MAST2301 - Design of piping systems


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Group assignment 40/100
School exam 60/100 3 hours HJELPEMIDD

Course content

The course is taught and supervised in Norwegian

The course focuses on the process from design to delivery of a piping system. In this process, a number of decisions must be made that affect the operation and maintenance of the pipe system as well as failure modes and causes of failure in the pipe system. The course focuses on systematic work processes. How the use of standards in the design process increases the safety in the operational phase of the piping system is discussed in detail.

The course is divided into modules:

Module 1: System components, Drawings, Energy considerations related to fluid transport in pipes

Module 2: Pressure/temperature/flexibility design of pipe systems

Module 3: Materials used in pipe systems

Module 4: Fabrication, assembly and erection of pipe systems

Module 5: Inspection, examination and testing of pipe systems

Module 6: Mechanical completion/commissioning /preservation/hand over of pipe systems

Training on pipe stress analysis software Caesar II is part of this course.

Learning outcome


The candidate should upon completing this course:

  • Have insight into the process from the pipe system is designed, calculated, manufactured, installed, tested and handed over for operation.
  • Understand:
    • That laws, regulations and standards are crucial for the safe operation of the piping system in process plants.
    • That the design of the pipe system affects costs related to operation and maintenance of the system
    • That decisions made in one phase of the project affect the next phase
  • Know and describe:
    • Key parts of ASME B31.3 and pipes relevant NORSOK standards.
    • Conditions that affect a pipe system's costs, service life and environmental impact
    • Methods for project planning.


The candidate is able to:

  • Apply knowledge to systematically carry out a pipe project including design, calculation, manufacturing, installation, testing and handover.
  • Make comprehensive assessments of the project so that operation and maintenance, finances, service life and environmental impacts are included in the assessments.
  • The candidate must be able to find and use relevant standards in the design process.
  • The candidate must be able to do simple 3D modeling of a pipe system and use a relevant computer program for voltage evaluation of a simple 3D model.

General competence

  • The candidate has insight into environmental, health-related, social and economic consequences of products and solutions within the discipline, and is able to put these into an ethical and a product lifecycle perspective.
  • The candidate knows how to impart knowledge, orally and in writing, in English, and contributes to make visible the importance of technology and its consequences.
  • The candidate reflects on own professional performance.
  • The candidate contributes to development and best practice by participating in professional discussions in the field, and by sharing knowledge and experience with colleagues and others.
  • The candidate is ready to work as a junior engineer under the supervision of senior engineers

Learning methods and activities

  • All lectures to be streamed. Recorded lectures to be placed on NTNU's LMS system
  • Lecture sessions in a student active class room situation.
  • Supervised exercises.
  • Training in computer lab, on Caesar II .
  • Mandatory online Quizzes and Caesar II design report.
  • Mandatory group-based project assignment where 3D modeling of pipe system is included.
  • Mandatory work requirements:

    Quizzes, analysis reports to be submitted in the LMS system.

    A certain number of approved work requirements, stated at semester start, are mandatory work requirements.

Compulsory assignments

  • Quizz in BlackBoard
  • CaesarII analysis

Further on evaluation

Mandatory work from previous semester can be accepted by the Department by re-take of an examination if there have not been any significant changes later.

The assessment (A-F) in this course is based on:

  • a written "school exam" Inspera which counts for 60% of the total grade
  • and a group assignment submitted in Inspera which counts for 40% of the total grade.
  • Students must pass both the "school exam" and the group assignment.

Allowed exam aids: Tekniske tabeller av Jarle Johannessen, aids distributed at the exam. All calculators.

Re-sit examination in August. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Continuation and voluntary repetition / improvement can be carried out for some sub-evaluations without having to reassess both sub-evaluations in a topic (on the condition that the subject has not changed the assessment system). There is an opportunity to complain about partial assessments in this topic before all sub-evaluations have been completed.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Mechanical Engineering (BIMASKIN)

Course materials

Will be announced at the start of the course.

The book: Process piping. The complete guide to ASME B31.3 by Charles Becht IV is highly recommended. Found in digital format at the NTNU library.

The book: Process chemistry - plant and equipment by Eckhard Ignatowitz is recommended. Available in older electronic version at Nasjonalbiblioteket.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TMAS3006 7.5 AUTUMN 2022
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: -

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Production and Quality Engineering - Production Management
  • Project Quality Management
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 60/100 HJELPEMIDD 2024-05-11 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL410 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 25
Spring ORD Group assignment 40/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 60/100 HJELPEMIDD INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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