ASME BPVC Booklet Contents

What is ASME BPVC?

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers ( ASME ) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code ( BPVC )

 

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ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC) is one of the most authoritative institutions that sets rules for the design, production, maintenance and inspection of boilers, pressure vessels, power generating machines and auxiliary systems of these machines and components used in nuclear facilities. These rules create a framework for quality in the industry.

 

ASME BPVC consists of 14 sections, 30 volumes and 16,000 pages.

 

BPVC documents are updated in two-year periods. Developments between these dates are published via “addendum” and “supplement” documents.

 

ASME BPVC consists of 14 sections as you can see in the table below;

  • Segment I: Building Rules for Power Boilers
  • Segment II: Material Specifications
  • Segment IID: Material Specifications, D-section properties
  • Segment IIDM: Material Specifications, D-segment properties, metric
  • Segment III: Construction Rules for Nuclear Power Plant Components
  • Segment IV: Building Rules for Heating Boilers
  • Segment V: Non-Destructive Examination
  • Segment VI: Recommended Rules for the Operation and Maintenance of Heating Boilers
  • Segment VII: Recommended Guidelines and Principles for the Maintenance of Power Boilers
  • Segment VIII: Pressure Vessels Production Rules
  • Segment IX: Welding and Soldering Competencies
  • Segment X: Fiberglass, Reinforced Plastic Pressure Vessels
  • Segment XI: Operational Inspection Rules of Nuclear Facility Components
  • Segment XII: Rules for the Continuation of Service and Construction of Transport Tanks
  • Code Cases: Power Boilers and Pressure Vessels
  • Code Cases: Nuclear Components
Product Scope / Summary

This Section provides the requirements for all construction methods of power, electric and miniature boilers; high temperature water boilers to be used in fixed service, heat recovery steam generators and some fired pressure vessels; and power boilers used in locomotive, portable and traction services. Rules for the use of the ASME Certification Mark and the V, A, M, PP, S and E Markers are also included. The rules apply to boilers where steam or other steam is generated at pressures exceeding 15 psig and high temperature water boilers intended to operate at pressures in excess of 160 psig and / or temperatures in excess of 250 degrees F. Superheaters, economizers and other pressures Parts connected directly to the boiler without valves in between are considered part of the Part I scope.

Careful implementation of this Section will help users to comply with applicable regulations within their jurisdiction, while achieving the operational, cost, and security benefits to be derived from the many industry best practices detailed in these volumes.

It is designed for manufacturers, users, builders, designers and others involved in the design, manufacture, assembly, assembly, inspection, inspection and testing of pressure vessels, as well as all potential management units.

Product Scope / Summary

This Section is a “Service Part” of other BPVC Sections, providing material specifications for materials containing sufficient iron for safety in the pressure equipment area. These specifications include requirements for chemical and mechanical properties, heat treatment, production, heat and product analysis and test methods. They are designated by SA numbers and are the same or similar to specifications published by ASTM and other recognized national or international organizations.

Careful implementation of this Section will help users to comply with applicable regulations within their jurisdiction, while achieving the operational, cost, and security benefits to be derived from the many industry best practices detailed in these volumes.

It is designed for manufacturers, users, builders, designers and others involved in the design, manufacture, assembly, assembly, inspection, inspection and testing of pressure vessels, as well as all potential management units.

Product Scope / Summary

This Section is a “Service Section” of other BPVC Sections, providing material specifications for materials containing sufficient iron for safety in the pressure equipment area. These specifications include requirements for chemical and mechanical properties, heat treatment, production, heat and product analysis and test methods. They are designated by SB numbers and are the same or similar to specifications published by ASTM and other recognized national or international organizations.

Careful implementation of this Section will help users to comply with applicable regulations within their jurisdiction, while achieving the operational, cost, and security benefits to be derived from the many industry best practices detailed in these volumes.

It is designed for manufacturers, users, builders, designers and others involved in the design, manufacture, assembly, assembly, inspection, inspection and testing of pressure vessels, as well as all potential management units.

Product Scope / Summary

This Section is a “Service Section” for other BPVC Divisions that provide material specifications for manufacturing, acceptability, chemical composition, mechanical usability, surface coating, test requirements and procedures, working properties, and intended uses for welding rods, electrodes, and filler metals. These features are identified by SFA numbers and derived from AWS specifications.

Careful implementation of this Section will help users to comply with applicable regulations within their jurisdiction while gaining the operational, cost and security benefits to be gained from the many industry best practices detailed in these volumes.

It is designed for manufacturers, users, builders, designers and others involved in the design, manufacture, assembly, assembly, inspection, inspection and testing of pressure vessels, as well as all potential management units.

Product Scope / Summary

This Section is a “Service Section” for other BPVC Divisions that provide material specifications for manufacturing, acceptability, chemical composition, mechanical usability, surface coating, test requirements and procedures, working properties, and intended uses for welding rods, electrodes, and filler metals. These features are identified by SFA numbers and derived from AWS specifications.

Careful implementation of this Section will help users to comply with applicable regulations within their jurisdiction while gaining the operational, cost and security benefits to be gained from the many industry best practices detailed in these volumes.

It is designed for manufacturers, users, builders, designers and others involved in the design, manufacture, assembly, assembly, inspection, inspection and testing of pressure vessels, as well as all potential management units.

Product Scope / Summary

This Subsection contains a list of design and design analysis methods and information for Part III, Part 1 (Subpart NCA to NG) and Part 2, and both mandatory and non-mandatory appendices to Data Report Forms. These appendices are referred to in the NCA Subsection via NG and Section 2 and are an integral part of them.

Careful implementation of this Section will help users to comply with applicable regulations within their jurisdiction while gaining the operational, cost and security benefits to be gained from the many industry best practices detailed in these volumes.

It is designed for manufacturers, users, builders, designers and others involved in the design, manufacture, assembly, assembly, inspection, inspection and testing of pressure vessels, as well as all potential management units.

 

Additional Sections
  • BPVC Part III-Rules for Construction of Nuclear Facility Components-Part 1-Subpart NCD-Class 2 and Class 3 Components
  • BPVC Part III-Rules for Construction of Nuclear Plant Components-Part 1-Subpart NE-Class MC Components
  • BPVC Part III-Rules for Construction of Nuclear Plant Components-Part 1-Subpart NF-Supports
  • BPVC Part III-Rules for Construction of Nuclear Plant Components-Part 1-Subpart NG-Core Support Structures
  • BPVC Part III-Rules for Construction of Nuclear Facility Components-Subpart NCA-General Requirements for Part 1 and Part 2
  • BPVC Part III-Rules for Construction of Nuclear Plant Components-Part 2-Code for Concrete Containers
  • BPVC Part III-Rules for the Construction of Nuclear Plant Components-Part 3-Containment Systems and Shipping Packaging for Spent Nuclear Fuel and High Level Radioactive Waste
  • BPVC Part III-Rules for Construction of Nuclear Plant Components-Part 5-High Temperature Reactors
Product Scope / Summary

This Subpart includes requirements for material, design, fabrication, inspection, testing and overpressure protection of items intended to conform to Class 1 construction requirements. The NB Subdivision rules cover the requirements to ensure the structural integrity of the elements.

Careful implementation of this Section will help users to comply with applicable regulations within their jurisdiction while gaining the operational, cost and security benefits to be gained from the many industry best practices detailed in these volumes.

Product Scope / Summary

This Section contains the requirements and methods for non-destructive testing that are referred to and enforced by other BPVC Sections. It also includes the manufacturer’s inspection responsibilities, the duties of authorized auditors, and the qualification, inspection and inspection requirements of staff. Inspection methods aim to detect surface and internal discontinuities in materials, welds, and fabricated parts and components. A glossary of related terms is included.

Careful implementation of this Section will help users to comply with applicable regulations within their jurisdiction while gaining the operational, cost and security benefits to be gained from the many industry best practices detailed in these volumes.

It is designed for manufacturers, users, builders, designers and others involved in the design, manufacture, assembly, assembly, inspection, inspection and testing of pressure vessels, as well as all potential management units.

Product Scope / Summary

This Chapter contains general definitions, terminology and operating instructions applicable to steel and cast iron boilers limited to the operating range of Chapter IV Heating Boilers. It contains guidelines for relevant controls and automatic fuel burning equipment. Pictures show typical examples of available equipment. There is also a glossary of terms often associated with boilers, controls, and fuel burning equipment.

Careful implementation of this Section will help users to comply with applicable regulations within their jurisdiction, while achieving the operational, cost, and security benefits to be derived from the many industry best practices detailed in these volumes.

All changes in this 2013 Release are included in the appropriate page, and each affected area is identified with an identifier. Each Section includes a Change Summary listing the nature of the change as well as the material affected by the change. There will no longer be the Addenda service for this 2013 Release or future Versions.

It is designed for manufacturers, users, builders, designers and others involved in the design, manufacture, assembly, assembly, inspection, inspection and testing of pressure vessels, as well as all potential management units.

Product Scope / Summary

The purpose of these proposed guidelines is to promote safety in the use of power boilers. The term “power boiler” in this Section includes stationary, portable and traction boilers, but does not include locomotive and high temperature water boilers, nuclear power plant boilers, heating boilers, pressure vessels or marine boilers. This Section provides such guidelines to assist those directly responsible for the operation, maintenance and inspection of power boilers. Due to their intensive use, emphasis has been placed on industrial type boilers. Guidelines are also provided for the operation of auxiliary equipment and devices that affect the safe and reliable operation of power boilers.

Careful implementation of this Section will help users to comply with applicable regulations within their jurisdiction, while achieving the operational, cost, and security benefits to be derived from the many industry best practices detailed in these volumes.

All changes in this 2013 Release are included in the appropriate page, and each affected area is identified with an identifier. Each Section includes a Change Summary listing the nature of the change as well as the material affected by the change. There will no longer be the Addenda service for this 2013 Release or future Versions.

It is designed for manufacturers, users, builders, designers and others involved in the design, manufacture, assembly, assembly, inspection, inspection and testing of pressure vessels, as well as all potential management units.

Product Scope / Summary

This Part of Chapter VIII provides the requirements applicable to the design, manufacture, inspection, testing and certification of pressure vessels operating at internal or external pressures in excess of 15 psig. Such pressure vessels may or may not be ignited. Special requirements apply to the various classes of materials used in pressure vessel construction, as well as fabrication methods such as welding, forging and brazing. It includes mandatory and non-mandatory annexes detailing additional design criteria, non-destructive testing and inspection acceptance standards. Rules for the use of the U, UM and UV ASME Product Certification Marks are also included.

Careful implementation of this Section will help users to comply with applicable regulations within their jurisdiction, while achieving the operational, cost, and security benefits to be derived from the many industry best practices detailed in these volumes.

It is designed for manufacturers, users, builders, designers and others involved in the design, manufacture, assembly, assembly, inspection, inspection and testing of pressure vessels, as well as all potential management units.

Product Scope / Summary

This Part of Chapter VIII provides the requirements applicable to the design, manufacture, inspection, testing and certification of pressure vessels operating at internal or external pressures in excess of 15 psig. Such ships may or may not be fired. This pressure can be obtained by applying heat from an external source or a direct or indirect source, or any combination thereof. These rules provide an alternative to the minimum requirements for pressure vessels according to the Part 1 rules. Compared with Part 1, Part 2, the materials, design and nondestructive testing requirements are more stringent; however, higher design voltage densification values ​​are allowed. Part 2 rules only, It covers ships to be installed in a fixed location for a specific service in which operation and maintenance control is maintained throughout the life of the ship by the user who prepared or caused the design features to be prepared. These rules may also apply to pressure vessels typically intended for human occupation in the diving industry. Rules for the use of the U2 and UV ASME Product Certification Marks are also included.

Careful implementation of this Section will help users to comply with applicable regulations within their jurisdiction, while achieving the operational, cost, and security benefits to be derived from the many industry best practices detailed in these volumes.

It is designed for manufacturers, users, builders, designers and others involved in the design, manufacture, assembly, assembly, inspection, inspection and testing of pressure vessels, as well as all potential management units.

Product Scope / Summary

This Part of Chapter VIII generally provides applicable requirements for the design, manufacture, inspection, testing and certification of pressure vessels operating at internal or external pressures above 10,000 psi. Such ships may or may not be fired. This pressure can be obtained from an external source, a process reaction, the application of heat from a direct or indirect source, or any combination thereof. Chapter 3 rules cover ships intended for a specific service and mounted in a fixed location or moved from the work site to the work site between pressurizations. Throughout the life of the ship, operation and maintenance control is maintained by the user who prepared or caused the design specifications to be prepared. Chapter 3, Chapter VIII, It does not set maximum pressure limits for Section 1 or 2 or minimum pressure limits for this Section. Rules for the use of UV3 ASME Product Certification Marks are also included.

Careful implementation of this Section will help users to comply with applicable regulations within their jurisdiction, while achieving the operational, cost, and security benefits to be derived from the many industry best practices detailed in these volumes.

It is designed for manufacturers, users, builders, designers and others involved in the design, manufacture, assembly, assembly, inspection, inspection and testing of pressure vessels, as well as all potential management units.

Product Scope / Summary

This Section contains rules for the qualification of welding, brazing and joining procedures required by other BPVC Sections for component manufacture. It also covers rules for the qualification and recalculation of welders, brazing machines and welding, brazing and melting machine operators so that they can weld, braze or bond plastic as required by other BPVC Sections in the manufacture of components. Welding, brazing and joining data cover basic and non-essential variables specific to the joining process used.

Careful implementation of this Section will help users to comply with applicable regulations within their jurisdiction, while achieving the operational, cost, and security benefits to be derived from the many industry best practices detailed in these volumes.

It is designed for manufacturers, users, builders, designers and others involved in the design, manufacture, assembly, assembly, inspection, inspection and testing of pressure vessels, as well as all potential management units.

Product Scope / Summary

This Section provides the requirements for making a FRP pressure vessel in accordance with a manufacturer’s design report. It includes the production, processing, manufacturing, inspection and test methods required for the ship. Chapter X includes three Classes of ship design; Class I and Class III – destructive testing of a prototype and Class II – qualification through mandatory design rules and acceptance testing with non-destructive methods. These ships are not permitted to store, handle or handle lethal liquids. Hopper manufacture is limited to the following processes: bag molding, centrifugal casting, and filament winding and contact molding. General properties for glass and resin materials and minimum physical properties for composite materials are given.

It is designed for manufacturers, users, builders, designers and others involved in the design, manufacture, assembly, assembly, inspection, inspection and testing of pressure vessels, as well as all potential management units.

Product Scope / Summary

It provides the requirements for the maintenance of the nuclear power plant while it is in operation and to return the power plant to service after power plant outages. The rules require a mandatory program to demonstrate adequate safety and manage the effects of degradation and aging. The Code also stipulates the duties of the Authorized Nuclear Service Inspector to verify the completion of the mandatory program and to allow the facility to return to service safely and quickly. The implementation of this Section begins when the requirements of the building code are met.

SECTION 1

This section provides guidelines for inspection, inspection and testing; ODD methods, qualifications and requirements; assessment and acceptance standards for defects, defects and related conditions; Repair / replacement and correction procedures / measures in light water cooled nuclear power plants.

Careful implementation of this Section will help users to comply with applicable regulations within their jurisdiction, while achieving the operational, cost, and security benefits to be derived from the many industry best practices detailed in these volumes.

Product Scope / Summary

It provides the requirements for the maintenance of the nuclear power plant while it is in operation and to return the power plant to service after power plant outages. The rules require a mandatory program to demonstrate adequate safety and manage the effects of degradation and aging. The Code also stipulates the duties of the Authorized Nuclear Service Inspector to verify the completion of the mandatory program and to allow the facility to return to service safely and quickly. The implementation of this Section begins when the requirements of the building code are met.

SECTION 2

This Part provides the requirements for the establishment of the Reliability and Integrity Management (RIM) Program for advanced nuclear reactor designs. The RIM Program handles the entire life cycle for all types of nuclear power plants; It requires a combination of monitoring, inspection, testing, operation and maintenance requirements that ensure that each Structure, System and Component (SSC) meets the facility risk and reliability objectives. Selected for the RIM Program.

Product Scope / Summary

This Section covers the requirements for the construction of pressure vessels and continuous service for the transport of dangerous goods by road, rail, air or water at pressures from full vacuum to 3,000 psig and volumes greater than 120 gallons. “Build”; It is an all-encompassing term that includes materials, design, manufacturing, inspection, inspection, testing, certification, and overpressure protection. “Continuous service” is an all-encompassing term that refers to the inspection, testing, repair, replacement and recertification of a shipping tank in service. This Section contains modal appendices that contain requirements for ships used in specific modes of transport and service applications. Rules for the use of T ASME Product Certification Marks are included.

Careful implementation of this Section will help users to comply with applicable regulations within their jurisdiction, while achieving the operational, cost, and security benefits to be derived from the many industry best practices detailed in these volumes.

Product Scope / Summary

This Section covers the requirements for the construction of pressure vessels and continuous service for the transport of dangerous goods by road, rail, air or water at pressures from full vacuum to 3,000 psig and volumes greater than 120 gallons. “Build”; It is an all-encompassing term that includes materials, design, manufacturing, inspection, inspection, testing, certification, and overpressure protection. “Continuous service” is an all-encompassing term that refers to the inspection, testing, repair, replacement and recertification of a shipping tank in service. This Section contains modal appendices that contain requirements for ships used in specific modes of transport and service applications. Rules for the use of T ASME Product Certification Marks are included.

Careful implementation of this Section will help users to comply with applicable regulations within their jurisdiction, while achieving the operational, cost, and security benefits to be derived from the many industry best practices detailed in these volumes.

Since its first publication in 1914, ASME’s Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC) has pioneered the development of modern standards, maintaining a commitment to improving public safety and technological progress to meet the needs of the changing world. More than 100,000 copies of BPVC are used in 100 countries around the world.

Since its first publication in 1914, ASME’s Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC) has pioneered the development of modern standards, maintaining a commitment to improving public safety and technological progress to meet the needs of the changing world. More than 100,000 copies of BPVC are used in 100 countries around the world.

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