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Applying the ASME Codes: Plant Piping & Pressure Vessels (Mister Mech Mentor, Vol. 2)

James A. Wingate
James A. Wingate
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“Pipe stress” is sort of a discipline of its own. It is traditionally done by a small group of experts who tend to themselves. This is bad, because “pipe stress” interfaces with many key issues of design and safety. While certainly not everyone needs to develop proficiency in actually doing pipe stress analysis, or to gain a working familiarity with the various governing Codes, such as the ASME B31-series of Pressure Piping Codes, the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code Sections, the various API Codes or even the civil engineering waterworks standards, it is a good idea for all mechanical engineers to have a “feel” for what happens in typical piping, stress-wise. For those who choose to work in mechanical contractor companies, design-consulting engineering offices, A∕E firms, power generation corporations, or any process-type of industry worldwide, it is especially important to not be totally unfamiliar with the subject. One should know enough about the subject to recognize a potential pipe stress problem with some level of confidence, and hence when to seek expert guidance in its regard.

In creating this book, I thought about this issue and how best to handle it. My goal is to convey appreciation for the subject on the technical level of an average workaday mechanical engineer, without undertaking the deep, specialized and lengthy process of trying to proffer expertise in the actual business of pipe stress analysis. Indeed, if one wishes that capability, a great deal of training, practice, and experience are necessary and simply cannot be avoided; and that is beyond the limited scope of this book of guidance for novitiates in mechanical engineering.

Then it dawned on me that in the beginning of my own career, all I had for a basis of understanding in any piping subject was the usual collection of undergraduate courses in engineering mechanics.

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