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ASME Boiler

and Pressure
Vessel Code
2015
Fact Book

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October 27, 2014

IHS
15 Inverness Way East Englewood, CO 80112

Subject: 2015 BPVC Release & Revision Cycle

Valued Partner:

Please feel free to inform or remind your customers that the 2015 ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel
Code will be released in the new two-year cycle and will be available in the summer of 2015. Code users
will continue to have the option of purchasing either the hardcopy or an electronic version from a
licensed reseller, such as IHS.

We have received positive feedback about the change to the two-year cycle. Certificate-holders are
finding it easier to comply with the Code with the elimination of the Addenda and a reduction in the
changes. As you know, the Errata, Interpretations and Code Cases will continue to be updated regularly,
in between new releases of the Code, and will be available to your customers as they are issued as part
of their online subscriptions or via hardcopy purchases.

As I have mentioned in the past, the online IHS BPVC Advantage HTML version of the Code remains
available to those customers who wish to transition from print or the traditional read-only electronic
version to a dynamically linked, interactive tool. The HTML version of the Code has proven to be
particularly relevant to Code users given current issues around the engineering workforce and global
supply chains.

We are pleased that IHS again is participating in educating the industry about the changes to the BPVC,
as well as the new revision cycle. I am confident that your customers will not only get the great
customer service they have enjoyed over the years but will have the convenience of obtaining ASME
referenced standards, codes, companion data as well as opportunities to participate in training.

Sincerely,

Michael Merker
Managing Director, Conformity Assessment & Publishing
+1-212-591-8480
merkerm@asme.org
Table of Contents
Facts About the ASME BPVC_______________________________________________ Page 5 - 6

Segmentation & Products_________________________________________________ Page 7-10

Key Changes for 2015___________________________________________________ Page 11-12

FAQs________________________________________________________________ Page 13-14

ASME Certification Mark Standards Packages___________________________________ Page 15

Related Codes, Standards and Publications_____________________________________ Page 16

Order Form______________________________________________________________ Page 17

ASME Training & Development_______________________________________________ Page 19

Contact Us_______________________________________________________________ Page 18


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A Guide to the 2015
ASME Boiler and
Pressure Vessel Code
The ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code
(BPVC) establishes rules of safety governing
the design, fabrication, maintenance
and inspection of boilers and pressure
vessels, power producing machines (and
associated subsystems) and nuclear power
plant components.

The latest version of the BPVC will include


changes that could impact virtually everyone
who uses the Code. Understanding these
changes is critical to ensuring compliance
with the new requirements of the 2015 BPVC.
Ensure you have all the information you need
related to boilers and pressure vessels!
For more information on the Code, visit
www.ihs.com/2015bpvc.

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A Few Facts About the BPVC Two-year Publication Cycle
The BPVC comprises three components: For many years the BPVC was on a three-year publication cycle,
with a new edition of the Code being released every three years,
• Boiler and pressure vessel component
and addenda being offered in intervening years. But with the
• Section I – Rules for Construction of Power Boilers
release of the 2013 BPVC, this publication cycle was changed to
• Section IV – Rules for Construction of Heating Boilers
a two-year schedule. Therefore, the next edition of the BPVC
• Section VI - Recommended Rules for the Care and Operation will be released in the Summer of 2015. Now that ASME is offering
of Heating Boilers
a new edition of the BPVC every other year, it will no longer
• Recommended Guidelines for the Care of Power Boilers
be publishing addenda. ASME may issue errata to the Code
• Section VIII – Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels
periodically. These errata will be available at no charge on the
• Section X – Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Pressure Vessels IHS Standards Store.
• Section XII – Rules for Construction and Continued Service
of Transport Tanks
• Nuclear component (including inservice inspection)
• Section III – Rules for Construction of Nuclear
Facility Components
• Section III Appendices
• Section XI – Rules for Inservice Inspection of
Nuclear Power Plant Components
• Service sections
• Section II – Materials
• Section V – Nondestructive Examination
• Section IX – Welding and Brazing Qualifications

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Power Boilers Heating Boilers
Section I: Power Boilers Section IV: Heating Boilers
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Provides requirements for all methods of construction of power, Provides requirements for design, fabrication, installation and
electric, and miniature boilers; high temperature water boilers, heat inspection of steam heating, hot water heating, hot water supply
recovery steam generators, and certain fired pressure vessels to boilers, and potable water heaters intended for low pressure
be used in stationary service; and power boilers used in locomotive, service that are directly fired by oil, gas, electricity, coal or other
portable, and traction service. Rules pertaining to use of the single solid or liquid fuels. Rules pertaining to use of the single ASME
ASME certification mark with the V, A, M, PP, S, and E designators certification mark with the H, HV, and HLW designators are
are also included. also included.

Section VII: Care of Power Boilers Section VI: Care and Operation of
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Provides guidelines to assist those directly responsible for Order Online
operating, maintaining, and inspecting power boilers. These boilers Covers operation guidelines applicable to steel and cast-iron
include stationary, portable, and traction type boilers, but not boilers limited to the operating ranges of Section IV Heating
locomotive and high-temperature water boilers, nuclear power- Boilers. Section VI includes guidelines for associated controls
plant boilers (see Section XI), heating boilers (see Section VI), and automatic fuel-burning equipment. Also included is a
pressure vessels, or marine boilers. Guidelines are also provided for glossary of terms commonly associated with boilers, controls,
operation of auxiliary equipment and appliances that affect the safe and fuel-burning equipment.
and reliable operation of power boilers.
Related Standards:
Related Standards: ASME Pipes & Fitting Set: ASME B16 Standards on Wrought and
ASME Pipes & Fitting Set: ASME B16 Standards on Wrought and Forged Pipe Fittings and Flanges
Forged Pipe Fittings and Flanges ASME B31.1: Piping
ASME B31.1: Piping ASME B31.3: Process Piping
ASME B31.3: Process Piping ASME PTC 25: Pressure Relief Devices
ASME PTC 25: Pressure Relief Devices ASME QAI-1: Qualifications for Authorized Inspection
ASME QAI-1: Qualifications for Authorized Inspection

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ASME NQA-1: Quality Assurance Program Requirements for
Pressure Vessels Nuclear Facilities
Section VIII: Pressure Vessels ASME PCC-1: Guidelines for Pressure Boundary Bolted Flange
Joint Assembly
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ASME PCC-2: Repair of Pressure Equipment and Piping
Division 1 provides requirements applicable to the design,
ASME PTC 25: Pressure Relief Devices
fabrication, inspection, testing, and certification of pressure vessels
ASME QAI-1: Qualifications for Authorized Inspection
operating at either internal or external pressures exceeding 15 psig.
Such vessels may be fired or unfired. This pressure may be obtained
from an external source or by the application of heat from a direct or Fiber-Reinforced Plastic
indirect source, or any combination thereof. Specific requirements Pressure Vessels
apply to several classes of material used in pressure vessel
construction, and also to fabrication methods such as welding,
Section X: Fiber-Reinforced plastic
forging and brazing. Pressure Vessels
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Division 1 contains mandatory and non-mandatory appendices
Provides requirements for construction of a fiber-reinforced plastic
detailing supplementary design criteria, nondestructive examination
pressure vessel (FRP) in conformance with a manufacturer’s design
and inspection acceptance standards. Rules pertaining to the
report. It includes production, processing, fabrication, inspection
use of the single ASME certification mark with the U, UM and UV
and testing methods required for the vessel. Section X includes
designators are also included.
three Classes of vessel design: Class I and Class III – qualification
Division 2 requirements on materials, design, and nondestructive through the destructive test of a prototype; and Class II –
examination are more rigorous than in Division 1; however, higher mandatory design rules and acceptance testing by nondestructive
design stress intensity values are permitted. These rules may also methods. These vessels are not permitted to store, handle or
apply to human occupancy pressure vessels typically in the diving process lethal fluids. Vessel fabrication is limited to the following
industry. Rules pertaining to the use of the single ASME certification processes: bag-molding, centrifugal casting and filament-winding
mark with the U2 and UV designators are also included. and contact molding. Rules pertaining to the use of the single ASME
certification mark with the RP designator are also included.
Division 3 requirements are applicable to pressure vessels
operating at either internal or external pressures generally above Related Standards:
10,000 psi. ASME Section V: Nondestructive Examination
It does not establish maximum pressure limits for either Section VIII, ASME B16.1: Gray Iron Pipe Flanges and Flanged Fittings: Classes
Divisions 1 or 2, nor minimum pressure limits for this Division. Rules 25, 125, and 250
pertaining to the use of the single ASME certification mark with the ASME B16.5: Pipe Flanges and Flanged Fittings: NPS 1/2 through
U3 and UV3 designator are also included. NPS 24 Metric/Inch Standard
ASME B18. 22.1: Plain Washer
Related Standards:
ASME Pipes & Fitting Set: ASME B16 Standards on Wrought and
Forged Pipe Fittings and Flanges Construction of Nuclear Facility
ASME B31.1: Piping
ASME B31.3: Process Piping
Components
ASME QAI-1: Qualifications for Authorized Inspection Section III: Rules for Construction of Nuclear
Facility Components
Section XII: Transport Tanks
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Provides general requirements which address the material, design,
Provides requirements for construction and continued service
fabrication, examination, testing and overpressure protection of the
of pressure vessels for the transportation of dangerous goods
items specified within each respective Subsection, assuring their
via highway, rail, air or water at pressures from full vacuum to
structural integrity.
3,000 psig and volumes greater than 120 gallons. “Construction”
is an all-inclusive term comprising materials, design, fabrication, Division 1, Subsection NCA, which is referenced by and is an
examination, inspection, testing, certification, and over-pressure integral part of Division 1, Subsections NB through NG, and Division
protection. “Continued service” refers to inspection, testing, repair, 2 of Section III, which covers quality assurance requirements, ASME
alteration, and recertification of a transport tank that has been in product-certification marks, and authorized inspection for Class 1, 2,
service. Rules pertaining to the use of the single ASME certification 3, MC, CS, and CC construction.
mark with the T, TD, and TV designators are included.
DIVISION 1, SUBSECTIONS NB, NF, APP
Related Standards: Subsection NB addresses items which are intended to conform to
ASME Pipes & Fitting Set: ASME B16 Standards on Wrought and the requirements for Class 1 construction.
Forged Pipe Fittings and Flanges
Subsection NF addresses supports which are intended to conform
ASME B31.1: Piping
to the requirements for Classes 1, 2, 3, and MC construction.
ASME B31.3: Process Piping
ASME FFS-1: Fitness-For-Service

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Subsection APP contains appendices, both mandatory and
Nuclear In-Service
non-mandatory for Section III, Division 1 (Subsections NCA through
NG), Division 2 and Division 3, including a listing of design and
Section XI: Rules for In-service Inspection of
design analysis methods and information, plus Data Report Forms. Nuclear Power Plant Components
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Subsections NCA through NG, Division 2 and Division 3. Contains Divisions 1 and 3, in one volume, and provides rules for
the examination, in-service testing and inspection, and repair and
DIVISION 1, SUBSECTIONS NC, ND replacement of components and systems in light water cooled and
Subsection NC addresses items, which are intended to conform to liquid metal cooled nuclear power plants. Application of Section
the requirements for Class 2 construction. XI begins when the requirements of the “construction code” (e.g.,
Subsection ND addresses items, which are intended to conform to Section III) have been satisfied.
the requirements for Class 3 construction. Section XI constitutes requirements to maintain the nuclear
power plant while in operation and to return the plant to service,
OTHER SUBSECTIONS AND DIVISIONS
following plant outages, and repair or replacement activities. These
Subsection NE addresses items which are intended to conform to
rules require a mandatory program of scheduled examinations,
the requirements for Class MC construction.
testing, and inspections to evidence adequate safety. The
Subsection NF addresses the supports, which are intended methods of nondestructive examination to be used and flaw size
to conform to the requirements for Classes 1, 2, 3, and MC characterization are also contained within this Section.
construction.
Related Standards:
Subsection NG addresses structures, which are designed to provide ASME Pipes & Fitting Set: ASME B16 Standards on Wrought and
direct support or restraint of the core (fuel and blanket assemblies) Forged Pipe Fittings and Flanges
within the reactor pressure vessel. ASME B31.1: Piping
ASME B31.3: Process Piping
Subsection NH addresses Class 1 components, parts, and
ASME NQA-1: Quality Assurance Program Requirements for
appurtenances which are expected to function even when metal
Nuclear Facilities
temperatures exceed those covered by the rules and stress limits
ASME QAI-1: Qualifications for Authorized Inspection
of Subsection NB and Tables 2A, 2B, and 4 of Section II, Part D,
ASME RA-S: Standard for Level 1 / Large Early Release Frequency
Subpart 1.
Probabilistic Risk Assessment for Nuclear Power Plant Applications
Division 2 addresses concrete containment structures, pre-stressed
or reinforced. These requirements are applicable only to those
components that are designed to provide a pressure retaining or Service Sections
containing barrier. Section II: Materials
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containment system of a nuclear spent fuel or high level radioactive Part A covers Ferrous Material; Part B covers Nonferrous Material;
waste transport packaging. Part C covers Welding Rods, Electrodes, and Filler Metals; and
Part D covers Material Properties in both Customary and Metric
Division 5 provides construction rules for high-temperature units of measure.
reactors, including both high-temperature, gas-cooled reactors
Together, these four parts of Section II comprise a “service Code”
(HTGRs) and liquid-metal reactors (LMRs).
to other BPVC Sections, providing material specifications adequate
Related Standards: for safety in the field of pressure equipment. These specifications
ASME Pipes & Fitting Set: ASME B16 Standards on Wrought and contain requirements for chemical and mechanical properties, heat
Forged Pipe Fittings and Flanges treatment, manufacture, heat and product analyses, and methods of
ASME B36.10M: Welded and Seamless Wrought Steel Pipe testing. Part A and Part B specifications are designated by SA or SB
ASME B36.19M: Stainless Steel Pipe numbers, respectively, and are identical with or similar to those of
ASME NQA-1: Quality Assurance Program Requirements for specifications published by ASTM and other recognized national or
Nuclear Facilities international organizations. Part C specifications are designated by
ASME QAI-1: Qualifications for Authorized Inspection SFA numbers and are derived from AWS specifications.

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Section V: Nondestructive Examination
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Non-destructive Examination is another “service Code” –
containing requirements and methods for nondestructive
examination which are referenced and required by other
BPVC Sections. It also includes manufacturer’s examination
responsibilities, duties of authorized inspectors and requirements
for qualification of personnel, inspection and examination.
Examination methods are intended to detect surface and internal
discontinuities in materials, welds, and fabricated parts and
components. A glossary of related terms is included.

Section IX: Welding, Brazing, and Fusing


Qualifications
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Welding, Brazing, and Fusing Qualifications is another
“service Code” – containing rules relating to the qualification
of welding, brazing, and fusing procedures as required by other
BPVC Sections. It also covers rules relating to the qualification
and requalification of welders, brazers, and welding and brazing
operators in order that they may perform welding or brazing in
component manufacture. Welding, brazing and fusing data cover
essential and nonessential variables specific to the welding,
brazing or fusing process used.

Code Cases: Pressure Technology / Nuclear


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Starting with this 2015 Edition, the BPVC will be revised every
two years. But what happens in the interim with new materials
or alternative constructions? How does the BPVC keep current
with the latest in technology and applications? Code Cases are
approved actions by the BPVC Committees on these alternatives,
intended to allow early and urgent implementation of any
revised requirements. They are issued four times per year in two
categories: Boiler and Pressure Vessels (CC-BPV) and Nuclear (CC-
NUC). Users may purchase individual publications at any time. Or
they may subscribe to receive full sets of Code Cases as they are
published for the duration of that BPVC edition’s cycle.
This responsiveness to requests illustrates the unique openness
and transparency of ASME’s code-development process-striving
to reflect best-practices of industry, while contributing to safety
for the general public.

Related Standards:
ASME Pipes & Fitting Set: ASME B16 Standards on Wrought and
Forged Pipe Fittings and Flanges
ASME B31.1: Piping
ASME B31.3: Process Piping
ASME NQA-1: Quality Assurance Program Requirements for
Nuclear Facilities
ASME QAI-1: Qualifications for Authorized Inspection
API STD 1104: Welding of Pipelines and Related Facilities
AWS D1.1/D1.1M: Structural Welding Code - Steel

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Key Changes for the 2015 ASME BPVC
A Guide to Key Changes Reminder
The latest 2015 edition of the ASME BPVC marks the first revision in the new two-year revision cycle.
2015 marks the
Certificate holders find it easier to comply with Code changes due to the elimination of the first revision since
Addenda and a reduction in the overall number of changes; also helping to accelerate adoption. the shift to a
Errata, Interpretations, and Code Cases will continue to be updated regularly and published online two-year
to online subscribers and in print to hardcopy purchases. revision cycle.

Also of important note, the 2015 Edition of Section III is the last edition in which Section III,
Division 1, Subsection NH, Class 1 Components in Elevated Temperature Service, will be published.
The requirements located within Subsection NH have been moved to Section III, Division 5, Subsection HB,
Subpart B for the elevated temperature construction of Class A components.

Significant updates have been incorporated into the 2015 ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC) and impact virtually everyone who
uses and references the code. Ensure compliance and adopt the latest best practices before the new code goes into effect. An itemized list
of changes for each section is available as supplemental documents and is listed with each BPVC Section on the IHS Standards Store.

Summary of Key Changes by Section


Section I – Rules for Construction Section III – Rules for Construction of
of Power Boilers Nuclear Facility Components
Key changes continue to recognize the interests of boilers A new, mandatory appendix was added to establish requirements
manufactured for use in steam locomotives, as well as electric for buried HDPE Class 3 piping, including material from various
immersion heater elements, watertube boilers, configuring Code Cases and to reflect the Section IX provisions for fusing
a Section VIII fired pressure vessel with Section I boiler, and HDPE. Revisions to NB-3200 clarify the definition of “local primary
recognition of solar radiation as a heat source. Notable changes to: membrane stress” and “local thin areas.” In a longstanding effort to
update the piping seismic design criteria, changes have been made
• Section I, Parts Fabrication Certificate Program
to provide design by analysis rules for reversing dynamic loads.
• Addition of Part PFE - Requirements for Feedwater Economizers
NB-, NC- and ND- 3600 are being revised to improve stress
• Section I, Part PL Requirements for Locomotive Boilers
indices C2r, K2r and stress intensification factors (SIF’s) for branch
• Section I, Alternate Rules in Section I for the Design of Electric
connections with r/R ≤ 0.5.
Immersion Heater Element Support Plates
• PWT-12, Construction of Box Headers and Waterlegs Additionally, extensive updates were made to Appendix W to add
• Preamble, Section I, Addition of Solar Heated Steam Generator current EPRI, NRC, and other references, typical nuclear power
plant environments, materials, design measures to reduce the
susceptibility to environmental effects; amongst coverage for a
Section II – Materials number of other conditions.
Continuing with the trend of prior editions, a number of changes
were again made within Section II. More than 25 ferrous
specifications were adopted or revised within Section II, Part A; and
Section IV - Rules for Construction of
more than 10 nonferrous specifications were adopted or revised Heating Boilers
in Section II, Part B. Other key changes concentrated on Part D; Current provisions require all part fabricators to obtain separate
revisions to Appendix 5 including: ASME Certificates of Authorization under each section of the code;
• The duration of creep tests for an alloy designed to operate in changes propose a program to permit organizations that fabricate
the time dependent regime has been extended; and at least one parts, but do not perform or take design responsibility to also
test from each heat lasting at least 10,000 hours is now required obtain ASME certifications. The new certificate program will also
for an alloy to be approved for a Code Case. recognize authorization to fabricate parts for multiple
• For advanced alloys with metastable structures, creep test data Code Sections.
lasting more than 30,000 hours is required to be made available New revisions for H Certificate Holders allow transfer of parts
to the committee. between manufacturing locations and reflect consistent wording
• Alloy producers are required to provide a comprehensive to that already contained in Section I and VIII. Additionally for
description of the metallurgical characteristics of the alloy. H Certificate Holders, etching would be an acceptable form for
• Data requirements for filler metals and weldments have been marking a boiler within the scope of Section IV. New revisions make
made more explicit with respect to high-temperature data in safety valve sizing consistent with the requirements in Section I.
complement to the base metal requirements. And Mandatory Appendix 2 was revised to reflect the latest ASME,
ASTM and DIN referenced standards.

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Section V – Nondestructive Examination Section X – Fiber-Reinforced Plastic
Reflecting new technologies, one new article addresses the use of Pressure Vessels
acoustic pulse reflectometry (APR) to detect blockage, corrosion The most important change in Section X is the adoption of Code
or other problems located on the internal surface of a tube and the Case 2820 which allows the use of oil and gas industry drilling fluids,
other article addresses the use of guided wave ultrasonic testing or other general fluids, as the operating fluid in composite pressure
(GWUT). A new Mandatory Appendix was added to describe the vessels covered under this section.
requirements for the examination of butt fusion welds in HDPE pipe
using encoded pulse echo, phased array or Time of Flight Diffraction
(TOFD) ultrasonic techniques. Fifteen ASTM reference standards Section XI – Rules for Inservice of
related to Nondestructive Examination (NDE) have been adopted or
revised within this Section.
Nuclear Power Plant Components
Nonmandatory Appendix D was completely rewritten and is now
titled “Conditioning of Welds that Require Ultrasonic Examination.”
Section VIII – Rules for Construction of Nonmandatory Appendix A, Article A-3000 was also completely

Pressure Vessels rewritten. Additional revisions clarify that “Analytical Evaluation”


shall not be used to evaluate leakage and update the equations for
In Division 1, notable changes include incorporating Code Case 2560 calculating fracture toughness determination.
on overpressure protection by system design for pressure vessels
in air, water and steam service. Additional revisions were made to
clarify responsibilities of the manufacturer and authorized inspector Section XII – Rules for Construction and
(AI) with regards to review of calculations.
Continued Service of Transport Tanks
In Division 2, a new clause was added with regards to corrosion
Several paragraphs are being revised to make them consistent
fatigue that now provides guidance consistent with other
with the requirements for pressure relief devices in Section VIII.
international pressure vessel codes such as EN 13445 and PD-
Additional revisions help clarify definition of “Material Test Report”
5500. In addition, Code Case 2804 was incorporated to correct the
and “Dynamic Load Condition.”
calculation for forming strains in one piece heads.
Several changes were also made to Division 1 & 2, to ensure welding
of cladding material is made by a manufacturer holding a Certificate
of Authorization, clarify requirements for MDMT and impact testing,
clarify tubesheet or flat head materials shall not be considered as
an area of reinforcement for openings in adjacent shells or heads,
updated requirements for tubesheet, and to clarify that toughness
testing is mandatory for high yield materials.
In Division 3, Numerous revisions were made to establish rules
for the stamping and certification of rupture disks specifically for
use in Division 3. Additional revisions were made on linear elastic
analysis, Code Case 2579 incorporated regarding filament materials
preimpregnated with resin (aka “prepreg material”), and to ensure
that mechanical tests confirm that the material received a proper
heat treatment.

Section IX – Welding and Brazing


Qualifications
Key revisions span new variables addressing the use of preplaced
filler metal for Friction Stir Welding procedure qualification, the
addition of electrofusion (EF) process for joining HDPE to Part QF
– Plastic Fusing, and new guidance on conducting performance
qualification tests that satisfies both ISO 9606 and ASME Section IX.
Nine AWS reference standards will be updated to reflect the newer
editions of these standards.

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A Guide to Frequently Asked Questions
The following are answers the commonly asked questions posed by users of the Code.
The answers below have been provided by ASME for use in the IHS Fact Book on the
ASME BPVC, BPVC related standards, single certification mark, and available ASME
training courses.

1. When will the Code revisions be available, Information regarding errata is published on the ASME Web
and when will the new revisions take effect or site under the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Resources
become mandatory? Page at: https://www.asme.org/about-asme/who-we-are/
Code revisions may be used beginning with the date of standards/bpvc-resources.
issuance shown in the 2015 Edition. The revisions become
mandatory six months after the date of issuance. 5. Will the move to the two-year revision cycle
affect accreditation?
2. What are end user responsibilities with regard to the There will be no effect on accreditation or certification;
Code revisions? however, Certificate Holders must still revise their written
The revisions become mandatory six months after the date QA manuals to reflect new revisions published in the
of issuance. All ASME Certificate Holders must revise their 2015 edition.
written QA manuals to reflect the new revisions published
in the 2015 Edition. 6. If a Code Case is issued on an “expedited basis,” how
does the industry get quick access to it, i.e., not waiting
3. Will ASME continue to publish Code Cases, until the next Code Cases Supplement?
Interpretations, and Errata? Code Cases may be used when they are approved by ASME.
ASME will continue to update Code Cases, Interpretations, In order to obtain an approved Code Case before publication
and Errata between new releases of the Code: in a Supplement, please contact the ASME technical staff
with the appropriate Code Case number or record number.
a. Code Case Supplements specifically document
approved actions by the BPVC Committees on new
7. How can questions about the Code be submitted to the
materials or alternative constructions, and are issued
various Committees?
four times a year. Intended use is to allow early and
urgent implementation of any revised requirements. In the front matter of every Code book is a section on
“SUBMITTAL OF TECHNICAL INQUIRIES TO THE BOILER AND
b. Interpretations, responses to requests to clarify the PRESSURE VESSEL COMMITTEE.” Please follow this guidance
application of an existing requirement will be published to avoid any delays in consideration. Inquiries for any Section
in the 2015 BPVC. Following publication of the 2015 of the Code can be submitted via the following website
Edition, interpretations will not be included in the edition; http://cstools.asme.org/Interpretation/
they will be issued in real time in ASME’s Interpretations InterpretationForm.cfm. ASME accepts responsibility for
Database at http://go.asme.org/Interpretations. This only those interpretations issued in accordance with the
webpage also has several search tools allowing a user to established ASME procedures and policies, which precludes
view relevant historical BPVC interpretations issued in the the issuance of interpretations by individuals.
past 30+ years.
8. In what states has the Boiler Code been adopted?
c. Errata, or approved editorial corrections to the standard,
will be periodically posted on the ASME website ASME is only responsible for preparing the requirements
and are accessible via the Standards Development in the Code, and does not enforce these requirements
Committee webpages. from a legal standpoint. Enforcement of the Code is the
responsibility of the jurisdictions that adopt the various
4. How will errors in any of the text/tables, etc. be Sections as part of their pressure equipment regulations.
addressed if there are no agenda between revisions? The National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors
(NBBI) publishes the “National Board Synopsis (NB-370),”
Errors such as incorrectly published items or typographical
which contains a brief outline of the laws for the jurisdictions
or grammatical errors will be corrected as they are made
in the US and Canada as well as contact information for the
known to the Committee. Once the Committee has verified
respective Chief Inspectors in those jurisdictions.
the errors they will be corrected by errata and made
available to the public.
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9. Where can I find a list of qualified inspectors? 12. Are there training or professional development courses
Third-party inspection is required for objects bearing the available on how to use and apply BPVC, the applicable
ASME Certification Mark. Please review the requirements revisions and related standards?
of various Sections of the Code to determine the extent of ASME has developed more than 60 Code-related and
the inspections and the duties of the Authorized Inspector. standards related training courses and course completions
An unofficial list of “Organizations Holding Authorized can be applied to professional development hours (PDH’s).
Inspection Agency Certificates of Accreditation” is View the complete list of ASME training, development and
available on the ASME website. code courses available on the IHS website.

10. How does a manufacturer become accredited to use the 13. How can I get involved in future development of the
ASME Certification Mark? ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code?
Beginning January 1, 2014, ASME moved to a single Volunteering is the life-blood of the BPVC and participants
certification mark with a certification designator to certify not only help to improve the Code, but also benefit from
that a company’s products, services and quality systems early awareness, professional benchmarking and peer-to-
comply with the BPVC. The certification program is designed peer networking in a consensus environment. The BPVC
to enhance public safety and facilitate international Committee meets in person four times per year during
commerce. Please follow the application process, the ASME Boiler Code Weeks. It is during these code
completing the required forms, on the ASME Website for weeks that the Committee considers consider requests
Certification and Accreditation Programs. for interpretations, revisions, and to develop new rules for
future Code revisions..
11. Does the single ASME certification mark include the “R”
stamp for repaired tanks?
The “R,” “VR,” and “NR” stamp accreditation programs are
administered by the National Board of Boiler and Pressure
Vessel Inspectors (NBBI), not ASME. For more information on
becoming accredited, please visit the Stamps and Marks
page on the NBBI website.

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Certification Mark and Standard Packages
Transition to a Single Certification Mark
Not long after first publishing the BPVC, ASME began a
certification program to certify that companies’ products,
services, and quality systems comply with the Code.
Today, more than 6,000 companies in 75 countries are
certified by ASME as being in compliance with the BPVC.
Until recently, certified equipment would bear one of 28
ASME Code symbol stamps that would indicate that the
stamped item conformed to the latest edition of the BPVC.
Each type of stamp included a symbol that indicated what
type of certification it covered, such as for a power boiler,
heating boiler, pressure vessel, or valve.
In 2012, ASME rolled out the single certification mark.
Instead of a symbol indicating the type of certification, the The many different ASME BPVC certification marks have been
mark includes a small certification designator. Otherwise, all replaced by a single certification mark that is used in conjunction
types of equipment will receive the same stamp. The single with a certification designator.
certification mark is being implemented over a three-year
period. Starting on January 1, 2014, only the new mark may
be used, except for certification to Section III of the Code
(nuclear components). On January 1, 2015, the new mark
also must be used for Section III items as well.

Boiler & Pressure Vessel Certification Standards Packages


Power Boilers Heating Boilers Pressure Vessels Pressure Vessels
Section I Section IV Section VIII Division 1 Section VIII Division 2

A – Assembly of Power Boilers H – Heating Boilers U – Pressure Vessels U2 – Pressure Vessels (Alternative
E – Electric Boilers HLW – Lined Potable Water Heaters UD – Pressure Vessel Pressure Rules for Pressure Vessels)
M – Miniature Boilers HV – Heating Boiler Safety Valves Relief Devices
PP – Power Piping UM – Miniature Pressure Vessels
S – Power Boilers UV – Pressure Vessel Pressure
V – Boiler Pressure Relief Valves Vessel Relief Valves

Pressure Vessels Reinforced Plastic Vessels Transport Tanks Nuclear Components


Section VIII Division 3 Section X Section XII Section III

U3 – High Pressure Vessels RP – Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Vessels T – Transport Tanks N - Vessels, pumps, valves, piping
UV3 – High Pressure Vessel TD – Transport Tanks Pressure systems, storage tanks, core support
Pressure Relief Valves Relief Devices structures, concrete containments,
and transport packaging
TV – Transport Tanks Pressure
Relief Valves NA - Field installation and shop
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PTB-6-2013 Guidelines for Strain Gaging
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ASME Energy Assessment ASME B16.9
Pressure Loading in the PVHO-1 Standard
ASME BPVC Books Online ASME B16.11
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ASME Bioprocessing Set ASME B16.34
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JIS B 8200 Series (JP) Standards Compendium
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JIS PRESSURE VESSELS HDBK (JP)
ASME EA-3
Guides and Handbooks ASME EA-4
ASME Companion Guide V1 ASME EA-1G
ASME Companion Guide V2 ASME EA-2G
ASME Design & Analysis ASME EA-3G
ASME Power Boilers Guide ASME EA-4G
ASME Guidebook for the…
Training Modules
ASME B31.3 Guide
ASME BPVC-V Training
Pressure Vessel Handbook
ASME BPVC-IX Training
Inspection Codes & Standards ASME BPVC-III-1 Training
NBBI NB 23 (NBIC) More Training Courses
API 510
Pressure Technology Book Publications
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PTB-1-2014 ASME Section VIII Division 2
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Criteria and Commentary
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PTB-2-2009 Guide to Life Cycle
AWS D1.1/D1.1M
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Inspection Codes & Standards Equipment Integrity
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API 510 PTB-3-2013 Section VIII Division 2 Example The global standard
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