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Designing according to the EN13480 code

About The Course

The EN13480 design code is commonly used for piping system design in Europe. However, when employing automated pipe flexibility software like CAESAR II, the underlying calculations can sometimes become less clear. This course provides a detailed explanation of the fundamental equations and principles within these design rules. It covers essential aspects such as calculating allowable design stress, the significance of specific load cases, the inter-stiffener distance required to prevent vacuum-induced collapse, and the allowed cycles to prevent fatigue failure. The course also includes a discussion of the EN13480 code, comparing it with the American ASME B31.3 code.

In addition to explaining and applying the rules, the course encourages critical analysis of the rationale behind each rule.

The course comprises 7 online modules with video content, offering one year of unlimited access to both the course and the discussion forum for refreshing your knowledge as needed for your professional projects.

Program Details

Welcome Notes
  1. Welcome to the course

  2. Your instructors

  3. How to use this course

  4. Personal Certificate requirements

Module 1: EN13480 Introduction (free course preview) | 49min
  1. Introduction to the EN 13480

  2. Outline to the EN 13480

  3. Loads cases and Failure Types

  4. System design with EN 134080-3

  5. Material Classification and Standards

  6. Design Conditions

  7. Thickness Definitions as per EN 13480

  8. Joint Coefficient and NDT

  9. Allowable Design Stress as per EN 13480

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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Module 2: Design of Components from Internal Pressure | 50min
  1. Introduction Basics

  2. Internal Pressure Basics

  3. Straight Piping

  4. Bends and Elbows

  5. Mitre Bends

  6. Conical Shells and Reducers

  7. End Closures

Module 3: Flanges | 28min
  1. Introduction to Flanges

  2. Pressure Rating Method for Flanges

  3. Taylor and Forge: Flange Analysis

  4. EN 1591-1 method vs Taylor and Forge

Module 4: Openings and Nozzles | 28min
  1. EN 13480-3 Clause 8

  2. Introduction to Openings and Nozzles

  3. Applications and Limitations

  4. Isolated Openings and Wall Thickness

  5. Adjacent Openings

Module 5: External pressure | 49min
  1. Introduction to External Pressure

  2. Buckling and its Classificaton

  3. Cylinders under External Pressure

  4. Interstiffener Collaps: 4 Step Design

  5. Buckling safety factor as per EN13480

  6. Ends & Reducers under External Pressure

  7. Buckling from an axial force: Annex L

Module 6: Fatigue | 22min
  1. Fatigue: An introduction

  2. Assessment Methods for Fatigue Failure

  3. Simplified Assessment: Pressure Cycling

  4. Fatigue Design for combined loads

Module 7: Flexibility Assessment and Pipe Supporting | 1hr 26min
  1. Introduction and Agenda

  2. Piping flexibility: an introduction

  3. Stress limits as per EN13480

  4. Stress Intensification Factors

  5. Flexibility analysis

  6. Dynamic Load Aspects for piping systems

  7. Buried piping

  8. Support types for piping systems

  9. Spring supports

  10. Support design

Final Notes
  1. Congratulations

  2. Course evaluation survey

  3. Your Personal Certificate

  4. Rate this course

  5. Related resources & follow up


This course is self-paced and is not subject to specific dates. The course contains 7 modules with a total of 5.5 hours of content which can be performed at your own pace. A Personal Certificate will be provided to participants if they finish the course within the first month after purchase. This incentive aims to motivate you to perform the course in a timely manner, 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 is scheduled over a duration of 1 working day.

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

Prerequisites and level

  • Technical background
  • Basic understanding of piping systems is beneficial
  • Level: Intermediate

Intended For

This course is designed for:

  • Pipe Design Engineers and Pipe Stress Engineers designing piping systems as per the EN13480 code,
  • Engineers that need to have a solid understanding of the design approaches used in the EN13480 code,
  • Those involved in pipe system design projects for systems installed within Europe and designed as per the EN13480.

Access to the self-paced course
After your purchase is confirmed it will be activated to your account on the EngineeringTrainer learning portal. Here you will find the course in your dashboard and you will be guided step-by-step through the different course modules. 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.

Learn by doing
The course 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.

Exercises are available in the form of multiple-choice quizzes to help you grasp technical concepts and in the form of .pdf-files with instructions to build and analyze different models and answer related questions. Video demonstrations of the exercises are available.

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

  • Complete each module of the course,

  • Filling in the Course Evaluation Survey.

Example certificate:

After this course, participants are expected to:

  • Understand the structure and applicability of the EN13480 code.
  • Know the design rules for most standard components, their backgrounds and have performed tutorials on how to apply them,
  • Are able to identify the limits of these rules,
  • Understand the safety factors used in the code and the differences with other codes,
  • Know how the relevant failure mechanisms are covered in the code.
  • Video lectures

  • 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. Software models associated with the demonstrations are available for download.

You receive 6-months 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 6-month 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 technical software is required for participants of this course.

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.

Yes, this course qualifies for PDH hours as per the NCEES CPC Guidelines.

Selected Course Format


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


Price on request
  • Drip scheduled self-learning modules
  • Online discussion forum
  • 1-year access
  • Live sessions with instructor
  • For teams of minimum 4 people


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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