About the course

This course teaches you all the fundamentals of working with FEPipe and is beneficial for both new and existing users.
Many different aspects of FEPipe are covered, including the analysis of typical geometries such as heads and nozzles, but also custom attachments, build using plates, and assemblies of multiple models are discussed. The entire workflow is covered in detail including visual model verification, boundary conditions and result viewing options. Also advanced modelling features in FEPipe, flange analysis, thermal transient analysis, calculating mechanical eigenmodes and much more. Also, software modules like AxiPRO and Stressplot, which are part of the PRG Suite and relate to the use of FEPipe, are discussed.
There will also be extensive seminars on Part 5 of the ASME BPVC VIII-2 so that participants become proficient in conducting a “Design by Analysis” assessment.
The course consists of 7 online, self-study modules combined with 4 online live sessions with the instructor. All training content is provided through your EngineeringTrainer account.
After the course you maintain 1-year unlimited access to the course and the discussions forum. This allows you to perform modules again when you need to refresh the knowledge for your projects.

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Price on request
  • Face-to-face with instructors
  • On-site or in Rijswijk
  • Printed course materials
  • Lunch included
  • For teams


900 / user
  • Self-learning modules
  • Online discussion forum
  • Live sessions with instructor
  • 1-year access
  • For individual learning

Virtual Program

1,175 / user
  • Self-learning modules
  • Online discussion forum
  • Live sessions with instructor
  • 1-year access
  • For individual learning and teams

Course Objective

To give FEPipe users a strong understanding of performing ASME VIII-2 “Design by Analysis” calculations using FEPipe and the many capabilities of the software.” 

Program & Details

  1. Instructor & student introductions

  2. Course details & schedule

  3. Using the Course Forum

  4. Certificate requirements

  5. Learning objectives

  6. Q&A

  1. Introduction to Finite Element Analysis

  2. Introduction to FEPipe

  3. Template Roadmap – Which template should I use?

  4. Exercise: Stress categorization

  1. The Nozzle, Plate & Shell Template

  2. Plotting and Model Verification Tools

  3. Exercise: A basic FEPipe model

  4. Exercise: Modelling a vessel with various nozzles

  5. Exercise: Vessel-Nozzle Geometry with nozzle end loads

  1. Summary Lecture

  2. Discussing questions from Course Forum

  3. General Q&A

  1. Piping considerations

  2. Modeling in the String Template

  3. Exercise: Modelling piping actions

  4. Exercise: B31.3 SIF comparison

  5. Exercise: Modeling Piping Actions

  1. Database Operations

  2. Exercise: Database Operations

  3. Structural Attachments

  4. Exercise: Structural Attachments

  5. How to apply line and surface loads in FEPip

  1. Summary Lecture

  2. Discussing questions from Course Forum

  3. General Q&A

  1. The Axisymmetric Template

  2. Flange assessment using AxiPRO

  3. Modeling Tube Bundles with AxiSymmetric Template

  4. Introduction to Fatigue Analysis

  5. Stress Linearization with StressPlot

  6. Exercise: Axisymmetric Template & Stress Linearization

  7. Exercise: Fatigue assessment

  8. Exercise: Thermal Transient

  9. Exercise: Stress Linearization

  1. Introduction to Dynamic, Modal & Buckling Analysis

  2. Exercise: Buckling due to external pressure

  3. Exercise: Elastic Column Buckling, Natural Frequencies and Harmonic Excitation

  1. 3D drawing tools

  2. Plastic/non linear assessment

  1. Summary Lecture

  2. Discussing questions from Course Forum

  3. General Q&A

  1. Congratulations

  2. Course evaluation survey

  3. Your Personal Certificate

  4. Rate this course

  5. Related resources & follow up


After this course, you…
  • are familiar with the FEPipe Interface,
  • know how to work with the templates in FEPipe,
  • have a basic understanding of Stress Categorization as per ASME BPVC VIII-2,
  • know how to visually verify model settings & mesh,
  • can build custom structures in FEPipe using plates,
  • are able to combine models to analyze complete geometries,
  • know how to model piping actions and calculate SIFs,
  • Know how to utilize line and surface loads for your models,
  • are able to use the axisymmetric template,
  • can perform fatigue analysis using linearization in FEPipe,
  • are able to calculate eigenmodes and buckling modes using dynamic assessments,
  • understand how to perform thermal transient calculations in FEPipe,
  • can use the drawings tools options in FEPipe

Intended for

  • Both new and existing users of FEPipe.
  • Those that want to understand more about the capabilities of FEPipe.
  • Those conducting ASME VIII-2 assessments.

Prerequisites and level

  • No prior knowledge of FEPipe is required.

  • Level: Intermediate


  • Video lectures,

  • Calculation exercises,

  • Instructor-led live sessions with lectures, group discussions, exercises and Q&A’s,

  • Discussion forum with other participants & instructor.

Videos will not be available for download, but can be accessed directly with your account on the portal. If slides are used in the videos or live sessions these can be viewed separately as well through the portal, but are not available for download.

You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course. This allows you to watch content again if this is beneficial for your work projects.

Yes, live sessions are included in this course that allow you to interact with the instructor and ask questions. Additionally, questions can be submitted in the learning portal by the participants which are addressed in the live sessions.

An active FEPipe license is required for this course. In the course it is assumed that the participants have access to the software. This software license is not included in the course. Please contact us for questions on this matter.

Self-paced Modules

If your computer and internet connection are able to play videos online and have MS Teams calls you will be able to follow the course. Note that almost all browsers are supported, except for Internet Explorer.

Live sessions

Live events are provided by means of Microsoft Teams. Hence it required to have an MS Teams account. Additionally, a webcam and microphone are mandatory for the live events. Separate earplugs are recommended as to avoid sound echo.

Yes, this course qualifies for PDH hours as per the NCEES CPC Guidelines.

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