Maintenance & Inspection of Static Equipment


Who should attend?

  • This course aims to acquire a comprehensive and practical knowledge of static equipment inspection in order to efficiently contribute to the entire scope of duties performed by an inspection department of an Oil & Gas company.
Public :
  • Inspectors of the Oil & Gas industry, maintenance and inspection technicians, engineers and managers looking to acquire comprehensive inspection knowledge.

Level :Knowledge

Prerequisite :
  • Provide evidence of a professional experience of at least 1 month, related to the concerned field.

Course Content


      • Introduction to production facilities inspection:
      • Impact on safety, pressure vessel integrity, accident analysis.
      • Inspector occupation:
      • Duties and organization of inspection services: inspector role and responsibilities.
      • Inspection plan: definition, set-up, implementation.
      • Inspection report. Interaction with the other departments.
      • Statutory regulations applicable to pressure vessels:
      • Main regulatory texts. Area of application and regulatory context of pressure vessels.
      • Roles and responsibilities of various parties. Managing feedback and lessons learnt.

      • Metallurgy:
      • Ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
      • Structures and behavior of metals and alloys at service conditions for static equipment.
      • Evaluation of the mechanical characteristics required for predictable behavior at service conditions.
      • Most widely used metals and metal alloys in production facilities: steels, their composition, structure and behavior at service conditions.
      • Steels: HIC-resistant, CRA resistant, cupronickel, aluminum bronze.
      • Effect of heating and cooling on steels: current heat treatments resulting from welding or deliberately applied.
      • Common defects in steels.
      • Boilermaking - Welding:
      • Current cutting, forming and welding processes; impact on metals structure.
      • Post-welding heat treatment.
      • Identification of welding defects in welded assemblies using non-destructive checks and destructive tests on weld test pieces.
      • Qualification of welding procedures and welders.
      • Technique for the permanent assembly of heat exchanger bundle tubes and tube plates: roll and mechanical expansion.
      • Case study.

      • Equipment construction technology:
      • General information on static equipment.
      • Type of pressure vessels and pressurized accessories.
      • Drawings: reminder on PFD, P&ID, Isometrics reading.
      • Introduction to construction codes and standards:
      • Rules and regulations application areas, standards, harmonized standards, professional guides.
      • Notions of materials strength and pressure vessel shells calculations. Safety and welding margins.
      • Construction monitoring, destructive and non-destructive testing.
      • Notions of strength test.
      • Introduction to relevant codes and standards (ASME).
      • Techniques for non-destructive and destructive testing:
      • Standard faults in external and internal walls.
      • Principles, possibilities and areas of application of main NDTs: visual, sweating, magnetic crack detection, ultrasound, X-ray, sealing, acoustic emission.
      • Review of innovative NDTs: digital radio, phased array, TOFD, IRIS, MFL, intelligent pigging, ROVs, drones, reinforced visual inspection.
      • Implementation in equipment inspection: on base materials and components, during production, on acceptance, in operation.
      • Principles, possibilities and areas of application of destructive test methods.

      • Definition and mechanisms of corrosion:
      • Wet corrosion, dry corrosion.
      • Elements of electrochemistry.
      • Cost of corrosion: both financial and human, impact on safety.
      • Common types of corrosion: origin and development process, possible methods of prevention.
      • Types of corrosion encountered in the Oil & Gas industry:
      • Case studies of corrosion observed in Oil & Gas installations: identification of the types of corrosion and suggested remedial treatments.
      • Corrosion prevention:
      • Design of equipment; choice of materials; corrosion inhibitors; anti-corrosion coatings and systems.
      • Cathodic protection with sacrificial anodes or imposed current.
      • Methodology and control of processes. Control of process and environmental parameters.
      • Corrosion monitoring:
      • Corrosion coupons and probes; non-destructive testing of wall condition.
      • Corrosion monitoring plan.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • use and explain pressure vessels international rules and regulations,
  • identify materials comprising equipment, their composition, their mechanical characteristics and select the most appropriated material for a given Oil & Gas application,
  • describe the various welding processes and their limits,
  • identify most appropriate non-destructive or destructive testing for the different modes of degradation and perform several simple non-destructive testing,
  • list the main characteristics and types of corrosion of metallic materials used in the Oil & Gas industries, describe protection means against each type of corrosion and implement associated monitoring.

Ways & Means

  • Numerous industrial case studies and practical exercises.
To French entities : IFP Training is referenced to DataDock ; you may contact your OPCO about potential funding.
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