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Companion Guide to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Volume 3, Third Edition

K. R. Rao
K. R. Rao
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Carlos Cueto-Felgueroso discusses, in Chapter 63, pressure equipment regulations, codes, and standards in Spain, in the nonnuclear industry as well as in the nuclear field. In both cases, emphasis is placed on periodic inspections and testing. The basic Spanish regulation on pressurized equipment in the nonnuclear industry may be found in the Regulation on Pressurized Apparatus, published by the Ministry of Industry and Energy in 1979. The regulation consists of a set of general standards and leaves the specifics to a set of Complementary Technical Instructions. After Spain joined the European Community in 1986, a process of modification of the Pressure Equipment Regulation began, with a view to bring it in line with those of the other Member States to facilitate the trade of goods and services within the European Union.

Carlos Cueto-Felgueroso discusses the implications in the process of European harmonization and the Pressure Equipment Directives issued by the European Parliament and Council that became obligatory, regarding the design, manufacture, testing, and conformity assessment of pressure equipment and assemblies of pressure equipment. In the nuclear field, in the absence of a national regulation, the codes and standards of the countries of origin of the design of each reactor are applied. The Spanish nuclear fleet is currently made up of seven pressurized water reactors (PWR) and boiling water reactors (BWR) of U.S. design and one German designed PWR.

Carlos Cueto-Felgueroso's association with ASME Code Committees is reflected in his discussions pertaining to the several Sections of the ASME B&PV Code. He mentions the application of Section III of the ASME Code in the design and construction of the Spanish nuclear power plants, except in the case of the German designed PWR, for which the KTA rules were used. He indicates that on the other hand, the rules of Section XI of the ASME Code are applied to all the plants for In-Service Inspection (ISI).

The author discusses Spanish Regulation in the Nonnuclear Industry that pertains to Design and Construction, including design, fabrication, and conformity assessment of pressure equipment that is currently regulated in Spain according to PED. The main provisions of the PED are summarized with reference to Spain. He discusses the basic requirements regarding the inspection and testing, including regulation on Pressurised Apparatus and its Complementary Technical Instructions, with particular reference to boilers, economizers, water preheaters, steam reheaters and piping for fluids. The author shows his expertise relating to oil refineries and petrochemical plants. He discusses regulations ASME_FM_Vol_I_pi-lxxxii.qxd 5/19/09 3:11 PM Page lxx covering cryogenic tanks and thermal power generation plants using solid, liquid or gaseous fossil fuels. The presentation includes inspection and testing requirements for fossil fuel power generation plants, and oil refineries and petrochemical plants.

Carlos Cueto-Felgueroso's familiarity with ASME Codes and Standards, Section XI is evident from a detailed discussion about Nuclear Industry as it relates to Qualification of NDT for ISI and accounts the U.S. developments regarding Risk-Informed ISI. The author mentions the role of the Nuclear Regulator (CSN) and UNESA (Spanish Utilities Group) and an increasing interest in possible optimization of the ISI programs. There is also a discussion of the international Programme for the Inspection of Steel Components (PISC). In addition, a description of the Spanish NDE Qualification Methodology is described with a mention of the objectives, scope, principles of qualification, functions, and responsibilities of the parties.

The chapter has several tables, graphics and references, including ASME Code Cases, US NUREGs, NRC and PED publications used in the chapter.

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