Course detail

Design of Equipment for Process Industry

FSI-KSZAcad. year: 2017/2018

The course is concerned with ageing/live time management of process equipment loaded at operational conditions. The content of the ageing/live time system of damage process of materials is explained. Mathematical descriptions of material damage processes as fatigue of materials, creep at elevated temperatures and corrosion are presented. The allowable growth of defects found by non-destructive examination and assessment procedures of material resistance against brittle crack are explained. The creation procedure of the process equipment damage scenario and choice of independent variables and their statistical distribution needed for computation of failure probability and risk of process equipment essential accident are illustrated.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will be able to apply knowledge acquired during the study. They realize the damage process of materials is possible to influence and what operational conditions are needed. They realize that received tools have to be continually developed. They will have overview of the extent and quality of input data for lifetime / ageing management systems.


Basic knowledge from elasticity and strength of structures, mechanics, limit states and theory of materials.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Anderson, T.L.: Fracture Mechanics Fundamentals and Applications. CRC Press, Inc. 1995 (EN)
Němec, J.: Prodlužování životnosti konstrukcí a předcházení jejich haváriím, , 0
Vejvoda, S. - Vlk, M.: Stavba chemických zařízení IIb. Pevnost a životnost tlakových nádob., , 0
DOWLING, Norman E. Mechanical behavior of materials: engineering methods for deformation, fracture, and fatigue. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2007, 912 s. ISBN 0-13-186312-6 (EN)
Lemaitre, J. & Chaboche, J.L.: Mechanics of Solid Materials. Cambridge University Press, 1990 (EN)
Vejvoda, S. - Suchánek, M. - Majer, L. - Podhora, J.: Navrhování a posuzování svařovaných konstrukcí a tlakových zařízení, , 0
G. A. Antaki, Fitness-for-service and integrity of piping, vessels, and tanks: ASME code simplifed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005. (EN)
LEE, Yung-Li, Mark E BARKEY a Hong-Tae KANG. Metal fatigue analysis handbook: practical problem-solving techniques for computer-aided engineering. Waltham: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2012, l, 580 s. ISBN 978-0-12-385204-5. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Course-unit credit requirements: Active attendance at seminars. The exam has written and oral parts, students have to prove acquired theoretical and practical knowledge.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The course objective is for students to acquire theoretical knowledge, to have an idea of technical literature including foreign literature and to be able to apply it to the design of equipment.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Active attendance at lessons and training is checked. The written report has to be done when training was missed. This report has to be produced for verification.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-PRI , 2. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Lifetime / ageing management system of process equipments.
Basic requirements for structures and possibilities of designers.
Damage mechanisms of materials at operational conditions.
Material response on loading.
Stresses categories. Assessment of strength of structures at the monotonic growth load.
Assessment of damage of material at varying loading, high cyclic fatigue.
Assessment of damage of material at varying loading, low cyclic fatigue.
Assessment of resistance of material against brittle crack damage.
Allowed growth of defects.
Assessment of resistance of material against creep damage.
Assessment of damage of material by stress corrosion cracking.
Design philosophy of process equipments in accordance with the ASME Code and CSN standards.
Using of material damage for lifetime / ageing management systems.

Computer-assisted exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Thematic problems: 1) Simple examples of using of lifetime / ageing management systems of process equipments. 2) Examples on stress response of structures with and without the notch at the monotonic growth load. 3) to 8) Examples on assessment of material damage at operational conditions. 9) Proposal of geometries of selected process equipment details in accordance with standards. 10) Examples of using of material damage for lifetime / ageing management systems.