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ASME NAS Workshop
Bolted Flange Connections
About This Workshop
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Bolted flange connections are everywhere from refineries, power stations, processing plants, pipelines and pipeline facilities, offshore and subsea oil and gas equipment, and even in space. The basic bolted flange connection has remained essentially unchanged since “Modern Flange Design” was first published by Taylor Forge in 1938. Despite this successful history, many aspects of the bolted flange connection are not well understood. This workshop is an overview of bolted flange connections touching on history, design, maintenance and troubleshooting, and requirements for use in Alberta.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is intended for those who are involved with the specification, procurement, design, installation, and maintenance of bolted flanged connections. This includes engineers, designers, operations personnel, quality control inspectors, integrity management personnel, maintenance personnel, equipment owners, and purchasers.

Brought to you by:

ASME Northern Alberta Section

ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping Division

Door Prize:

Gaskets and Gasketed Joints
John Bickford
(Value ~$200)

Date and Time: November 17, 2017. 7:30AM - 4:00PM (see program below)

Faculty of Engineering
University of Alberta
8-207 Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering
9211-116 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T6G 1H9
(See Map)


7:30 am –
8:00 am   

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 am –
8:10 am   

Welcome & Introduction

8:10 am –
8:50 am   

History of Flange Standards from 1938 to Present

The history of flange standards in ASME from World War II to the present. An overview of the types of flanges and where they are typically used. A historical perspective of the standard flange rating system and the evolution of pressure-temperature ratings.

Trevor Seipp - Becht Engineering Canada
Introduction and History of Flanges

8:50 am –
9:00 am   


9:00 am –
9:50 am   

Flange Design Theory

Current non-standard flange design in ASME Section VIII

Trevor Seipp - Becht Engineering Canada

Flange Design Theory

New flange design rules based on tightness

Hakim A. Bouzid - École de technologie supérieure (ETS)
Introduction to ROTT Test Tightness
Proposed New Flange Design Rules

9:50 am –
10:00 am   


SECTION 2, cont’d
10:00 am –
10:50 am   

Flange Design Theory, cont’d
Analytical Modeling of Bolted Flange Joints

Understanding the behavior of bolted flange connections through analytical modeling

Hakim A. Bouzid - École de technologie supérieure (ETS)
Analytical Modelling of BFJs

10:50 am –
11:00 am   


SECTION 2, cont’d
11:00 am –
11:50 am   

Flange Design Theory, cont’d

Gasket testing procedures in ASTM

Hakim A. Bouzid - École de technologie supérieure (ETS)

Lessons learned from previous flange “failures”

Trevor Seipp - Becht Engineering Canada
Learnings from Previous Flange Failures

12:00 –
1:00 pm   


1:00 pm –
1:50 pm   

Installation, Assembly, and Maintenance

Procedures (ASME PCC-1, ASME Bolting Specialist Qualification Program); Quality Control, Tightening (Torque, Tension, Re-tightening); High performance bolting; Precautions; Troubleshooting; Repairs (Leak Seal, Pressure Enclosures or “Coffins”)

Wayne McCarver – Furmanite
Flanges from an Installation and Maintenance Perspective

1:50 pm –
2:00 pm   


2:00 pm –
2:50 pm   

Bolted Flange Connections in Alberta – Rules and Recommendations

Djordje Srnic - ABSA
Bolted Flange Connections in Alberta - Rules and Recommendations

2:50 pm –
3:00 pm   


3:00 pm –
3:30 pm   

Q & A Period

All Presenters

3:30 pm –
4:00 pm   

Closing Remarks, Evaluation Forms, Certificates of Attendance


Trevor Seipp

  • Division Manager and Consulting Engineer at Becht Engineering
  • Over 20 years of experience in design and analysis of process and power equipment, vessels, piping, flanges, and structures
  • M.Sc. from the University of Minnesota in Aerospace Engineering, and a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan
  • Current member of ASME Section VIII, Sub-Group Design Code Committee
  • Current member of ASME Board on Pressure Technology Codes and Standards
  • Professional Engineer in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario

Hakim Bouzid

  • Professor Department of mechanical engineering École de technologie supérieure
  • B.Sc. (Nottingham, G.-B.), M.Sc. (Leeds, G.-B.), Ph.D. (École polytechnique)
  • Director of the Static and Dynamic Sealing Laboratory
  • ASME Fellow
  • Member of the ASME Pressure Vessel and Piping Division executive committee
  • Member of ASTM F03 committee on gaskets
  • Member of the ASME Sub Working Group on Bolted Flanged Joints
  • Specialist in pressure vessels and piping components
  • Worked in the oil and gas and nuclear industries
  • Author or co-authored of over 200 technical papers on different subjects including bolted flanged joints, packed stem valves, Tube-to-tubsheet joints, porous media and biomechanics

Wayne McCarver

  • Accounts Manager Mechanical Services - Furmanite Alberta
  • 20 years of experience in controlled bolting and flange management. Involved in flange management processes, implementation, auditing, quality assurance and project management
  • Controlled Bolting Special Projects
    1998 – Mobile chemical - Beaumont Texas – QA Flange management
    1999 – Sable Island Offshore Energy – Dartmouth, Nova Scotia – Project Manager
    2001 – Millennium Project – Fort McMurray, Alberta – Project Manager
    2006 – Nexen Long Lake Project – Fort McMurray, Alberta – Project Manager
    2007 – Present - Management, Operations and Sales for controlled bolting companies
  • PCC-1 ASME Certificate – Qualified bolting specialist

Djordje Srnic

  • Assistant Chief Inspector and Manager of Codes and Standards in ABSA
  • 33 years of experience in pressure equipment discipline
  • Member of several ASME and CSA Code Committees
  • Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Professional Engineer in the Province of Alberta, Safety Codes Officer in pressure equipment discipline, National Board Inā€Service Commissioned Inspector, and member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Parking: Windsor Car Park (See Map)

   * Parking is free for attendees of this event. A code will be provided for the ticket machines at these parkades.

Pricing & Registration:

   * ASME Member price is extended to members of other technical societies, i.e., ASM, AWS, CSME, SME, NACE, SPE, CWS, etc.

Member Price: $75.00

Non-Member Price: $150.00

Student Member Price: $25.00

Student Non-Member Price: $50.00

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