Pressure vessels since the very first day of their application have been performing this challenging role of holding elements (gas, liquid or semi solid materials) at pressure levels substantially different from the ambient pressure. These strategically constructed cylinder-shaped closed containers are expected to be built with extreme care and exact specifications and features, as any loophole in the construction or feature can lead to leakage or explosion, which can be fatal in nature. No wonder that the aspects such as design, features, manufacture and operation of pressure vessels are regulated by the engineering authorities backed by legislation.
Importance of ASME Codes for Safety Insurance of Pressure Vessels
Pressure vessels are immensely essential in monitoring the pressure of volatile liquids and gases that they carry within for several industrial applications. It is hence mandatory that their quality, functionality and operational ability are regulated by the ASME. ASME or American Society of Mechanical Engineers has set certain varieties of standard rules and regulations that govern the manufacturing process of pressure vessels in United States. This simply means that a vessel without ASME certification cannot be legally used in USA. ASME code and certification doesnâ€™t only indicate towards the efficiency, accuracy and performance of the pressure vessels, it also makes sure that a higher level of safety and caution is followed in factories in US to render protection to the workers engaged in dangerous situations.
The codes that were first developed in 1900s enlist a number of rules, guidelines and regulations that act as a body of direction for the pressure vessel manufacturers. According to this, pressure vessels should be fabricated keeping in mind the enlisted guidelines and regulations mentioned by ASME in order to opt for protection, accuracy and safety in the vessel readings and usages.
The ASME rules and guidelines came into being as several factories and industrial facilities faced dangerous accidents due to faulty and inconsistent construction and operation of pressure vessels. Apart from following the guidelines enlisted in ASME, pressure vessel manufacturers are also expected to comply with regulations pertaining to the regularity of inspections of the vessels that can eventually lead to avoidance of accidents.
After all, it is the responsibility of the manufacturers, users and the engineers to ensure that the pressure vessels lead to productivity and not loss of life and property.