21 to 24 February 2022

Pressure Vessel and Heat Exchanger Design Course using PV Elite 


Join and benefit from basic theoretical background to pressure vessel design and vessel component analysis is covered, including compliance with mechanical codes.

Training makes use of PV Elite, Codecalc and NozzlePro Software. A discussion/ question/answer format is also employed in order to maximize retention of course material and theoretical concepts.

Our Presenter - Hans Ruff

Hans Ruff is of Swiss Nationality, and has spent the last 45 years in the fields of mechanical design/draughting, welding, design of road tankers, boilers, pressure vessels, storage tanks, and heat exchangers, and also the inspection of pressurized equipment.  

He currently runs a consulting business in Johannesburg called SC&A Projects, and uses PV ELite software program on a regular basis.

Attend and expect the following topics:

This course will include the following topics:

  • Design of a Semi-Elliptical Head
  • Vertical tower designed to ASME VIII Division 1
  • Comparison of code criteria USA, UK and Europe
  • Vertical tower to European code EN 13445
  • Convert an existing ASME VIII design to EN 13445
  • WRC 107 Local stress analysis in main program
  • Local stress analysis using CodeCalc
  • Fatigue
  • Legs, Lugs and Jackets
  • CodeCalc exercises
  • Fitness for purpose exercises to API 579
  • Composite Vessel design
  • Heat Exchanger with fixed tubesheet
  • Heat exchanger with submerged floating head
  • Heat exchanger with U-tube bundle to PD5500
  • Stress definitions and some common PV Elite error messages

General Scope
This course is designed to provide an introduction to PV Elite software.

At the end of the course delegates should be capable of modelling a typical pressure vessel with basic components (heads, shells, skirts etc.) and attaching details such as nozzles, weights, platforms, rings, lagging, fluids and applied loads.

The format of the course uses a number of examples to model the vessels to various design codes and add boundary loadings such as wind and seismic criteria.

The modelling of heat exchangers and the associated tubesheet design to various design codes is also addressed in terms of illustrated examples

Register here for your Attendance

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21 to 24 February 2022

4 Days
CPD Points: 3

The course is priced at R 9 450 Excluding VAT per person.
For Enrollment details contact:
Lee-Anne Kylander via email: 
+27 11 803 6559

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