Design Qualification and Manufacturing of RTP-1 Tanks and Vessels PUBLIC ACCESS

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Greg Hopkins

RL Industries, Fairfield, OH

Paper No. PVP2002-1250, pp. 325; 1 page
  • ASME 2002 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Pressure Vessel and Piping Codes and Standards
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 5–9, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4650-4
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


The ASME accredits RL Industries to fabricate both Section X, Class II and RTP-1 tanks and vessels, one of only two manufacturers in the world to hold this distinction. The design, quality assurance, inspection and testing requirements for the two stamps are similar, but not identical. The same manufacturing processes can be used to produce equipment to either standard, but the record keeping required by the ASME is somewhat different. Similarly, the design methods are not identical. This presentation describes the similarities and differences. Both standards are much newer than the other Sections of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, and RL Industries pioneered in their introduction. The manufacturing, quality assurance, testing and inspection of FRP to the standards will be described. Vessels with a Section X or RTP-1 stamp are as safe and reliable as equipment built to other Sections of the Code.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
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