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Professional Training and Consultation

API 510 Preparatory

20 31 August 2005, Al-Khobar
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1. For new service, or for changed service, if corrosion rate is not

known, The corrosion rate may be calculated based on corrosion
data for similar service, or based on published data. If both are not
available, on-stream determination after 1,000 hours shall be
made to establish the corrosion rate.

2. MAWP = /(R+0.6t)

Where t = t actual 2 x Cn
Cn = metal loss up to next inspection

3. For corrosion area of considerable size; thickness averaging

along most critical element shall not exceed following length (l)
measured longitudinally:

a. Vessel I.D. < 60... l = D/2 or 20 use smaller value

b. Vessel I.D. > 60... l = D/3 or 40 use smaller value

3. The widely scattered pits, can be ignored if:

a. Remaining thickness below the pit is greater than half the

required thickness.
b. Total pit area does not exceed 7 square inches within 8 inch
diameter circle.
c. Total sum along any line in circle does not exceed 2 inches.

4. As alternative, evaluation of thinning of pressure retaining walls

may be performed by employing methods outlined in ASME Sec.
VIII Div. 2, in consultation with the Pr. Vessel Engineer.

5. For surface remote from weld, (weld E < 1), shell thickness can be
recalculated with E = 1. Shell area is considered remote from weld
if it lies on either side weld beyond 1 or 2 times the thickness
(whichever is greater).

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Professional Training and Consultation
API 510 Preparatory
20 31 August 2005, Al-Khobar
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6. For dished Heads, the Crown portion lies within a circle concentric
to dish but with circle dia. = 0.8 x shell dia.

7. For Ellipsoidal or Torispherical heads, crown portion thickness can

be recalculated considering the Crown as part of sphere of radius
equal to D, (for standard Torispherical) or K 1 D (for Ellipsoidal).
Where, D is shell diameter

8. For ellipsoidal head K1 depends on D/2h ratio (h=head depth) For

2:1 Ellipsoidal Head, K1 = 0.9

9. Fitness for Service evaluations are performed as per API RP 579.

10. RBI methodology is based on assessment of Likelihood of failure

(LOF) and Consequence of Failure (COF) and is conducted and
documented as per API RP 580.

11. RBI assessment may be used as an alternative to establish the

Frequency of Internal and External Inspections.

12. If 10 year limit Is increased based on RBI, the RBI assessment shall
be reviewed and approved by both Pressure Vessel Engineer and
Inspector at intervals not exceeding 10 years or more often if LOF
or COF changes.

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