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ASME BPVC 2017: Pressure Vessels

Find detailed descriptions for ASME BPVC code sections related to pressure vessel construction and pre-order individual sections below or the combined ASME BPVC Section VIII set:

These sections are intended for professionals concerned with the design, fabrication, assembly, erection, examination, inspection and testing of pressure vessels, including:

  • Manufacturers
  • Users
  • Constructors
  • Designers
  • All potential governing entities

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Pre-order ASME BPVC Section VIII-Division 1: Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels Division 1

ISBN: 9780791870976

This Division of Section VIII provides requirements applicable to the design, fabrication, inspection, testing, and certification of pressure vessels operating at either internal or external pressures exceeding 15 psig. Such pressure vessels may be fired or unfired. Specific requirements apply to several classes of material used in pressure vessel construction, and also to fabrication methods such as welding, forging and brazing. It contains mandatory and non-mandatory appendices detailing supplementary design criteria, nondestructive examination and inspection acceptance standards. Rules pertaining to the use of the U, UM and UV ASME Product Certification Marks are also included.

Careful application of this Section will help users to comply with applicable regulations within their jurisdictions, while achieving the operational, cost and safety benefits to be gained from the many industry best-practices detailed within these volumes.

Referenced ASME Standards – Section VIII-Division 1

  • Five Standards from the B1 Series on screw threads
  • Thirteen Standards from the B16 Series on pipe flanges and fittings
  • Nine Standards from the B18 Series on hex bolts
  • B36.10M - Welded and Seamless Wrought Steel Pipe
  • B36.19M - Stainless Steel Pipe
  • NQA-1 - Quality Assurance Program Requirements for Nuclear Facilities
  • QAI-1 - Qualifications for Authorized Inspection
  • PCC-1 - Guidelines for Pressure Boundary Bolted Flange Joint Assembly
  • PCC-2 - Repair of Pressure Equipment and Piping
  • PTC 25 - Pressure Relief Devices
  • CA-1 - Conformity Assessment Requirements

Pre-order ASME BPVC Section VIII-Division 2: Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels - Alternative Rules

ISBN: 9780791870983

This Division of Section VIII provides requirements applicable to the design, fabrication, inspection, testing, and certification of pressure vessels operating at either internal or external pressures exceeding 15 psig. Such vessels may be fired or unfired. This pressure may be obtained from an external source or by the application of heat from a direct or indirect source, or any combination thereof. These rules provide an alternative to the minimum requirements for pressure vessels under Division 1 rules. In comparison to Division 1, Division 2 requirements on materials, design, and nondestructive examination are more rigorous; however, higher design stress intensify values are permitted. Division 2 rules cover only vessels to be installed in a fixed location for a specific service where operation and maintenance control is retained during the useful life of the vessel by the user who prepares or causes to be prepared the design specifications. These rules may also apply to human occupancy pressure vessels typically in the diving industry. Rules pertaining to the use of the U2 and UV ASME Product Certification Marks are also included.

Careful application of this Section will help users to comply with applicable regulations within their jurisdictions, while achieving the operational, cost and safety benefits to be gained from the many industry best-practices detailed within these volumes.

Referenced ASME Standards – Section VIII-Division 2

  • API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 - Fitness-For-Service
  • Three Standards from the B1 Series on screw threads
  • Nine Standards from the B16 Series on pipe flanges and fittings
  • Four Standards from the B18 Series on hex bolts
  • B36.10M - Welded and Seamless Wrought Steel Pipe
  • B36.19M - Stainless Steel Pipe
  • NQA-1 - Quality Assurance Program Requirements for Nuclear Facilities
  • PCC-1 - Guidelines for Pressure Boundary Bolted Flange Joint Assembly
  • PTC 25 - Pressure Relief Devices
  • QAI-1 - Qualifications for Authorized Inspection
  • CA-1 - Conformity Assessment Requirements

Pre-order ASME BPVC Section VIII – Division 3: Title: Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels - Alternative Rules for Construction of High Pressure Vessels

ISBN: 9780791870990

This Division of Section VIII provides requirements applicable to the design, fabrication, inspection, testing, and certification of pressure vessels operating at either internal or external pressures generally above 10,000 psi. Such vessels may be fired or unfired. This pressure may be obtained from an external source, a process reaction, by the application of heat from a direct or indirect source, or any combination thereof. Division 3 rules cover vessels intended for a specific service and installed in a fixed location or relocated from work site to work site between pressurizations. The operation and maintenance control is retained during the useful life of the vessel by the user who prepares or causes to be prepared the design specifications. Division 3 does not establish maximum pressure limits for either Section VIII, Divisions 1 or 2, nor minimum pressure limits for this Division. Rules pertaining to the use of the UV3 ASME Product Certification Marks are also included.

Careful application of this Section will help users to comply with applicable regulations within their jurisdictions, while achieving the operational, cost and safety benefits to be gained from the many industry best-practices detailed within these volumes.

Referenced ASME Standards – Section VIII-Division 3

  • API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 - Fitness-For-Service
  • B1.1 - Unified Inch Screw Threads (UN and UNR Thread Form)
  • B16.5 - Pipe Flanges and Flanged Fittings: NPS 1/2 through NPS 24 Metric/Inch Standard
  • B18.2.2 - Nuts for General Applications: Machine Screw Nuts, Hex, Square, Hex Flange, and Coupling Nuts (Inch Series)
  • B18.2.6M - Metric Fasteners for Use in Structural Applications
  • B36.10M - Welded and Seamless Wrought Steel Pipe
  • B46.1 - Surface Texture (Surface Roughness, Waviness and Lay)
  • PTC 25 - Pressure Relief Devices
  • QAI-1 - Qualifications for Authorized Inspection
  • CA-1 - Conformity Assessment Requirements
  • PCC-3 - Inspection Planning Using Risk-Based Methods

Referenced BPVC Sections

  • BPVC-II, A, B, C, D (Section II, Materials, Parts A through D)
  • BPVC-V (Section V, Nondestructive Examination)
  • BPVC-IX (Section IX, Welding, Brazing, and Fusing Qualifications)

ASME’S Pressure Technology Books

  • PTB-1, ASME Section VIII Division 2 - Criteria and Commentary
  • PTB-2, Guide to Life Cycle Management of Pressure Equipment Integrity
  • PTB-3, ASME Section VIII-Division 2 Example Problem Manual
  • PTB-4, ASME Section VIII-Division 1 Example Problem Manual
  • PTB-5, ASME Section VIII-Division 3 Example Problem Manual
  • PTB-6, Guidelines for Strain Gaging of Pressure Vessels Subjected to External Pressure Loading in the PVHO-1 Standard
  • PTB-7, Criteria for Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchangers According to Part UHX of ASME Section VIII-Division 1
  • PTB-8, Procurement Guidelines for Metallic Materials
  • PTB-10, Guide for ASME Section VIII Division 1 Stamp Holders

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