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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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Fatigue is one of the most frequent causes of failure in pressure vessels and piping components. Fatigue strength is sensitive to design details such as stress raisers, and to a myriad of material and fabrication factors, including welding imperfections. Fatigue is also sensitive to often unforeseen operating conditions such as flow induced vibrations, high cycle thermal mixing, thermal striations, and environmental effects. What is somewhat surprising is the large number of fatigue failures which are directly related to poorly chosen design and fabrication details. The ASME Code, and other International Codes and Standards have not been successful in preventing the use of design and fabrication details that are inappropriate for cyclic service. The ASME Code was one of the first Codes and Standards to treat design for fatigue life explicitly.

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