FFS Interpolator

FEA model of corroded pipe with pressure bulge

Improve on API 579 Level 1 or 2 It’s been a while between posts, so let me say that I haven’t been completely idle – I’ve been cooking up a new web-based calculation app for engineers dealing with corrosion defects. On the surface, this application looks similar to the API 579 Level 1 assessment for … Read more

Calculating pressure containment of welding tees

photo of B16.9 tee

There are at least three recognised methods for assessment of branch intersections. These are most often applied to fabricated connections on pressure vessels and piping rather than welding tees. Welding tees to ASME B16.9 are normally qualified by vendor burst tests, but that doesn’t help if you need to assess a corroded or eroded fitting, … Read more

G’day, I’m a hoop stress engineer!

inside of pipe

For much of my career I have been involved in pipe stress analysis in some way, starting with Pipeplus by Algor, moving on to Triflex and then to CAESAR II. After I had a few years of part-time stressing under my belt, I landed a pipe stress role on a three-platform greenfields project in the Timor … Read more

‘Quick and Dirty’ FFS of Fittings

Assessing fitness for service of pipe fittings is tricky. Whilst we’d encourage you to assess them carefully, what about when you just want to know if you should expend the effort to do more detailed analysis or FEA ? Here is a simple approach that can sometimes be employed when you need a first pass … Read more

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