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This comprehensive work written by ASME Codes & Standards experts was originally published as part of Volume 3 of the Companion Guide to the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code. This fully updated and expanded volume is now a stand-alone publication that addresses Continuing and Changing Priorities for the success of current and next generation Nuclear Reactors and Internals, License Renewal, Public Safety, and PRA issues.
This book has four parts, the first dealing with continuing priorities of ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes and Standards and the remaining three parts dealing with changing priorities of the Code.
The first part has 13 chapters written by 15 distinguished code authorities with updated information pertaining to continuing priorities. Distinctive in this part is the inclusion of new contributors who have added unique perspectives to the material that was first published in the third edition of the Companion Guide. Likewise the authors who previously updated the material in the third edition have contributed additional information. A new chapter on “seismic protection for pressure piping systems” reflects the importance of the topic especially in regard to aging nuclear reactors.
Three distinctive parts of the book address changing priorities of ASME B&PV Codes and Standards. These are: “Changing Priorities;” “Lessons Learned;” and “Future Discussions.”In Part 2, “Changing Priorities,” there are nine chapters by 11 contributors who are not only Code experts but also recognized authorities in the topics covered by them. Part 3, “Perspectives of Lessons Learned,” has eight chapters by 11 authoritative contributors who are also distinguished in the topics addressed by them. In light of the aging nuclear reactors in operation in the U.S. and around the world and the need for new reactors, it is appropriate to synthesize the expert experiences relating to selected topics. Part 4, “Future Discussions,” is the culmination of the current thinking process for the use of nuclear energy for power generation. This part has two chapters written by five authors with recognized expertise in the subject matter.
A unique feature of this publication is the inclusion of all author biographies and an introduction that synthesizes every chapter, along with an alphabetical listing of indexed terms.
From the Editor - Continuing and Changing Priorities of ASME B&PV Codes
This publication follows the phenomenal success of four editions of the Companion Guide to the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Codes and Standards, published by ASME Press. ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes and Standards are arrived at by a consensus process from the deliberations of practicing engineers, professionals, academia, and regulators meeting several times a year.
The first edition of these books was published in two volumes in summer 2002. By the third edition of the “Companion Guide” published in summer 2009, it had expanded into three volumes. The first of the current, fourth edition of the Companion Guide to the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel and Piping Codes, which addresses Sections I through XII of the Boiler & Pressure Vessel Codes and B31 Codes and Standards, was published in two volumes in summer 2012. The other two new “stand-alone” separate books which include chapters of the third edition excluded from the fourth edition are: (a) Continuing and Changing Priorities of ASME B&PV Codes and Standards, and (b) Global Applications of ASME B&PV Codes and Standards.
The present book addresses the Continuing and Changing Priorities of ASME B&PV Codes and Standards and pursues the intent of the previous editions. This publication continues to focus on the critical Public Safety issues discussed by experts in the first, and subsequent second and third editions. Being at the cross-roads of aging nuclear reactors seeking life extension with few on the threshold of new constructions, and even fewer considering permanent shutdown, it is appropriate to chronicle the continuing and changing priorities. Given the changes in the demographics of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Members, it is appropriate to chronicle Continuing and Changing Priorities of ASME B&PV Codes and Standards since a few Code Members are either seeking retirement or otherwise fading away. It is appropriate to capture the combined 1,634 years of rich professional expertise of 43 contributors about the topics listed in the table of contents.
Continuing the premise of the previous editions, this book has over 600 pages of text, over 500 equations, and over 400 graphics including pictures, sketches, tables and over 1,500 references with annotated bibliographical material. This publication has four parts as enumerated below which shows the authoritative background of contributors chosen to chronicle the chapters assigned to them.
In Part 1, this book has updates by 15 Code experts and recognized professionals who addressed in 13 considerably revised chapters, the continued thread of discussions of the third volume of the third edition, which were omitted from the fourth edition of the "Companion Guide." The revisions in this part deal with Continuing Priorities of B&PV Codes and Standards to recognize the changes in the current Code Editions and ongoing deliberations by the recognized professionals and Code experts.
In Part 2, this book has updates by 13 Code experts and recognized professionals who addressed in nine considerably revised chapters, the continued thread of discussions of the third volume of the third edition, which were omitted from the fourth edition of “Companion Guide.” The revisions in this part deal with Changing Priorities of B&PV Codes and Standards, which recognize the changes in the current Code editions and ongoing deliberations.
Part 3 is new in response to the current needs of the nuclear industry. Considering that the industry had over four decades of learning curve and several of the experts engaged in the nuclear field are either retiring or even fading away it is appropriate to capture while the experts are still available to provide to industry the lessons learned. In light of that opportunity 11 experts, most of them associated with the development of the Code have been selected to address in 8 Chapters, considered to be of dire importance. These new chapters that deal with Changing Priorities of B&PV Codes and Standards recognize the changes in the current Code Editions and ongoing deliberations.
To talk about the future is not easy, especially when we are stumbling through the current issues of nuclear power generation. However, invitation to the top-notch experts in the field worked out exceedingly well and it is gratifying that in Part 4 of Changing Priorities of BPV Codes and Standards, Future Discussions are captured in two chapters from the contributions of professional experts.
For details of the contributors’ credentials readers are advised to refer to their “bios” and for a brief abstracts of the coverage in the individual chapters, readers should refer to Introduction that appears in the front matter of this book.
Thus, this book is different from, and complements all other “Companion Guide” volumes, especially the fourth edition of Companion Guide to the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel and Piping Codes, published in summer 2012, which addressed Sections I through XII of the Boiler & Pressure Vessel Codes and B31 Codes and Standards.
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