Section VIII: Division 2–Alternative Rules


In 1998, the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Standards Committee authorized a project to rewrite the Section VIII, Division 2 pressure vessel code. This decision was made shortly after the design margin on specified minimum tensile strength was lowered from 4.0 to 3.5 in Section I and Section VIII, Division 1. ASME saw the need to update Section VIII, Division 2 to incorporate the latest technologies and to be more competitive. In lieu of revising the existing standard, the decision was made to perform a clean sheet rewrite. By doing so it was felt that not only could the standard be modernized with regard to the latest technical advances in pressure vessel construction, but it could also be structured in a way to make it more user-friendly for both users and the committees that maintain it.

22.2Organization of VIII-2
22.3Part 1–General Requirements
22.4Part 2–Responsibilities and Duties
22.5Part 3–Materials Requirements
22.6Part 4–Design-By-Rule
22.7Part 5–Design-By-Analysis
22.8Part 6–Fabrication Requirements
22.9Part 7–Inspection and Examination Requirements
22.10Part 8–Pressure Testing Requirements
22.11Part 9–Pressure Vessel Overpressure Protection

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