22 Section VIII: Division 2—Alternative Rules
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In 1998, the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Standards Committee authorized a project to rewrite the Section VIII, Division 2 pressure vessel code. This decision was made shortly after the design margin on specified minimum tensile strength was lowered from 4.0 to 3.5 in Section I and Section VIII, Division 1. ASME saw the need to update Section VIII, Division 2 to incorporate the latest technologies and to be more competitive. In lieu of revising the existing standard, the decision was made to perform a clean sheet rewrite. By doing so it was felt that not only could the standard...