API 579-1 ASME FFS: Fitness for Service

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Presenter: Daniel Francis

Daniel Francis has practiced engineering in the design, fabrication, repair and fitness for service evaluation of pressure equipment for over 21 years in the petrochemical industry. Having vast experience with ASME pressure vessel Codes and Standards, his knowledge also spans other recognized standards such as API, EN13445, AD Merkblatt and BS-5500…More



This course will provide training in the fitness-for-service evaluation methods of the API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 standard. The participant will learn to apply the rules of the API/ASME 579 standard “Fitness-for-Service” to recognize degradation mechanisms, evaluate the integrity and remaining life of pressure vessels, tanks, piping systems and pipelines, make cost effective run-or-repair decisions, and select the appropriate repair options.

This course explains the Fitness-for-Service concepts and technologies and provides training on the application of API 579-1/ASME FFS-1, a standard jointly published by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) that covers a wide range of flaw types and damage mechanisms. It is intended to supplement and augment the requirements in API 510, API 570 and API 653 to ensure safety and reliability of plant equipment.


This course will provide training in the fitness-for-service evaluation methods of the API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 standard. Attendees will learn the principles and methodology for Level 1 and 2, and 3 assessment of damaged fixed equipment.

FFS assessments are multi-disciplinary quantitative engineering evaluations which are performed to demonstrate the structural integrity of an in-service equipment/component containing a flaw or damage, and compliance with applicable codes and regulatory requirements. FFS assessments can provide useful economic and safety benefits to end users and operators including ensuring plant integrity and safety of plant personnel and the public while older equipment continues to operate, reduce unnecessary repairs and avoid unplanned shutdowns and thus help optimize maintenance and operation of existing facilities to maintain the availability of older plants and enhance long term viability.


API Standard 579-1/ASME FFS-1: Fitness-for-service (FFS) methods for assessing the significance of flaws and damage have undergone significant development over the past two decades and in particular since the introduction of the first edition of API RP 579 in 2000, and have gained wide international acceptance.

The second edition of API 579 in June 2007 as API Standard 579-1/ASME FFS-1 Fitness-for-Service was the result of joint effort by API and ASME and represents a major leap in the FFS technology development and has become the de facto international standard for Fitness-For-Service (FFS) assessments in the refining and petrochemical industry, and is rapidly becoming the FFS standard of choice for other industries such as pulp and paper, fossil utility, mining, and other major manufacturing industries.

API/ASME 579 describes standardized fitness-for-service techniques for pressurized equipment used in industry and supplements the inspection and assessment techniques in API 510, API 570 and API 653.

Please Note:
The precise content may change on the day depending on the specific needs of the delegates.

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