Dynamic Stress Analysis

Industrial Piping Systems

About the course

This course teaches you all the fundamentals of dynamic stress assessments of piping systems.

By means of presentations, demonstrations and discussions of cases you will learn the theory, physics and computational methods applied in modern day pipe stress assessments of dynamic phenomena.

Topics such as model analysis, Dynamic Load Factor (DLF), spectrum analysis and time history analysis are discussed in detail. Comparisons are made between the different techniques that allow you to judge which one is most suitable for your situation.

The course consists of 4 online modules based on video content. You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course and the discussions forum. This allows you to perform modules again when you need to refresh knowledge for your work projects.

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4 modules



1-yr access


Course Objective

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

Program & Details

  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


After this course, you…

  • Understand the different dynamic analysis techniques used by pipe stress software,
  • have seen numerous examples of how these techniques are applied to assess pipe vibrations,
  • are familiar with the theory and concepts behind modal analysistime history analysisharmonic analysis and spectrum analysis,
  • are able to judge which technique is most suitable for your situation.

Intended for

  • Pipe stress engineers that want to understand dynamic stress assessment for piping systems,
  • Users of CaesarII and other pipe stress software that have experience with static analysis,
  • Pipe stress engineers that want to expand their knowledge into dynamic assessments,
  • Those conducting dynamic stress assessments that want to deepen their understanding.

Prerequisites and level

  • Basic understanding of static pipe stress analysis is required.
  • Level: Advanced

Selected course format


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


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


  • 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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