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Mechanical Engineering. 2014;136(11):32-35. doi:10.1115/1.2014-Nov-1.
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This article discusses how ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC) has continued to evolve in the past 100 years to meet the needs of the engineers using the most advanced technology. The first edition of what has now become the ASME BPVC was published in 1914. The Code has continued to expand and adapt over the years to meet the needs of new technologies, many unimagined 100 years ago. The Code continues to meet new challenges and to extend its influence in the cause of safety around the globe. The volunteers who meet four times a year to maintain and extend the Code are completely dedicated to translating sometimes painfully gained experience into rules that strive to protect people. It's why competitors come together and share critical knowledge with one another and the public, and why volunteers dedicate time that almost universally extends well beyond the traditional 40-hour work week.

Commentary by Dr. Valentin Fuster
Mechanical Engineering. 2014;136(11):36-37. doi:10.1115/1.2014-Nov-2.
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This article reviews about the views of Madiha El Mehelmy Hotb, the Head of the Pressure Vessels Technical Services Division for Regie Du Batiment Du Quedec, on how ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code has evolved over the years. Hotb reveals that during the 1980s, ASME’s regulatory approach covered all aspects of the life cycle of a boiler or a pressure vessel from design to being taken out of service. It also confirmed every step in between – fabrication, installation, repair and modification, and in-service inspection. During later years, the institution moved toward accreditation of authorized inspection agencies, changed the publication cycle from three years to two, eliminated addenda, and restructured the Code committees. New Section VIII and division 2 were written, and the Codes were published in digital electronic format. Hotb believes that the Code will continue to be widely used and adopted in future. It will have a bigger and larger input from all over the world and will have further outreach and adoption by far more countries.

Commentary by Dr. Valentin Fuster
Mechanical Engineering. 2014;136(11):37. doi:10.1115/1.2014-Nov-3.
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In this article, Bob Sims, the President of ASME, discusses how the consensus process in the development of ASME Codes and Standards has ensured that the views of all stakeholders are considered and that that no one stakeholder group can dominate the process. Bob Sims views that one of the great strengths of the ASME Codes and Standards development process is the ability to identify the need for new rules and to assemble the world’s leading experts in the field to develop the rules. ASME Codes have resulted in saving thousands of lives by improving the integrity of not only pressure equipment, but also items as diverse as elevators and cranes. ASME has an excellent and well-deserved reputation worldwide for producing high-quality codes and standards that meet the needs of manufacturers and materials suppliers, equipment users, regulators, and other stakeholders.

Commentary by Dr. Valentin Fuster
Mechanical Engineering. 2014;136(11):38-39. doi:10.1115/1.2014-Nov-4.
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This article discusses the modernization of the rules of Section I of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code to better accommodate the challenges of increasing temperature. At very high pressures and high temperatures, the current Section I rules require components to be comparatively thick, but making things thicker is not always better. In thick components, temperature gradients and consequent differential thermal expansion produce large secondary stresses. When pressure and temperature drive a component’s thickness to be very large compared to the size of the component, it can compromise that component’s ability to endure thermal transients that occur in service. One of the biggest challenges in addressing elevated temperature service is understanding creep and fatigue interaction and developing appropriate design rules to manage that. Another challenge is that corrosion mechanisms change with increasing temperature. The push to higher temperatures will spawn development of new materials to meet all the design goals. The BPVI standards committee on Power Boilers will also need to evaluate whether some of the construction details traditionally used will be appropriate at higher temperatures.

Commentary by Dr. Valentin Fuster
Mechanical Engineering. 2014;136(11):40. doi:10.1115/1.2014-Nov-5.
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This article discusses how Harbin Boiler Co. Ltd (HBC) has incorporated the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code to ensure that the research, manufacturing, and servicing behind its products are in line with the international standard. HBC got to know ASME Codes in the early 1980s. In 1987, HBC became the first manufacturer of utility boilers in China to obtain ASME Authorization Certificates and Code stamps S (power boilers), U (pressure vessels), and Ш (alternative rules for pressure vessels). HBC obtained the National Board Authorization Certificate and Code stamp R (repair and alteration of boilers) in 1996. In 2004, HBC completed manufacturing the first product project with the U stamp – 24 oil tanks and gas tanks for the Three Gorges Zuoan Power Plant. During the course of obtaining ASME certificates and Code stamps, HBC also enhanced its design capability and manufacturing level, promoted its technology and management levels, further improved its quality and management system, and greatly strengthened its comprehensive competitiveness in the market.

Commentary by Dr. Valentin Fuster
Mechanical Engineering. 2014;136(11):42. doi:10.1115/1.2014-Nov-6.
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This article elaborates how ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code has played an integral role in supporting the success of Foster Wheelers’ business in the past 87 years. Foster Wheeler Power Machinery Co. Ltd. (FWPMCL) was established in China over 20 years ago and is today Foster Wheeler’s largest manufacturing facility. FWPMCL possesses an impressive résumé, supplying high-quality boiler pressure part components for the entire range of Foster Wheeler designs such as super- and subcritical pulverized coal and circulating fluidized bed equipment, heat recovery steam generators, and waste heat and solar boilers to customers around the world. All Foster Wheeler manufacturing facilities are proud holders of ASME Certificates of Authorization. FWPMCL in China holds both ‘S’ and ‘PP’ stamps. The Code has supported Foster Wheeler in maintaining the integrity of its brand and reputation for consistently delivering high-quality products globally at a competitive price.

Commentary by Dr. Valentin Fuster

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