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Online Companion Guide to the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Codes

Criteria and Commentary on Select Aspects of the Boiler & Pressure Vessel and Piping Codes


eISBN: 9780791861981

Publication Date: January 2020, annually updated
Founding Editor (2001-2018): K.R. Rao, PhD, PE


This new, online, eBook edition of the Companion Guide to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes is available only by subscription and will provide continuously updated chapters as available for the latest release of the ASME BPV Standard. Up to 20 updated chapters (out of 40 total chapters) are expected each year, which will be available to online subscribers only. Printed hardcopies of the Companion Guide, Six Edition, Volumes 1 and 2, published in 2023, are available for purchase on Please read the Introduction below for more information on updated chapters.

Table of Contents



Foreword on Organization and Operation of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Committees
Thomas P. Pastor, Ralph Hill III, Richard (Rick) Swayne and and Gerald Eisenberg

Chapter 1  Introduction to Power Boilers
Ed Ortman and Jay Vattappilly

Chapter 2  Section VII—Recommended Guidelines for the Care of Power Boilers
Barrie Mollitor and William L. Lowry

Chapter 3  Part 2, Section II—Materials and Specifications
Elmar Upitis, Richard A. Moen, Marvin L. Carpenter, William Newell Jr., John F. Grubb, Richard C. Sutherlin, Jeffrey Henry and Anne Chaudouet

Chapter 4  A Commentary for Understanding and Applying the Principles of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code
Roger F. Reedy

Chapter 5  Subsection NCA—General Requirements for Division 1 and Division 2
Jason Lambin and Richard W. Swayne

Chapter 6  Subsection NB—Class I Components
Chakrapani Basavaraju and Jason Lambin

Chapter 7  Section III: Subsections NC and ND— Class 2 and 3 Components
Chakrapani Basavaraju and Jason Lambin

Chapter 8  Subsection NB, NC, ND-3600 Piping
Mark A. Gray and Jack R. Cole

Chapter 9  Subsection NE—Class MC Components
Roger F. Reedy

Chapter 10  Subsection NF—Supports
R. Peter Deubler and Uma S. Bandyopadhyay

Chapter 11  Subsection NG—Core Support Structures
David Keck

Chapter 12  Nonmetallic Pressure Piping System Components
C. Wesley Rowley and Thomas M. Musto

Chapter 13  Nuclear Pumps
Ross R. Klein and John V. Gregg, Jr.

Chapter 14  Nuclear Valves
Guy A. Jolly

Chapter 15  Code for Concrete Containments
Arthur C. Eberhardt, Christopher A. Jones, Clayton T. Smith and Ola Jovall

Chapter 16  Containments for Transportation and Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Material and Waste
D. Keith Morton, D. Wayne Lewis and Garrick J. Solovey

Chapter 17  Division 5—High Temperature Reactors
Robert I. Jetter and D. Keith Morton

Chapter 18  ASME Section IV: Rules for the Construction of Heating Boilers
Clayton T. Smith

Chapter 19  ASME Section VI: Recommended Rules for the Care and Operation of Heating Boilers
Clayton T. Smith

Chapter 20  Nondestructive Examination (NDE)
Jon E. Batey and G. Wayne Hembree

Chapter 21  Section VIII—Division I: Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels
Steven C. Roberts

Chapter 22  Section VIII: Division 2–Alternative Rules
David A. Osage, Clay D. Rodery, Thomas P. Pastor, Robert G. Brown, Philip A. Henry, and James C. Sowinski

Chapter 23  Section VIII, Division 3—Alternative Rules for Construction of High-Pressure Vessels
V. J. Robert Sims, Jr. and and S. Michael Cooch

Chapter 24  Safety of Personnel Using QuickActuating Closures on Pressure Vessels and Associated Litigation Issues
Roger F. Reedy

Chapter 25  Welding, Brazing and Fusing Qualifications
John P. Swezy, Jr. and Joel G. Feldstein

Chapter 26  Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Pressure Vessels and ASME RTP-1–Reinforced Thermoset Plastic Corrosion-Resistance Equipment
Bernard F. Shelley and Juan L. Bustillo

Chapter 27  Overview of Section XI Stipulations
Gary Park and Douglas Scarth

Chapter 28  Repair/Replacement Activities for Nuclear Power Plant Items
Richard W. Swayne

Chapter 29  Section XI: Rules for Inservice Inspection and Tests of Nuclear Power Plant Components
Richard W. Swayne

Chapter 30  Section XI Flaw Acceptance Criteria and Evaluation Using Code Procedures
Russell C. Cipolla

Chapter 31  IWE and IWL
Mark J. Ferlisi, Scott Walden and Jim Staffiera

Chapter 32 Fatigue Crack Growth, Fatigue, and Stress Corrosion Crack Growth: Section XI Evaluation Warren
H. Bamford

Chapter 33  Applications of Elastic-Plastic Fracture Mechanics in Section XI, ASME Code Evaluations
Hardayal S. Mehta

Chapter 34  Description of Rules of Section XII Transport Tank Code
Mahendra D. Rana, Stanley Staniszewski and Kang Xu

Chapter 35  ASME Piping Code: B31.1, Power Piping
Jimmy E. Meyer, Kristi A. Vilminot and Joe Frey

Chapter 36  ASME Piping Codes: B31.3 Process, B31.5 Refrigeration, B31.9 Building Services and ASME Standards for Piping: B31E Seismic Design, B31J Stress I-Factors, B31T Toughness Requirements
Jimmy E. Meyer and Kristi A. Vilminot

Chapter 37  Transportation Pipelines, Including ASME B31.4, B31.8, B31.8S, B31G, and B31Q Codes
Michael J. Rosenfeld

Chapter 38  Hydrogen Piping and Pipe Lines
Louis E. Hayden and Jimmy E. Meyer

Chapter 39  ASME Section III Division 4 Fusion Energy Devices Code Rules
William K. Sowder

Chapter 40  History, Philosophy, & Background of Section III, & Development of ASME Code Rules for Nuclear Vessels 
Roger F. Reedy

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