Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code – 2010 Edition
Section I. Power Boilers
Section II. Materials
Section III. Rules for Construction of Nuclear Power Plant Components
Section IV. Heating Boilers
Section V. Nondestructive Examination
Section VI. Recommended Rules for the Care and Operation of Heating Boilers
Section VII. Recommended Guidelines for the Care of Power Boilers
Section VIII. Pressure Vessels – Division 1
Section IX. Welding and Brazing Qualifications
Section X. Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Pressure Vessels
Section XI. Rules for Inservice Inspection of Nuclear Power Plant Components
Section XII. Rules for the Construction & Continued Service of Transport Tanks
Code Cases: Boilers & Pressure Vessels
Code Cases: Nuclear Components
About the Code
The International Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code establishes rules of safety governing the design, fabrication, and inspection of boilers and pressure vessels, and nuclear power plant components during construction.
The objective of the rules is to provide a margin for deterioration in service. Advancements in design and material and the evidence of experience are constantly being added.
Serving the Public for almost 100 Years
Originating in 1914, the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code is now adopted in part or in its entirety, by all 50 states and numerous municipalities and territories of the United States and all the provinces of Canada.
Current and “LIVE”
The Code is kept current by the Boiler and Pressure Committee, a volunteer group of more than 950 engineers. The Committee meets regularly to consider requests for interpretations, revision, and to develop new rules.
In the formulation of its rules and in the establishment of maximum design and operating pressures, the Committee considers technological advances including materials, construction, methods of fabrication, inspection, certification, and overpressure protection.
Automatic 3-Year Update Service Addenda
Any Addenda published will be sent automatically to purchasers of the applicable Sections up to the publication of the 2013 Code.
Any page affected by the Addenda is reprinted totally. Changes are incorporated into the appropriate page and additional pages are provided for overflow material. Each affected area is identified with a designator corresponding to the Addenda issue date. The designators remain on the pages in subsequent Addenda, enabling the user to identify those areas affected by more than one Addenda.
Each Addenda includes a Summary of Changes that lists the pages being replaced or added, the material affected by the Addenda, and the nature of the change.
Attention: All Sections, Addenda, Interpretations, and Supplements are issued in loose-leaf format.
ASME issues written replies to inquiries concerning interpretation of technical aspects of the Code. The Interpretations for each individual Section will be published separately and will be included with the update service to that Section; up to the publication of the 2013 Code. Interpretations of Section III, Divisions 1 and 2 will be included with the update service to Subsection NCA. Interpretations are not part of the Code or Addenda.
Code Case Supplements
Code Cases clarify the intent of existing requirements or provide, when the need is urgent, rules for materials or constructions not covered by existing Code rules. Cases will appear in the applicable Code Cases book: “(1)” Boilers and Pressure Vessels or “(2)” Nuclear Components. Supplements will be sent automatically four times per year to the purchasers of the Code Cases books up to the publication of the 2013 Code.