Pipe Stress Analysis

About the course

Pipe stress engineering is a broad area of expertise. To perform a pipe stress analysis you’re required to have knowledge from various subjects. From physical concepts to practical applicability, from design code specifications to piping best practices. This course will help you to become a knowledgeable pipe stress engineer that has an understanding of possible routes to solve a problem and how to execute them.
The course starts with a basic introduction of the physics, concepts and equations relevant for pipe stress analysis. With this foundation the course slowly builds towards performing a basic pipe stress analysis by hand in the context of both the commonly used ASME B31.3 and EN13445 design codes. Note that this course does not teach you how to use pipe stress software, but focuses on understanding the theory behind it and build the required engineering judgement.
This course utilizes videos, animations, exercises, quizzes and more to provide a steep learning curve and progress the participant’s engineering judgment.
After this course you will have a solid understanding of pipe stress engineering and is able to apply them when designing a system.
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.

Self-paced /
Virtual Training / Classroom

7 modules



1-yr access

Selected course format


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


1,200 / user
  • Self-learning modules
  • Online discussion forum
  • Live sessions with instructor
  • 1-year access
  • For individual learning

Virtual Training

1,550 / user
  • Self-learning modules
  • Online discussion forum
  • Live sessions with instructor
  • 1-year access
  • For individual learning and teams

Course Objective

“To provide a deep understanding of the theory, design codes and methodologies required to perform pipe stress analysis and to enhance the student’s engineering judgment.

Program & Details

  • Welcome to the course
  • Your instructors
  • Live session schedule
  • How to use this course & join the live sessions
  • Personal Certificate requirements
  • Module introduction
  • Basic definitions and relations
  • Geometric properties of piping
  • Typical properties of piping
  • Forces and moments on pipes
  • Introduction to stress
  • Pipe stress directions
  • Hoop stress
  • Axial stress
  • Radial stress
  • External forces and bending moments
  • Shear stress
  • Stress/strain theory
  • Piping codes
  • Introduction to code stress
  • Material Codes
  • Allowable values according to codes
  • Summary

A module of this course “Thin versus Thick-walled piping” is available for free, so you can learn more about the teaching style and understand if the course fits your needs. This module covers differences between Thin and Thick-walled piping systems and the associated methods for wall thickness calculations. The “thin-walled assumption” is analyzed in detail and the implementation in the ASME B31.3 and EN 13480 design codes are compared.

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  • Module introduction
  • Basic definitions and relations
  • Straight pipe
  • Thin walled vs thick walled
  • Bends, Reducers and Tees
  • Flanges
  • Valves
  • Nozzles
  • Summary
  • Module introduction
  • Basic definitions and relations
  • Support types
  • Stiffness, gaps and friction
  • Spring supports
  • Steel structures
  • Process conditions
  • Imposed displacements
  • Occasional loads
  • Supporting a simple system
  • Summary
  • Module introduction
  • Basic definitions and relations
  • Load types
  • Failure mechanisms
  • Sustained Loads
  • Occasional loads
  • Operating Loads
  • Expansion
  • Fatigue
  • Load cases
  • Summary
  • Module introduction
  • Basic definitions and relations
  • Flexibility analysis
  • Stress Intensification Factors (SIFs)
  • Code stress definition
  • Overview code stress & allowable values
  • Nozzle check
  • Flange check
  • Support check
  • Displacements
  • Piping stress software
  • Summary
  • Module introduction
  • Solving overstressed locations
  • Basic definitions and relations
  • Solution Process
  • Identification of overstressed locations
  • Application of more detail in model
  • Design improvements
  • Expansion loops
  • Bellows
  • Summary
  • Module introduction
  • Basic definitions and relations
  • Reporting a Pipe Stress Analysis
  • Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Piping
  • Buried piping systems
  • Water hammer phenomena
  • Summary


After this course, you will:

  • Understand the physics and equations behind pipe stress analyses.
  • Know how to determine material allowable values.
  • Have a general understanding about supporting and piping equipment.
  • Know which load cases are relevant for a pipe stress analysis.
  • Have seen the different failure mechanisms that can occur in piping systems.
  • Can perform a basic pipe stress analysis based on the EN 13480 and B31.3 by hand.
  • Have a good overview of what different analyses are required for a complete pipe stress analysis.
  • Understand the solution strategies to mitigate excessive pipe stresses or loads.

Intended for

This course is designed for:

  • Junior pipe stress engineers with 0-3 years experience.
  • Those using pipe stress software that want to know what is behind the analysis.
  • Pipe designers that want to increase their analysis capabilities.
  • Those performing analyses using the EN 13480 and ASME B31.3.
  • Experienced pipe stress engineers that want to refresh their knowledge.

Prerequisites and level

  • A basic understanding of piping systems is beneficial.
  • Level: Intermediate


  • Video lectures

  • Video demonstrations

  • Exercise .pdf-files for download

  • Exercise answers by means of demonstrations (video)

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.

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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