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Replies to Technical Inquiries
July 1,1997, Through December 31,1997

publish intepretations issued by theB31 Committee concerning B31.1 as part
of the update service to the Code. The interpretations have been asssigned numbers in chronological
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the interpretation or the Edition or Addenda stated in the reply. Subsequent revisions to the Code may
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104.3.3(C),Miter Bends for Low Pressure Steam Pipe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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B3 1-96-028
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Interpretations No. 31

31-1, 31-2

Interpretation: 31-1
Subject: B3 I . 1, Para. 104.3.3 (C), Miter Bends for Low Pressure Steam Pipe
Date Issued: July 15,1997
File: B3 1-96-028
Question (1): Does ASME 831.1 permit the use of miter joints for steam services?
Reply (1): Yes, provided the rules of paras. 104.3.3(C) and 104.7 are met.
Question (2): May an alternative Code be used for this application?
Reply (2): When no Section of the ASME Code for Pressure Piping, specifically covers a pipng system,
at his discretion the Owner may apply other code(s) (e.g., ASME B3 1.3). However, it is cautioned that
supplementary requirements to the ASME B31 sections chosen may be necessary to provide a safe piping
system for the intended application.

Interpretation: 31-2
Subject: B3 1.1, Para. 132.4.1(A) and Table 132, Postweld Heat Treatment
Date Issued: July 15, 1997
File: B3 1-96-062
Question: May para. 132.4.1 be used to determine the nominal material thickness in Table 132?
Reply: No. The nominal material thickness is the nominal thickness of the thicker of the materials being
joined at the weld. Paragraph 132.4.1 is used
for the determination of a thickness which may allow the
exemption of PWHT for P-Nos. 1 and 3 materials only.


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