API 579 Fitness For Service

API 579 Fitness-For-Service (FFS) is essential guideline for a run- repair-replace decision making process to help determine if pressurised equipment containing flaws that have been identified by inspection can continue to operate safely for certain period of time.

The methods covered by FFS are suitable, compatible and in some cases required with major inspection codes and standards (i.e. API 510, 570 and 653). Applicable to most types of pressurized equipment, piping and storage tanks where flaws and damage/degradation has been detected or identified.

This training course covers API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 with a focus on the Level 1 and 2 assessment procedures and their practical implementation. The students should be able to complete by themselves, in a confident manner at least Level 2 assessments; coupled with strong design code knowledge and inspection experience.

Discussion on damage mechanisms and the importance of identification, inspection techniques for flaw characterisation, remaining life considerations, remediation methods and methods for life extension of damaged equipment is also included. Attendees will complete numerous worked examples.

We make this course as realistic as possible by presenting NDT examination reports for delegates to extract the data from. In the real world this is how these assessments will be conducted, we don’t just provide the numerical data to feed into the calculations. We want to ensure our delegates know how to extract this information, sometimes from reports that may not contain all the data required. This allows them to identify what further inspection would be necessary to accurately assess the item.

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