Issue 6 - Winter 2012

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Verification & Validation Symposium mailer

ASME to Convene Cross-Disciplinary Verification & Validation Symposium

The first large-scale conference dedicated entirely to verification, validation, and uncertainty quantification of computer simulations will take place May 2-4, 2012 in Las Vegas.  The ASME Verification and Validation Symposium is a cross-disciplinary event that will bring together engineers and scientists to discuss and exchange ideas and methods for verification of codes and solutions, simulation validation, and assessment of uncertainties in mathematical models, computational solutions, and experimental data.  Over 200 abstracts have been received from a wide variety of industries, including nuclear power, civil engineering, defense applications, fluid and thermal mechanics, medical device design, mechanical engineering, high energy density physics, materials science, solid mechanics, space science and astrophysics, automotive, and structural dynamics. 

This symposium will include technical sessions, some of which will be oriented by application field.  Other sessions will be focused by technical goal and approach, where attendees with various backgrounds, who typically do not have an opportunity to interact, will be able to share verification and validation methods, approaches, and ideas for the future.

For information on the symposium, visit the 2012 ASME Verification & Validation Symposium website; to learn more about the ASME verification & validation standards development activities, contact Ryan Crane (+1.212.591.7004).

Committee on Nonmetallic Pressure Piping Systems Standards Established

ASME Standards and Certification has chartered a new standards committee to develop the first comprehensive standards covering design, joining, fabrication, installation, examination, and testing for thermoplastic and fiberglass reinforced plastic piping systems. The committee will also develop and maintain nonmetallic material specifications for nonmetallic materials other than wood, glass, and concrete for pressure applications.  More than 50 committee volunteers have been appointed to this committee and its subcommittees supported by manufacturers, engineering contractors, end users, trade associations and regulatory agencies.  It is anticipated that these standards will facilitate the Interchangeability of nonmetallic piping components and the compatibility of material chemistries and composition. 

For more information, contact Daniel Sharp (+1.212.591.8538).

ASME Vice President of Pressure Technology Codes & Standards Louis Hayden (l.) presents Wayne Lundy (r.) with a 2011 ASME Dedicated Service Award

2011 Dedicated Service Award Recipients Announced

Each year, the vice presidents of ASME’s Standards & Certification Technical Boards may honor one individual participating on technical committees under their jurisdiction in recognition for unusually dedicated service.

Theodore Vorburger, a researcher with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, was presented with a 2011 Dedicated Service Award during a recent meeting of the B46 Committee on Classification and Designation of Surface Qualities in Detroit, MI. Vorburger was cited by ASME Vice President of Standardization and Testing Bruce Harding (Purdue University) for “outstanding leadership, extraordinary perseverance, and enthusiastic participation on ASME Committees - especially in the devotion to the initiation and development of the Surface Finish standards spanning a period of over 30 years.”

Wayne M. Lundy, P.E. a mechanical engineer with the United States Coast Guard, was selected by ASME Vice President of Pressure Technology Codes & Standards Louis E. Hayden as a 2011 Dedicated Service Award recipient. Lundy was cited for “distinguished leadership and professionalism in the technical advancement of ASME codes and standards for pressure equipment, particularly for marine application, and for significant contribution to the recognition of these codes and standards in U.S. government regulations. “

Lundy has been active in advancing the technical rigor and relevancy of pressure technology standards for over 20 years and was instrumental in assuring the success of two joint ASME/USCG Workshops on Marine Technology and Standards.  His memberships have included ASME committees on power boilers, pressure vessels, welding and brazing qualifications, power piping, non-metallic piping, materials, and the supervisory Board on Pressure Technology Codes and Standards.

Sally Remedios Named Recipient of Patrick J. Higgins Medal

Sally Remedios, of Delta Faucet Company, was presented with the Patrick J. Higgins Medal during a recent meeting of the A112 Committee on Plumbing Materials and Equipment in Rosemont, Illinois. Remedios was recognized for her contributions in the development of consensus based standards for the plumbing industry, her enthusiastic leadership in the harmonization of standards between the United States and Canada, and her outstanding work towards encouraging the standardization of water efficient devices.

The Patrick J. Higgins Medal recognizes an individual for contributions to the enhancement of standardization through the development and promotion of ASME codes and standards or conformity assessment programs in specific areas. The Medal was established by ASME's Board on Standardization & Testing in 2007, in honor of Patrick J. Higgins who was the long-standing Chairman of the A112 Committee and a member of the Board on Standardization.

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New and Revised Publications 

New Standards:

ASME A112.1016-2011/ASSE 1016-2011/CSA B125.16-11 Performance Requirements for Automatic Compensating Valves for Individual Showers and Tub/Shower Combinations

BPVC-III-5 Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section III – Div. 5 – High Temperature Reactors - Rules for Construction of Nuclear Facility Components

Revised Standards:

A17.3-2011 Safety Code for Existing Elevators and Escalators (Includes Requirements for Electric and Hydraulic Elevators and Escalators)

ASME A17.5-2011/CSA B44.1-11 Elevator and Escalator Electrical Equipment

A18.1-2011 Safety Standard for Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts

A112.19.5-2011/CSA B45.15-11 Flush Valves and Spuds for Water Closets, Urinals, and Tanks

B16.23-2011 Cast Copper Alloy Solder Joint Drainage Fittings: DWV

B16.24-2011 Cast Copper Alloy Pipe Flanges and Flanged Fittings: Classes 150, 300, 600, 900, 1500, and 2500

B16.42-2011 Ductile Iron Pipe Flanges and Flanged Fittings: Classes 150 and 300

B18.13.1M-2011 Screw and Washer Assemblies: SEMS (Metric Series)

B30.5-2011 Mobile and Locomotive Cranes

PTC 6.2-2011 Steam Turbines in Combined Cycles

See full listing of recently published standards

New Standards Under Development

BPVC Section II - Part E - Non-Metallic Material Specifications and Properties - provides material specifications and properties for non-metallic materials used in structural and pressure retaining applications (except concrete under the scope of Section III, Division 2 and fiber-reinforced plastics under the scope of Section X) in ASME construction codes.

Asme Standards Open For Ansi Public Review

See full listing of ASME Standards Open for ANSI Public Review

New Standards Technology Llc Publications

STP-PT-034 Alignment of Sustained Load Stress Indices in the ASME B31 Code

STP-NU-044 Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) and In-Service Inspection (ISI) Technology for High Temperature Reactors

See full listing of ASME Standards Technology Publications

Global Outreach 

Applications Being Accepted for ASME Bioprocessing Equipment, Nuclear Quality Assurance Certification Programs

ASME and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) have agreed on a framework for cooperative efforts between the two organizations in the area of standards for energy assessment for pumping systems that would result in the first-ever joint ISO/ASME Standard. The agreement calls for the establishment of a Joint Working Group comprised of subject matter experts from ISO/TC 115 and the ASME Industrial System Energy Assessment Standards Committee that would develop an initial draft standard, based upon the existing ASME Standard EA-2 – Energy Assessment for Pumping Systems, that would be submitted for parallel approval processes within the responsible ISO and ASME Committees.  The agreement was signed by Rob Steele, Secretary-General, ISO; and June Ling, Associate Executive Director, Standards and Certification, ASME.

India's Ministry of Oil and Gas Utilizes ASME Standards as a Resource for Regulatory Development in the Expansion Energy Infrastructure

Long term association and involvement with ASME has facilitated the Oil Industry Safety Directorate, Ministry of Oil and Gas of the Government of India (OISD), with identifying ASME standards as a resource for regulatory development in the expansion of India's energy infrastructure. India’s recent update of its OISD-STD-141 standard on “Design, Construction, and Inspection Requirements for Cross Country Liquid Petroleum Pipelines”, references a number of ASME standards, including B16 (valves), B18 (fasteners), and B31 (piping and pipeline) standards, as well as Section VIII-Div. 1 (pressure vessels) and Section IX (welding) of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.

Conformity Assessment 

Applications Being Accepted for ASME Bioprocessing Equipment, Nuclear Quality Assurance Certification Programs

ASME is now accepting applications for its Bioprocessing Equipment Certification Program. The Certification Program covers organizations manufacturing or supplying tubing and fittings falling under the scope of the ASME BPE Standard for Bioprocessing Equipment.

ASME will also be accepting applications for the NQA-1 Certification Program for Quality Assurance Programs which meet the requirements of the 2008 or later editions of the ASME NQA-1 Standard. The certification recognizes a supplier's Quality Assurance Program for items and services necessary to achieve safe, reliable and effective utilization of nuclear energy generation and nuclear material processing. The program excludes weaponry and owners of nuclear facilities (power generation, spent fuel storage, waste management, fuel reprocessing and other related facilities).

Both programs are intended to aid both suppliers and purchasers by ensuring the quality of the supply chain.  

For more information on these and other ASME certification programs, visit ASME's Conformity Assessment website.

Energy Spotlight  

Survey Reveals Standardization Gaps in Water Efficiency in Thermoelectric Power Generation and Other Industrial Facilities

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's International Energy Outlook 2010 (IEO2011), global net electricity generation is expected to increase 53 percent from 2008 to 2035. As the anticipated demand for energy increases, so too will the demand for water; this competition for water on a national and global level highlights a need for efficient processes and new technology critical to meeting energy challenges.

In recognition of these challenges, ASME issued a survey in July of 2011 canvassing a broad range of engineering professionals in the thermoelectric power generation and other water-intensive industries to assess whether there is a need for technical standards on the efficient use of water.

The survey received over 400 positive responses touching on potential standardization areas, including general performance-based criteria, technology-specific requirements, and performance assessment procedures. ASME plans to follow up with respondents to further explore potential initiatives.

For more information, or to express an interest in participating in potential standards activities, contact Fred Constantino (+1.212.591.8684).

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Training and Development  

Free Trial for ASME Standards & Certification Assessment Based Course

ASME Standards & Certification is offering a free trial for its Standards and Certification Assessment Based Course (ZABC19).  This course is designed for anyone who wants an introduction to and a better understanding of ASME standards and certification.

Participants will learn:

  • What standards are
  • Why we have standards
  • How standards are developed
  • The role of standards in industry and everyday life
  • The role of ASME in the development of standards
  • The process of ASME certification

For more eLearning courses, including both instructor-led and self-study assessment-based courses, visit ASME's eLearning website.


ASME to Host Free Webinar on Standardization of Surface Qualities of Manufactured Parts

On April 12, 2012 ASME will present a free webinar on the filtering of surface profiles. Filtering is one of the most important topics when it comes to specifying and controlling surface attributes such as roughness, waviness, and form error.  This webinar will provide a basic understanding of what filtering is and how it is used to separate these regimes.  The material will be presented in a case study based approach - focusing more on the proper selection and application filters rather than the underlying mathematics.

For more information, contact Fred Constantino (+1.212.591.8684).

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Government Relations and Public Affairs  

B30 Committee on Cranes and Related Equipment Recruiting Individuals to Serve on Interest Review Group and B30 Regulatory Authority Council

For nearly 100 years, the ASME B30 Committee has been establishing and updating voluntary industry standards facilitating the safe design, inspection, maintenance and operation of cranes, hoists, and related rigging and lifting equipment. The existing membership includes individuals representing manufacturers, owners, operators, insurance, and regulatory interests - and the nearly 30 volumes of the B30 standard have been used as the basis for regulation in the U.S. and elsewhere.

The B30 Committee is currently soliciting individuals to serve on its Interest Review Group and Regulatory Authority Council. The Interest Review Group provides individuals who are unable to attend in-person meetings (such as due to country of residence or geographic location) a vehicle to participate in committee activities; while the Regulatory Authority Council is specifically intended to facilitate the participation of individuals representing local, state, or federal jurisdictions. There are no costs to apply for committee membership or participate in committee activities.

For more information, visit the B30 Committee Page or contact Kate Hyam (+1.646.957.1358).

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Calendar of Events  

Committee on Nuclear Risk Management (CNRM)
Feb 20 2012 08:00 AM - Feb 23 2012 05:00 PM   |   St. Petersburg, Florida, United States

Board on Nuclear Codes and Standards
Feb 21 2012 01:00 PM - Feb 23 2012 04:00 PM   |   Safety Harbor, Florida, United States

A17 Task Groups on Use of Elevators by Firefighters and Occupant Egress
Feb 22 2012 08:30 AM - Feb 24 2012 05:00 PM   |   Boston, Massachusetts, United States

B31 Qualification of Pipeline Personnel Technical Committee
Feb 28 2012 01:00 PM - Feb 29 2012 05:00 PM   |   San Antonio, Texas, United States

P30 Planning for the Use of Cranes
Feb 29 2012 01:00 PM - Mar 02 2012 01:00 PM   |   Dallas, Texas, United States

A90 Safety Standard for Manlifts
Mar 06 2012, 02:00 PM - 06:30 PM   |   Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

B31.4 Liquid and Slurry Piping Transportation Systems
Mar 06 2012 - Mar 07 2012   |   San Diego, California, United States

A17 Emergency Operations and Hoistway
Mar 06 2012 08:30 AM - Mar 08 2012 05:00 PM   |   Clearwater Beach, Florida, United States

Board on Pressure Technology Codes and Standards
Mar 13 2012 - Mar 14 2012   |   Orlando, Florida, United States

ASME B16 Code Week
Mar 19 2012 08:00 AM - Mar 22 2012 05:00 PM   |   New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Pressure Vessels for Human Occupancy
Mar 19 2012 11:00 AM - Mar 22 2012 05:00 PM   |   Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

STS-1 Steel Stacks
Mar 20 2012, 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM   |   Dallas, Texas, United States

A17 Maintenance and Existing Installations
Apr 03 2012 09:00 AM - Apr 04 2012 05:00 PM   |   Dallas, Texas, United States

MFC Measurement of Fluid Flow in Closed Conduits
Apr 03 2012 08:00 AM - Apr 05 2012 01:00 PM   |   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

B31.5 Refrigeration Piping
Apr 10 2012, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM   |   Baltimore, Maryland, United States

B18 Fasteners
Apr 10 2012 08:00 AM - Apr 11 2012 12:00 PM   |   San Antonio, Texas, United States

B31.3 Process Piping
Apr 23 2012 08:30 AM - Apr 25 2012 05:00 PM   |   Reno, Nevada, United States

BPV Committee on Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Pressure Vessels, Reinforced Thermoset Plastic Corrosion Resistant Equipment and B31.3 Process Piping Taskgroups
Apr 30 2012 08:00 AM - May 03 2012 05:00 PM   |   Tampa, Florida, United States

Y14 Engineering Drawing and Related Documentation
Apr 30 2012 08:00 AM - May 04 2012 05:00 PM   |   Dearborn, Michigan, United States

CSD-1 Controls and Safety Devices for Automatically Fired Boilers
May 01 2012 08:30 AM - May 02 2012 04:00 PM   |   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

B1 Screw Threads
May 01 2012 08:00 AM - May 03 2012 12:00 PM   |   Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

B31.1 Power
May 07 2012 - May 09 2012   |   Clearwater Beach, Florida, United States

A17 Elevator Code
May 07 2012 08:00 AM - May 10 2012 07:00 PM   |   San Antonio, Texas, United States

Cranes for Nuclear Facilities
May 08 2012 08:00 AM - May 11 2012 12:00 PM   |   Richland, Washington, United States

B30 and BTH - Cranes and Related Equipment
May 13 2012 08:00 AM - May 18 2012 02:00 PM   |   North Charleston, South Carolina, United States

A17 Task Groups on Use of Elevators by Firefighters and Occupant Egress
May 15 2012 08:30 AM - May 17 2012 05:00 PM   |   Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Bioprocessing Equipment (BPE) Conference & Exhibition
May 21 2012 08:00 AM - May 25 2012 05:00 PM   |   San Diego, California, United States

A17 Emergency Operations and Hoistway
Jun 05 2012 08:30 AM - Jun 07 2012 05:00 PM   |   Calgary, Alberta, Canada

B31 Qualification of Pipeline Personnel Technical Committee
Jun 12 2012 01:00 PM - Jun 13 2012 05:00 PM   |   Portland, Oregon, United States

A17 Escalator & Moving Walk
Jun 13 2012, 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM   |   Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Board on Pressure Technology Codes & Standards
Jun 20 2012 - Jun 21 2012   |   Bethelehem, Pennsylvania, United States

Pressure Vessels For Human Occupancy
Jun 25 2012 10:00 AM - Jun 28 2012 05:00 PM   |   Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

See full committee meeting calendar

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