Practical Pressure Vessel Design with Examples using PD 5500


This course three-day course is aimed at those engineers who are fairly new to pressure vessel design and PD 5500 in particular. Extensive examples and sample calculations are used to explain the design approach for the majority of typical pressure vessels. Starting with the PED, materials selection and low-temperature design, the rules for cylinders, heads and cones under internal and external pressure are developed.

Supports design, jacketed vessels, nozzles and openings, flat ends, bolted flange connections, local load analysis and fatigue assessment are all considered. A simplified treatment of the use of finite element analysis in pressure vessel design is also given. Participants are expected to have a good understanding of general engineering mechanics. No previous experience of pressure vessel design codes and standards is necessary.


On-campus classes for 2021 still undecided. Zoom delivery will instead be offered, with 4 half days 11-12th and 18-19th May. More details to follow soon.


On campus at University of Strathclyde



Experience required

This course will be particularly appropriate for people working in the wider pressure systems industry. It encompasses the full spectrum of applications however much of the worked examples are derived from real problems associated with the petro-chemical and offshore industries.

It is anticipated that delegates should hold an engineering degree or have been involved in the design of vessels and pipework, or have an interest in the subject.