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ASME BOILER AND PRESSURE VESSEL CODE

SECTION V

INTERPRETATIONS
Volume 62
Interpretations of the Code will be posted in January and July of 2014 and January of 2015 at http://cstools.asme.org/
interpretations.cfm. Interpretations of Section III, Divisions 1 and 2, are part of the update service to Section III, Subsection NCA.
Interpretations Volumes 60 and 61 were included with the update service to the 2010 Edition of the Code; Volume 62 is
the first Interpretations volume to be included with the update service to the 2013 Edition.
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SECTION V INTERPRETATIONS VOL. 62

INTERPRETATIONS VOLUME 62 SECTION V


Replies to Technical Inquiries January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2012

FOREWORD
GENERAL INFORMATION
This publication includes all written interpretations issued between the indicated dates by the ASME Staff on behalf of
the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Committee in response to inquiries concerning interpretations of the ASME Boiler
and Pressure Vessel Code. A contents is also included that lists subjects specific to the interpretations covered in the individual volume.
These interpretations are taken verbatim from the original letters, except for a few typographical and editorial corrections made for the purpose of improved clarity. In some instances, a review of the interpretation revealed a need for corrections of a technical nature. In these cases, a revised interpretation is presented bearing the original interpretation
number with the suffix R and the original file number with an asterisk. Following these revised interpretations, new interpretations and revisions to them issued during the indicated dates are assigned interpretation numbers in chronological order. Interpretations applying to more than one Code Section appear with the interpretations for each affected
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ASME procedures provide for reconsideration of these interpretations when or if additional information is available
that the inquirer believes might affect the interpretation. Further, persons aggrieved by an interpretation may appeal
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An interpretation applies either to the Edition and Addenda in effect on the date of issuance of the interpretation or the
Edition and Addenda stated in the interpretation. Subsequent revisions to the Code may supersede the interpretation.
For detailed instructions, see "Submittal of Technical Inquiries to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Standards Committees" in the front matter.

SUBJECT AND NUMERICAL INDEXES


Subject and numerical indexes (if applicable) have been prepared to assist the user in locating interpretations by subject matter or by location in the Code. They cover interpretations issued from Volume 12 up to and including the present
volume, and will be updated with each volume.

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SECTION V INTERPRETATIONS VOL. 62

Subject

Interpretation

Article 2, Mandatory Appendix VIII, VIII-210 (2007 Edition) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Article 2, T-276.2(a) (2010 Edition) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Article 4, Mandatory Appendix III (2010 Edition), Proper Calibration Blocks for Piping Examinations
When Using TOFD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Article 4, T-434.3 and Article 5, T-534.2 (2010 Edition) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Article 6, T-642 (2010 Edition), Surface Preparation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Article 6, Table T-621 (2004 Edition) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Article 9, T-921.3 (2010 Edition), Demonstration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
UT Requirements for Forgings Examined per SA-388/SA-388M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

V-10-01
V-10-06

08-1626
10-1445

V-10-02
V-10-05
V-10-07
V-10-03
V-10-04
V-10-08

09-1539
10-1860
11-381
10-1452
10-1649
11-1265

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File No.

SECTION V INTERPRETATIONS VOL. 62

Interpretation: V-10-01
Subject: Article 2, Mandatory Appendix VIII, VIII-210 (2007 Edition)
Date Issued: April 19, 2011
File: 08-1626
Question: Which paragraphs of Article 2, Mandatory Appendix III are applicable to computed radiography (phosphor
imaging plate) applications performed in accordance with Article 2, Mandatory Appendix VIII?
Reply: Paragraph III-286 of Article 2, Mandatory Appendix III is applicable.

Interpretation: V-10-02
Subject: Article 4, Mandatory Appendix III (2010 Edition), Proper Calibration Blocks for Piping Examinations When Using
TOFD
Date Issued: April 19, 2011
File: 09-1539
Question: Is it the intent of Article 4, Mandatory Appendix III that for the examination of a weld in a pipe, the basic
calibration block shown in Fig. III-434.2.1(a) is to be used?
Reply: Yes.

Interpretation: V-10-03
Subject: Article 6, Table T-621 (2004 Edition)
Date Issued: April 19, 2011
File: 10-1452
Question: Table T-621 lists minimum and maximum time periods between steps as an essential variable to be addressed in the written procedure. Per T-643, is it necessary to establish only a minimum time for cleaning solutions to
dry?
Reply: Yes.

Interpretation: V-10-04
Subject: Article 9, T-921.3 (2010 Edition), Demonstration
Date Issued: April 19, 2011
File: 10-1649
Question: When a procedure has been demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Inspector, does each subsequent examination performed to that procedure require demonstration?
Reply: No.

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Interpretation: V-10-05
Subject: Article 4, T-434.3 and Article 5, T-534.2 (2010 Edition)
Date Issued: October 11, 2011
File: 10-1860
Question: Paragraph T-434.3 of Article 4 indicates that the piping calibration block thickness shall be within 25% of
the nominal thickness of the component to be examined. Paragraph T-534.2 of Article 5 indicates that casting calibration
blocks shall be the same thickness 25% as the castings to be examined. Do the different wordings of these two paragraphs actually specify identical requirements?
Reply: Yes.

Interpretation: V-10-06
Subject: Article 2, T-276.2(a) (2010 Edition)
Date Issued: June 20, 2012
File: 10-1445
Question: Paragraph T-276.2(a) of Article 2 indicates that, for welds with reinforcement, the IQI is based on the nominal
single-wall thickness plus the estimated weld reinforcement not to exceed the maximum permitted by the referencing
Code Section. Does the term weld reinforcement, as used in T-276.2(a), include both external and internal reinforcement
when both are present?
Reply: Yes.

Interpretation: V-10-07
Subject: Article 6, T-642 (2010 Edition), Surface Preparation
Date Issued: June 20, 2012
File: 11-381
Question: According to T-642(a), surface preparation by grinding, machining, or other methods may be necessary
where surface irregularities could mask indications on parts in the as-welded, as-rolled, as-cast, or as-forged conditions.
According to Table T-621, surface preparation is an essential variable. Does T-621.2 require the demonstration of all surface preparation methods and surface cleaning methods listed in the procedure?
Reply: In accordance with T-150(a), the procedure is required to be demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Inspector.

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Interpretation: V-10-08
Subject: UT Requirements for Forgings Examined per SA-388/SA-388M
Date Issued: June 20, 2012
File: 11-1265
Question (1): Paragraph 8.3.3 of SA-388/SA-388M in Article 23 specifies that when both the I.D. and O.D. notch can be
detected, the examination must be performed from the hollow forgings outside diameter. May indications detected during the scanning from the outside surface be further evaluated from the inside surface?
Reply (1): Neither T-571.2 of Article 5 nor SA-388/SA-388M in Article 23 contain alternate techniques for the further
evaluation of detected indications.
Question (2): Paragraph 8.3.3 of SA-388/SA-388M in Article 23 specifies that the reference line is required to be drawn
through the peaks of the first reflections obtained from the I.D. and O.D. notches. How far beyond the notch peaks is the
reference line to be drawn?
Reply (2): Neither T-571.2 of Article 5 nor SA-388/SA-388M in Article 23 specify the distance beyond the notch peaks
that the reference line is to be drawn.
Question (3): If an indication is detected when performing an angle beam examination per SA-388/SA-388M, and its
sweep position is prior to the first I.D. notch or after the first O.D. notch positions, how is it to be evaluated?
Reply (3): Neither T-571.2 of Article 5 nor SA-388/SA-388M in Article 23 specify how an indication appearing prior to
the first I.D. notch or after the first O.D. notch is to be evaluated.

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