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Background to Recent Revision of the Section III Seismic Piping Rules

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John Minichiello

Framatome ANP, Lake Bluff, IL

Ernest B. Branch

Consultant, Chicago, IL

Timothy M. Adams

Stevenson & Associates, Cleveland, OH

Yasuhide Asada

Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, Tokyo, Japan

Richard W. Barnes

ANRIC Enterprises, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Paper No. PVP2002-1256, pp. 363-367; 5 pages
  • 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 new rules for seismic piping design in Section III that were developed and included in the requirements in 1994 Addenda of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (B&PV Code) generated considerable discussion within the industry and from the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, (USNRC). The USNRC initiated a review of the results of the previous EPRI/NRC experimental program and the Japanese industry started its own experimental program. To accommodate and address developments resulting from these efforts, the ASME, B&PV Code established a Special Working Group (SWG) to continue the review and study of the questions and information generated. This paper reports on the efforts of this SWG which resulted in refinements of the revised rules. These refinements have been accepted for inclusion in Section III of the ASME, B&PV Code.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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