Versa will be offering API 571 & API 580 exam preparation courses taught by our Corrosion Engineer, Mr. Marc McConnell. Marc has been teaching these classes for over 10 years and his students have an excellent passing rate. The dates are as follows:
API 580 Risk Based Inspection
April 20th – 22nd
August 1st – 3rd
November 28th – 30th
API 571 Corrosion and Materials
August 8th – 13th
December 5th – 10th
They will be held at the Comfort Suites in La Porte, TX and Versa has negotiated a special room rate of $79/night for those attending. There are openings available in all of the classes however they are filling up fast. Please contact me if you know of someone that would like to attend or if you have any questions regarding the classes.
VERSA Integrity Group
(337) 558-6071 Phone
API RP 580, Risk-Based Inspection, is a recommended practice developed and managed by the American Petroleum Institute (API). This RP identifies the basic elements for developing, implementing and maintaining a risk-based inspection (RBI) program. It is a generic document on RBI that can be used as a measuring stick by which the quality of any and all RBI methods and work processes could be evaluated to determine if they meet the level of quality prescribed in the RP.
The first edition of API RP 580 was published in May 2002. The document is now an ANSI/API Standard, which was balloted and approved using the ANSI consensus process for creating American National Standards. As such, it becomes a "recognized and generally accepted good engineering practice (RAGAGEP)", for use by all companies in the oil and chemical industry.
API RP 571, Damage Mechanisms Affecting Fixed Equipment in the Refining Industry, is a standard released by the American Petroleum Institute (API). The first edition was published in December, 2003 and an updated second edition was released in April, 2011. The new standard provides an in-depth look at over 60 different damage mechanisms that can occur to process equipment in refineries. It includes a general description of the damage mechanism, susceptible materials of construction, critical factors, inspection method selection guidelines, and control factors. The standard is intended to supplement standards RP 580, RP 581, and RP 579 and is 257 pages long.
API RP 571 contains sections for different types of damage mechanisms. Each mechanism is given a write up that consists of a description of the mechanism, a list of materials that are susceptible to that mechanism, guidelines for inspection for that mechanism, and measures that can be taken to prevent that particular mechanism.
The types of damage mechanisms that are covered by API RP 571 include mechanisms such as:
- wet H2S cracking,
- reheat cracking,
- sulfuric acid corrosion,
- polythionic acid stress corrosion cracking,
- dissimilar metal weld (DMW) cracking,
- CO2 corrosion,
- corrosion under insulation (CUI),
- caustic corrosion,
- mechanical fatigue,
- chloride stress corrosion cracking,
- hydrogen embrittlement,
- soil corrosion,
- sulfide stress corrosion cracking,
- graphitic corrosion,
- phosphoric acid corrosion,
- brittle fracture,
- and many others.
The American Petroleum Institute offers API RP 571 certification training and exams for inspectors and chemical and corrosion engineers. Certification under API RP 571 is valid for a three year term. While it was once mandatory for applicants to have prior certification for API 510, 570, or 653 before one could be certified for API RP 571, 577 or 580; as of 2013 this is no longer the case, and this standard is now completely individual and stand-alone.