About the course

This self-paced course teaches you all the fundamentals, and much more, of working with NozzlePRO.
Not just the basics. In this course, you will learn many different aspects of the NozzlePRO software, such as using the different Finite Element templates, set-up of your loads, model verification, viewing & post-processing your results and the relevance of the ASME VIII-2 stress categorization and compliance checks. 
The course allows you to learn at your own pace and is fully provided online. The training is suitable for both new users as experienced users that want to learn more about the different features of the software.

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Selected course format


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


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

Virtual Program

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

Course Objective

To enable NozzlePRO users to use the software proficiently and understand the code compliance checks performed by the software.” 

Program & Details

  1. Welcome to the course

  2. Your instructors

  3. How to use this course

  4. Personal Certificate requirements

  1. Introduction to Finite Element Analysis [10min]

  2. A basic set of FEA equations [6min]

  3. Mesh resolution & singularities [8min]

  4. FEA for ASME VIII designs [5min]

  5. Equivalent stresses [9min]

  6. Stress categorization as per ASME BPVC VIII-2 chapter 5 “Design by Analysis” [14min]

  7. Exercise A: Stress categorization cases

  8. Stress compliance checks for ASME BPVC VIII-2 ch.5 [20min]

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. The NozzlePRO Interface [4min]

  2. Base shell types [5min]

  3. Nozzle / Attachment types [7min]

  4. Pipe size database [2min]

  5. Working in MatPRO [6min]

  6. Importing Nozzle Loads from Pipe Stress Software Manually [15min]

  7. Orientation settings [5min]

  8. Importing Nozzle Loads from Pipe Stress Software Automatically [6min]

  9. Operating versus Design pressure [7min]

  10. Visualizing your model [7min]

  11. Visually verifying your model [12min]

  12. Reviewing Results [10min]

  13. Output Reports [9min]

  14. Using the Batch Processor [7min]

  1. Boundary Conditions [13min]

  2. Model Parameters [11min]

  3. Merge Nodes Tolerance [12min]

  4. Nozzle Inserts [4min]

  5. General Options [12min]

  6. Run View Options [7min]

  7. Header Opening/Plug [3min]

  8. Engineering Details [6min]

  9. Automatic Solution Convergence [7min]

  1. Exercise B1: Vessel/Nozzle Geometry with nozzle end loads – Part 1 [PDF]

  2. Exercise B1: Video demonstration [19min]

  3. Exercise B2: Vessel/Nozzle Geometry with nozzle end loads – Part 2 [PDF]

  4. Exercise B2: Video demonstration [11min]

  5. Exercise B3: Vessel/Nozzle Geometry with nozzle end loads – Part 3 [PDF]

  6. Exercise B3: Video demonstration [4min]

  7. Exercise C: Ellipsoidal Head [PDF]

  8. Exercise C: Video demonstration [16min]

  9. Exercise D: Using the Batch Processor [PDF]

  10. Exercise D: Video demonstration [7min]

  1. Modeling piping actions method I: Generating SIFs [20min]

  2. Modeling piping actions method II: Including piping in your FEA [16min]

  3. Why use nozzle-shell flexibilities? [4min]

  4. Calculating nozzle flexibilities using NozzlePRO [7min]

  5. Nozzle modeling in pipe stress software [5min]

  6. The PRG sif/k module [14min]

  7. Exercise E: Modeling Piping Actions [PDF]

  8. Exercise E: Video demonstration [11min]

  1. Shoe/Saddle Wizard [26min]

  2. Exporting NozzlePRO output to .PDF [8min]

  1. Congratulations

  2. Course evaluation survey

  3. Your Personal Certificate

  4. Rate this course

  5. Related resources

  6. Follow up


After this course, you…
  • are familiar with the NozzlePRO Interface & its modules,
  • know how to work with shell type FEA models,
  • understand the Options Menu & Boundary Conditions,
  • can correctly set nozzle loads,
  • know how to visually verify model settings & mesh,
  • can post-process your results,
  • understand Stress Categorization as per ASME BPVC VIII-2,
  • understand the associated Compliance Checks,
  • know how to model piping actions and calculate SIFs,
  • can calculate nozzle flexibilities and use them for pipe stress analysis.
This course is based on the latest release of the NozzlePRO software (v14.1).

Intended for

  • Beginner NozzlePRO users that want to learn the foundations.
  • Intermediate NozzlePRO users that want to understand more about the different features.
  • Users of other PRG Suite & FE/Pipe.
  • Those that want to understand more about the capabilities of NozzlePRO.
  • Those conducting ASME VIII-2 assessments.

Prerequisites and level

  • No prior knowledge of NozzlePRO and FEA is required
  • Level: Foundation


  • Video lectures

  • Video demonstrations

  • PDF Exercises

  • Exercise answers in video-demonstrations

  • BOSpulse model files for download

The majority of training material are videos. These are not available for download, but can be accessed directly with your account on the portal. Software models associated with the demonstrations are available for download.

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

An active BOSpulse license is required for this course. A 1-month full BOSfluids license can be purchased as an add-on to the course once the course is added to your shopping cart. For more details see the course fee overview below.

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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