Design of Bolted Flange Joints

Last Update September 29, 2022
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About This Course

Bolted flange joints are essential components for the design and operation of pressure vessels and piping.  This one-day course provides a fundamental understanding of how to design bolted flange joints and predict their resulting behaviors.  Practical examples and case studies are shared with a discussion of variables that can affect flange joints along with some remediation options.

Specifically, the course reviews the different flange types and facings used in pressure vessel and piping industries, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each.  Participants will be introduced to the various ASME codes and standards applicable to flange design for pressure vessels and piping.

Learning Objectives

You Will Learn To
Develop an awareness of flange types and the ASME codes and standards applicable for bolted flange joint design
Enhance your knowledge for designing and analyzing bolted flange joints
Explain how the flange design interacts with bolts and gaskets to achieve a leak tight joint
Identify the parameters that can affect flange sealing along with methods to troubleshoot and remediate flange leakage

Material Includes

  • Downloadable course notes and exercises via ASME's learning platform


  • Scientific calculators are required for course exercises

Target Audience

  • Engineers involved in the design, design review and/or maintenance of pressure vessels and piping integrity utilizing flanged joints in the petroleum, refining, chemical, power, and process industries.


15 Lessons30h

Codes Addressing Flange Design

Discuss how the various Code sections address the design of flange joints and the applicability of flange standards
Vessels: ASME Section VIII, Div 1, Div 2; Section I; Section III
Piping: ASME B31.3, B31.1, B31.4, B31.8

Flange Standards

Strength Design Methods

Design for Leakage

Flange Joint Analysis

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Authorized Training Instructor, ASME

10 Courses
5 Reviews
36 Students
Head of Department -Plant Layout and Piping, thyssenKrupp Uhde. Worked in the field of Oil & gas, Chemical and Petrochemical industries for different multinational companies. - President of Society of Piping Engineers and Designers-Egypt Chapter - Certified as Pan-Arab Energy Management Professional. - Certified as Value Methodology Associate VMA from SAVE® International - Member of American Society of Engineering Management. - Member of Egyptian Society of Mechanical Engineers ESME
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4,000.00 EGP

Duration 30 hours
15 lectures

Material Includes

  • Downloadable course notes and exercises via ASME's learning platform

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