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Training Courses Launched to Support Recent ASME Code Adoptions

Battelle will host experts from around the world for a course detailing its mesh-insensitive structural stress method for fatigue evaluation of welded structures, July 11-12 in Paris, France.

Battelle's method also is known as the VerityTM module in fe-safeTM --a leading fatigue software package distributed by Safe Technology. Battelle's fatigue method achieved a significant industry milestone recently when it was adopted in the 2007 ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (Section VIII, Div. 2) and the new joint API (American Petroleum Institute) and ASME Fitness-for-Service (FFS) Standard API 579-1/ASME FFS-1. The new code and FFS standard will be published this summer. The Paris course provides an opportunity for engineers from around the world to become familiar with the method before the new code takes effect.

Pingsha Dong, the developer of the VerityTM method, will lead the course and discuss the detailed technical background behind the structural stress method in the new ASME Code and its various applications in fatigue design and life predictions. The course will provide a unique opportunity for those in attendance to learn the details of the method and become familiar with the critical issues associated with fatigue of welded joints and existing design and analysis methods.

Dr. Dong also will teach a session on residual stress and distortion control in the same course series. One of the focus areas in this session will be on a unified residual stress estimate scheme developed by Dr. Dong for performing effective fitness-for-service assessment of engineering components. This estimation scheme also has been adopted by the new API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 to be published later this year.

For details on the course agenda, to register, or for information on hotel accommodations, please see


Date: June 6, 2007