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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

Publisher:
ASME Press
Publication date:
2020

Abstract

This chapter describes the bases and provisions of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code for Concrete Containments. It describes the concrete containment general environment, types of existing containments, future containment configurations, and background development including the regulatory bases of concrete containment construction code requirements. The chapter addresses reinforced-concrete containment behavior under internal pressure and temperatures of up to about 100°C. The discussion presented includes a comparison between prestressed and deformed-bar concrete reinforcements, the effects of elevated temperature on concrete, and the effect of radial and tangential shear in containment shells. It explains the analysis, design, and testing of concrete containment structures and provides information on the organization of the Concrete Containment Design Code contained in the Code Section III, Division 2, Subsection CC. The chapter summarizes the following requirements for concrete containments: general and specific construction or placement requirements for concrete, including the fabrication and placing requirements for steel reinforcement systems and the fabrication and welding requirements for liners; requirements for nondestructive examinations, procedure qualifications and evaluations; requirements for qualification and certification of nondestructive personnel; and general requirements for containment structural integrity test. The major areas to be considered in the future revisions of the Code are also highlighted in this chapter.on and certification of nondestructive personnel; and general requirements for containment structural integrity test. The major areas to be considered in the future revisions of the Code are also highlighted in this chapter.

History

John D. Stevenson was the original author of this chapter and updated it for the second edition. The third edition was updated by Joseph F. Artuso, Hansraj Ashar and Barry Scott. The fourth edition was updated by Arthur Eberhardt, Michael Hessheimer, Ola Jovall and Clayton Smith. The fifth edition was updated by Arthur C. Eberhardt, Clayton T. Smith, Ola Jovall and Christopher A. Jones. The current online edition was updated by Arthur C. Eberhardt and Christopher A. Jones.

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