Issue 3 - Spring 2011

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What’s New

ASME Responds to Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Like many organizations, ASME was saddened by aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11th. In a March 14th letter to Dr. Yocihiro Matsumota, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tokyo and President of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME President Robert Simmons and Executive Director Thomas Loughlin, on behalf of ASME’s Board of Governors, members and staff, offered condolences and support and reiterated ASME’s commitment to attend an ASME-JSME Codes & Standards leadership meeting.

Likewise, in a March 23rd letter to President Barack Obama, Simmons conveyed ASME’s support and mentioned ASME’s history of working with both JSME and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency on the development of technical consensus standards used in power plants as well as its role as an open forum for sharing information. Simmons also reiterated some of ASME’s positions with respect to energy and innovation, noting that “ASME believes the nation must maintain energy policies that promote a diverse fuel mix for power generation, which includes coal, nuclear, natural gas, hydroelectric power, and renewable resources.” Additionally, he noted that in order to achieve energy independence and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, “policies should continue to support innovation and the deployment of advanced technologies.”

ASME.org Undergoes Makeover

On March 18th, ASME’s launch of its remodeled website went “live”. The makeover is intended to position ASME – through the expertise of its thousands of members and volunteers - as a focal point for thoughtful discussion and credible information related to emerging issues and other engineering topics.

Standards & Certification remains a core part of ASME’s activities and information relevant to ASME’s Standards & Certification operations (including product offerings) can be found at the Knowledgebase> Standards portion of the website. In addition, CSConnect, ASME’s web-enabled standards development platform, will continue to serve as the key tool for facilitating the activities of our standards development committees.

Future phases of the redesign will entail more robust integration of ASME’s various communities and changes to its e-commerce interface.

ASME B30 Committee on Cranes and Related Equipment Receives Proclamation from City of Sugar Land, Texas

On January 18, 2011, the B30 Committee was welcomed to Sugar Land, Texas, by Mayor James A. Thompson (right), who presented the committee with a Certificate of Proclamation recognizing and commending the B30 Committee for their commitment to crane safety. The certificate further recognizes the committee’s relationship with OSHA and the construction industry in specifying manufacturing, operating, and inspection requirements. Michael Parnell (left), president of Industrial Training International and B30 Committee Vice-Chair, accepted on behalf of the committee.

Update on ASME’s Non-Destructive Examination Personnel and Quality Control Technician Certification Program

Recognizing the need for workforce personnel to acquire transportable recognized credentials, ASME has established a program that will provide centralized third-party certification for non-destructive examination and quality control inspection personnel via written and practical examinations.

A corresponding program is being developed to provide training materials for preparing individuals for ASME NDE certification. Types of training will consist of classroom materials, computer simulations, web-based training programs and other review materials.

The program is being developed by ASME’s NDE Committee, which meets quarterly during ASME’s Boiler Code Week. Its next meeting is Monday, May 9, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For more information, or to participate in the development effort, contact Steve Biondi (+1.212.591.7150) or John Millman (+1.212.591.8584).

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New and Revised Publications

A112.6.7-2010 Sanitary Floor Sinks

A part of ASME’s A112 series of plumbing standards, A112.6.7 applies to sanitary floor sinks and includes requirements for material, construction, inspection, testing, and marking.

BPVC-2010 Code Cases Supplement 4—Boilers and Pressure Vessels

Published quarterly, code cases clarify the intent of existing requirements or, when the need is urgent, provide rules for materials or constructions not covered by existing code rules. BPV code case supplements to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code are sent to purchasers of the complete code (X00230 or X00330) and purchasers of the BPV code cases (X00120), or may be purchased separately.

BPVC-2010 Code Cases Supplement 4—Nuclear Components

Published quarterly, code cases clarify the intent of existing requirements or, when the need is urgent, provide rules for materials or constructions not covered by existing code rules. NC code case supplements to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code are sent to purchasers of the complete code (X00230 or X00330) and purchasers of the NC code cases (X0012N), or may be purchased separately.

B16.21-2011 Nonmetallic Flat Gaskets for Pipe Flanges

B16.21 covers types, sizes, materials, dimensions, tolerances, and markings for nonmetallic flat gaskets, dimensionally suitable for use with flanges described in referenced flange standards.

B29.8-2010 Leaf Chains, Clevises, and Sheaves

This Standard provides criteria relevant to the design of leaf chains, clevises, sheaves, including dimensions, strength, assemblies, interchangeability and maintenance.

B30.19-2011 Cableways

A volume of the B30 standard on cranes and other lifting equipment, B30.19 applies to the construction, installation, operation inspection, and maintenance of load transporting hoisting and lowering cable supported systems operating on and supported from track cable(s). (This volume does not apply to skyline systems as used in the logging industry or slackline systems used for excavating.)

B31.3-2010 Process Piping

Covering piping typically found in petroleum refineries; chemical, pharmaceutical, textile, paper, semiconductor, and cryogenic plants; and related processing plants and terminals, the B31.3 Code on Process Piping prescribes requirements for materials and components, design, fabrication, assembly, erection, examination, inspection, and testing of piping for all fluids.

EA-4G-2010, Guidance for ASME EA-4, Energy Assessment for Compressed Air Systems

EA-4G-2010 provides guidance on how to utilize ASME EA-4, Energy Assessment for Compressed Air Systems, in performing a compressed air systems energy assessment.

MFC-21.2-2010 Measurement of Fluid Flow by Means of Thermal Dispersion Mass Flowmeters

MFC-21.2 establishes common terminology and gives guidelines for the quality, description, principle of operation, selection, installation, and flow calibration of thermal dispersion flowmeters for the measurement of the mass flow rate, and to a lesser extent, the volumetric flow rate, of the flow of a fluid in a closed conduit.

NQA-1b-2011 Addenda to ASME NQA-1-2008, Quality Assurance Requirements for Nuclear Facility Applications

NQA-1 provides requirements and guidelines for the establishment and execution of quality assurance programs during siting, design, construction, operation and decommissioning of nuclear facilities. The second addenda to NQA-1-2008, NQA-1b-2011, includes new and revised provisions related to concrete, structural steel, soils and foundations for nuclear facilities; revisions to guidance on compliance with other quality management systems; and a comparison with IAEA Safety Standard GS-R-3-2006.

STP-NU-041 Alternative Simplified Creep-Fatigue Design Methods for Nuclear Components

This report investigates five newly proposed creep-fatigue evaluation methods to improve the provisions on creep-fatigue evaluation of Mod.9Cr-1Mo steel in Subsection NH of ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section III: 1) Modified Ductility Exhaustion Method (MDEM), 2) Strain Range Separation Method (SRSM), 3) Approach for Pressure Vessel Applications (APVA), 4) Hybrid Method of Time Fraction and Ductility Exhaustion (Hybrid), and 5) Simplified Model Test Approach (SMT).
For more information, contact Dan Andrei (+1.212.591.7146).

See full listing of recently published standards

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Conformity Assessment

Single Mark Update

With the publication of the 2011 Addenda to the Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code, ASME will be introducing a new Certification Mark which will eventually replace the twenty-five current “Code Symbol Stamps” and other ASME product certification marks.  The new mark, shown below, will be used in conjunction with a “certification designator” which will relate to the current symbols (U, S, N, NPT, etc.) so that there is a linkage to the current nomenclature.  The new mark will also be used for equipment built to the Reinforced Thermoset Plastic Corrosion-Resistant Equipment standard (RTP-1) and the Bioprocessing Equipment standard (BPE-1).  Further information on the use of the mark and the transition period for its use will be provided to all currently certified manufacturers and applicants as well as on ASME.org.

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CA Connect Launched:  ASME’s Online System for Product Certification and Accreditations

ASME is pleased to announce the launch of CA Connect– its new, online system to manage its conformity assessment processes. CA Connect became available to over 6,000 certificate holders, applicants, and stakeholders on April 12th. 

Key features include:

  • A streamlined application process
  • Real-time status updates for all aspects of the application process, including reviews, change requests, invoices and scheduling
  • Automated notifications and communications
  • Access to historical data (such as Code Symbol Stamp history)
  • Accessibility from any computer with internet access

CA Connect is available at http://caconnect.asme.org

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Global Outreach

ASME Standards & Certification Delegation Engages with Stakeholders in Korea, China

A delegation of ASME staff and volunteer leadership recently embarked on a series of meetings and joint workshops with international counterparts to exchange information and explore opportunities for further collaboration. On March 29th, the ASME delegation was hosted by representatives from the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) in Busan, Korea and on April 1st, the group met with the Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC) in Chengdu, China. Both meetings focused on exchanging information related to standards, research, technology and trends involving nuclear power plants and pressure equipment.   On April 6th, the ASME delegation met with colleagues from the Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research and Development Institute (SNERDI) in Shanghai for training on Section III’s newly established China International Working Group.  

Representing ASME were June Ling, Associate Executive Director, Standards & Certification; Kevin Ennis, Director, Nuclear Codes & Standards; and Christian Sanna, Project Engineering Manager, Nuclear Codes & Standards. Volunteers representing ASME included Walter Sperko, Sperko Engineering (Chair, BPV Committee on Welding and member of various Pressure Technology committees); Ronald Kruzic, Chicago Bridge & Iron (Member, BPV Committee on Nondestructive Examination and NDE Committee on Personnel Certification); Richard Barnes, Anric Enterprises (Chair, BPV Committee on Construction of Nuclear Facility Components and Member of various nuclear committees); and John Gregg, Westinghouse Electric (Member, BPV Section III Working Group on Vessels).

ASME Executes Memorandum of Understanding with the Gulf Cooperation Council Standards Organization (GSO)

Signed by GSO Secretary-General Dr. Anwar Alabdulla and ASME Executive Director Thomas G. Loughlin, the MOU supports cooperation on information exchange, standards development, committee participation, conformity assessment, and potential training activities.

Initially established in 1981, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) presently includes seven member states:  Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. The GCC Standards Organization (GSO) was established in 2001, and serves as the focal point of standardization activities within the GCC.

Joint Workshop Planned with the Russian State Corporation for Atomic Energy

ASME and the Russian State Corporation for Atomic Energy, ROSATOM, are planning to hold a joint workshop on May 18-19, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Russia to exchange information and discuss future technical cooperation. ASME will be sending a team of volunteer and staff experts that represent a broad cross section of technical interests. Topics to be addressed at the workshop include:

  • New plant construction
  • Conformity assessment programs
  • Plant life cycle management
  • Development of nuclear codes and standards
  • Advanced (non-LWR) reactor plants

ASME and ROSATOM are using this workshop as a tool to discuss how the groups may be able to work together in the future in development of nuclear standards, including engaging additional Russian experts in ASME’s standards development activities.

For more information, contact John Bendo (+1.212.591.7055).

Normdocs, Inc. Invites ASME to Join its Oil & Gas Seminar

Normdocs, Inc., a distributor of ASME standards in Russia, has invited ASME to join with them in conducting their 2011 seminar for the oil and gas sector.  The seminar is scheduled to be held on May 23 – 25 in St. Petersburg, Russia.  The popularity of the seminar has been growing over the last couple of years and in 2011, 90-120 people are expected to attend. The participants represent a variety of companies: oil production, processing, transportation, storage of oil and gas and other affiliated industries.  The purpose of ASME’s participation in this seminar is to further familiarize Russian technical experts with ASME standards in the O & G sector and to exchange information on O & G infrastructure.  In addition to providing general information on how ASME standards are developed, ASME representatives will make technical presentations on such subjects as:

  • Oil & Gas Production, including processing and refining
  • Design of Equipment such as pressure vessels, piping and pipelines
  • Oil & Gas Transportation, including pipeline operation and integrity management

The opportunity for ASME to participate in this seminar will be used as a starting point for increased exchange of information, particularly in the form of attracting Russian experts in the O & G sector to participate on ASME standards committees

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Energy Spotlight

ASME and DOE to Convene Small Modular Reactors Symposium (SMR2011)

Cosponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the ASME 2011 Small Modular Reactors Symposium (SMR2011) will provide strategic and technical considerations for bringing SMRs from design and concept into fabrication and building, including the entire supply chain.

Advantages cited for small and medium modular reactors include improved safety and economics, shorter construction times, distributed generation and availability for non-power generation applications.

The symposium is tentatively scheduled to take place September 28 – 30, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Presentations will include peer-reviewed technical papers, extended abstracts, panel discussions and invited speakers. Among the scheduled tracks include a session focused on safety, codes and standards, regulatory issues and licensing.

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Training and Development

Nuclear Technical Seminars: “Blueprint for New Build” organized for June 5th-8th in Columbia, SC

ASME will be conducting a nuclear training seminar June 5–8 in Columbia, SC focused on the design, construction, startup and operations of nuclear power plants. Led by more than 30 recognized experts in the industry, including ASME, NRC, Areva, Sargent & Lundy, South Carolina Electric & Gas, Shaw, Westinghouse and many more, the seminar will include a pre-conference workshop on nuclear essentials, tabletop exhibits and an exclusive tour of VC Summer Nuclear Power Plant.

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Government Relations

ASME Submits Comments to National Institute on Standards and Technology (NIST) and National Science and Technology Committee Subcommittee on Standards on Role of Federal Agencies in Standards Development

The National Institute on Standards and Technology (NIST), on behalf of the National Committee on Science and Technology’s Subcommittee on Standards (SoS), recently submitted a Request for Information inviting interested parties to provide their perspectives on the effectiveness of Federal agencies' participation in the development and implementation of standards and conformity assessment activities and programs.

Information was submitted to NIST to facilitate its development of a “playbook” to guide federal government participation in future standardization activities, particularly for multi-disciplinary technologies and for activities requiring engagement from multiple Federal agencies. Specific questions pertained to:

  • the effectiveness of the methods Federal agencies have used to engage in standards-setting activities by identifying which methods have enhanced or limited the public-private standards-setting processes;
  • the effectiveness of Federal agencies coordination with the private sector;
  • the adequacy and availability of Federal resources; and other issues that arise and are considered during the standards setting process which impact the process, and the timeliness, adoption and use of the resulting standards.

In submitting comments, ASME highlighted its long history working with individuals across numerous federal agencies and made several recommendations to help maximize the effectiveness of public-private partnerships in standards development activities. A copy of the comments may be accessed on NIST’s website.

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Calendar of Events

BPV Committee on Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Pressure Vessels, Reinforced Thermoset Plastic Corrosion Resistant Equipment Committee and B31.3 Process Piping Taskgroups
May 02 2011 08:00 AM - May 05 2011 05:00 PM   |   Tampa, Florida, United States

A17 Elevator Code Committee
May 02 2011 08:00 AM - May 06 2011 05:00 PM   |   San Diego, California, United States

ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Committees
May 06 2011 - May 14 2011   |   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

B1 Standards Committee on Screw Threads and Subcommittees
May 10 2011 08:00 AM - May 12 2011 06:00 PM   |   Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

B40 Committee on Standards for Pressure and Temperature Instruments and Accessories.
May 12 2011, 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM   |   Miami, Florida, United States

Joint B30/Cranes for Nuclear Facilities Committee
May 15 2011 08:00 AM - May 20 2011 05:00 PM   |   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

A17 Task Groups on Use of Elevators by Firefighters and Occupant Egress
May 17 2011 08:30 AM - May 19 2011 05:00 PM   |   Boston, Massachusetts, United States

V&V 20 - Verification and Validation in Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer
May 18 2011 - May 19 2011   |   Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

B89 Dimensional Metrology Committee
May 18 2011 08:00 AM - May 20 2011 05:00 PM   |   San Diego, California, United States

B31.1 Power Piping Committee
May 22 2011 - May 25 2011   |   Clearwater Beach, Florida, United States

ASME Bioprocessing Equipment Committee Meetings & Workshops
May 23 2011 - May 24 2011   |   San Francisco, California, United States

Bioprocessing Equipment (BPE) Conference & Exhibition
May 23 2011 08:00 AM - May 27 2011 05:00 PM   |   San Francisco, California, United States

Board on Standardization & Testing
May 24 2011, 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM   |   Chicago, Illinois, United States

ASME Nuclear Technical Seminars
Jun 05 2011 - Jun 08 2011   |   Columbia, South Carolina, United States

A17 Emergency Operations and Hoistway Committee
Jun 07 2011 08:30 AM - Jun 09 2011 05:00 PM   |   Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

B31.8 Gas Transmission and Distribution Piping Systems Committee
Jun 07 2011 01:00 PM - Jun 09 2011 12:00 PM   |   St. Louis, Missouri, United States

ASME 2011 Annual Meeting (including the Council on Standards & Certification)
Jun 10 2011 - Jun 15 2011   |   Dallas, Texas, United States

A17 Escalator & Moving Walk Committee
Jun 15 2011, 08:00 AM - 03:00 PM   |   Montreal, Quebec, Canada

B31 Qualification of Pipeline Personnel Technical Committee
Jun 15 2011 01:00 PM - Jun 16 2011 05:00 PM   |   Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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