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ASME BPVC.VIII.

1-2019 UG-1 – UG-4

SUBSECTION A
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

PART UG
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL METHODS OF
CONSTRUCTION AND ALL MATERIALS

UG-1 SCOPE (d) Materials other than those allowed by the rules of
The requirements of Part UG are applicable to all pres- this Division shall not be used. Data for new materials
sure vessels and vessel parts and shall be used in conjunc- shall be submitted to and approved by the ASME Boiler
tion with the specific requirements in Subsections B and and Pressure Vessel Committee on Materials in accor-
C and the Mandatory Appendices that pertain to the meth- dance with Section II, Part D, Mandatory Appendix 5.
od of fabrication and the material used. (e) Materials outside the limits of size and/or thickness
given in the title or scope clause of the specifications giv-
en in Section II, and permitted by the applicable part of
MATERIALS Subsection C, may be used if the material is in compliance
with the other requirements of the specification,6 and no
UG-4 GENERAL
size or thickness limitation is given in the stress tables. In
(a) Material subject to stress due to pressure shall con- those specifications in which chemical composition or
form to one of the specifications given in Section II, Part D, mechanical properties vary with size or thickness, mate-
Subpart 1, Tables 1A, 1B, and 3, including all applicable rials outside the range shall be required to conform to
notes in the tables, and shall be limited to those that are the composition and mechanical properties shown for
permitted in the applicable Part of Subsection C, except the nearest specified range.
as otherwise permitted in UG-9, UG-10, UG-11, UG-15, (f) It is recommended that the user or his designated
Part UCS, Part UIG, and the Mandatory Appendices. agent assure himself that materials used for the construc-
Material may be identified as meeting more than one ma- tion of the vessels will be suitable for the intended service
terial specification and/or grade, provided the material with respect to retention of satisfactory mechanical prop-
meets all requirements of the identified material erties, and resistance to corrosion, erosion, oxidation, and
specification(s) and/or grade(s) [see UG-23(a)]. other deterioration during their intended service life. See
(b) Material for nonpressure parts, such as skirts, sup- also informative and nonmandatory guidance regarding
ports, baffles, lugs, clips, and extended heat transfer sur- metallurgical phenomena in Section II, Part D, Nonmanda-
faces, need not conform to the specifications for the tory Appendix A.
material to which they are attached or to a material spec- (g) When specifications, grades, classes, and types are
ification permitted in this Division, but if attached to the referenced, and the material specification in Section II,
vessel by welding shall be of weldable quality [see Part A or Part B is a dual‐unit specification (e.g.,
UW-5(b)]. The allowable stress values for material not SA-516/SA-516M), the design values and rules shall be
identified in accordance with UG-93 shall not exceed applicable to either the U.S. Customary version of the ma-
80% of the maximum allowable stress value permitted terial specification or the SI unit version of the material
for similar material in Subsection C. specification. For example, when SA-516M Grade 485 is
(c) Material covered by specifications in Section II is used in construction, the design values listed for its
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not restricted as to the method of production unless so equivalent, SA-516 Grade 70, in either the U.S. Customary
stated in the specification, and so long as the product or metric Section II, Part D (as appropriate) shall be used.
complies with the requirements of the specification. (h) When the rules of this Division require the use of
(See UG-85.) material physical properties, these properties shall be ta-
ken from the applicable tables in Section II, Part D,

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Subpart 2. If the applicable tables in Section II, Part D, other, except that if the length of the forging, excluding
Subpart 2 do not contain these properties for a permitted test prolongations, exceeds 12 ft (3.7 m), then one speci-
material or do not list them within the required tempera- men shall be taken from each end of the forging.
ture range, the Manufacturer may use other authoritative
sources for the needed information. The Manufacturer’s UG-7 CASTINGS
Data Report shall note under “Remarks” the property val- Cast material may be used in the construction of pres-
ues obtained and their source. sure vessels and vessel parts. Specifications and maxi-
NOTE: If material physical properties are not listed, the Manufac- mum allowable stress values for acceptable casting
turer is encouraged to bring the information to the attention of the materials are given in the tables referenced in UG-23.
ASME Committee on Materials (BPV Section II) so that the data These allowable stress values shall be multiplied by the
can be added in Section II, Part D, Subpart 2. applicable casting quality factor given in UG-24 for all ma-
terials except cast iron.
UG-5 PLATE7
UG-8 PIPE AND TUBES
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Plate used in the construction of pressure parts of pres-


sure vessels shall conform to one of the specifications in (a) Pipe and tubes of seamless or welded8 construction
Section II for which allowable stress values are given in conforming to one of the specifications given in Section II
the tables referenced in UG-23, except as otherwise pro- may be used for shells and other parts of pressure vessels.
vided in UG-4, UG-10, UG-11, and UG-15. Allowable stress values for the materials used in pipe and
tubes are given in the tables referenced in UG-23.
UG-6 FORGINGS (b) Integrally finned tubes may be made from tubes
(a) Forged material may be used in pressure vessel that conform in every respect with one of the specifica-
construction, provided the material has been worked suf- tions given in Section II. These tubes may be used under
ficiently to remove the coarse ingot structure. Specifica- the following conditions:
tions and maximum allowable stress values for (1) The tubes, after finning, shall have a temper or
acceptable forging materials are given in the tables refer- condition that conforms to one of those provided in the
enced in UG-23. (See Part UF for forged vessels.) governing specifications, or, when specified, they may
(b) Forged rod or bar may only be used within the lim- be furnished in the “as‐fabricated condition” where the
itations of UG-14. finned portions of the tube are in the cold worked temper
(c) Forgings certified to SA-105, SA-181, SA-182, (as‐finned) resulting from the finning operation, and the
SA-350, SA-403, and SA-420 may be used as tubesheets unfinned portions in the temper of the tube prior to
and hollow cylindrical forgings for pressure vessel shells finning.
that otherwise meet all the rules of this Division, provided (2) The maximum allowable stress value for the
that the following additional requirements are met: finned tube shall be that given in the tables referenced
(1) Forgings certified to SA-105 or SA-181 shall be in UG-23 for the tube before finning except as permitted
subject to one of the austenitizing heat treatments per- in (3) below.
mitted by these specifications. (3) The maximum allowable stress value for a tem-
(2) One tension test specimen shall be taken from per or condition that has a higher stress value than that
each forging weighing more than 5,000 lb (2 250 kg). of the tube before finning may be used, provided that qua-
The largest obtainable tension test specimen as specified lifying mechanical property tests demonstrate that such a
by the test methods referenced in the applicable specifica- temper or condition is obtained and conforms to one of
tion shall be used. Except for upset-disk forgings, the lon- those provided in the governing specifications in Section
gitudinal axis of the test specimen shall be taken parallel II, and provided that allowable stress values have been es-
to the direction of major working of the forging. For tablished in the tables referenced in UG-23 for the tube
upset-disk forgings, the longitudinal axis of the test speci- material used. The qualifying mechanical property tests
men shall be taken in the tangential direction. When shall be made on specimens of finned tube from which
agreed to by the Manufacturer, and when not prohibited the fins have been removed by machining. The frequency
by the material specification, test specimens may be ma- of tests shall be as required in the unfinned tube
chined from specially forged test blocks meeting the pro- specification.
visions provided in SA-266 or other similar specifications (4) The maximum allowable internal or external
for large forgings. working pressure of the tube shall be based on the root
(3) For quenched and tempered forgings weighing diameter and the minimum wall of the finned section,
more than 10,000 lb (4 500 kg) at the time of heat treat- or the outside diameter and wall of the unfinned section
ment, two tension test specimens shall be taken from together with appropriate stress values, whichever re-
each forging. These shall be offset 180 deg from each sults in the lower maximum allowable working pressure.
Alternatively, the maximum allowable external pressure
for tubes with integral fins may be established under
the rules of Mandatory Appendix 23.

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(5) In addition to the tests required by the governing (b) Material Identified With a Specification Not Per-
specifications, each tube after finning shall be subjected to mitted by This Division and Identified to a Particular Pro-
a pneumatic test or a hydrostatic test as indicated below. duction Lot as Required by a Specification Permitted by
UG-90(c)(1)(-i) requirement for a visual inspection by the This Division but Which Cannot Be Qualified Under (a).
Inspector does not apply to either of these tests. Any material for which the documentation required in
(-a) an internal pneumatic test of not less than (a) is not available may be accepted as satisfying the re-
250 psi (1.7 MPa) for 5 sec without evidence of leakage. quirements of the specification permitted by this Division,
The test method shall permit easy visual detection of provided that the conditions set forth below are satisfied.
any leakage such as immersion of the tube under water (1) Recertification by an Organization Other Than the
or a pressure differential method.9 Vessel or Part Manufacturer. Not permitted.
(-b) an individual tube hydrostatic test in accor- (2) Recertification by the Vessel or Part Manufacturer
dance with UG-99 that permits complete examination of (-a) When documentation demonstrating com-
the tube for leakage. plete conformance to the chemical requirements is not
available, chemical analyses are made on different pieces
UG-9 WELDING MATERIALS from the lot to establish a mean analysis that is to be ac-
Welding materials used for production shall comply cepted as representative of the lot. The pieces chosen for
with the requirements of this Division, those of Section analysis shall be selected at random from the lot. The
IX, and the applicable qualified welding procedure speci- number of pieces selected shall be at least 10% of the
fication. When the welding materials comply with one of number of pieces in the lot, but not less than three. For
the specifications in Section II, Part C, the marking or tag- lots of three pieces or less, each piece shall be analyzed.
ging of the material, containers, or packages as required Each individual analysis for an element shall conform to
by the applicable Section II specification may be accepted the limits for product analysis in the permitted specifica-
for identification in lieu of a Test Report or a Certificate of tion, and the mean for each element shall conform to the
Compliance. When the welding materials do not comply heat analysis limits of that specification. Analyses need
with one of the specifications of Section II, the marking only be made for those elements required by the per-
or tagging shall be identifiable with the welding materials mitted specification (including its general specification);
set forth in the welding procedure specification, and may only those elements for which documentation is not avail-
be accepted in lieu of a Test Report or a Certificate of able must be tested.
Compliance. (-b) When documentation demonstrating com-
plete conformance to the mechanical property require-
UG-10 MATERIAL IDENTIFIED WITH OR ments is not available, mechanical property tests are
PRODUCED TO A SPECIFICATION NOT

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made in accordance with the requirements of the per-
PERMITTED BY THIS DIVISION, AND mitted specification, and the results of the tests conform
MATERIAL NOT FULLY IDENTIFIED to the specified requirements; only those properties for
(a) Identified Material With Complete Certification which documentation is not available must be tested.
From the Material Manufacturer. Material identified with (-c) When documentation demonstrating com-
a specification not permitted by this Division and identi- plete conformance to the heat treatment requirements
fied to a single production lot as required by a permitted is not available, the material is heat treated in accordance
specification may be accepted as satisfying the require- with those specification heat treatment requirements,
ments of a specification permitted by this Division, pro- either prior to or during fabrication. (See also UG-85.)
vided the following conditions are satisfied: (-d) All other applicable requirements (including,
(1) Recertification by an Organization Other Than the but not limited to, melting method, melting practice,
Vessel or Part Manufacturer. Not permitted. deoxidation, chemical analysis, mechanical properties,
(2) Recertification by the Vessel or Part Manufacturer grain size, and quality) of the specification permitted by
(-a) Documentation is provided to the Certificate this Division, to which the material is to be recertified,
Holder demonstrating that all applicable requirements have been demonstrated to have been met.
(including, but not limited to, melting method, melting (-e) The material has marking, acceptable to the
practice, deoxidation, chemical analysis, mechanical prop- Inspector, for identification to the documentation.
erties, quality, and heat treatment) of the specification (-f) When the conformance of the material with the
permitted by this Division, to which the material is to permitted specification has been established, the material
be recertified, have been met. shall be marked as required by the permitted
(-b) The material has marking, acceptable to the specification.
Inspector, for identification to the documentation. (c) Material Not Fully Identified. Material that cannot
(-c) When the conformance of the material with be qualified under the provisions of either (a) or (b), such
the permitted specification has been established, the ma- as material not fully identified as required by the per-
terial shall be marked as required by the permitted mitted specification or unidentified material, may be
specification.

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