Pressure Vessels Field Manual

Pressure Vessels Field Manual

Common Operating Problems and Practical Solutions

1st Edition - October 10, 2012

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  • Authors: Maurice Stewart, Oran
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123973009
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780123970152

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The majority of the cost-savings for any oil production facility is the prevention of failure in the production equipment such as pressure vessels. Money lost through lost production far outweighs expenses associated with maintenance and proper operation. However, many new engineers lack the necessary skills to effectively find and troubleshoot operating problems while experienced engineers lack knowledge of the latest codes and standards. The fifth book in the Field Manual Series, the Pressure Vessel Operations Field Manual provides new and experienced engineers with the latest tools to alter, repair and re-rate pressure vessels using ASME, NBIC and API 510 codes and standards.

Key Features

  • Step-by-step procedure on how to design, perform in-shop and in-field inspections and repairs, perform alterations and re-rate a pressure vessel
  • How to select the appropriate vessel specifications, evaluate associated reports and determine allowable stresses
  • Calculations for stresses in pressure vessels
  • Select the appropriate materials of construction for a pressure vessel
  • Design pressure vessels using the ASME Code Section VIII, Division 1 and 2 to best fit the circumstance


Petroleum, chemical and mechanical engineers who are in petroleum production, refining and gas processing and plant operations, technical services, and project design; or with assignments involving heat exchanger sizing, specification, or operation

Table of Contents

  • 1. History and Organization of Codes


    Use of Pressure Vessels and Equipment

    History of Pressure Vessel Codes in the United States

    Organization of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code

    Updating and Interpreting the Code

    ASME Code Stamps

    Organization of the ANSI/ASME B31 Code for Pressure Piping

    Some Other Pressure Vessel Codes and Standards in the United States

    Worldwide Pressure Vessel Codes

    ASME Code, Section VIII, Division 1 versus Division 2

    Design Criteria, ASME Code, Section VIII, Division 1

    Design Criteria, ASME Code, Section VIII, Division 2

    ASME Code, Section IX: Welding

    ASME Code, Section I, Power Boilers

    Additional Requirements Employed By Users in Critical Service

    2. Materials of Construction


    Material Selection

    Nonferrous Alloys

    Ferrous Alloys

    Heat Treatment of Steels

    Brittle Factors

    Hydrogen Embrittlement

    3. Materials Selection for Pressure Vessels


    Selection of Materials for Service Conditions

    Selection of Materials for Brittle Fracture Prevention

    Guidelines for Preventing Brittle Fracture in Existing Equipment

    4. Mechanical Design of Pressure Vessels


    General Considerations

    Owner’s, User’s, and Manufacturer’s Responsibilities

    Determining Design Conditions

    Mechanical Design

    5. Fabrication, Welding, and In-Shop Inspection


    Plate Materials

    Forming of Shell and Head Components


    Fabrication Welds

    Welding Processes and Procedures

    In-Shop Inspection

    6. In-Service Inspection by Nondestructive Examination (NDE)


    General Considerations

    Design for Inspection

    Code and Jurisdiction Requirements

    Forms of Deterioration

    Analysis of In-Service Inspection Data

    Fitness-for-Service Analysis

    Nondestructive Examination (NDE) Techniques

    7. Repair, Alteration, and Re-rating


    Code and Jurisdiction Requirements





Product details

  • No. of pages: 498
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Gulf Professional Publishing 2012
  • Published: October 10, 2012
  • Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123973009
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780123970152

About the Authors

Maurice Stewart

Dr. Maurice Stewart, PE, a Registered Professional Engineer with over 40 years international consulting experience in project management; designing, selecting, specifying, installing, operating, optimizing, retrofitting and troubleshooting oil, water and gas handling, conditioning and processing facilities; designing plant piping and pipeline systems, heat exchangers, pressure vessels, process equipment, and pumping and compression systems; and leading hazards analysis reviews and risk assessments.

Affiliations and Expertise

President, Stewart Training Company, USA


Oran T. Lewis, is an Adjunct Instructor with over 30 years experience in the erection, maintenance, inspection, fabrication, modification and repair of pressure and piping equipment, as well as presenting education courses for piping inspection, weld and pressure equipment inspection. His certifications are, in order of obtainment, National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspector Authorized Inspector, AWS Certified Welding Inspector, API 510 Certified Pressure Vessel Inspector, API 570 Certified Piping Inspector, NACE Level 1 Corrosion.

Affiliations and Expertise

Adjunct Instructor, Haward Technology Middle East and Stewart Training Company; Owner, Fast Track Technical Training

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