Oil and gas

Fitness-for-service (FFS) and engineering critical assessment (ECA) of pipelines and structures (3 days)

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This course focuses on the practical application of FFS and ECA particularly for pipelines and structures.

Background

Codes for design and construction of pressure vessels, pipelines, offshore structures, bridges and buildings, process plants etc. contain acceptance criteria that are based on workmanship standards that may be somewhat arbitrary. 

During the construction phase or in service, there may be situations where materials properties or observed defects do not meet the strict code requirements. In such cases a fitness‐for‐service (FFS) or engineering critical assessment (ECA) can be applied. Such an approach is nowadays becoming accepted by many codes as it is recognized that the requirements or acceptance criteria inherent in the codes may be unnecessarily conservative. 

Using this alternative approach it can be shown that the structure or component can be acceptable if the conditions for failure are not reached within its service life when subjected to many possible damage or degradation mechanisms including brittle and ductile fracture, fatigue, environmental assisted cracking and creep at higher temperatures. 

There are now several publications and recommended practices available that describe the FFS and ECA approaches:

Course objective and scope

DNV GL has developed a course programme focusing on the practical application of FFS and ECA particularly for pipelines and structures. BS7910 and API579 are essentially stress-based codes, however, the course also covers strain-based analyses of pipelines with girth weld flaws. It also provides an overview of different methods and software tools for analyzing the tensile strain capacity of pipelines subject to high strain. In addition, the course covers a brief introduction of finite element analysis (FEA) to determine the stress and strain input to the analysis and advanced flaw modelling and J‐integral analysis to derive the crack driving force and limit loads.

The course will cover the theoretical background for elastic and elastic plastic fracture mechanics and the fracture assessment diagram (FAD) methods, fatigue crack growth and tearing analysis. The course will also give insight into the practical aspects of elastic‐ plastic fracture toughness (CTOD, J-integral) testing of weldments and the requirements to non‐destructive testing for flaw sizing and development of alternative flaw acceptance criteria for pipeline installation.

The first three days (days 1‐3) of the course cover applications involving high strain due to lateral buckling, reeling installation and high temperatures in clad pipelines as well as effect of fatigue loading due to vortex induced vibration (VIV) associated with free spans. An optional fourth day (day 4) of the course covers an introduction of finite element modelling, definition of boundary conditions and material models and finite element based fracture mechanics analysis to generate stress/strain input to general design and ECA/FFS assessments.

Learning objective

It is intended that the participants attending this course shall become confident in performing Option 1 and 2 analyses according to BS7910: 2013 and that they also will be introduced to Option 3, which uses numerical analysis to generate a FAD and ductile tearing assessments. The participants will also become familiar with strain based analyses based on DNVGL-RP-F108 : 2017 and alternative methods. 

Target group

The course is aimed at welding and inspection, structural, mechanical, construction, design and maintenance engineers who require more knowledge of the application of fitness‐for‐purpose assessment methods for structures, piping/pipelines and pressure vessels.

The lecturer

Find more about Jens P. Tronskar, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of DNV GL's Oil & Gas Technology Centre in Singapore.

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04 November - 06 November 2019

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Background

Codes for design and construction of pressure vessels, pipelines, offshore structures, bridges and buildings, process plants etc. contain acceptance criteria that are based on workmanship standards that may be somewhat arbitrary. 

During the construction phase or in service, there may be situations where materials properties or observed defects do not meet the strict code requirements. In such cases a fitness‐for‐service (FFS) or engineering critical assessment (ECA) can be applied. Such an approach is nowadays becoming accepted by many codes as it is recognized that the requirements or acceptance criteria inherent in the codes may be unnecessarily conservative. 

Using this alternative approach it can be shown that the structure or component can be acceptable if the conditions for failure are not reached within its service life when subjected to many possible damage or degradation mechanisms including brittle and ductile fracture, fatigue, environmental assisted cracking and creep at higher temperatures. 

There are now several publications and recommended practices available that describe the FFS and ECA approaches:

Course objective and scope

DNV GL has developed a course programme focusing on the practical application of FFS and ECA particularly for pipelines and structures. BS7910 and API579 are essentially stress-based codes, however, the course also covers strain-based analyses of pipelines with girth weld flaws. It also provides an overview of different methods and software tools for analyzing the tensile strain capacity of pipelines subject to high strain. In addition, the course covers a brief introduction of finite element analysis (FEA) to determine the stress and strain input to the analysis and advanced flaw modelling and J‐integral analysis to derive the crack driving force and limit loads.

The course will cover the theoretical background for elastic and elastic plastic fracture mechanics and the fracture assessment diagram (FAD) methods, fatigue crack growth and tearing analysis. The course will also give insight into the practical aspects of elastic‐ plastic fracture toughness (CTOD, J-integral) testing of weldments and the requirements to non‐destructive testing for flaw sizing and development of alternative flaw acceptance criteria for pipeline installation.

The first three days (days 1‐3) of the course cover applications involving high strain due to lateral buckling, reeling installation and high temperatures in clad pipelines as well as effect of fatigue loading due to vortex induced vibration (VIV) associated with free spans. An optional fourth day (day 4) of the course covers an introduction of finite element modelling, definition of boundary conditions and material models and finite element based fracture mechanics analysis to generate stress/strain input to general design and ECA/FFS assessments.

Learning objective

It is intended that the participants attending this course shall become confident in performing Option 1 and 2 analyses according to BS7910: 2013 and that they also will be introduced to Option 3, which uses numerical analysis to generate a FAD and ductile tearing assessments. The participants will also become familiar with strain based analyses based on DNVGL-RP-F108 : 2017 and alternative methods. 

Target group

The course is aimed at welding and inspection, structural, mechanical, construction, design and maintenance engineers who require more knowledge of the application of fitness‐for‐purpose assessment methods for structures, piping/pipelines and pressure vessels.

The lecturer

Find more about Jens P. Tronskar, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of DNV GL's Oil & Gas Technology Centre in Singapore.

Jens P. Tronskar - w100pxl

Course dates

Date Duration Location Cost Lecturer
Date
4 - 6 November 2019
Duration
3 days
Location
Høvik, Norway
Cost
NOK 19 500
Lecturer
Jens P. Tronskar

Agenda

Course agenda

Part 1

Day 1

 

Part 2

Day 2

 

Part 3

Day 3