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INTERPRETATIONS

NO. 41 - SECTION I
Replies to Technical Inquiries
January 1,1997 through June 30, 1997

FOREWORD

General Information
This publication includes all written interpretations issued between the indicated dates by the ASME
Staff on behalf of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Committee in response to inquiries concerning
interpretations of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. A contents is also included which lists
subjects specific to the interpretations covered in the individual volume. These interpretations are
not a part of the Addenda or the Code.
These interpretations are taken verbatim from the original letters, except for a few typographical
and editorial corrections made for the purpose of improved clarity. In some instances, a review of the
interpretation revealed a need for corrections of a technical nature. In these cases, a revised interpretation
is presented bearing the original Interpretation Number with the suffix R and the original file number
with an asterisk. Following these revised interpretations, new interpretations and revisions to them
issued during the indicated dates are assigned Interpretation Numbers in chronological order. Interpretations
applying to more than one Code Section appear with the interpretations for each affected Section.
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is available which the inquirer believes might affect the interpretation. Further, persons aggrieved by
an interpretation may appeal to the cognizant ASME committee or subcommittee. As stated in the
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interpretation or the Edition and Addenda stated in the interpretation. Subsequent revisions to the Code
may supersede the interpretation.
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Vessel Committee, refer to Appendix I.

Subject and Numerical Indexes
Subject and numerical indexes have been prepared to assist the user in locating interpretations by
subject matter or by location in the Code. They cover interpretations issued from Volume 12 up to
and including the present volume, and will be updated with each volume.

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. Use of Materials Not Listed in PG-9 for Standard Pressure Parts . I-95-36 BC96-455 PC&lOI. SECTION I Subject Interpretation File No.4. . .2. . .I. . . . . . . I-95-39 BC96-460 335 . . . . . . .2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-95-35 BC%-184 PC&27. . . . . . . . . PG-27. . . . . . . . .4 Note I. . .2. . . . . . . . . . I-95-38 BC96-459 PG68. . . . . . . . PG-27. . . . . Required Valve Relieving Capacity . Drums. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and Headers . Multiple Openings With Overlapping Reinforcement Limits . . . . . . .2.1. . . . . . . . . I-95-37 BC96-457 PG-42. . . . . . . . Piping. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heating Surface Computation . . . . . . and PG-38. . . . . . . . .

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using either a diameter or radius which has been adjusted by an amount equal to that part of C which is being applied to the outside diameter or inside radius. Required Valve Relieving Capacity Date Issued: January 20. Drums.2.184 Question: There appears to be a discrepancy between the two formulas in PG-27.2. If the equivalent of 2R+2t is substituted into the diameter based formula. which are presented in terms of either outside diameter (D) or inside radius (R). 1997 File: BC96. may the formulas of PG- 27. 1997 File: BC96-457 Question: When multiple openings are spaced at less than two times the distance defined in PG- 36.2 correct and consistent with each other? Reply: Direct your attention to the last sentence of the first paragraph of Note 3 in PG-27. PG-27. I-95-36. I-95-37 Interpretation: l-95-35 Subject: Section I.4. and PG-38. 1997 File: BC96-455 Question: In PG-68. and Headers Date Issued: January 20.2. Evaluating the formulas in PG-27. Interpretation: l-95-36 Subject: Section I. Are the formulas of PG-27. Interpretation: l-95-37 Subject: Section I.2.4.O? Reply: Yes.2.2 be applied with a value of E = l. PG-27.2.2.Interpretations No. 41 I-95-35. 337 .2.2. PG-68. Piping. so that their limits of compensation overlap and the designer chooses to compensate for the openings in accordance with the rules of PG-38 rather than PG-52.4. the radius based formula cannot be derived from the results. Multiple Openings With Overlapping Reinforcement Limits Date Issued: January 20.3.Section I . 1992 Edition Including 1994 Addenda.2 and PG-36.2. will result in correct and consistent values for maximum allowable working pressure. does the requirement for 15% of the required relieving capacity refer to the combined capacity of the valves located along the steam flow path between the reheater outlet and the first stop valve? Reply: Yes. PG-27.4 Note 1.

1 account for the actual extended surface exposed to heat? Reply: Yes. I-95-39 Section I . Heating Surface Computation Date Issued: January 20. Interpretation: l-85-39 Subject: Section I. PG-101. 41 Interpretation: l-95-38 Subject: Section I. 1997 File: BC96-460 Question: For firetube boilers with tubes having internal ribs providing extended heating surface. should the heating surface computation required by PG-101.I-9538. Use of Materials Not Listed in PG-9 for Standard Pressure Parts Date Issued: January 20. 1997 File: BC96-459 Question: Does PG-9 prohibit the use of ASTM materials for standard pressure parts which are permitted in PG-11 and which comply with the American National Standard products listed in PG-42? Reply: No. PG-42.1.1.1. except for materials specifically prohibited or beyond the use limitations of Section I. 338 .Interpretations No.

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