Introduction to Piping Engineering

The course on Major difference b/w ASME B31.1 & ASMEB31.3 has been developed to explain the fundamentals of Piping Engineering in a particular project in detail. The content is organized in a systematic manner so that the first timers can also understand. Course content is based on practical problems and solutions, which is created by experienced professionals with decades of experience in the relevant field.

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The purpose of this article is to give answers to the basic questions about the course which commonly comes into the mind before enrolling to the published courses. So Let’s begin with details and look at various sections of the article.


What you’ll learn in this course?

ASME B31.1 & ASME B31.3 are two codes which are almost the bible of piping industry. All process & Power plants has to follow the clauses mentioned in these codes.

Identification & discussion on 12 Major Differences between ASME B31.1 & B31.3

  • Application

  • Allowable stresses – (Two Steps)

  • Design Life

  • Factor of safety

  • Pipe wall thickness

  • Variation on Normal operation

  • Post weld heat treatment

  • Random Inspection & examination

  • Testing

  1. Hydrostatic test

  2. Pneumatic Test

  3. Service Test

FAQs: Frequently asked Questions

Following questions have been answered in detail in the course:

1.      What is the difference between API 598 and API 6D?

Answer : For low-pressure closure tests, the test medium for API 598 is air or inter gas, whereas the test medium for API 6D is air or nitrogen. Many more differences have been explained in the course.

2.      What is api598?

Answer: API 598 covers the inspection, examination, and testing requirements for resilient-seated, non-metallic-seated, and metal-to-metal-seated gate, glove, plug, ball, check, and butterfly valves.

3.      What is API standard for valves?

Answer: API – American Petroleum Institute is the national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry.

4.      How do you perform a valve test?

Answer: The valve seat tests procedure involves placing a valve under pressure, then measuring the amount of leakage on the other side of the valve.

5.      What is the latest edition of API 598?

Answer: As on Sep 2022, latest edition is 10th Edition, October 2016. Published Date: October 2016. 

6.      What are three basic methods for testing a check valve?

Answer: Critical check valves are inspected/tested using three main methods: externally, internally and, in unique situations, in-line function testing.

7.      What is acceptable leakage rate?

Answer: The maximum permissible leakage rate shall be 0.18 cubic inch (3 cubic centimeters) per minute per inch of nominal pipe size.

8.      What are the test for valves?

Answer: Valve seat leakage tests are required for pressure relief valves. Backseat tests are required for valves with a backseat element, including gate and globe valves. Closure tests are required to test the closure mechanism of several types of valves, including gate, globe, plug, check, and ball valves.

9.      What does API stand for NDT?

Answer: API – American Petroleum Institute is the national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry.

10.  What is Back Seat test in valves?

Answer: The Valve Back Seat Test is performed in the valve with a backseat feature. This is a feature that allows valve packing being replaced while it is in the service. In this test, the valve shall be fully opened and packing gland shall be loose or not installed. No leakage is permissible in the backseat test.

11.  How do you check for passing valves?

Answer: Detection of a passing valve using the Joule-Thomson effect principle through the valve: This principle consists of identifying a lower temperature downstream of the valve compared to the temperature upstream of the valve. This method can be applied with a thermal gun.

What is the duration of course

Total duration of the course is 1 hour. However, it is recommended to watch the lecture at least thrice, so that the fundamentals covered can be easily grabbed.

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Recommendations to proceed further

  • It is highly recommended that watching all the lecture continuously in a single sitting should be avoided. 
  • Prepare a schedule of 1-2 hours on daily basis.
  • Write down the learning in short or in the form of your own notes 
  • List out the queries or doubts and share at Forums of Engineers Land.
  • Join Telegram group and register to keep yourself updated with the latest published content on EPCLand and Engineers Land.

Top Benefits of Piping Engineering course

  1. Lifetime access once enrolled
  2. Same lecture can be watched as many times as you want
  3. Flexibility of time and location
  4. Readymade notes which can be referred before interviews and working on live projects
  5. Become part of professional communities on Telegram & Engineers Land. 

Prerequisites of this course

  1. Willingness to learn
  2. Complete clarity on where you see yourself after 3-5 years
  3. Awareness of Energy sector (Click here to read about Scope of Piping Engineers)

How to be an expert in piping engineering

Recommended courses (Published on EPCLand):

  1. Basics of Piping Engineering
  2. Piping Layout Engineering
  3. Piping Material Engineering 
  4. Material Requisitions 
  5. Piping Material Specifications
  6. Piping Stress Analysis
  7. Complete Course on Piping Engineering
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Don’t miss 7 Free courses available for Enrolment

Along with the above mentioned recommend courses, there are 7 free course which available on EPCLand platform. These courses are just published so that the candidates can get use to the interface of EPCLand and get a feel how the lectures are available and organised on this platform. Following are the links to the free courses:

  1. Email Etiquettes: Professional Writing
  2. Piping Engineering: Fundamentals and Q&A
  3. Introduction to Process Industry
  4. Microsoft Teams: Various Tools & Features
  5. MS-Excel: Basics & Advance Excel Tips
  6. All about Valves: Classification & Types
  7. Cover letter for Jobs II Do’s & Don’ts

Recommended YouTube Playlists

  1. 2 minutes FundasSeries: Explains hundreds of Piping Engineering fundamentals in less than 2 minutes
  2. Piping questions and answers: It talks about various Questions & Answers to understand the engineering fundamentals
  3. Piping Engineering Interview preparation: This Section talks about the various questions which are generally aske during interviews
  4. Subscribe YouTube Channel:  Highly recommended to subscribe the Oil and Gas Fundas YouTube channel for various updates

To conclude, this article talks about the course details on Major difference b/w ASME B31.1 & ASMEB31.3 explaining what is covered and how to approach after Enrollment. Moreover, it explains how to be part of various professional communities related to piping engineering where candidates can join various ongoing discussions and share the queries.

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