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This chapter is about learning to become familiar with the layout and contents of API 510. It forms a vital preliminary stage that will ultimately help you understand not only the content of API 510 but also its cross-references to the other relevant API and ASME codes.
API 510 is divided into nine sections (sections 1 to 9), five appendices (appendices A to E), one figure and two tables. Even when taken together, these are not sufficient to specify fully a methodology for the inspection, repair and re-rating of pressure vessels. To accomplish this, further information and guidance has to be drawn from other codes.
So that we can start to build up your familiarity with API 510, we are going to look at some of the definitions that form its basis. We can start to identify these by looking at the API 510 contents/index page.