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Continuing and Changing Priorities of the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Codes and Standards

K.R. Rao
K.R. Rao
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This chapter provides an overview of the history of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel (B&PV) Code from its inception through its incorporation of nuclear components and up to the present. Applicable rules for certification and accreditation were developed in parallel with the growth of the Code. From earlier coverage of boilers and pressure vessels, the nuclear initiative required coverage for piping, pumps, valves, storage tanks, vessel internals, and both component and pipe supports.

1.1 Introduction
1.2 Historical Background
1.3 Nuclear Energy
1.4 Piping, Vessels, Pumps, and Valves in the 1950s
1.5 ASME Section III, Nuclear Vessels, in the 1960s
1.6 Piping, Pumps, and Valves in the 1960s
1.7 Certification for Nuclear Construction
1.8 Developments of the 1970s
1.9 The Registered Professional Engineer
1.10 Authorized Inspection
1.11 Quality Assurance
1.12 Inservice Inspection
1.13 Construction Code–Section XI Interfaces
1.14 Repairs and Replacements
1.15 Backfitting of New Code Requirements on Operating Plants
1.16 Careful Preparation of Work Plans
1.17 Code Reconciliation
1.18 Example A: Repair of Steam-Generator Feedwater-Nozzle Cracks at a Nuclear Plant in the 1970s
1.19 Example B: ENP-Support Material Requirements
1.20 Materials Procurement
1.21 Materials Documentation
1.22 Component Procurement for Replacements
1.23 Use of Specific Provisions of Later Editions and Addenda
1.24 Nuclear Certification Programs
1.25 Globalization
1.26 Future Developments in the ASME B & PV Code
1.27 Summary
1.28 References
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