A Commentary for Understanding and Applying the Principles of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code


The ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code was first published by the ASME in 1915 as the “Rules for the Construction of Stationary Boiler and for Allowable Working Pressures” in the Report of the Committee to Formulate Standard Specifications for the Construction of Steam Boilers and Other Pressure Vessels and their Care in Service. The Committee was officially known as the Boiler Code Committee. The document was 114 pages (5″ × 8″), and the scope was identified as follows:

These Rules do not apply to boilers which are subject to federal inspection and control, including marine boilers, boilers of steam locomotive and other self-propelled railroad apparatus.

The Rules are divided into two parts. PART I applies to new installations (Section I, Power Boilers; Section II, Heating Boilers). PART II applies to existing installations.

4.2Design Factors Used in the ASME Code
4.3Design Specifications and Design Reports
4.4Section III versus Section VIII
4.5Design Life and Commutative-Usage Factors
4.6Service-Level Loadings
4.7Seismic Evaluations
4.8Engineers, Design, and Computers
4.9Nuclear Containment Vessels
4.10Tolerances, Significant Figures, and Nominal Dimensions
4.11Corrosion and Erosion
4.12Forming Operations
4.13Post–Weld Heat Treatment
4.14Nondestructive Examination
4.15Hydrostatic Test
4.16Quality Assurance
4.17Design Loadings and Stresses Compared to Actual Conditions
4.18Post-Construction Postulated Loadings and Stresses
4.19Maintenance of Design Margins
4.20Thermal Relief Devices
4.21Code Cases
4.22ASME Interpretations
4.23Code Simplification
4.24Future Considerations for Cyclic Service
4.25New ASME Code–2007 Edition of Section VIII, Division 2

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