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Working with ASME VIII-2: 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.

Program Details

Welcome Notes
  1. Welcome & Your Instructors

  2. Content Overview

  3. How to use this course

  4. Personal Certificate Requirements

Module 1: Introduction to ASME VIII-2 Chapter 5 (Free Course Preview) | 15min
  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

Module 2: Evaluating Plastic Collapse and performing Stress Linearization | 55min
  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

Module 3: Ratcheting Failure Mode and Compliance Checks | 45min
  1. What is ratcheting? An introduction

  2. Compliance check for ratcheting failure

  3. Simplified elastic/plastic analysis method

  4. Elastic/plastic analysis method 

Module 4: Fatigue Failure Mode and Compliance Checks | 47min
  1. Fatigue failure and micro cracks

  2. Analysing fatigue Assessment methods

  3. Method A: Smooth bar method

  4. Method B: Welded curve method

Module 5: Buckling & Local Failure and Compliance Checks | 27min
  1. Evaluating local failure & compliance checks

  2. Evaluating buckling & compliance checks

Final Notes
  1. Congratulations

  2. Course evaluation survey

  3. Your Personal Certificate

  4. Rate this course

  5. Related resources & follow up


This course is self-paced and is not subject to specific dates. The course contains 5 modules with a total of 3 hours of content which can be performed at your own pace. A personal certificate will be provided to you if you finish the course within the first month after purchase. This incentive aims to motivate you to perform the course on time, thereby improving your learning curve.


This course is scheduled regularly with a drip feed of modules becoming available to the participants throughout the program. The drip schedule aims to provide consistency to your learning experience and is designed to maintain participant concentration and provide adequate time to perform exercises between live instructor sessions where the instructor may answer any questions about the topic.

This course type is also available for a private schedule for teams of a minimum of 4 people.

Spring Program:

  • Kick-Off Session Friday 26 May 10:00 CEST
  • Session A Friday 2 June 10:00 CEST
  • Session B Friday 9 June 10:00 CEST
  • Session C Friday 16 June 10:00 CEST

Fall Program:

  • Kick-Off Session Friday 3 November 10:00 CEST
  • Session A Friday 10 November 10:00 CEST
  • Session B Friday 17 November 10:00 CEST
  • Session C Friday 24 November 10:00 CEST


This course is scheduled over 1 work day. The dates of the course are organized upon inquiry.

This course is available in self-paced, hybrid, and classroom formats.

Prerequisites and level

  • Basic understanding of Finite Element Analysis
  • Level: Intermediate

Intended For

This course is designed for:

  • Those using Finite Element Analysis for pressure vessel design.
  • People involved in projects for which the ASME VIII-Div. 2 Design by Analysis is used.
  • People who need to read technical reports related to this topic.
  • Beginner and intermediate pressure vessel designers.

Access to the self-paced course

After your purchase is confirmed you receive an account to the EngineeringTrainer online learning portal, where you can find the course in your dashboard. After opening the course you will be guided step-by-step through the different modules. You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course, allowing for the repetition of modules as desired.

Access to the hybrid course

After your purchase is confirmed you will see the course in your dashboard. Here you find the course welcome chapter and instructions on how to join the live sessions.

The relevant items of the course, including the links for the live sessions, are provided through a drip schedule, meaning that modules will become available step-by-step as the course progresses. Some weeks include self-paced learning modules, others both self-paced as live events as per the program.

After the course you receive 1-year unlimited access to all course material including recordings of the live sessions. This allows you to watch recording of lectures again whenever you need to refresh knowledge for your daily work projects.

Learn by doing

The course utilizes pre-recorded lectures and self-study exercises, combined with live Q&A’s and discussions. Live events are provided through MS Teams for which links are distributed from your course dashboard. Note that no downloadable manual is provided in this course as it is completely provided through the Engineering Trainer’s interactive portal.

You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course. This allows you to perform modules again when you need to refresh your knowledge for your work projects.

Participants of the self-paced and E-hybrid courses receive a personal digital certificate if they meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of each course module
  • Filling in the course evaluation survey

Participants of the classroom course receive a personal physical certificate upon the completion of the course.

Example certificate:

After this course, participants are expected to:

  • Understand the General Definitions and Failure Mechanisms associated with ASME VIII-2 Ch. 5 (Design by Analysis) assessments.
  • Have a good overview of the code section.
  • Can perform Stress Categorization and can link results to failure mechanisms.
  • Have seen numerous practical examples with Shell and Brick Finite Element Models.
  • Know the concepts of Stress Linearization and can apply them.
  • Understand Fatigue Analysis using both Welded and Smooth Bar Methods.
  • 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.

Select Course Format


350 /user
  • 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
  • For teams of minimum 4 people
  • 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
  • 1-year access to self-paced course
  • For teams of minimum 4 people

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