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ASME Boiler

and Pressure
Vessel Code

2015

Fact Book

October 27, 2014


IHS
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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
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We have received positive feedback about the change to the two-year cycle. Certificate-holders are
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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
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We are pleased that IHS again is participating in educating the industry about the changes to the BPVC,
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referenced standards, codes, companion data as well as opportunities to participate in training.
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Table of Contents
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Key Changes for 2015___________________________________________________ Page 11-12
FAQs________________________________________________________________ Page 13-14
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ASME Training & Development_______________________________________________ Page 19
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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.

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,
and addenda being offered in intervening years. But with the
release of the 2013 BPVC, this publication cycle was changed to
a two-year schedule. Therefore, the next edition of the BPVC
will be released in the Summer of 2015. Now that ASME is offering
a new edition of the BPVC every other year, it will no longer
be publishing addenda. ASME may issue errata to the Code
periodically. These errata will be available at no charge on the
IHS Standards Store.

Boiler and pressure vessel component


Section I Rules for Construction of Power Boilers
Section IV Rules for Construction of Heating Boilers
Section VI - Recommended Rules for the Care and Operation
of Heating Boilers
Recommended Guidelines for the Care of Power Boilers
Section VIII Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels
Section X Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Pressure Vessels
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

2015
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The ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel
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and nuclear power
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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,


electric, and miniature boilers; high temperature water boilers, heat
recovery steam generators, and certain fired pressure vessels to
be used in stationary service; and power boilers used in locomotive,
portable, and traction service. Rules pertaining to use of the single
ASME certification mark with the V, A, M, PP, S, and E designators
are also included.

Provides requirements for design, fabrication, installation and


inspection of steam heating, hot water heating, hot water supply
boilers, and potable water heaters intended for low pressure
service that are directly fired by oil, gas, electricity, coal or other
solid or liquid fuels. Rules pertaining to use of the single ASME
certification mark with the H, HV, and HLW designators are
alsoincluded.

Section VII: Care of Power Boilers

Section VI: Care and Operation of


HeatingBoilers

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Provides guidelines to assist those directly responsible for
operating, maintaining, and inspecting power boilers. These boilers
include stationary, portable, and traction type boilers, but not
locomotive and high-temperature water boilers, nuclear powerplant boilers (see Section XI), heating boilers (see Section VI),
pressure vessels, or marine boilers. Guidelines are also provided for
operation of auxiliary equipment and appliances that affect the safe
and reliable operation of powerboilers.

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Covers operation guidelines applicable to steel and cast-iron
boilers limited to the operating ranges of Section IV Heating
Boilers. Section VI includes guidelines for associated controls
and automatic fuel-burning equipment. Also included is a
glossary of terms commonly associated with boilers, controls,
and fuel-burning equipment.
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 PTC 25: Pressure Relief Devices
ASME QAI-1: Qualifications for Authorized Inspection

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 PTC 25: Pressure Relief Devices
ASME QAI-1: Qualifications for Authorized Inspection

ASME NQA-1: Quality Assurance Program Requirements for


NuclearFacilities
ASME PCC-1: Guidelines for Pressure Boundary Bolted Flange
Joint Assembly
ASME PCC-2: Repair of Pressure Equipment and Piping
ASME PTC 25: Pressure Relief Devices
ASME QAI-1: Qualifications for Authorized Inspection

Pressure Vessels
Section VIII: Pressure Vessels
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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.
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
indirect source, or any combination thereof. Specific requirements
apply to several classes of material used in pressure vessel
construction, and also to fabrication methods such as welding,
forging andbrazing.

Fiber-Reinforced Plastic
Pressure Vessels
Section X: Fiber-Reinforced plastic
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Division 1 contains mandatory and non-mandatory appendices


detailing supplementary design criteria, nondestructive examination
and inspection acceptance standards. Rules pertaining to the
use of the single ASME certification mark with the U, UM and UV
designators are also included.

Provides requirements for construction of a fiber-reinforced plastic


pressure vessel (FRP) in conformance with a manufacturers design
report. It includes production, processing, fabrication, inspection
and testing methods required for the vessel. Section X includes
three Classes of vessel design: Class I and Class III qualification
through the destructive test of a prototype; and Class II
mandatory design rules and acceptance testing by nondestructive
methods. These vessels are not permitted to store, handle or
process lethal fluids. Vessel fabrication is limited to the following
processes: bag-molding, centrifugal casting and filament-winding
and contact molding. Rules pertaining to the use of the single ASME
certification mark with the RP designator are also included.

Division 2 requirements on materials, design, and nondestructive


examination are more rigorous than in Division 1; however, higher
design stress intensity values are permitted. These rules may also
apply to human occupancy pressure vessels typically in the diving
industry. Rules pertaining to the use of the single ASME certification
mark with the U2 and UV designators are also included.
Division 3 requirements are applicable to pressure vessels
operating at either internal or external pressures generally above
10,000 psi.
It does not establish maximum pressure limits for either Section VIII,
Divisions 1 or 2, nor minimum pressure limits for this Division. Rules
pertaining to the use of the single ASME certification mark with the
U3 and UV3 designator are also included.

Related Standards:
ASME Section V: Nondestructive Examination
ASME B16.1: Gray Iron Pipe Flanges and Flanged Fittings: Classes
25, 125, and 250
ASME B16.5: Pipe Flanges and Flanged Fittings: NPS 1/2 through
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
ASME B31.1: Piping
ASME B31.3: Process Piping
ASME QAI-1: Qualifications for Authorized Inspection

Construction of Nuclear Facility


Components
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,


fabrication, examination, testing and overpressure protection of the
items specified within each respective Subsection, assuring their
structural integrity.

Provides requirements for construction and continued service


of pressure vessels for the transportation of dangerous goods
via highway, rail, air or water at pressures from full vacuum to
3,000 psig and volumes greater than 120 gallons. Construction
is an all-inclusive term comprising materials, design, fabrication,
examination, inspection, testing, certification, and over-pressure
protection. Continued service refers to inspection, testing, repair,
alteration, and recertification of a transport tank that has been in
service. Rules pertaining to the use of the single ASME certification
mark with the T, TD, and TV designators are included.

Division 1, Subsection NCA, which is referenced by and is an


integral part of Division 1, Subsections NB through NG, and Division
2 of Section III, which covers quality assurance requirements, ASME
product-certification marks, and authorized inspection for Class 1, 2,
3, MC, CS, and CCconstruction.
DIVISION 1, SUBSECTIONS NB, NF, APP
Subsection NB addresses items which are intended to conform to
the requirements for Class 1 construction.

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 FFS-1: Fitness-For-Service

Subsection NF addresses supports which are intended to conform


to the requirements for Classes 1, 2, 3, and MC construction.

Nuclear In-Service

Subsection APP contains appendices, both mandatory and


non-mandatory for Section III, Division 1 (Subsections NCA through
NG), Division 2 and Division 3, including a listing of design and
design analysis methods and information, plus Data Report Forms.
These appendices are referenced by, and are an integral part of,
Subsections NCA through NG, Division 2 and Division 3.

Section XI: Rules for In-service Inspection of


Nuclear Power Plant Components
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Contains Divisions 1 and 3, in one volume, and provides rules for
the examination, in-service testing and inspection, and repair and
replacement of components and systems in light water cooled and
liquid metal cooled nuclear power plants. Application of Section
XI begins when the requirements of the construction code (e.g.,
Section III) have been satisfied.

DIVISION 1, SUBSECTIONS NC, ND


Subsection NC addresses items, which are intended to conform to
the requirements for Class 2 construction.
Subsection ND addresses items, which are intended to conform to
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,
following plant outages, and repair or replacement activities. These
rules require a mandatory program of scheduled examinations,
testing, and inspections to evidence adequate safety. The
methods of nondestructive examination to be used and flaw size
characterization are also contained within this Section.

OTHER SUBSECTIONS AND DIVISIONS


Subsection NE addresses items which are intended to conform to
the requirements for Class MC construction.
Subsection NF addresses the supports, which are intended
to conform to the requirements for Classes 1, 2, 3, and MC
construction.

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
ASME RA-S: Standard for Level 1 / Large Early Release Frequency
Probabilistic Risk Assessment for Nuclear Power Plant Applications

Subsection NG addresses structures, which are designed to provide


direct support or restraint of the core (fuel and blanket assemblies)
within the reactor pressure vessel.
Subsection NH addresses Class 1 components, parts, and
appurtenances which are expected to function even when metal
temperatures exceed those covered by the rules and stress limits
of Subsection NB and Tables 2A, 2B, and 4 of Section II, Part D,
Subpart 1.
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
containing barrier.

Service Sections

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Division 3 addresses the design and construction of the


containment system of a nuclear spent fuel or high level radioactive
waste transport packaging.

Part A covers Ferrous Material; Part B covers Nonferrous Material;


Part C covers Welding Rods, Electrodes, and Filler Metals; and
Part D covers Material Properties in both Customary and Metric
units ofmeasure.

Division 5 provides construction rules for high-temperature


reactors, including both high-temperature, gas-cooled reactors
(HTGRs) and liquid-metal reactors (LMRs).

Together, these four parts of Section II comprise a service Code


to other BPVC Sections, providing material specifications adequate
for safety in the field of pressure equipment. These specifications
contain requirements for chemical and mechanical properties, heat
treatment, manufacture, heat and product analyses, and methods of
testing. Part A and Part B specifications are designated by SA or SB
numbers, respectively, and are identical with or similar to those of
specifications published by ASTM and other recognized national or
international organizations. Part C specifications are designated by
SFA numbers and are derived from AWS specifications.

Related Standards:
ASME Pipes & Fitting Set: ASME B16 Standards on Wrought and
Forged Pipe Fittings and Flanges
ASME B36.10M: Welded and Seamless Wrought Steel Pipe
ASME B36.19M: Stainless Steel Pipe
ASME NQA-1: Quality Assurance Program Requirements for
Nuclear Facilities
ASME QAI-1: Qualifications for Authorized Inspection

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 manufacturers 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 (CCNUC). 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 editions cycle.
This responsiveness to requests illustrates the unique openness
and transparency of ASMEs code-development process-striving
to reflect best-practices of industry, while contributing to safety
for the generalpublic.
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
NuclearFacilities
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
The latest 2015 edition of the ASME BPVC marks the first revision in the new two-year revision cycle.
Certificate holders find it easier to comply with Code changes due to the elimination of the
Addenda and a reduction in the overall number of changes; also helping to accelerate adoption.
Errata, Interpretations, and Code Cases will continue to be updated regularly and published online
to online subscribers and in print to hardcopy purchases.

Reminder
2015 marks the
first revision since
the shift to a
two-year
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
of Power Boilers

Section III Rules for Construction of


Nuclear Facility Components

Key changes continue to recognize the interests of boilers


manufactured for use in steam locomotives, as well as electric
immersion heater elements, watertube boilers, configuring
a Section VIII fired pressure vessel with Section I boiler, and
recognition of solar radiation as a heat source. Notable changes to:

A new, mandatory appendix was added to establish requirements


for buried HDPE Class 3 piping, including material from various
Code Cases and to reflect the Section IX provisions for fusing
HDPE. Revisions to NB-3200 clarify the definition of local primary
membrane stress and local thin areas. In a longstanding effort to
update the piping seismic design criteria, changes have been made
to provide design by analysis rules for reversing dynamic loads.
NB-, NC- and ND- 3600 are being revised to improve stress
indices C2r, K2r and stress intensification factors (SIFs) for branch
connections with r/R 0.5.

Section I, Parts Fabrication Certificate Program


Addition of Part PFE - Requirements for Feedwater Economizers
Section I, Part PL Requirements for Locomotive Boilers
Section I, Alternate Rules in Section I for the Design of Electric
Immersion Heater Element Support Plates
PWT-12, Construction of Box Headers and Waterlegs
Preamble, Section I, Addition of Solar Heated Steam Generator

Additionally, extensive updates were made to Appendix W to add


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
number of otherconditions.

Section II Materials
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
more than 10 nonferrous specifications were adopted or revised
in Section II, Part B. Other key changes concentrated on Part D;
revisions to Appendix 5 including:

Section IV - Rules for Construction of


Heating Boilers
Current provisions require all part fabricators to obtain separate
ASME Certificates of Authorization under each section of the code;
changes propose a program to permit organizations that fabricate
parts, but do not perform or take design responsibility to also
obtain ASME certifications. The new certificate program will also
recognize authorization to fabricate parts for multiple
Code Sections.

The duration of creep tests for an alloy designed to operate in


the time dependent regime has been extended; and at least one
test from each heat lasting at least 10,000 hours is now required
for an alloy to be approved for a Code Case.
For advanced alloys with metastable structures, creep test data
lasting more than 30,000 hours is required to be made available
to the committee.
Alloy producers are required to provide a comprehensive
description of the metallurgical characteristics of the alloy.
Data requirements for filler metals and weldments have been
made more explicit with respect to high-temperature data in
complement to the base metal requirements.

New revisions for H Certificate Holders allow transfer of parts


between manufacturing locations and reflect consistent wording
to that already contained in Section I and VIII. Additionally for
H Certificate Holders, etching would be an acceptable form for
marking a boiler within the scope of Section IV. New revisions make
safety valve sizing consistent with the requirements in Section I.
And Mandatory Appendix 2 was revised to reflect the latest ASME,
ASTM and DIN referencedstandards.

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Section V Nondestructive Examination


Reflecting new technologies, one new article addresses the use of
acoustic pulse reflectometry (APR) to detect blockage, corrosion
or other problems located on the internal surface of a tube and the
other article addresses the use of guided wave ultrasonic testing
(GWUT). A new Mandatory Appendix was added to describe the
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
related to Nondestructive Examination (NDE) have been adopted or
revised within this Section.

Section VIII Rules for Construction of


Pressure Vessels
In Division 1, notable changes include incorporating Code Case 2560
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
(AI) with regards to review of calculations.
In Division 2, a new clause was added with regards to corrosion
fatigue that now provides guidance consistent with other
international pressure vessel codes such as EN 13445 and PD5500. In addition, Code Case 2804 was incorporated to correct the
calculation for forming strains in one piece heads.

Section X Fiber-Reinforced Plastic


Pressure Vessels
The most important change in Section X is the adoption of Code
Case 2820 which allows the use of oil and gas industry drilling fluids,
or other general fluids, as the operating fluid in composite pressure
vessels covered under this section.

Section XI Rules for Inservice of


Nuclear Power Plant Components
Nonmandatory Appendix D was completely rewritten and is now
titled Conditioning of Welds that Require Ultrasonic Examination.
Nonmandatory Appendix A, Article A-3000 was also completely
rewritten. Additional revisions clarify that Analytical Evaluation
shall not be used to evaluate leakage and update the equations for
calculating fracture toughness determination.

Section XII Rules for Construction and


Continued Service of Transport Tanks
Several paragraphs are being revised to make them consistent
with the requirements for pressure relief devices in Section VIII.
Additional revisions help clarify definition of Material Test Report
and Dynamic Load Condition.

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 thesestandards.

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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,
and when will the new revisions take effect or
become mandatory?
Code revisions may be used beginning with the date of
issuance shown in the 2015 Edition. The revisions become
mandatory six months after the date of issuance.
2. What are end user responsibilities with regard to the
Code revisions?
The revisions become mandatory six months after the date
of issuance. All ASME Certificate Holders must revise their
written QA manuals to reflect the new revisions published
in the 2015 Edition.
3. Will ASME continue to publish Code Cases,
Interpretations, and Errata?
ASME will continue to update Code Cases, Interpretations,
and Errata between new releases of the Code:
a. Code Case Supplements specifically document
approved actions by the BPVC Committees on new
materials or alternative constructions, and are issued
four times a year. Intended use is to allow early and
urgent implementation of any revised requirements.
b. Interpretations, responses to requests to clarify the
application of an existing requirement will be published
in the 2015 BPVC. Following publication of the 2015
Edition, interpretations will not be included in the edition;
they will be issued in real time in ASMEs Interpretations
Database at http://go.asme.org/Interpretations. This
webpage also has several search tools allowing a user to
view relevant historical BPVC interpretations issued in the
past 30+ years.
c. Errata, or approved editorial corrections to the standard,
will be periodically posted on the ASME website
and are accessible via the Standards Development
Committeewebpages.
4. How will errors in any of the text/tables, etc. be
addressed if there are no agenda between revisions?
Errors such as incorrectly published items or typographical
or grammatical errors will be corrected as they are made
known to the Committee. Once the Committee has veried
the errors they will be corrected by errata and made
available to the public.

Information regarding errata is published on the ASME Web


site under the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Resources
Page at: https://www.asme.org/about-asme/who-we-are/
standards/bpvc-resources.
5. Will the move to the two-year revision cycle
affectaccreditation?
There will be no effect on accreditation or certication;
however, Certicate Holders must still revise their written
QA manuals to reect 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
until the next Code Cases Supplement?
Code Cases may be used when they are approved by ASME.
In order to obtain an approved Code Case before publication
in a Supplement, please contact the ASME technical staff
with the appropriate Code Case number or record number.
7. How can questions about the Code be submitted to the
various Committees?
In the front matter of every Code book is a section on
SUBMITTAL OF TECHNICAL INQUIRIES TO THE BOILER AND
PRESSURE VESSEL COMMITTEE. Please follow this guidance
to avoid any delays in consideration. Inquiries for any Section
of the Code can be submitted via the following website
http://cstools.asme.org/Interpretation/
InterpretationForm.cfm. ASME accepts responsibility for
only those interpretations issued in accordance with the
established ASME procedures and policies, which precludes
the issuance of interpretations by individuals.
8. In what states has the Boiler Code been adopted?
ASME is only responsible for preparing the requirements
in the Code, and does not enforce these requirements
from a legal standpoint. Enforcement of the Code is the
responsibility of the jurisdictions that adopt the various
Sections as part of their pressure equipment regulations.
The National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors
(NBBI) publishes the National Board Synopsis (NB-370),
which contains a brief outline of the laws for the jurisdictions
in the US and Canada as well as contact information for the
respective Chief Inspectors in those jurisdictions.

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9. Where can I nd a list of qualied inspectors?


Third-party inspection is required for objects bearing the
ASME Certification Mark. Please review the requirements
of various Sections of the Code to determine the extent of
the inspections and the duties of the Authorized Inspector.
An unofficial list of Organizations Holding Authorized
Inspection Agency Certificates of Accreditation is
available on the ASME website.

12. Are there training or professional development courses


available on how to use and apply BPVC, the applicable
revisions and related standards?
ASME has developed more than 60 Code-related and
standards related training courses and course completions
can be applied to professional development hours (PDHs).
View the complete list of ASME training, development and
code courses available on the IHS website.

10. How does a manufacturer become accredited to use the


ASME Certification Mark?

13. How can I get involved in future development of the


ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code?

Beginning January 1, 2014, ASME moved to a single


certification mark with a certification designator to certify
that a companys products, services and quality systems
comply with the BPVC. The certification program is designed
to enhance public safety and facilitate international
commerce. Please follow the application process,
completing the required forms, on the ASME Website for
Certification and Accreditation Programs.

Volunteering is the life-blood of the BPVC and participants


not only help to improve the Code, but also benefit from
early awareness, professional benchmarking and peer-topeer networking in a consensus environment. The BPVC
Committee meets in person four times per year during
the ASME Boiler Code Weeks. It is during these code
weeks that the Committee considers consider requests
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
mark includes a small certification designator. Otherwise, all
types of equipment will receive the same stamp. The single
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.

The many different ASME BPVC certification marks have been


replaced by a single certification mark that is used in conjunction
with a certification designator.

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

E Electric Boilers

HLW Lined Potable Water Heaters

U2 Pressure Vessels (Alternative


Rules for Pressure Vessels)

M Miniature Boilers

HV Heating Boiler Safety Valves

UD Pressure Vessel Pressure


Relief Devices

PP Power Piping

UM Miniature Pressure Vessels

S Power Boilers

UV Pressure Vessel Pressure


Vessel Relief Valves

V Boiler Pressure 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


systems, storage tanks, core support
structures, concrete containments,
and transport packaging

UV3 High Pressure Vessel


Pressure Relief Valves

TD Transport Tanks Pressure


Relief Devices
TV Transport Tanks Pressure
Relief Valves

NA - Field installation and shop


assembly of all items
NPT - Parts, appurtenances, welded
tubular products, and piping
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NS - Supports
NV - Pressure relief valves
N3 - Transportation containments
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Regional Boiler & Pressure
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PTB-5-2013 Section VIII Division 3 Example


Problem Manual
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PTB-6-2013 Guidelines for Strain Gaging
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PTB-7-2014 Guidelines for Shell-and-Tube
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Pressure Technology Book Publications
PTB-1-2014 ASME Section VIII Division 2
Criteria and Commentary
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PTB-2-2009 Guide to Life Cycle
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EquipmentIntegrity
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Problem Manual
Authors: James C. Sowinsky, P.E., David A.
Osage, P.E. Robert G. Brown, P.E.
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Problem Manual
Authors: James C. Sowinsky, P.E., David A.
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