Course detail

Process Equipment Construction

FSI-9SPZAcad. year: 2023/2024

The course is focused on aging / lifetime control of process equipment in operational conditions. The content of the aging / lifetime management system and material damage processes is explained. Mathematical descriptions of the most common material damage mechanisms of process equipment such as fatigue, creep and corrosion are presented. Procedures for assessing the permissible growth of defects found by non-destructive methods and procedures for assessing the resistance of brittle fracture to process equipment are explained. The procedure of creating a process equipment damage scenario and selecting independent variables is explained, including the determination of their statistical distribution when calculating the probability of failure of pf and the risk of a major process equipment accident.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

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

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

The exam is oral, students have to prove their theoretical and practical knowledge.
The seminar is individual.


The objectives of the course \Process equipment construction\ are as follows: - provide students with basic theoretical knowledge which can be used for the work on a doctoral thesis,
- teach students to use literature,
- understand the problem and find a direction for acquired knowledge development.
A student will know that process equipment material damage while operating can be influenced and will learn the ways to influence it. The student will understand that only using mathematical description of material damage based on the experiments the level of material damage and residual lifetime can be found. The students will learn that methods available now are to be constantly developed. They will be introduced to the scope and type of input data for the calculations and purposefulness of their statistical distribution knowledge. The students will know the difference between deterministic way of analysis and probabilistic analysis of accident occurrence.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Anderson, T.L.: Fracture Mechanics Fundamentals and Applications. CRC Press, Inc. 1995
Dowling, E.N.: Mechanical Behaviour of Materials. PRENTICE-HALL, Inc. 1993
Lemaitre, J. – Chaboche, J.L.: Mechanics of Solid Materials. Cambridge University Press, 1990
G. A. Antaki, Fitness-for-service and integrity of piping, vessels, and tanks: ASME code simplifed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005. (EN)
R. D. Port and H. M. Herro, The Nalco guide to boiler failure analysis. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1991. (EN)
C. F. Andreone and S. Yokell, Tubular heat exchanger inspection, maintenance, and repair. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1998. (EN)

Recommended reading

Němec, J.: Prodlužování životnosti konstrukcí a předcházení jejich haváriím. A.S.I. Klub Most, 1994
Vejvoda, S._: Stavba procesních zařízení. Hodnocení odolnosti materiálů tlakových nádob proti jejich poškozování v. Akademické nakladatelství CERM, s.r.o. Brno
Teplý, B. – Novák, D.: Spolehlivost stavebních konstrukcí. Teorie, numerické metody, navrhování, software. Akademické nakladatelství CERM, s.r.o. Brno

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme D-IME-K Doctoral, 1. year of study, summer semester, recommended
  • Programme D-IME-P Doctoral, 1. year of study, summer semester, recommended

Type of course unit



20 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Process equipment aging/lifetime management system. Requirements and possibilities.
2. Reaction of material to the load, mechanisms of material damage during operating.
3. Categorization of strains, strength analysis for a case of monotonously growing load.
4. Damage of material in case of variable load, material fatigue.
5. Resistance of material against brittle fracture.
6. Damage of material under high temperatures, creep.
7. Damage of material under the influence of corroding medium.
8. Diagnostic systems and input parameters for evaluating residual lifetime of process equipment.
9. Scenario of material damage during operating
10. Probability of boundary damage of material and risk of a failure.