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ASME Code Clarification Report

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My involvement with tank and pressure vessel design began in 1967 after graduation from college. With my first vocational endeavor, I became immediately aware that a formal engineering education, while providing an ample theoretical background, did not prepare me for many of the important practical aspects of mechanical design. Even today, very few, if indeed any, institutions of higher learning offer courses whose goal is the comprehensive coverage of national consensus documents such as the American Petroleum Institute (API) Standards and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Code. When recently conducting research of the ASME Code interpretations, I was taken by the high percentage of requests from ASME Code officials and users of the ASME Code for clarifying explanations that dealt with pressure vessel openings. It occurred to me that the creation of a book specifically dealing with this subject might hopefully provide utility. Having previously authored an on-line continuing education course that was limited to pressure vessel openings…show more content…
The material presented here is based on my understanding and personal interpretation of the several standards and code. It should not be used as a substitute for the official publication's content that supersedes any information presented here. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information offered, the reader is reminded that the various standards and the code sections undergo frequent periodic revision. Consequently, while the base content of these documents and this book are relatively enduring, refinements and additions are inevitable. Interested and dedicated readers are strongly encouraged to periodically review current versions of the official publications in order to stay fully and accurately
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