Over the course of the past 20 years, methods have been developed for assessing the probability and root cause of bolted joint leakage based on sound engineering assessment techniques. Those methods were incorporated, in part, into ASME PCC-1-2010 Appendix O [7] and provide the only published standard method for establishing bolted joint assembly bolt load. As detailed in previous papers, the method can also be used for troubleshooting joint leakage. This paper addresses a series of actual joint leakage cases, outlines the analysis performed to determine root cause of failure and the actions taken to successfully eliminate future incidents of failure (lessons learned).

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