Continuing Education

The rapid changes occurring in technology make it essential that a university provide opportunities for continuing engineering studies. The University of Tennessee Space Institute recognizes continuing education as an important and basic responsibility and considers it to be an integral part of the academic programs at the Institute. The Continuing Education programs offered are designed to be responsive to the needs of engineers and scientists, and the skilled craftsman in industry and government. The courses have been carefully selected and emphasis is given to new developments. The courses are conducted by the UTSI staff and by the most qualified persons available in education, industry, government and the private sector.






PD441 – Overview of In-service Codes for Inspection, Repairs and Alterations of Pressure Equipment

DATE: May 14-15, 2019 at UTSI


Length: 2 days    CEUs: 1.50    PDHs: 15.00

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the requirements of various codes and standards, regarding inspection, repairs and alterations of pressure equipment, and in particular, pressure vessels. The requirements of the National Board Inspection Code and the API-510 are covered in detail.  A brief introduction to API-579, Fitness-for-Service is presented, and simple flaw evaluation procedures are evaluated.  Additionally, the activities of ASME’s Post Construction Committee are explained and documents published by this Committee are discussed.

You Will Learn To:
 – Describe the latest developments in the rapidly advancing field of pressure equipment inspection and repairs
– Identify the work being performed by API, ASME, and PVRC in the related areas.
– Identify the post-construction Codes and Standards and the interrelation of various documents
– Explain the responsibilities of the users, manufacturers, repair organizations, regulatory agencies and authorized inspectors
– Explain how to obtain a National Board stamp
– Identify detailed requirements of the NBIC
– Explain the differences between the NBIC and API-510
– Identify and provide examples of repairs, alterations and the documentation requirements for each
– Describe introductory portions of the ASME post-construction standards
– Provide examples demonstrating the application of the rules


Who Should Attend
Engineers and technical professionals,from users/owners, manufacturers, repair organizations, inspection agencies and other organizations involved with maintenance and repair of pressure equipment. This course is intended for beginners, as well as experienced personnel wishing to update their knowledge.


Course Outline

PD441 Overview of In-service Codes for Inspection, Repairs, and Alterations of Pressure Equipment

Day One

  • Module 1: Post-Construction Codes
  • Module 2: API-510 Rules
  • Module 3: NBIC R-stamp


Day Two

  • Module 4: Introduction to API-579

– Scope of API-579

Course Instructor for all the following courses: Dr. Gary Flandro

Course Fee:        $2,495

US Citizens Only

***These are suggested dates for these offerings.  If there is enough interest in any one course for a specific timeframe, arrangements can be made to offer the requested course in the requested time.

Course Date:  May 20 – 24, 2019

Course Fee:  $2,495

Solid Propellant Rocket Technology:  History and Status of the Solid Rocket Industry, Design Principles:  Fluid Mechanics, Efficiency Computations, and Thermodynamics, Propellant Formulation, Mixing, Casting, Curing, Solid Rocket Motor Case Design and Material Selection, Engine Development:  Production and Performance Problems, Nozzle Design and Thrust Vector Control, Ignition System Design and Simulation, Propulsion System Storage (Lifetime and Maintenance in Storage), Performance Prediction, Simulation and Static Testing, Correction of Unsteady Combustion Problems

ASME PD395: API 579-1 Fitness for Service

DATE: June 4-6, 2019 at UTSI

Course Description Length: 3 days    CEUs: 2.30    PDHs: 23.00

Fitness-for-service assessment is a multi-disciplinary engineering approach that is used to determine if equipment is fit to continue operation for some desired future period. The equipment may contain flaws, have sustained damage, or have aged so that it cannot be evaluated by use of the original construction codes. API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 is a comprehensive consensus industry recommended practice that can be used to analyze, evaluate, and monitor equipment for continued operation. The main types of equipment covered by this standard are pressure vessels, piping, and tanks.

This course helps participants understand and apply the API/ASME fitness-for-service standard in their daily work. The material presented in the course shows how the disciplines of stress analysis, materials engineering, and nondestructive inspection interact and apply to fitness-for-service assessment. The assessment methods apply to pressure vessels, piping, and tanks that are inservice.

The course includes an extensive set of notes to supplement the contents of the recommended practice, and the recommended practice contains numerous example problems that illustrate fitness-for-service assessment.

You Will Learn To
 – Analyze, evaluate, and monitor pressure vessels, piping, and tanks for continued operation
– Explain how to apply background information on fitness-for-service assessment, especially as it applies to the refining and chemical process industries, which are the primary focus of API 579
– Identify the main parts of the API/ASME standard, as well as the annexes
– Explain the practical application of the techniques incorporated in API 579-1/ASME FFS-1


Who Should Attend
This course is intended for engineers and engineering management engaged in the operation, design, analysis, and maintenance of plant facilities.  Participants should have a BS degree or equivalent experience in engineering. A general knowledge of stress analysis, materials behavior, and fracture mechanics are helpful.

PD395: API 579-1/ASME FFS-1- Fitness-for Service

Day 1 · Introduction – lecture and discussion

  • Fitness-for-service Engineering Evaluation Procedure (General Roadmap for Parts 3 through 13 of the API/ASME Standard) – lecture and discussion
  • Assessment of Equipment for Brittle Fracture -lecture, discussion, and examples
  • Assessment of General Metal Loss – lecture, discussion, and examples
  • Assessment of Local Metal Loss – lecture, discussion, and examples

Day 2 · Assessment of Pitting Corrosion – lecture, discussion, and examples.

  • Assessment of Hydrogen Blisters and Hydrogen Damage Associated with HIC and SOHIC – lecture and discussion.
  • Assessment of Weld Misalignment and Shell Distortions – lecture and discussion.
  • Level 1 Assessment of Crack-Like Flaws – lecture, discussion, and examples.
  • In-class problem solving: general metal loss, local metal loss, and Level 1 crack assessment.

Day 3 · Introduction to Fracture Mechanics; Level 2 Assessment of Crack-Like Flaws – lecture, discussion, and examples.

  • Assessment of Components Operating in the Creep Regime – lecture and discussion.
  • Assessment of Fire Damage – lecture and discussion.
  • Assessment of Dents, Gouges and Dent-Gouge Combinations – lecture and discussion.
  • Assessment of Laminations – lecture and discussion.

· General Discussion and Course Wrap-up

Course Date:  July 22-25, 2019

Course Fee:  $2,495

Liquid Propellant Rocket Technology:  History and Status of the Liquid Rocket Industry, Liquid Rocket Design Principles: Fluid Mechanics, Efficiency Computations, and Thermodynamics, Engine Power Cycles, Liquid Rocket Propellant and Propellant Tanks, Injector System Design, Ignition System Design, Cooling System Design and Implementation, Nozzle Design and Construction, Performance Simulation and Static Testing, Engine Development and Production Problems, Recent progress in Handling Oscillatory Combustion Problems, Introduction to Turbulent Combustion Chemistry and Simulation

Leadership Strategies for Technical Professionals 
Course Date: August 26-27, 2019 
Course Description:

This course presents leadership strategies, principles, styles and dynamics that must be understood by technical professionals engaged in the creation of products, processes, and services in technology-based organizations through:
• Better understanding of leadership styles and their impact on a technical organization;
• Better understanding of, and differentiation between, a leader and a manager;
• Better understanding of organizational culture and how it influences the workplace and leadership issues;
• Better understanding of the unique nature of women and leadership and military leadership.
Course Objectives:
• To introduce and discuss the concepts, theory, and traits of leadership as it is differentiated from management methods and principles for technology and engineering organizations.
• To identify and define the similarities and differences between leadership in military and non-military organizations, leadership by and of women, and servant leadership.
• To internalize these concepts and understand how they influence personal choices to develop an effective leadership style as a technology manager.
• Introduction
• Managers and Leaders
• Leadership Traits
• Military Leadership
• Women and Leadership
• Servant leadership
• Corporate Cultures
• Lessons from the Real World
Duration = 16 hours

Janice N. Tolk, Ph. D.
Janice N. Tolk, Ph.D. is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee Space Institute and the Managing Partner of Windswept Plains Consulting, LLC. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky and Masters of Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy in Systems and Engineering Management degrees from Texas Tech University. Dr. Tolk spent her engineering career at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas where she served in a variety of engineering design, management, and leadership positions, thus gaining a wide range of experience managing professionals in technical organizations. After leaving the Pantex Plant, Dr. Tolk entered academia and taught in engineering management programs for the past twelve years. Her teaching focus is leadership for technical professionals, strategic management, and managing change in technical organizations. In addition to teaching, she consults with a variety of industries on High Reliability Organization (HRO) theory and practice and serves on the Board of Directors of High Reliability Summits, LLC.

Course Date:      September 16-20, 2019

Course Fee:        $2,495

Spaceflight Dynamics:  Trajectory Analysis and Design, Trajectory Optimization, Vehicle Ascent and Landing Dynamics, Orbital Maneuvers, Lunar and Interplanetary Mission Design, Flight Dynamics in Planetary Atmospheric and Gravitational Fields, Gravity Assist Maneuvers, Application of Optimal Low-Thrust Propulsion (including solar-sail and electric propulsion systems), Application of Chaotic Trajectory Mechanisms, Review of Analytical and Computational Tools, Demonstration of the Tools by Means of Case Studies

Course Date:  November 13-25, 2019

Course Fee:  $2,495

Missile and Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control: Six-Degree of Freedom Motion of Vehicle, Application of Eulerian Dynamics, Application of Quaternion Analysis in Control System Strategy, Use of Gyroscopic Attitude Control, Gravity Gradient Stabilization, Application of Optical Sensing Mechanisms in Vehicle Control, Optimal Control Strategies Using Pontryagin Maximum Principle, Orbital Intercept, Rendezvous, and Terminal Guidance, Application of Inertial Guidance Techniques with GPS Enhancement

Course Date:  February 12-14, 2020

Course Fee:  $2,195

Hypersonic Cruise Vehicle Operations: Propulsion System Selection as Dictated by Mission, Launch System Design and Trajectory Analysis, Autonomous Control Strategies and Trajectory Optimization, Guidance Strategies and Application of GPS Enhancement


Course Date:  May 11-13, 2020

Course Fee: $2,195

Missile Flight Dynamics:  Optimal Flight Paths in Three-Dimensional Planetocentric Coordinates, Effects of Planetary Spin, Effects of Inertial Forces on Vehicle Motion, Effects of Aerodynamic Forces, Effects of Vehicle Angular Motions on Trajectory (Jet Damping and Nutation Instabilities), Interaction of Vehicle Motion on Propulsion System Operation, Application of Vehicle Staging, Single-State-to-Orbit Trajectory Design, Tactical and Strategic Missile Trajectory Design Principles


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