Category: Pressure Vessels – Design

Pressure Vessels – Determining Wall Thickness

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The following formulas are used in the ASME Code Section VIII, Division 1 for determining wall thickness: Wall thickness—cylindrical shells Figure 12-1 defines the various types of heads. Most production facility vessels use ellipsoidal heads because they are readily available, normally less expensive, and take up less room than hemispherical heads. Cone-bottorn vertical vessels are …

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Pressure Vessels – Design Pressure

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The design pressure for a vessel is called its “Maximum Allowable Working Pressure” (MAWP). In conversation this is sometimes referred to simply as the vessel’s “working pressure.” The MAWP determines the setting of the relief valve and must be higher than the normal pressure of the process contained in the vessel, which is called the …

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Pressure Vessels – Design Temperature

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The maximum and minimum design temperatures for a vessel will determine the maximum allowable stress value permitted for the material to be used in the fabrication of the vessel. The maximum temperature used in the design should not be less than the mean metal temperature expected under the design operating conditions. The minimum temperature used …

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