Fitness for Service (FFS) evaluations are performed to API 579/ ASME FFS-1 and other relevant Codes to determine whether damaged equipment (such as distortions or cracks) found by inspection is suitable for continued service. Fitness for Service (FFS) is an important aspect of an Asset Integrity Program.
Fitness for Service evaluations are the most viable step in determining the safety and financial risk factors related to component repair or replacement. In the current competitive marketplace, extending the life of existing structures and components has become increasingly important in minimizing the total cost of ownership.
We perform Fitness-For-Service evaluations to demonstrate the structural integrity on tanks, vessels, silos and other process equipment. Our evaluations, based on API-579/ ASME FFS-1 and other specifications, are used to make run/ repair/ replace decisions.
There are many factors that affect plant aging. Evaluations ensure that pressurized equipment containing flaws which have been identified by inspection can continue to operate. The API 579/ ASME FFS-1 Code includes the following assessments:
- Fracture mechanics and fatigue life assessment
- General & local corrosion
- General & local metal loss
- Bulges and out-of-roundness
- Weld misalignment
- Tank settlement
- Fire damage
- Creep & creep fatigue for equipment operating at elevated temperature
- NDE – Inspection and analysis for Flaws/ Cracks
- Determining failure modes
- Mechanical Vibration
- Fatigue of welded joints
Codes and standards for pressurized equipment provide rules for the design, fabrication, inspection, and testing of pressure vessels, piping systems, and storage tanks include:
- ASME B&PV Code, Section VIII, Division 1 – Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels
- ASME B&PV Code, Section VIII Division 2 – Alternative Rules for Construction
- ASME B&PV 31.3 – ASME Code for Process Piping
- ASME B&PV 31.1 – ASME Code for Power Piping
- ASME Section XI – Rules for In-Service Inspection of Nuclear Power Plant Components
- API 650 – Welded Steel Tanks for Oil Storage
- API 620 – Design & Construction of Welded Low Pressure Storage Tanks
- BS 5500 – British Standard for Unfired Fusion Welded Pressure Vessels
- EJMA – Standards of the Expansion Joint Manufacturers Association
- Pressure Vessels
- Heat Exchangers
Core asset failure can have far reaching consequences, which impact reputation, scheduling, and your bottom line. Fitness for Service evaluations often result in lower maintenance & operating costs as well as improved plant safety. Read our article on Fitness for Service in Stainless Steel World. (PDF).
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