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Online Companion Guide to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes: Criteria and Commentary on Select Aspects of the Boiler & Pressure Vessel Codes

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The ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code is one of a series of piping codes which cover piping for various industries. This chapter covers the ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code as well as some of the other books in the B31 series: In PART A: B31.3–2014 Process Piping; In PART B: B31.5–2013 Refrigeration Piping and Heat Transfer Components; In PART C: B31.9–2014 Building Services Piping; In PART D: B31E–2008 Standard for the Seismic Design and Retrofit of Above-Ground Piping Systems; In PART E: B31J–2013 Standard Test Methods for Determining Stress Intensification Factors (i-Factors) for Metallic Piping Components; and In PART F: B31T–2010 Standard Toughness Requirements for Piping. After the Introduction, each Code is organized as follows: Scope and Definitions; Design; Materials; Standards for Piping Components; Fabrication, Assembly, and Erection; and Inspection, Examination, and Testing. In addition to dealing with Process Piping Code, Part A gives insight into how the other documents are related and used to supplement the requirements in ASME B31.3. A number of simplified approaches are provided to help the reader understand the general principles associated with the requirements of the Code(s).


Charles Becht IV was the author of "Chapter 17" titled B31.1 Process Piping for the original, second and third editions. Chapter 17 of the third edition was revised in its entirety and renumbered as chapter 36 in the fourth edition. The fourth edition was updated by Jimmy E. Meyer who enlarged the scope of the chapter to include additional ASME B31 Codes and Standards. Jimmy E. Meyer and Kristi A. Vilmont updated this chapter for the current online edition.

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