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052-Introduction to Piping Engineering

By: Gerald H. May, PE

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Course Objective

This continuing education course is written specifically for professional engineers with the objective of relating to and enhancing the practice of engineering.

Course Description

052-Introduction to Piping Engineering

Every industrial plant has numerous piping systems that must function reliably and safely. Piping systems are often easy to ignore or take lightly. However, industry around the world continuously experiences pipe failures, sometimes with catastrophic results. Plant personnel expect piping systems that operate safely, and plant owners need piping systems that are reliable.

This course introduces the engineers, to the fundamental considerations, the evaluation criteria and the primary solutions in the design of piping systems. The types of common failure modes are described, with the general approaches to determining if a piping system design is adequate for operation. Pipe support types are described, and their normal applications. This is not a pipe stress analysis course, but is much broader in context and only briefly introduces pipe stress analysis.

This course is intended for those who interface with piping design, maintenance and operation, and those who may be starting to work in piping engineering. There are three related courses by Mr. May on the Suncam syllabus titled:

  • Building Mechanical Integrity Programs Into New Plants
  • Pipe Support Failures
  • Life Cycle Mechanical Integrity of Piping Systems
052-Introduction to Piping Engineering
Steve Mccormick
02/16/2019
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Good course. Covers the basics well with good exampless
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052-Introduction to Piping Engineering
James Lynch
02/16/2019
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I enjoyed the clarity of explanations of principals
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052-Introduction to Piping Engineering
Uday Kirtikar
02/15/2019
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Very well presented course
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052-Introduction to Piping Engineering
Robert Pontek
02/13/2019
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Very comprehensive and thorough - good use of pictures at end of course for hangers.
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052-Introduction to Piping Engineering
John B Martin
02/11/2019
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Very detailed for an EE. A lot of good information. Some question answers are debatable.
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052-Introduction to Piping Engineering
Valentine Lehr
02/10/2019
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A good introduction/primer
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052-Introduction to Piping Engineering
Frank Gregor
01/15/2019
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As a nuclear engineer for 40 years, it was fun to walk through the course. Very well done.
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052-Introduction to Piping Engineering
Lee Harris
12/22/2018
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The course is quite good. Concepts are explained well in simple terms that a non-piping wizard can understand. The material is real world oriented vs textbook oriented which is a plus.
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052-Introduction to Piping Engineering
Bob Cooke
07/11/2018
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Provided a very good overview with some good rules of thumb and do's and don'ts.
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052-Introduction to Piping Engineering
Walter David Bruce, Ph.D., P.E.
01/17/2018
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This was an excellent Introduction to Piping Engineering. The questions and the discussion reflect the instructor's knowledge and experience.
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052-Introduction to Piping Engineering
Dan Compagno
04/15/2017
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Very detailed. I have done commercial work for years. Industrial piping is a lot more detailed.
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052-Introduction to Piping Engineering
Joe D'Alessandro, PE
04/13/2017
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This was one of the better SUNCAM courses I have taken. Great overview of relevant topics.
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052-Introduction to Piping Engineering
Pedro Alberto Saenz-Tabares, P.E.
02/25/2017
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The course is very informational. The test on the other hand is full of tricks to confuse an engineer and waste his time.
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052-Introduction to Piping Engineering
Tim Hays
02/21/2017
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Good course on piping design principles
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052-Introduction to Piping Engineering
Robert Saxton
01/27/2017
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Great review; I worked in the chemical industry for 35 years; you hit on the key points; should have made 100%; need to read better!
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052-Introduction to Piping Engineering
David McAnaney
11/10/2016
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Course was thorough and clearly presented. I came away feeling that I had acquired meaningful information for my career.
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Introduction to Piping Engineering
John R Berens PE
04/15/2016
Found the Course enjoyable and informative. Well laid out review course.
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Introduction to Piping Engineering
Suresh C Gupta
01/28/2016
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Excellent basic course. It can be explained with additional material.
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Good course for piping basics
Roger Golden
12/19/2015
Good course but here are some comments for improvement: (1) A little too heavy in the coverage of stress related considerations. (2) Author used the term "fluid" throughout when he meant "liquid). Liquids and gases are both fluids; however this course consistently would say statements like, "Fluids and gases...". (3) Page 17, #6 (referring to hydrogen embrittlement) stated that hydrogen in the fluid collected in the grain boundaries of the metal. Actually I believe it's when hydrogen atoms in the metal grain structure itself moves to the grain boundaries (under high temperature conditions) creating hydrogen-rich embrittlement in the grain boundaries and hydrogen depletion in the grain body areas.
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Good Information
Marvin R. Weakly, PE
10/27/2015
Good information to review before starting a piping project.
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anonymous
01/02/2015
Good overview of the topic. Many good rules of thumb were presented.
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anonymous
12/30/2014
This course was effective in presenting a good introduction to piping in an industrial environment. It was an excellent way to learn new information regarding piping as well as review information I had prior knowledge of.
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Jack Webster
12/23/2014
Intro to piping engineering was well written and informative.
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Comments from a Structural Engineer
Dave Campbell
10/20/2014
I found the course document very informative. As a structural engineer, I have been involved in the design and analysis of pipe support structures in California and North Dakota. The design of these structures has been governed by the various building codes. I have received design criteria from piping engineers, but this has helped me understand some things from their perspective.
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Piping Intro
anonymous
06/16/2014
Course was very well written. Questions on test covered entire material and required knowing the material.
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GSL
06/02/2014
A broad intro. A bit light on practical advice, rules of thumb, or examples.
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Great Intro
Dave Lyons, PE (NJ)
05/09/2014
This course provided definitions, examples and pictures to clearly explain the basic principles. It was done in a non-threatening way so non-pipe engineers can understand what the pipe engineers are saying
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E. B. norton
05/09/2014
Some portions of the text seem a little vague relative to the answer choices.

Having designed many hot water heating systems and some low to medium pressure steam systems up to 125 psig I was surprised that no mention was made of using thermal expansion "loops" to control absorb movement in some systems.
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anonymous
04/28/2014
Good overview of piping design. Points the student to key issues that need further instruction for full understanding.
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Don Wallace PE
12/27/2013
Well organized introduction to piping engineer field.

Some additional references to calculations may be appropriate, such as velocity, pressure drop, sizing criteria.

Overall very good.
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anonymous
12/08/2013
very good recap of important info and philosopy for piping system analysis
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anonymous
12/04/2013
Certificate downloads in coded file rather than PDF

Otherwise good for overall review by engineer not directly involved in piping design

SunCam Comment: The security settings on your computer are preventing the PDF download. The download worked for us and we emailed it to you as an email attachment.
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anonymous
12/01/2013
Only comment was that the questions were not clearly delineated within the text.
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John V. Harter
11/25/2013
I foound this to be an excellent course for review of principals for a practicing engineer and a good starting point for a n entry level EITwho is involved with piping design. As a Senior Mechanical Engineer/Project Manager I believe it will be useful in directing both design and analysis personnel.

It suited my interests perfectly. Great cours!
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Lee Marlow
11/18/2013
Mr. May did a excellent job on coving the material. He certainly promotes safety as a core value of Piping Engineering. It was very clear that course was prepared by a professional that is well informed of critical issues affecting the Piping Profession.
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Electrical Engineer PE
Ricky Nelson
08/18/2013
Great course for an engineer that dose limited work with pipe system design.
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Michael Pace
07/02/2013
Good Course for those new to piping engineering and a good refresher for those who have not performed piping engineering recently. The course syllabus may have an error in section 2.1 Design Codes. The description of Code B31.2 Fuel Gas Piping refers to above ground GASOLINE pipe, and I think that B31.2 code only refers to gaseous fuels.

Author Response:

Upon review, B31.2 has been withdrawn by ASME and there is no replacement document. If Fuel Gas Piping is being engineered, the governing ASME code would be based upon its installation location,

B31.3 if in a Petrochemical Facility or Refinery

B31.1 if in a Power Plant

B31.8 if a Gas Transmission and Distribution Piping System

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anonymous
06/27/2013
This was a good refresher course with new information that was very helpful in my career. While I don't design these systems, a general knowledge and understanding is always helpful when working on areas in my field.
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Ken Klipper
06/25/2013
A well prepared course. Clear and concise.
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SunCam Intro to Piping Course - Superb
Sparky Tom
06/24/2013
I have been doing electrical design for 40-years. I have picked up pieces and parts of piping design from skilled designers and construction meetings. This course was outstanding in confirming the things I thought I knew and adding so many things that I did not know. The real-world tie-ins increased the value 10x.
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Worthwhile Course
Steven J. Schmidt, P.E.
06/20/2013
Although this is referred to as an "Introduction" I found it to be a useful refresher, and discovered numerous concepts I was previously unaware of. The course content follows an orderly progression, but the test is not just a simple exercise; it really makes you think. I'll definitely watch for more SunCam offerings applicable to my field.
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anonymous
06/18/2013
Good introductory course.
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Howard A. Duncan, Jr.
02/12/2012
I liked and learned a lot from this course.
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Intro to piping
anonymous
02/27/2011
Good introduction and more to piping design.
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anonymous
01/08/2011
Good introductory course.
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10/20/2010
Good review. Is there a discrepancy between the longitudinal pipe pressure stress formula given in section 4.1 and the formula contained within figure 4.1?
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PIPING
anonymous
09/17/2010
Excellent course overview and test. I will use this testing site again.
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07/03/2010
Definately an "intoduction". Broad but reasonable.
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Take note!
H Hammond
01/29/2010
Thorough survey of design issues. This is obviously written by an experienced engineer with a repertoire of significant "war stories." This course instills respect for the complexity of pipe design considerations and the importance of conscientious engineering practice.
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