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Writing and Reviewing FEA Reports Supporting ASME Section VIII, Division 1 and 2 Designs: Practical Considerations and Recommended Good Practice

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Trevor Seipp, Mark Stonehouse

Becht Engineering Canada Ltd., Calgary, AB, Canada

Paper No. PVP2014-28958, pp. V003T03A076; 5 pages
  • ASME 2014 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 3: Design and Analysis
  • Anaheim, California, USA, July 20–24, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4600-1
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Finite element analysis (FEA) is used, with increasing frequency, to supplement or justify the design of an ASME Section VIII, Division 1 or 2 pressure vessel. When this occurs, good engineering practice indicates that a competent engineer should review the finite element analysis report. In some jurisdictions, it is required that a Professional Engineer review and certify the report.

This paper discusses some of the practical aspects of both writing and reviewing a good quality FEA report — both in the context of the technical perspective and in the context of Code compliance. This paper will serve as a practical assistant to an engineer reviewing an FEA report, as well as a guide to an engineer preparing an FEA report. Aspects such as properly following Code requirements, following appropriate Design By Analysis methodologies, and applying good design practices will be discussed.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME



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