Calpe Institute of Technology, carrying out the role of an Engineering team as established at the ITC MIE AP6, offers its services to any petrochemical industry related companies to develop the Design Manual using ASME Code as calculation method. Calpe offers the software tool "CIT VESSEL", developed by us, designed to efficiently and quickly solve the calculations required.

CIT Vessel is in beta testing stage, prior to is selling.

Origins of the ASME Code Sec. VIII Div. 1.

At the beginning of the 20th Century and the last years of the previous century, no criteria was established to design boilers and pressure vessels. As a result of this, More than ten thousand boiler explosions were registered between 1870 and 1910. From 1910 and onward, a mean of 1400 explosions per year were registered.

So many accidents rose fierce criticism by the public opinion and measures to avoid them were requested. These protests had effects at 1911, when the "Boiler Code Committee" was created inside "The American Society of Mechanical Engineering" (ASME), which edited the "Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code" (BPVC), the first comprehensive standard for the design, construction, inspection, and testing of boilers and pressure vessels. Later, the code was adopted as an act by the United States and Canada. Since then, ASME has worked in improving and developing its codes, including the regulations for pressure vessels, located at the Section VIII Division 1 of the BPVC.

Nowadays, ASME is one of the most prestigious societies involved on technological, educational and researching development.

Using ASME Code Sec. VIII Div. 1 in Spain

In 1997, the Pressure Equipment Directive (Directive 97/23/CE) was published. The Real Decreto 769/1999 transposes the directive in Spain, and makes it mandatory since May 29th of 2002. ASME Code Sec VIII Div 1 is one of the calculation methods the Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología accepts as valid for verifying the fulfilment of this regulation, being mandatory to include the calculations in the documentation required for permitting a pressure vessel.

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