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# EN 13445-5 and PED limitation of test pressure

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## EN 13445-5 and PED limitation of test pressure

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Hey everybody,

Considering a pressure vessel designed with EN13445 and PED, wit ref to § 10.2.3.3.1 of EN13445 that for says test pressure:

max  1.25 Ps fa/ft or 1.43 Ps under condition that test pressure was limited such a way not to increase design stress.

I understand that if test pressure is the governing condition we're allowed to reduce the test pressure to the maxi allowable pressure of the equipment in test conditions (I.E. ambiant temperature and 90% of yeld stress) with the thickness resulting of calculation for design.

If PED is applicable the test pressure is defined by greater of 1.25 Ps fa/ft or 1.43 Ps and PED doesn't offer possibility to reduce test pressure.

Does anybody have some recommendations or comments ?

### RE: EN 13445-5 and PED limitation of test pressure

Section 7 of Annex 1 of the PED is not mandatory as long as you can show an equivalent level of safety.

I would talk to your Notified Body about this to consider what is an equivalent level of safety.

### RE: EN 13445-5 and PED limitation of test pressure

(OP)
Hey Fawkes,

Can you clarify witch § of PED you are making reference to ?

### RE: EN 13445-5 and PED limitation of test pressure

(OP)
Fawkes,

I've found the sentence, thanks.

In my opinion it's not really sufficient to come to the conclusion that PED allows to reduce the test pressure to the maxi allowable pressure of the equipment in test conditions.

Have you experience of that ?

### RE: EN 13445-5 and PED limitation of test pressure

I have never reduced the test pressure, we have always performed calculations at a test pressure prescribed by the PED if it exceeds that required by the design code based on an allowable stress of 90% of the yield at the test temperature and then tested at that value.

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