FEA Tools

About the course

This training seminar focusses on the latest information on Stress Intensification Factors (SIFs), flexibility factors (k-factors) and Sustained Stress Indices (SSIs) used in the ASME B31.3 design code and how to easily implement this for your pipe stress analysis using FEATools. Learn to understand the backgrounds of recent research and see how these developments impact your stress assessment!
Commonly piping networks are modelled using beam type models with the stresses and flexibilities at discontinuities being calculated using empirical relationships, such as those found in ASME B31.3 Appendix D. These relationships provide the relevant Stress Intensification Factors (SIFs) and flexibility factor (k’s) for the discontinuity at hand. There are however well-known limitations in the accuracy of these formulas which, depending on the situation, can lead to either conservative or optimistic results. Within Appendix D these inadequacies are acknowledged and if available the engineer is advised by the code to use “more applicable data”. Based on results of the latest analysis, research, and testing conducted for the ASME committee, largely undertaken by our technology partner Paulin Research Group, this “more applicable data” is now widely available as ASME document STP-PT-073. This improved data is especially relevant for systems with large D/T, with sensitive or rotating equipment, in cyclic operation and with short or stiff thick-walled piping, or where the solution is dependent on the SIF for a small bore connection. Application of these newer values can result in significant lower stress which can result in more economical design. For some more critical situations it can even result in more realistic stress values which are higher, which allows for a reduction of risk for failure in such cases. The relationships, whilst improving the accuracy of the analysis, are not trivial to apply.
FEATools is a software package developed by Paulin Research Group which couples with CAESAR II to incorporate the “more relevant data” from STP-PT-073. The model is built in CAESAR II, imported into FEATools where the SIFs and k’s are updated and then exported and solved in CAESAR II. In this 2 day training course, the participants will learn how to apply this most up-to-date knowledge on SIFs and flexibility factors including backgrounds, validity and uncertainties. The software FEA Tools and the interaction with CAESAR II will be treated in detail. This will be done in a mix of lectures and worked examples which allow the participant to become familiar with the differences in accuracy due to the “more applicable data” statement of the ASME B31.3 Appendix D code. The course will also explain the new SIF and flexibility calculation procedures and their deviation from those found in B31.3 Appendix D.


2-day course


Course Objective

“To learn the participants how to apply this most up-to-date knowledge on SIFs and flexibility factors including backgrounds, validity and uncertainties”

Program & Details


  • Learn how to use the recently released FEATools software
  • Staying on top of the latest developments in piping stress
  • Gain a better understanding of the critical aspects of piping systems.
  • Learn to see if an overstressed location is only a theoretical issue due to inaccurate SIFs and k’s
  • Lots of examples and tutorials to gain proficiency

Intended for

  • Intermediate and advanced CAESAR II users
  • Those looking for improved accuracy for critical systems
  • Those wanting to stay on top of B31 code developments
  • Owners of FEA Tools
  • Those combining 3-D FEA with piping models

Prerequisites and level

  • Intermediate proficiency in the use of CAESAR II. 

  • Not sure? Please contact us.

Selected course format


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

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