ASME’S BOILER AND PRESSURE VESSEL CODE (BPVC)
ASME issued its first Standard, Code for the Conduct of Trials of Steam Boilers, in 1884. This paper evolved into Rules for the Construction of Stationary Boilers and for Allowable Working Pressure – the first edition of ASME’s now-legendary Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC) – issued in 1914 and published in 1915. The BPVC has grown over the decades to include 31 books and 17,000 pages covering industrial and residential boilers as well as nuclear reactor components, transport tanks, and other forms of pressure vessels. It is kept current by nearly 1,000 volunteer technical experts – drawn from a balance of interests among industry, government, and R&D – who operate in a fully open and transparent manner via a consensus process. The resulting “living document” remains a worldwide model for assuring the safety, reliability and operational efficiency first envisioned by ASME’s founders more than a century ago.
BOILERS AND PRESSURE VESSELS
Since its first issuance in 1914, ASME’s BPVC has pioneered modern standards-development, maintaining a commitment to enhancing public safety and technological advancement to meet the needs of a changing world. This “International Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark” now has been incorporated into the laws of state and local jurisdictions of the United States and nine Canadian provinces. The BPVC is in use in 100 countries around the world, with translations into a number of languages. The boiler and pressure-vessel sections of the BPVC have long been considered essential within such industries as electric power generation, petrochemical, and transportation, among others.
ASME has played a vital role in supporting the nuclear industry since its inception, when ASME codes, standards, and conformity assessment programs, originally developed for fossil fuel-fired plants, were applied to nuclear powerplant construction. The nuclear sections of the BPVC reflect the best practices of the industry while contributing to more than a half-century of safety for the general public.
Universal Engineering Services(UES) has more than a decade experience in the pressure vessel design engineering for customers in UAE, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and many more countries all over the world. UES work to many ASME standards to design and validate pressure vessels, boiler, fittings and piping systems such as Pressure vessel design to ASME VIII-1 and VIII-2, Hot water heaters and boilers to ASME I and IV, Piping to B31.1, B31.3, B31.5 and others. We, as pressure vessel design consultants, witnessed thousands of vessels and fittings to multiple codes.
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