Training Courses

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 know 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 who has an understanding of possible routes to solve a problem and how to execute them.

The course starts with a basic introduction to the physics, concepts, and equations relevant to 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 EN13480 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 building the required engineering judgment.

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 can apply it when designing a system.

After the course, you maintain 1-year unlimited access to its content. This allows you to perform modules again when you need to refresh the knowledge for your projects.

Program Details

Welcome Notes
  1. Welcome to the course
  2. Your instructors
  3. Live session schedule
  4. How to use this course & join the live sessions
  5. Personal Certificate requirements
Module 1: Basics of Pipe Stress
  • 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 2: Piping Components
  • Module introduction
  • Basic definitions and relations
  • Straight pipe
  • Thin-walled vs thick-walled
  • Bends, Reducers and Tees
  • Flanges
  • Valves
  • Nozzles
  • Summary
Module 3: Supporting & Load Conditions
  • 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 4: Failure Modes & Allowable Values
  • Module introduction
  • Basic definitions and relations
  • Load types
  • Failure mechanisms
  • Sustained Loads
  • Occasional loads
  • Operating Loads
  • Expansion
  • Fatigue
  • Load cases
  • Summary
Module 5: Performing a Pipe Stress Analysis
  • 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 6: Solving overstressed locations
  • Module introduction
  • Solving overstressed locations
  • Basic definitions and relations
  • Solution Process
  • Identification of overstressed locations
  • Application of more detail in a model
  • Design improvements
  • Expansion loops
  • Bellows
  • Summary
Module 7: Miscellaneous Topics
  • Module introduction
  • Basic definitions and relations
  • Reporting a Pipe Stress Analysis
  • Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Piping
  • Buried piping systems
  • Water hammer phenomena
  • Summary


This course is self-paced and is not subject to specific dates. The course contains 7 modules with a total of 24 hours of content which can be performed at your own pace. A Personal Certificate will be provided to you if you finish the course within the first month after purchase. This incentive will motivate you to perform the course quickly thereby improving your learning curve.


This course is scheduled regularly with a drip feed of modules becoming available to the participants throughout the program. The drip schedule aims to provide consistency to your learning experience and is designed to maintain participant concentration and provide adequate time to perform exercises between live instructor sessions where the instructor may answer any questions about the topic.

This course type is also available for a private schedule for teams of minimum 4 people.

Fall Program:

  • Kick-Off Session Tuesday 17 October 10:00 CEST
  • Session A Tuesday 31 October 10:00 CET
  • Session B Tuesday 14 November 10:00 CET
  • Workshop Tuesday 28 November 10:00 CET
  • Session C Tuesday 12 December 10:00 CET


This course is scheduled over 3 working days.

This course is available in self-paced, hybrid, and classroom formats.

Prerequisites and level

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

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 who want to refresh their knowledge

Access to the self-paced course

After your purchase is confirmed you receive an account to the EngineeringTrainer online learning portal, where you find the course in your dashboard. After opening the course you will be guided step-by-step through the different modules. You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course, allowing for the repetition of modules as desired.

Learn by doing
The self-paced E-hybrid is mainly based on video content: video lectures and video software demonstrations. English subtitles are available and videos can be viewed as many times as desired. The video lectures help you to grasp the important technical concepts and in the video demonstrations, the instructor uses the software and discusses all the steps and actions. You are recommended to follow the steps of the instructor in the software to optimize your learning curve.

The classroom course is performed in person either on-site or in the Dynaflow Research Group office located in Rijswijk, The Netherlands. This course enables you to be face-to-face with the instructors with live examples provided. This course also provides all participants with a 1-year access to the self-paced course.

Exercises and software models associated with the content are available for download.

Participants of this course receive a personal digital certificate if they meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of each course module,
  • Filling in the Course Evaluation Survey.

Example certificate:

After this course, participants are expected to:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Selected Course Format


1200 /user
  • Self-learning modules
  • Immediate module access
  • Online discussion forum
  • 1-year access
  • Live sessions with instructor
  • For individual learning


1550 /user
  • Drip scheduled self-learning modules
  • Online discussion forum
  • 1-year access
  • Live sessions with instructor
  • Participation with industry peers
  • For individual and team learning
  • Available for private team enrollment


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

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