ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code (ASME BPVC)

ASME BPVC website



The ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC) establishes rules of safety governing the design, fabrication, maintenance and inspection of boilers and pressure vessels, power producing machines (and associated subsystems) and nuclear power plant components. The objective of the rules is to provide a margin for deterioration in service.

The ASME BPVC today encompasses 14 sections, 30 volumes and more than 16,000 pages in total. 

Between BPVC release dates, addendums and supplements are added when advancements are achieved in design and materials and real world experience provides valuable insight.

BPVC purchasers receive further value through ASME's ongoing conformity-assessment programs, referenced and related standards, training courses, technical publications and industry conferences.

Originating in 1914, ASME BPVC is now adopted in part or in its entirety by all 50 states and numerous municipalities and territories of the United States and all the provinces of Canada. More than 92,000 copies of the BPVC Codes are in use in 100 countries around the world.

The Code is kept current by the Boiler and Pressure Committee, a volunteer group of more than 950 engineers.

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