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Since 1914, the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC) establishes rules of safety - relating only to pressure integrity - governing the design, fabrication, and inspection of boilers and pressure vessels, and nuclear power plant components during construction. 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.
For 2017, the Code follows a new designation format as outlined below. The information contained previously in Subsection NH, Class 1 Components in Elevated Temperature Service has been moved to Section 3, Division 5.
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.
CSA Group develops and maintains related codes for pressure vessels, boilers and pressure piping and also offers training to help users understand and apply the critical elements of these documents.
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III. Rules for Construction of Nuclear Facility Components » [Expand +]
VIII. Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels » [Expand +]
The 2017 BPVC covers requirements for:
- Power boilers & heating boilers
- Pressure vessels
- Construction of nuclear facility components
- Fiber-reinforced plastic pressure vessels
- Rules of inservice inspection of nuclear power plant components