ASTM and CASTI eLearning Series - By Using Codes and Standards


    Price: $299.00


    This e-learning course is designed as an introduction to pressure-relieving devices (PRDs) through the study of API RP 576 inspection requirements by teaching you:

    • the common types of PRDs;
    • causes of improper PRD performance; and
    • API RP 576 requirements for PRD inspections.

    Learning Outcomes

    The goal of this eLearning course is to improve the learner's understanding of PRDs fundamentals, including standard API and ASME terminology, and at the same time gain a practical understanding of PRD inspection requirements outlines in API RP 576. To accomplish these goals, learners will be taught:

    • common types of PRDs, their applications, and how they work;
    • standard PRD terminology to better recognize nonstandard (slang) terms and practices with:
      • API Std 520 Sizing, Selection, and Installation of PRDs Part I - Sizing and Selection
      • API RP 576 Inspection of Pressure-relieving Devices
      • ASME PTC 25-2014 Pressure Relief Devices - Performance Test Codes
    • causes of improper performance; and
    • how to navigate API RP 576 PRD inspection rules and begin to technically interpret and not literally interpret Code rules.

    Who Should Attend

    This e-learning course is designed for inspectors, QA/QC personnel, engineers, tradespeople, and others working for plant owners, PRD manufactures and repair organizations, engineering procurement and construction companies, in oil and gas production, refinery plant, pipeline, petrochemical plant, pulp and paper plant, fertilizer plants, and others.


    ASTM is recognized by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units (CEUs), under the ANSI/IACET 1-2013 Standard, for good practices and quality continuing education and training programs.

    CEUs and Certificate

    CEUs: 1.0

    IACET continuing education units (CEUs) are issued on each certificate; this e-learning course will earn 1.0 CEUs that equals 10 professional development hours (PDHs).

    Course Content

    • General Introduction to PRDs
      • Introduction to standard PRD terminology:
        • API Std 520 Sizing, Selection, and Installation of PRDs Part 1 – Sizing and Selection
        • API RP 576 Inspection of Pressure-relieving Devices
        • ASME PTC 25-2014 Pressure Relief Devices – Performance Test Codes
      • Introduction to Pressure-Relief Valves:
        • Safety Valves
        • Relief Valves
        • Safety Relief Valves
      • Introduction to Direct-Acting Pressure Relief Valves:
        • Weight-loaded Pressure/Vacuum-Relief Valve
        • Direct Spring-operated Pressure-Relief Valve
          • Conventional Direct Spring-operated Pressure-Relief Valve
          • Balanced Direct Spring-operated Pressure-Relief Valve
        • Introduction to Pilot-operated Pressure-Relief Valves
      • Introduction to Rupture Disk Device
        • Forward-acting, Reverse-acting, and Graphite Rupture Disk:
          • Forward-acting Rupture Disks
          • Reverse-acting Rupture Disks
          • Graphite Rupture Disks
        • Rupture Disk Holders
        • Prevent Leakage Through Pressure-Relief Valve:
          • Requirements for Rupture Disks in Combination with Pressure-Relief Valves
      • Pin-actuated Devices
        • 4.6.2 Piston Type
        • 4.6.3 Butterfly Type
    • Causes of Improper Performance
      • Corrosion: Examples of Preventive Actions for Corrosion
      • Damaged Seating Surfaces
      • Improper Setting and Adjustment
      • Plugging and Fouling
      • Galling: Examples of Preventative Actions for Galling
      • Misapplication of Materials
      • Improper Location, History, or Identification
      • Improper Handling During Shipment, Maintenance, and Installation
      • Improper Differential Between Operating and Set Pressures
    • Inspection and Testing
      • Reasons for Inspection and Testing
      • Shop Inspection/Overhaul
        • Safety
        • Valve Identification
        • Operating Condition Noted
        • Removal of Device from System in Operation
        • Initial Inspection
        • Inspection of Adjacent Inlet and Outlet Piping
        • of Pressure-Relieving Devices to Shop
        • Shop Inspection, Testing, Maintenance, and Setting of Direct-acting Spring-loaded Pressure Relief
          • Determining "As-Received" Pop Pressure and Pop Test Results
          • Visual Inspection and Dismantling of Valve
          • Cleaning and Inspection of Parts
          • Reconditioning and Replacement of Parts and Reassembly of Valve
          • Setting of Valve Set Pressure and Checking Valve for Tightness
          • Completion of Necessary Records
        • Inspection, Testing, Maintenance, and Setting of:
          • Direct-acting Spring-loaded Valves on Equipment
          • Direct Spring-operated Safety Valves Used on Fired Pressure Vessels
          • Pilot-operated Pressure-Relief Valves
          • Weight-loaded Pressure and/or Vacuum Vents on Tanks
    • Inspection and Replacement of Rupture Disk Services
      • Rupture Disk Removal and Replacement: Examples of Rupture Disk Failure Modes:
        • Fatigue, Corrosion, Installation
    • Pressure-Relief Valve Visual On-stream Inspection
      • Post-Relief Event
    • Inspection Frequency
      • Frequency of Shop Inspection/Overhaul
        • Manufacturer’s, Jurisdictional, and Risk-based Inspection (RBI) Assessment Bases
        • Frequency of Visual On-stream Inspections
        • Time of Inspection: Installation, Routine, Unscheduled, and After Extended Shutdowns
        • Inspection and Servicing Deferral