Pressure Vessel Design Manual


  • Dennis R. Moss, Technical Director and Section Supervisor of the Vessel Group, Fluor, California, USA

A pressure vessel is a container that holds a liquid, vapor, or gas at a different pressure other than atmospheric pressure at the same elevation. More specifically in this instance, a pressure vessel is used to 'distill'/'crack' crude material taken from the ground (petroleum, etc.) and output a finer quality product that will eventually become gas, plastics, etc. This book is an accumulation of design procedures, methods, techniques, formulations, and data for use in the design of pressure vessels, their respective parts and equipment. The book has broad applications to chemical, civil and petroleum engineers, who construct, install or operate process facilities, and would also be an invaluable tool for those who inspect the manufacturing of pressure vessels or review designs.
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Mechanical Engineers with the following titles: Reliability Engineer, Fixed Equipment Engineer, Maintenance Engineer, Piping Engineer, Plant Engineer, Commissioning Engineer


Book information

  • Published: December 2003
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-7740-0

Table of Contents

1. Stresses in Pressure Vessels2. General Design3. Design of Vessel Supports4. Special Designs 5. Local Loads6. Related Equipment 7. Transportation and Erection of Pressure VesselsAppendix A Guide to ASME Section VIII, Division 1Appendix B Design Data Sheet for Vessels Appendix C Joint Efficiencies (ASME Code)Appendix D Properties of Heads Appendix E Volumes and Surface Areas of Vessel SectionsAppendix F Vessel NomenclatureAppendix G Useful Formulas for VesselsAppendix H Material Selection GuideAppendix I Summary of Requirements for 100% X-Ray and PWHTAppendix J Material PropertiesAppendix K Metric ConversionsAppendix L Allowable compressure stress for columnsAppendix M Flat plate formulasAppendix N External Insulation for Vertical VesselsAppendix O Flow over WeirsAppendix P Time Required to drain vesselsAppendix Q Vessel Surge capacities and hold up timesAppendix R Minor Defects evaluation procedure