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Worldwide Regulation for boiler and pressure vessel approval

Pressure Equipment Directive: Overview States 
ASME Code
ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code
ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code

ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code

The ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code is currently the leading standard for pressure equipment and components worldwide.

Components manufactured in line with the ASME Code are recognised in the USA and Canada and in another 90 or so countries. ASME certification thus enables manufacturers to market their products worldwide and opens the door to customers conducting international operations. Products are identified by applying the ASME stamp to the manufacturer‘s plate. The ASME stamp confirms that products comply with the ASME Code and thus with the required safety standards.
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ASME content

ASME Code are rules for the design, manufacturing and testing of pressurized components such as pressure vessels, steam boilers, safety valves and pipelines. These codes are valid in North America and a number of other countries.

The ASME Code consists of the following volumes:

Design is governed by the following volumes:

Section I
Power Boilers

Section III
Nuclear Components

Section IV
Heating Boilers

Section VIII, Div. 1, 2 und 3
Pressure Vessels

Section X
Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic Vessels


The above-mentioned codes point to the following codes:

Section II
Material

Section V
Nondestructive Examination

Section IX
Welding Qualification

Section XI
Rules for Inservice Inspection of Nuclear Power Plant Components


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Scope
Scope

Scope of application

Section I

  • Power steam boilers with an operating pressure of > 15 psi (1.03 bar)
  • Power hot-water boilers with an operating pressure of > 160 psi (11.03 bar) and/or a temperature of > 250 °F (121 °C)

Section IV

  • Power steam boilers with an operating pressure of <=15 psi (1.03 bar)
  • Power hot-water boilers with an operating pressure of <=160 psi (11,03 bar) and/or a temperature of <=250 °F (121 °C)

Section VIII, Div. 1

  • Internal/external pressure: 15 psi (1.03 bar) to 3000 psi (206.85 bar)
  • Inside diameter or diagonal > 6 in (152 mm)
  • not included are amongst others
    • pressurized water-filled pressure vessels (p <= 300 psi (20,7 bar) or design temperature <= 210 °F (99 °C))
    • indirectly heated pressure vessels (heating capacity <= 200.000 Btu/h, water temperature <= 210 °F, water contents <= 120 gallons)
    • vessels with an inside diameter or diagonal of <= 6 in regardless of vessel length or pressure

Section X

The vessels are assigned to different classes and, depending on the test and manufacturing method various maximum operating pressures and temperatures apply.

These vessels are not suitable for storing toxic substances.

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Process of Certification
Process of Certification

Step by Step to ASME approval

1st step

Application for approval to use the code stamp. Submit an application for accreditation to the "ASME-Boiler and Pressure Vessel Committee, Three Park Avenue, New York, N.Y 10016", Phone 001 212 591 8581, Fax 001 212 591 8599. The application must state which stamp is going to be used and which product is to be manufactured (sample).

2nd step

An inspection agreement must be concluded with an authorized inspection organization (e.g. Arise Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, Grand Bay, 7000 South Edgerton Road, Suite 100, Brecksville, Ohio 44141-3172). This does not apply to applicants for H (cast-iron heating boilers), HV, UD, UV, UV3 and V stamps.

3rd step

The completed accreditation contract must be returned to ASME. A certificate fee $ 940 for H/UM, otherwise $ 2820, a fee for the stamp $ 280 and a deposit for the conduct of the review ($ 10.000) must be transferred.

4th step

Audit preparation:

  • Preparation of a quality manual in line with the relevant ASME Code (in English)
  • Drawings and pertinent calculations
  • Implementation of welder qualification tests
  • Implementation of welding process tests
  • Documentation of non-destructive testing
  • Test-personnel qualification
  • Process instructions
  • Documentation of measurement equipment calibration
  • Preparation of manufacturing and test-sequence plan
  • Purchase ASME standards, if not yet available
  • Manufacture demonstration product

5th step

Audit (Joint Review)

  • Participants:
    • one ASME representative
    • supervisor and inspector of the selected inspection organization
  • Contents:
    • Quality Manual review
    • Quality Manual implementation
    • Tests conducted on a demonstration product

6th step

Issue of certificate and award of stamp to manufacturer by ASME.

The certificates are valid for

S

3 years

E

3 years

M

3 years

A

3 years

V

3 years

PP

3 years

U, U2, U3

3 years

UV, UV3

3 years

UM

1 year

UD

3 years

H

3 years

H (Cast Irons)

1 year

HLW
3 years
HV
3 years
RP
3 years

fter expiry of the above periods, audits (as outlined above) must be conducted. For manufacturers with a UM stamp, the audits after the 1st and 2nd year of each 3-year period are only conducted by the inspection organization.

7th step (optional)

If vessels are to be registered with the National Board, an application for authorization must first be applied before at the National Board.

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