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April 2021 on-line design course

We invite you to join our English language on-line course on the design of pressure vessels and heat exchangers. It will take place from 6 to 15 April 2021 and will consist of 8 separate sessions of 3 hours each (9:30 – 12:30 CET). The course is completely modular, so you can decide which lessons you wish to attend (only lessons 1 and 2 are part of a single learning module, so participants have to register for both of them).

The 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 will also be part of the course.  Moreover, comparisons among the main calculation standards will allow participants to recognize which is the impact of a particular standard on the calculation. Several practical calculation examples will be 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 1,000 people have attended the courses over the years.

The April 21 course will cover the following topics:

Lesson 1A + Lesson 1B: 6 April 2021 and 7 April 2021

-General notions of pressure vessel design

Lesson 2: 8 April 2021

-Mechanical design for internal and external pressure

Lesson 3: 9 April 2021

-Mechanical design of bolted flange connections

Lesson 4: 12 April 2021

-Thermal design of shell and tube heat exchangers
Lesson 5: 13 April 2021

– Mechanical design of shell and tube heat exchangers

Lesson 6: 14 April 2021

-Pressure vessel design for loads other than pressure

Lesson 7: 15 April 2021

-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.

Click here to open the course flier, which contains also the registration form, a detailed list of the contents of the single lessons and information on the registration fees.

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