The ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Standards and Codes works to establish safety rules for pressure integrity that govern the designing, inspection and fabrication of pressure vessels , nuclear plant components and boilers during their construction. These rules are aimed to set a limitation to the deterioration in service.
The set of regulations that ASME BPVC sets are revised and updated from time to time through evidence of experience and advancements in material and design. Let’s take a brief look at what the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code does.
ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Codes
Founded in 1914, the ASME BPVC standards and codes are adopted by all states and territories and provinces of United States and Canada, in part or entirely. Over 100,000 copies of BPVC codes and standards are being used across 100 countries worldwide and have been translated in multiple languages. The pressure vessel and boiler sections of the ASME BPVC have been a very essential in industries such as transportation, petrochemical, power generation, etc.
Comprising of a voluntary group of 1000 highly accomplished engineers, the BPVC codes and standards are kept updated and current through regular meetings held by this committee. The meetings held at regular intervals are aimed at considering requests for revision, interpreting as well as devising new rules. While devising or revising rules the committee takes into consideration the technological advances in fabrication, construction, materials, pressure protection, certification and inspection.
The ASME standards and codes have been a very important part of the nuclear industry, in particular, since its inception. The conformity assessment programs, standards and codes that were initially developed to govern and guide the fossil fuel plants construction was later applied on to the nuclear industry as well. Currently, almost half of the globe’s nuclear plants incorporate all of the ASME’s nuclear standards and codes in their operations, constructions and maintenance. In fact, the ASME’s BPVC section that lays down rules for construction of nuclear components and facilities will be completing 52 years in 2015.
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