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The Code: An Authorized History of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code

Wilbur Cross
Wilbur Cross
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In recognition by its very nature, the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code has always relied on committees and other groups, rather than on single individuals, to create, organize, and distribute codes and standards and administer the many functions relating to them. Any acknowledgment of contributions has to recognize this fact and pay tribute to the unnamed thousands of people who have developed the Code during its 75-year history, and, going back earlier, to those numerous pioneers who sensed a need in the first place and were instrumental in setting procedures in motion that would eventually lead to success.

To that end, this book is dedicated to those people who have made such a history possible, from the participants who undertook the initial spade work in the years 1911 through 1914, to the committee responsible for the publication of the first Code in 1914 and all those that succeeded it in the years that followed to the present day. It is to their common qualities of foresight, determination, dedication, and objectivity that the Code was able not only to become a reality, but to take its rightful place as one of the great triumphs in the field of mechanical engineering.

One of the constant challenges in writing the Code was — and is to this day — the need to anticipate technological innovations, revolutions, and trends far enough in advance so that the rules and specifications would be applicable at the time the changes were taking place and not after a considerable time lag for adjustments. This book serves as recognition of the engineers and other professionals whose talents and sound judgments have made the Code what it is and established those qualities for which it stands.

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