Dynamic Stress Analysis

Industrial Piping Systems

About the course

This course covers the essential principles of dynamic stress assessment in piping systems. Through presentations, demonstrations, and case discussions, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the theory, physics, and computational methods employed in modern pipe stress analysis for dynamic scenarios.

Topics include modal analysis, Dynamic Load Factor (DLF), spectrum analysis, and time history analysis, with thorough comparisons to help you determine the most suitable technique for your specific needs.

The course consists of 4 online modules featuring video content, providing you with 1-year of unlimited access to both the course materials and the discussion forum.

This flexibility enables you to revisit modules as necessary to refresh your knowledge for your projects.

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Self-paced / Classroom


4 modules



1-yr access

Selected Course Format


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


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

Course Objective

To give pipe stress engineers a solid understanding of the methods and backgrounds involved with dynamic assessment of piping systems.”

Course Contents

  1. Welcome & Your instructor

  2. Content Overview

  3. How to use this course

  4. Questions Forum

  1. Relevance of dynamic assessment

  2. Types of vibrations in piping systems

  3. Vibration sources in piping systems

  4. Vibration allowables for piping systems

  5. Typical analysis methods for vibrating pipes

A sample of the first module is available for free, so you can learn more about the teaching style and understand if the course fits your needs.

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  1. Concepts & definitions Part 1

  2. Concepts & definitions Part 2

  3. Modal analysis Part 1

  4. Modal analysis Part 2

  5. Dynamic Load Factor (DLF) Part 1

  6. Dynamic Load Factor (DLF) Part 2

  7. Quasi-static analysis Part 1

  8. Quasi-static analysis Part 2

  9. Pipe modeling for dynamic analysis

  10. Pipe flexibility factors for dynamic analysis

  11. Supporting structures for dynamic analysis

  1. Modal coordinates Solution method – part 1

  2. Modal coordinates Solution method – part 2

  3. Spectrum analysis Solution method – part 1

  4. Spectrum analysis Solution method – part 2

  5. Time history analysis Solution method

  6. Analyzing water hammer Example – Part 1

  7. Analyzing water hammer Example – Part 2

  8. Harmonic analysis in piping systems

  1. Compressor loads Example – Part 1

  2. Compressor loads Example – Part 2

  3. Compressor loads Example – Part 3

  4. Compressor loads Example – Part 4

  5. Q-Static vs. Spectrum earthquake loading – Part 1

  6. Q-Static vs. Spectrum earthquake loading – Part 2

  7. Recap dynamic stress analysis

  1. Course evaluation survey

  2. Your Personal Certificate

  3. Rate this course

  4. Related resources

  5. Follow up

Program Details


  • Video lectures,

  • Video demonstrations,

  • Exercise .pdf-files for download,

  • Exercise answers by means of video demonstrations,

  • Discussions forum with other participants & instructor.

The majority of training material are videos. These are not available for download, but can be accessed directly with your account on the portal. Apart from quizzes the exercise files can be downloaded. These can include .pdf files with the exercise questions, software models or other file types. 

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

We encourage participants to submit feedback and questions in the Questions forum of the course. These are answered directly in the forum or form the basis for new videos that are added to the online course.

Participants receive 1-year unlimited access to the course including new videos that are added during this year. Participants receive an email notification upon addition of new course videos.

No software is required for participants of this course.

Demonstrations are provided using the software CaesarII, but having access to this software is not required.

If your computer and internet connection is able to play videos online (YouTube) you will be able to follow the course. Note that almost all browsers are supported, except for Internet Explorer.
Please contact us for questions on this matter.

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

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