History, Philosophy, & Background of Section III, & Development of ASME Code Rules for Nuclear Vessels


The first three Editions of the “Companion Guide to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code” addressed nuclear power plant metal containment vessels (Class MC) in Chapter 40. That chapter provided a summary of some of the more significant requirements of the ASME Code Section III, Subsection NE, and a commentary on the more important requirements. Users of the “Companion Guide” who are interested in reviewing those details should refer to the third Edition of the Companion Guide, In contrast, this Edition of the Guide provides historical background for the current Code rules. The intent is to explain the purpose and philosophy of the original Code requirements, most of which are still in the Code, and to suggest changes where they may be appropriate. This background covers the timeframe from the 1950s to the publication of the 1971 Edition of Section III.

40.2Background of the ASME Nuclear Code
40.3Explanation of the Original Nuclear Code Cases
40.4Section III Code for Nuclear Vessels
40.5Class A Nuclear Vessels
40.6Class B Nuclear Vessels
40.7Class C Nuclear Vessels
40.9Changes to Section III in the 1971 Edition
40.10Appendix A

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