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API RP 571 Damage Mechanisms

When: April 16, 2013 - April 18, 2013
Where: San Antonio, TX

Presented by Equity Engineering


The American Petroleum Institute (API) conducts training classes that help attendees understand its new Recommended Practice (RP) 571, Damage Mechanisms Affecting Fixed Equipment in the Refining Industry.

Over the past decade, API has developed two major technologies to improve fixed equipment reliability in refining. They cover Fitness-For-Service (RP 579) and Risk-Based Inspection (RP 580/581). There are several common factors in both of these integral technologies, including:
  • Identification of the operative damage mechanisms
  • Assessment of future damage progression rates
  • Selection of appropriate Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) techniques for detecting/ characterizing equipment damage

API RP 571 was created to help link these technologies and to provide better access to information that is located in one concise source covering damage mechanisms. This new recommended practice also aids in understanding damage being inspected for in API 510/570 and API Std. 653. Understanding damage mechanisms and the effect of process conditions is very important. Below are some of the main topics discussed.

Course Highlights:
  • Setting up effective inspection plans requires an in-depth understanding of what kind of damage to look for and how to identify it
  • Methodologies for Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) and Fitness-For-Service (FFS) depend on the accurate prediction and determination of active mechanisms
  • An effective Management of Change (MOC) process needs to consider the effect of proposed changes on future degradation
  • Many problems can be prevented or eliminated if the precursors to damage are observed and monitored so that any potential damage is mitigated appropriate inspection and/or testing can achieve a proper balance between cost and effectiveness for the relevant mechanisms
Who Should Attend:
  • Plant inspectors, mechanical engineers, process engineers, and operators who are involved in inspection, RBI, FFS, and fixed equipment reliability programs, maintenance and operations
  • Although refinery problems are the main focus of the classes, personnel from related industries (such as mid-stream companies, gas plants, and petrochemical firms) also benefit from the course content and exercises

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