API 579: Fitness for Service


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Our three-day modular course covers the techniques of API 579 FFP integrity assessment and how they are applied to corroded and cracked pressure equipment.

RINA's highly practical course is designed to provide delegates with a broad understanding of the failure mechanisms of pressure equipment. Delegates are taught the role of construction codes (ASME BPVC Section V111/B31.1) in FFP assessment of pressure equipment and the principles of “out-of-code” FFP assessments and selected methodologies of API 579. The course is tailored to the specific needs of offshore and onshore engineers who work in the field of integrity assessment.  

Topics covered include, design code margins that enable FFP assessment and corrosion and crack assessments. Delegates learn how to use a Failure Assessment Diagram (FAD). Case study exercises provide them with the opportunity to practice manual calculations. The course is suitable for engineers with an interest in assessing corroded vessels and pipes, handling code and out-of-code assessments but who lack a detailed knowledge of stress analysis.

The training is based on manual calculation examples of the most straightforward API 579 modules, covering non-elevated temperature applications and excluding complex crack analysis. The course is targeted at developing an understanding of the underlying principles rather than specific skills in using proprietary software. Component examples include pipework spools, vessels and piggable pipelines.

Delegates must undergo an assessment procedure to attend this course.

Course assessment is carried out via two methods:

  • On-going assessment during the course, particularly during the participation exercises
  • A written end-of-course test comprising multiple choice and descriptive questions.

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Upcoming course dates


22nd - 24th Nov 2022

API 579: Fitness for Service

Location:  Leatherhead, UK

online: online during Covid, otherwise 3 days classroom

Price (ex VAT): £1,950.00 £1,462.50

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Course trainers

Duncan Humphrey Technical Trainer/Principal Integrity Engineer, RINA

Duncan has over 20 years’ experience working on condition assessment, failure analysis and remaining life evaluation, principally for the power, refining and petrochemical industries. He has undertaken a wide range of analyses, including static and rotating components, providing safety cases for future operation or technical support for litigation. He is experienced in the use of finite element analysis, pressure vessel design and fracture mechanics.

Gustavo Maio Technical Trainer/Senior Integrity Consultant, RINA

Gustavo is a Materials Engineer with over 13 years’ experience in mechanical integrity.  His skills include stress analysis and fitness for service assessments (in line with API 579); verification of assets design as per international codes (ASME VIII, ASME B31.4, & B31.8); technical support for corrosion control and materials selection; development and improvement of Integrity Management Programs (including RBI assessments); assets field inspection including in-situ metallographic replication (upstream and downstream, on and off shore); advising on NDE techniques. Gustavo’s API certifications include: API ICP 580 and API ICP 510.