D619 Introduction to ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code

Event Facts

  • 29 Nov. 2021
  • 30 Nov. 2021
  • 1 Dec. 2021
  • 2 Dec. 2021
Half-day sessions, starting in the mornings or afternoons for the Americas. Any variation to this will be communicated in advance.
Event Code:
4 sessions
Don Frikken
Booking Status:
Good Availability
CAD $1,750 (Exclusive of tax)

Course Facts

Course Code:
2 days
Virtual Classroom
1.6 Continuing Education Units
16 Professional Development Hours
Certificate Issued Upon Completion


This Distance Learning course will be scheduled as a series of three-hour long webinars over a four-day period (equivalent to a two-day classroom course),  comprising a mixture of lectures, discussions, case studies, and worked examples to be completed by participants during and between webinar sessions. 

This two-day course will introduce participants to the ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code. The Code provides requirements for the design, fabrication, examination and testing of metallic piping systems designed for the wide variety of fluid services used in the process industries. Selection of materials, pipe, valves and fittings will be discussed. Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of the code (not included in course fees) to the session.Each session is conducted in a lecture/discussion/problem solving format designed to provide intensive instruction and guidance on understanding Code requirements. The instructor will be available following each day’s session to provide participants with further opportunity for discussion and consideration of specific problems.

Duration and Training Method

A virtual classroom course divided into 4 webinar sessions, comprising lectures, discussion, case studies, and practical exercises to be completed by participants during and between sessions.

Participants will learn to:
1. Develop an understanding of when the rules of ASME B31.3 should be applied.
2. Choose ASME B31.3 fluid service designations for specific applications.
3. Develop an understanding of the advantages and limitations of various types of piping components.
4. Recognize when to seek help to select materials of construction.
5. Select wall thicknesses and component ratings based on design pressure and design temperature.
6. Define fabrication and installation requirements for piping systems.
7. Select examination and testing methods for piping systems.

Session One
1. Introduction
           a. General Definitions
           b. Piping Development Process
           c. B31 Piping Codes
           d. The ASME B31.3 Code
           e. Fluid Service Definitions
2. Metallic Pipe & Fitting Selection
           a. Piping System Failure
           b. Bases for Selection
           c. Listed versus Unlisted Piping Components
           d. Fluid Service Requirements

Session Two
2. Metallic Pipe & Fitting Selection (cont.)
           e. Piping components
3. Materials
           a. Strength of Materials
           b. Bases for Design Stresses
           c. B31.3 Material Requirements
           d. Deterioration in Service

Session Three
1. Pressure Design (metallic)
            a. Design Pressure & Temperature
            b. Quality & Weld Joint Strength Factors
            c. Pressure Design of Components
            d. Piping Material Specifications
2. Valve Selection
           a. Code Requirements
           b. Selection by Valve Type
3. Introduction to Flexibility Analysis
           a. What are we trying to achieve?
           b. Flexibility Analysis Example

Session Four
4. Fabrication and Installation
           a. Welder/Brazer Qualification
           b. Welding Processes
           c. Weld Preparation
           d. Typical Welds
           e. Preheating & Heat Treatment
            f. Bending & Forming
            g. Typical Owner Added Requirements
            h. Installation
            i. Flange Joints
5. Inspection, Examination and Testing
            a. Inspection
            b. Examination
            c. Leak Testing
6. Systems
           a. Instrument Piping
           b. Pressure Relieving Systems


Who should attend

Engineering, design, construction, maintenance, quality assurance, inspection and manufacturing personnel who work with process piping (e.g., in the chemical, petroleum, plastic processing, pulp and paper, and bioprocessing fields) will find it a time-saving means to broaden and update their knowledge of piping.






Don Frikken

Don Frikken is an internationally recognized authority in piping design. Now employed by Becht Engineering, Don had been with Solutia, Inc. and Monsanto Company for 34 years; working on a wide range of activities including piping and mechanical design, project engineering, and engineering standards. Don's principal specialty is piping design, including design of complex piping systems, piping flexibility analysis, selection of piping components including valves, development of piping standards and specifications, and developing and teaching numerous piping seminars and workshops.

He is an ASME Fellow and is active on various ASME standards committees. He is a member and past Chair of the ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code committee, a member and past Chair of the B31 Standards Committee, which oversees all B31 Piping Code committees, member of the B16 Standards Committee, past member of the Council on Standards and Certification, which oversees ASME's codes and standards development, and a past member of the ASME Board of Governors.

Don has received a number of awards, including the ASME Melvin R. Green Codes and Standards Medal, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the development of documents used in ASME programs of technical codification, standardization and certification. 

Affiliations and Accreditation
B.S.M.E. from Kansas State University
Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla
ASME B16 Hall of Fame Medal
ASME B31 Forever Medal for Excellence in Piping
ASME Member since 1968

Courses Taught
N619 - Introduction to ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code
N630 - Advanced ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code

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