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4th online design course

In November 2022 we held the 4th Edition of our English language online course on the design of pressure vessels and heat exchangers. As happened in the previous course editions, many participants from different countries could benefit of this learning opportunity and took actively part in the Q&A session at the end of each course module.

Our design course is aimed not only at guiding participants in the process of properly designing pressure vessels and heat exchangers, but also at showing how to optimize the design, minimizing weight and cost of the equipment, while maintaining compliance with the reference standards. In-depth studies of the critical aspects of designing specific pressure parts are also part of the course. Moreover, comparisons among the main calculation standards allow participants to recognize which is the impact of a particular standard on the calculation. Several practical calculation examples are presented during the course.

Our design courses have become a milestone in the professional training of design engineers and of all professionals involved in designing or checking pressure equipment, in Italy and in Europe. More than 1,200 people have attended the courses over the years.

The course covers the following topics:

Lesson 1A + Lesson 1B:
-General notions of pressure vessel design

Lesson 2:
-Mechanical design for internal and external pressure

Lesson 3:
-Mechanical design of bolted flange connections

Lesson 4:
-Thermal design of shell and tube heat exchangers

Lesson 5:
– Mechanical design of shell and tube heat exchangers

Lesson 6:
-Pressure vessel design for loads other than pressure

Lesson 7:
-Design for cyclic loads

The Speaker of the course is Dr. Fernando Lidonnici,  European expert on pressure equipment design, who is the Coordinator of the European workgroup WG53/ CEN TC54, which developed the design part of EN 13445, ASME Member and President of EPERC (European Pressure Equipment Research Council). In 2018 he was awarded the Donald Julius Groen Prize from IMechE, the British Institution of Mechanical Engineers, for his activity in the field of European Pressure Vessel Norms.

The next course edition should take place in May / June 2023.

For information on the course feel free to contact Dr. Bordoni at