ASME BPVC-X (2013)

BPVC Section X-Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Pressure Vessels

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About the BPVC

Since its first issuance in 1914, ASME’s Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC) has pioneered modern standards-development, maintaining a commitment to enhance public safety and technological advancement to meet the needs of a changing world.  More than 100,000 copies of the BPVC are in use in 100 countries around the world. 

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Product Scope / Abstract

This Section provides requirements for construction of an FRP pressure vessel in conformance with a manufacturer's design report.  It includes production, processing, fabrication, inspection and testing methods required for the vessel.  Section X includes three Classes of vessel design; Class I and Class III - qualification through the destructive test of a prototype and Class II - mandatory design rules and acceptance testing by nondestructive methods.  These vessels are not permitted to store, handle or process lethal fluids.  Vessel fabrication is limited to the following processes: bag-molding, centrifugal casting and filament-winding and contact molding.  General specifications for the glass and resin materials and minimum physical properties for the composite materials are given.

Key changes to this 2013 Edition include:

  • Adding a new mandatory appendix to address establishing governing Code edition and addenda for new construction and field assembly as well as for parts.
  • Including construction of stationary fiber-reinforced pressure vessels with load sharing liners in hydrogen service for Section X application
  • Allowing the use of Method A (Design Rules) for the design of the small diameter vessels at higher pressures.

Careful application of this Section will help users to comply with applicable regulations within their jurisdictions, while achieving the operational, cost and safety benefits to be gained from the many industry best-practices detailed within these volumes.

All changes to this 2013 Edition are incorporated into the appropriate page and each affected area is identified with a designator.  Each Section includes a Summary of Changes that lists the material affected by the change, plus the nature of the change.  There will no longer be Addenda service for this 2013 Edition or for future Editions.

Intended for manufacturers, users, constructors, designers and others concerned with the design, fabrication, assembly, erection, examination, inspection and testing of pressure vessels, plus all potential governing entities.

BPVC purchasers may wish to purchase a binder from ASME (BPVC Binder), but the publication will also fit a standard three-ring binder.

For the convenience of those applying for and/or maintaining their ASME Product Certification Marks, ASME gathers its required codes and standards into the following “BPVC product certification packages”:

  • “RP” (Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Vessels) – click here

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