Working with ASME VIII-2 chapter 5: “Design by Analysis”

Division 2

About the course

The ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel section VIII code is the most frequently used pressure vessel design code in the world. Two design approaches are present in the code: design by rules and design by analysis. Design by Analysis in ASME VIII-2 Part 5 is used to complement the Design by Rules parts of the code. Why might this be necessary? Perhaps a feature is located too close to a discontinuity or has a non-standard configuration, perhaps a detailed fatigue calculation is required or loadings other than pressure are present?
This course covers how to conduct Design by Analysis code compliance checks for rupture, ratcheting, fatigue and buckling load cases.
During which topics such as the difference between primary or secondary stresses, the influence of weld type on fatigue life and obtaining the structural stress will be addressed using FEM software.
The course consists of 5 online, self-study modules combined with 2 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. This allows you to perform modules again when you need to refresh the knowledge for your projects.


Selected course format


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

Virtual Training

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

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”.

The 4-week program

  1. Instructor & student introductions

  2. Course details & schedule

  3. Using the Course Forum

  4. Certificate requirements

  5. Learning objectives

  6. Q&A

  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. Discussions questions from Course Forum
  2. General Q&A
  1. What is ratcheting? An introduction

  2. Compliance check for ratcheting failure

  3. Simplified elastic/plastic analysis method

  4. Elastic/plastic analysis method 

  1. Discussions questions from Course Forum
  2. General Q&A
  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. Discussing questions from Course Forum
  2. 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…
  1. understand the General Definitions and Failure Mechanisms associated with ASME VIII-2 Ch. 5 (Design by Analysis) assessments,
  2. have a good overview of the code section,
  3. can perform Stress Categorization and are able to link results to failure mechanisms,
  4. have seen numerous practical examples with Shell and Brick Finite Element Models,
  5. know the concepts of Stress Linearization and are able to apply them,
  6. understand Fatigue Analysis using both Welded and Smooth Bar Methods.

Intended 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 that need to read technical reports related to this topic,
  • Beginner and intermediate pressure vessel designers.

Prerequisites and level

  • Basic understanding of Finite Element Analysis
  • Level: Intermediate


  • 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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