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Pressure Vessel Safety

COURSE NO: M01-023
COURSE PROVIDER: Robert Steelhammer, P.E.
Pressure Vessel Safety
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides an overview of the design of pressure vessels, the cracking in pressure vessels and the non-destructive tests performed for detection.


Pressure vessels made of carbon or low-alloy steel are designed to store their contents under pressure and have inherent risks. In 1905, a pressure vessel accident led to the creation of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. This course introduces Pressure Vessel Safety and testing, and how they are covered by ASME, API, and OSHA.


The API code contains the rules for the design, fabrication, inspection, and testing of pressure vessels. The OSHA technical manual covers the design of pressure vessels and low-pressure storage tanks. The nondestructive tests (NDT) are performed by certified pressure vessel inspectors and are of two types: the surface and volumetric methods. These include the visual examination, liquid penetrant test, magnetic particle test, radiography test and ultrasonic test.


This 1 PDH online course is applicable to mechanical engineers, facility operators and professionals who are interested in learning more about pressure vessels.
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Identifying the history of pressure vessel failures
  • Knowing the codes used for the design of pressure vessels
  • Understanding the services that can cause cracking in pressure vessels
  • Familiarizing with the ways a pressure vessel can fail
  • Learning the commonly used nondestructive tests performed for pressure vessels
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “Pressure Vessel Safety”, by Robert Steelhammer P.E.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions to earn 1 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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