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Undertaking Bolted Joint Integrity Management: Getting to Zero Leaks Quickly and Effectively

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Alwyn Kaye

CNRL, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Paper No. PVP2016-63873, pp. V003T03A010; 11 pages
  • ASME 2016 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 3: Design and Analysis
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 17–21, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5039-8
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


Leaks can and are being eliminated in a wide array of industries. There is a sweeping change across all the oil and gas, chemical and petrochemical and many related industries and businesses that use pressure equipment. This reflects social change and ever increasing demands for safe and reliable pressure equipment performance. No longer are leaks considered acceptable or the normal course of business. Codes, standards and specifications globally are changing and improving to reflect the need for improved performance. The implementation by individuals and organisations to follow this important drive to zero leaks has been hindered by fragmented guidance and misunderstanding of the plethora of options presented in the marketplace.

In industries that need to demonstrate performance, reliability and compliance, the need to create the structure and platform to make this successful has never been more pressing than it is now. Transformation of plant and equipment from normalized deviance and tolerance of leaks and failures to improved reliability is not only possible but essential in a world of resolve to cost containment and environmental protection.

This paper demonstrates the viability and importance of this change in philosophy followed by action. Examples are provided of the methodology of review and analysis through calculation followed by application. These must come together with basic plant operation in a comprehensive program of changed values and beliefs in order to be successful in the outcome. How to put it all together, is discussed and described. The paper authenticates the issues and describes the approaches needed by using case studies to demonstrate the principles and techniques needed to achieve success in implementation. It is understood that some minor modifications based on end user situations and needs may require adaptation or adjustment of some details. However the principles outlined are in keeping with and closely follow the intent and adherence to the European Standards EN-1591 and ASME Post-Construction Committee ASME PCC-1 “Guidelines for Pressure Boundary Bolted Joint Assembly”. [1,2]

Copyright © 2016 by ASME
Topics: Leakage



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