by David A. Osage, P.E., ASME Fellow / Jan 01, 2004

An overview of the development efforts to produce a new world-class ASME pressure vessel design code is discussed in this paper. The development of this new code will take into consideration the latest developments in materials, design, fabrication, and inspection technologies. In addition, a major goal in the development of this new code is to optimize the design code rules to balance technology, user-friendliness, and jurisdictional acceptance. The new design code will be based on: the existing ASME Section VIII Division 1, Division 2, and Division 3 codes; existing ASME Pressure Vessel Code Cases; international codes; and information contained in technical papers including ASME publications and WRC bulletins. It is anticipated that the new design code will be organized along the lines of Section VIII, Division 2, and will also take into account some of the attributes of this code. A summary comparison between this code and the existing ASME Section VIII, Division 1and Division 2 codes is also provided.

Osage, D.A., Pastor, T.P., and Karcher, G. G., “An Overview on the Status and Developments of the New ASME Section VIII, Division 2 Pressure Vessel Code”, ESOPE Conference, Paris, France, 2004.

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