23. Section VIII, Division 3— Alternative Rules for Construction of High-Pressure Vessels
Mr. Sims is an Eminent Fellow with Becht Engineering Co., Inc. He is a recognized authority in risk-based technologies, high pressure equipment, mechanical integrity evaluation of existing equipment and Fitness-For-Service analysis. Mr. Sims is an ASME Past President and a past member of the ASME Board of Governors. Also, he is past chairman and a current member of the ASME Subgroup on High Pressure vessels
Mr. Cooch is a Senior Engineering Advisor with Becht Engineering Co., Inc. He has over twenty years of experience in mechanical integrity, design, and Fitness-for-Service analysis of pressure equipment for the petroleum refining, chemical manufacturing, and fossil power industries.
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This chapter provides a commentary on the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section VIII, Division 3, 2019 Edition. It is intended to be used as a companion to Division 3 by Manufacturers and Users of high-pressure vessels, and will also provide guidance to Inspectors, materials suppliers, and others. The material is generally presented in the same order in which it appears in the Code. Comments are not given about each paragraph, but paragraph numbers are referenced as appropriate. The comments apply to the 2019 Edition.
The original author of this chapter was J. Robert Sims Jr. who updated the chapter for the second, third and fourth editions and was joined by Charles Becht V for the fifth edition. For this revision, Mr. Sims has been joined by S. Michael Cooch.