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Pressure Vessel Design Manual

Pressure vessels are closed containers designed to hold gases or liquids at a pressure substantially different from the ambient pressure. They have a variety of applications in industry, including in oil refineries, nuclear reactors, vehicle airbrake reservoirs, and more. The pressure differential with such vessels is dangerous, and due to the risk of accident and fatality around their use, the design, manufacture, operation and inspection of pressure vessels is regulated by engineering authorities and guided by legal codes and standards. Pressure Vessel Design Manual is a solutions-focused guide to the many problems and technical challenges involved in the design of pressure vessels to match stringent standards and codes. It brings together otherwise scattered information and explanations into one easy-to-use resource to minimize research and take readers from problem to solution in the most direct manner possible.


Entry and mid-level Mechanical Engineers who specify, design, operate, install, inspect or manufacture pressure vessels and related equipment in a process, chemical, civil, petroleum or nuclear engineering setting. Job titles include: Pressure Vessel Design Engineers, Reliability Engineers, Fixed or Principal Equipment Engineers, Maintenance Engineers, Piping Engineers, Plant Engineers, and Commissioning Engineers.

Hardbound, 832 Pages

Published: December 2012

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-12-387000-1


  • 1. General Topics
    2. General Design
    3. Flange Design
    4. Design of Vessel Supports
    5. Vessel Internals
    6. Special Designs
    7. Local Loads
    8. High Pressure Vessels
    9. Related Equipment
    10. Transportation & Erection
    11. Materials & Testing


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