Working with ASME VIII-2

Division 2 - Chapter 5: “Design by Analysis”

About the course

Unlock the world of ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Section VIII vessel design, the most globally recognized pressure vessel design code. This comprehensive course focuses on the Design by Analysis approach found in ASME VIII-2 Part 5, which complements the Design by Rules sections of the code.
Discover why Design by Analysis is essential. Explore scenarios where features are positioned near discontinuities, non-standard configurations exist, detailed fatigue calculations are required, or non-pressure loadings are at play. Learn to conduct code compliance checks for rupture, ratcheting, fatigue, and buckling load cases.
Delve into critical topics, including distinguishing between primary and secondary stresses, assessing the impact of weld types on fatigue life, and obtaining structural stress using Finite Element Analysis (FEM) software. This course is available in self-paced, E-hybrid, and classroom formats consisting of five modules.
All training materials are accessible through your EngineeringTrainer account, and upon course completion, you’ll enjoy one year of unlimited access for knowledge reinforcement and application in your projects.

Self-Paced / E-Hybrid / Classroom


5 modules

3 hours


1 Year Access

Selected course format


  • Self-learning modules
  • Immediate module access
  • Online discussion forum
  • 1-year access
  • Live sessions with instructor
  • For individual learning


500 / user
  • Drip scheduled self-learning modules
  • Online discussion forum
  • 1-year access
  • Live sessions with instructor
  • Participation with industry peers
  • For individual and team learning
  • Available for private team enrollment


Price on request
  • Face-to-face with instructors
  • On-site or in Rijswijk
  • Printed course materials
  • Lunch included
  • For teams of minimum 4 people

Course Objective

“To give engineers, that use FEM a solid understanding of the assessments and compliance checks required as per ASME VIII-2 “Design by Analysis”.

Course Contents

  1. Welcome & Your Instructors

  2. Content Overview

  3. How to use this course

  4. Personal Certificate Requirements

  1. Introduction and Agenda

  2. ASME VIII-2 Chapter 5 ”Design by Analysis”

  3. Failure model evaluated in Chapter 5

  4. Code revisions of Section VIII division 2

  5. Stress values from FEA

  6. Focus of the course

  1. Introduction and Agenda

  2. Evaluating Plastic Collapse 3 Methods

  3. Method 1 Elastic analysis

  4. Method 2 Limit load analysis

  5. Method 3 Elastic-plastic analysis

  6. Comparing 3 methods against Plastic Collapse

  7. Stress linearization of FEA results

  1. What is ratcheting? An introduction

  2. Compliance check for ratcheting failure

  3. Simplified elastic/plastic analysis method

  4. Elastic/plastic analysis method 

  1. Fatigue failure and micro cracks

  2. Analysing fatigue Assessment methods

  3. Method A: Smooth bar method

  4. Method B: Welded curve method

  1. Evaluating local failure & compliance checks

  2. Evaluating buckling & compliance checks

  1. Congratulations

  2. Course evaluation survey

  3. Your Personal Certificate

  4. Rate this course

  5. Related resources & follow up

Program Details


  • Video lectures,

  • Instructor-led live sessions with lectures, group discussions 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.

No software is required for participants of this course.

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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