The new ASME B31.3 2010 Edition on Process Piping is scheduled for release in April 2011 and can be pre-ordered from Document Center Inc. now. This international code focuses on piping typically found in petroleum refineries; chemical, pharmaceutical, textile, paper, semiconductor, and cryogenic plants; and related processing plants and terminals.
It prescribes requirements for materials and components, design, fabrication, assembly, erection, examination, inspection, and testing of piping. This Code applies to piping for all fluids including: (1) raw, intermediate, and finished chemicals; (2) petroleum products; (3) gas, steam, air and water; (4) fluidized solids; (5) refrigerants; and (6) cryogenic fluids. Also included is piping which interconnects pieces or stages within a packaged equipment assembly.
The code is part of the ASME B31 series, the standards most often referenced for Pressure Piping.
Of course, you may want to know why the 2010 edition of the ASME B31.3 is only now becoming available. This is a common situation due to the practice of dating a standard when it finishes the administrative development process. Since the standard must then go to the printers for actual publication, there is a lag time between the issue date and the real public release date. Electronic publishing has reduced this delay in many cases, but it’s rare to find a standard available on the actual cover date.
This and all ASME standards are available from Document Center Inc., and can be ordered at www.document-center.com or by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have any questions about codes or standards, please get in touch with us at Document Center as well.