Designing better and in less time

Sant’Ambrogio periodically organizes Technical Courses on the Design of Pressure Vessels and Heat Exchangers. The speaker of the courses is the Director of Sant’Ambrogio, Dr. Fernando Lidonnici, who has a very long experience in pressure vessel design and is Convenor of Working Group 53 “Design methods” of CEN TC54 (Unfired Pressure Vessels), i.e. the team of experts which has prepared the European harmonized norm EN 13445 on unfired pressure vessels.

In addition to providing basic principles on the mechanical design of pressure vessels and heat exchangers, during the courses many calculation examples from the daily engineering practice are shown and the differences due to the application of ASME, EN 13445 and other codes are pointed out. Also advanced design methods (design by analysis) are considered.

Learn how to minimize weight and cost of the equipment ensuring compliance with the standards

Participants are trained on how to achieve the optimization of the design, minimizing weight and cost of the equipment while maintaining compliance with the reference standards. They learn the differences between the various standards in order to be able to recognize from the very beginning which will be the impact of a particular standard in terms of thickness and weight. Those who have followed a Sant’Ambrogio course are able to design better, and in less time, and to have a better overall view.

Different modules and tailor made courses

The courses in Italian and English language include several modules, each one consisting in a one-day or half day session, with the following topics:

  • General concepts and methods of mechanical design of pressure equipments
  • Mechanical design of pressure vessels under internal and external pressure
  • Mechanical design of flanged connections
  • Thermal design of shell and tube heat exchangers
  • Mechanical design of shell and tube heat exchangers
  • Designing for loads other than pressure
  • Fatigue calculation

In addition to the general design courses we organize tailor-made courses for individual companies to meet specific calculation needs, both in the mechanical design field and in that of thermal calculation, as well as courses on the use of the software.


More than 1,500 people have attended Sant’Ambrogio Design courses over the years !

A new course edition will take place in the next months.

For more information feel free to contact us (Mr. Bordoni at ).