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ASME Code Calculations and Drawings

Pressure Vessel Engineering can provide matched sets of ASME code calculations and shop floor drawings. Code
calculations are done in Advanced Pressure Vessel and PVElite. We have an extensive library of design spreadsheets
that we can use on design details not covered by standard software. When required we can also run complete vessel
calculations in our spreadsheets.
Drawings can be provided in both AutoCAD and SolidWorks formats.
Have a look at under the ASME Calcs tab to see samples of our calculations and drawings.
Samples range from simple nozzle additions to complex heat exchangers and towers. This flyer shows the range of
design and drafting services we can supply.

Simple Alteration Sample

Sample #1 on our website (see under Sample
Jobs) is loosely based on an alteration job we did. It shows some of
the simplest pressure vessel calculations possible, the addition of a
nozzle to an existing vessel.
For this vessel alteration, National Board and ASME rules have
to be met. This means that the rules at the time of construction must
be met for the alteration. This alteration is calculated to the 1994
material allowable stress levels which are lower than currently
allowed. Depending upon the condition of the vessel and corrosion
allowance, field thickness testing might be required.
The sample shows three sets of calculations - done in Advanced
Pressure Vessel, PVElite and our in-house spreadsheets. For real
jobs we choose the most appropriate calculation method and produce
only one calculation set. The drawing is done in AutoCAD.

Horizontal Pressure Vessel

Sample #3 on our website is also loosely based on a real vessel.
This is a horizontal contact tank used to guarantee a contact time for
water and chlorine in a water treatment plant. The sample covers the
normal ASME code calculations for shells, heads and nozzles but
also look at the PVEng Calculations set to see in depth analysis of the
saddle stresses.
Zick analysis is commonly used to cover saddle support and shell
support loading. This 1951 design standard often underestimates
peak stresses found at the horns of the saddle. This vessel shows the
use of flexible saddles to reduce this peak stress. For small or thick
wall vessels, this is often not important. Large or thin wall vessels
can have horn stresses two or more times higher than predicted by the
Zick method. Careful use of flexible saddles can keep the stress in
the range of values predicted by Zick. (See under
the samples tab for further discussion of this and links to get more

ASME Code Calculations - Canadian Registration Number 519-880-9808

Finite Element Analysis - Solid Modeling and Drafting
ASME Code Calculations - Canadian Registration Number
Finite Element Analysis - Solid Modeling and Drafting

Heat Exchanger Mechanical Design Sample

The ASME UHX standard for tubesheet design is still
changing rapidly with each code release. Section UHX is
mandatory and has replaced the older TEMA design
methods for tubesheet design. As with TEMA, up to seven
design cases need to be run to find the peak pressure and
temperature stresses.
The UHX method goes beyond the TEMA methods
and also considers the effect of tubesheet rotation on the
attached exchanger shell. This rotation creates a bending
stress at the junction to the shell. To keep these stresses in
the allowable range, we find that some existing designs
need thicker tubesheets or heavier shell walls adjacent to
the tubesheet than TEMA would have required.
See Sample 24 on our website for a FEA analysis and
discussion of this effect. See Sample 11 for a heat
exchanger drawing and calculation set.

More Samples of Drafting and Code Calculations Found at

Sample #7 - a pressure Sample #13 - a tower Sample #2 - our most popular - a

vessel modeled and complete with wind and common ASME U stamp audit vessel
drawn in SolidWorks. seismic calculations. which we can customize.

Sample #12 - a B31.3 piping Sample #4 - a filtration vessel Sample #6 - an introduction to the
code calculation and drawing with seismic calculations. Finite Element process which we use
for Canadian CRN registration. when code rules do not exist.

Contact Us
Pressure Vessel Engineering Ltd. Phone: 519-880-9808
120 Randall Drive, Suite B Fax: 519 - 880-9810
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
N2V 1C6