areas:

Target Audience

Who is this Training Course for?

This PetroKnowledge training course is intended for:

Training Methods

How will this Training Course be Presented?

This training course will be conducted along workshop principles with formal lectures and interactive worked examples included in relevant workshops. The emphasis in the course will be on the explanation of all technical phenomena and providing answers to problems that are encountered in everyday industrial practice related to structural failure and mitigation techniques.

Each learning point will be reinforced with practical examples. Computer simulations and videos will be used to illustrate the main aspects of the course. Delegates will receive electronic versions of the course material together with relevant computer simulations and videos.

There will be ample opportunities for active discussion and sharing professional experiences and exchange that will help solidify the gained knowledge.

Daily Agenda

Day One: Materials Testing and Failure

Competency Description: Participants need to gain a sound understanding of methods of mechanical testing of components and methods of failure examination in order to assess the structural integrity of components and equipment.

Key behaviours

Topics to be covered

Day Two: Damage and Interpretation of Failure I

Competency Description: Participants need to understand relevant failure mechanisms of components, including fracture, fatigue and thermal (high temperature) influence, methods of failure examination and methods of determining the life of components and equipment subjected to several loading conditions.

Key behaviours

Topics to be covered

Day Three: Damage and Interpretation of Failure II

Competency Description: Participants need to understand relevant failure mechanisms of components including corrosion and vibration damage, methods of failure examination and methods of determining the life of components and equipment subjected to several loading conditions.

Key behaviours

Topics to be covered

Day Four: Examples of Equipment Failure

Competency Description: Participants need to recognise the failure of specific components and equipment and have a sound understanding of methods of failure mitigation, maintenance and troubleshooting.

Key behaviours

Topics to be covered

Day Five: Inspection, Testing and Condition Assessment

Competency Description: Participants need to gain a sound understanding of methods of equipment inspection and relevant codes

Key behaviours

Topics to be covered

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