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The ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC)

BPVC-BINDER - 2004 Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code 04 Complete Set


with Binders
Sections of this set that are of interest to the METEOR Project

 BPVC-VIII - 2004 BPVC Section VIII- Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels
Division 1

 BPVC-VIII-2 - 2004 BPVC Section VIII-Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels


Division 2-Alternative Rules

 BPVC-VIII-3 - 2004 BPVC Section VIII-Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels


Division 3-Alternative Rules High Pressure Vessels

 BPVC-X - 2004 BPVC Section X-Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Pressure Vessels

 BPVC-CC-BPV - 2004 BPVC Code Cases: Boilers and Pressure Vessels

Other readings:

 Megyesy, Eugene F. (2004, 13th ed.) Pressure Vessel Handbook. Pressure


Vessel Publishing, Inc.: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. Design handbook for
pressure vessels based on the ASME code.

What is considered a pressure vessel, legally?

A pressure vessel is a closed, rigid container designed to hold gases or liquids with a gas
back-up at a pressure different from the ambient pressure.

The ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC)

The largest ASME standard, both in size and in the number of volunteers involved in its
preparation, is the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC). BPVC is a standard
that provides rules for the design, fabrication, and inspection of boilers and pressure
vessels. The BPVC consists of twelve volumes as follows:

 I - Power Boilers
 II - Materials
o Part A - Ferrous Materials Specifications
o Part B - Nonferrous Material Specifications
o Part C - Specifications for Welding Rods, Electrodes and Filler Metals
o Part D - Properties (Customary units)
o Part D - Properties (Metric units)
 III - Rules for Construction of Nuclear Facility Components
o Division 1, Subsection NCA - General Reqs for Divisions 1, 2, and 3
o Division 1, Subdivision NB - Class 1 Components
o Division 1, Subdivision NC - Class 2 Components
o Division 1, Subdivision ND - Class 3 Components
o Division 1, Subdivision NE - Class MC Components
o Division 1, Subdivision NF - Component Supports
o Division 1, Subdivision NG - Core Support Structures
o Division 1, Subdivision NH - Class 1 Components in Elevated Temp
Service
o Division 1, Appendices
o Division 2, Code for Concrete Reactor Vessels and Containment
o Division 3, Containment Systems & Transportation Packaging of Spent
Nuclear Fuel
 IV - Heating Boilers
 V - Nondestructive Examination
 VI - Recommended Rules for the Care and Operation of Heating Boilers
 VII - Recommended Guidelines for the Care of Power Boilers
 VIII - Pressure Vessels
o Division 1
o Division 2 - Alternative Rules
o Division 3 - Alternative Rules for Construction of High Pressure Vessels
 IX - Welding and Brazing Qualifications
 X - Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Pressure Vessels
 XI - Rules for In-service Inspection of Nuclear Power Plant Components
 XII - Rules for Construction and Continued Service of Transport Tanks

VIII. Pressure Vessels

Division 1 - Provides requirements applicable to the design, fabrication, inspection, testing, and
certification of pressure vessels operating at either internal or external pressures exceeding 15 psig.

Division 2 - Alternative Rules, provides requirements applicable to the design, fabrication, inspection,
testing, and certification of pressure vessels operating at either internal or external pressures
exceeding 15 psig.

Division 3 - Alternative Rules for Construction of High Pressure Vessels, provides requirements
applicable to the design, fabrication, inspection, testing, and certification of pressure vessels operating
at either internal or external pressures generally above 10,000 psi.