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Since 1914, the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC) establishes rules of safety governing the design, fabrication, and inspection of boilers and pressure vessels, and nuclear power plant components. It has been adopted, in whole or in part, by all 50 U.S. states, numerous American municipalities and territories, all Canadian provinces and in over 100 nations around the world.
With the release of the 2015 ASME BPVC, the Code begins a bi-annual cycle, a change made in response to requests from industry. The change to the two-year cycle will considerably enhance the ability of certificate-holders to comply with the Code, by eliminating Addenda and reducing the changes that will be required in manuals between updates. Errata, Interpretations and Code Cases will continue to be updated regularly, in between new releases of the Code.
The BPVC is kept current by a volunteer group of more than 1,000 technical experts that meet regularly to consider requests for interpretations, revisions and to develop new rules. In formulating its rules and establishing maximum design and operating pressures, the Committee considers the evidence of experience, as well as technological advances such as materials, construction, methods of fabrication, inspection, certification and overpressure protection.
II. Materials » [Expand +]
III. Rules for Construction of Nuclear Facility Components » [Expand +]
VIII. Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels » [Expand +]