## Silly Basic Math question but I don't know the answer

## Silly Basic Math question but I don't know the answer

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API 45th edition calls out a wall tolerance on page 145 table J.4

it simply states

wall tolerance + - 0,7 (0.028)t

should I do a calculation here based upon my given wall to come up with a wall tolerance? If so what is the calculation?

OR

Is it my wall + or - .028

BTW my wall is .375 and pipe diameter is 16" HFW

Thanks in advance,

-=Fred=-

it simply states

wall tolerance + - 0,7 (0.028)t

should I do a calculation here based upon my given wall to come up with a wall tolerance? If so what is the calculation?

OR

Is it my wall + or - .028

BTW my wall is .375 and pipe diameter is 16" HFW

Thanks in advance,

-=Fred=-

Vass Pipe API Line Pipe Industry Leader

## RE: Silly Basic Math question but I don't know the answer

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## RE: Silly Basic Math question but I don't know the answer

I believe the answer is 0.028 times WT

## RE: Silly Basic Math question but I don't know the answer

However, the HFW pipe section shows no inclusion of the pipe wall thickness, so it's an absolute tolerance:

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## RE: Silly Basic Math question but I don't know the answer

API SPECIFICATION 5L (45th edition) page 145 table J.4 I think self explanatory.

Tolerances defined as a percentage of t ( t is specified wall thick.) ,for SMLS pipe having wall thickness t > 4mm or 0.157 in.

Pls look to the notes a,b,c,d for additional restrictions.

## RE: Silly Basic Math question but I don't know the answer

Those tolerances are absolute numbers not percent of t.

Remember - More details = better answers

Also: If you get a response it's polite to respond to it.

## RE: Silly Basic Math question but I don't know the answer

if the tolerance defined with ( say + 0,15 t ) , it is clear that

15% of tor ,0.15*t..## RE: Silly Basic Math question but I don't know the answer

so those are absolute.Dont fight about it. The answer is more than clear.

Reality used to affect the way we thought. Now we somehow believe that what we think affects reality.

## RE: Silly Basic Math question but I don't know the answer

When in fact 45th ed. did NOT have a t for HFW pipe.

So given the response above... that being absolute ... .236 to .591 wall would carry a tolerance of + or - .028

ie; .236 would calculate to + or - 11.8%

.591 would calculate to + or - .047% Yes Less than 1/2 of 1%

Generally tolerances are in the 12% range on all wall based upon API History.

In my opinion these tolerances do not seem correct and that is the reason I wrote the question.

Any Further dissertation would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

-=Fred=-

Vass Pipe API Line Pipe Industry Leader

## RE: Silly Basic Math question but I don't know the answer

I've seen tolerances on welded pipe at 1mm or less for the last 10 years and the mills haven't complained.

Smls less so.

Also your calculation is incorrect.

The thicker wall is 4.7%

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Also: If you get a response it's polite to respond to it.

## RE: Silly Basic Math question but I don't know the answer

How so? In the one example in the table where the SMLS tolerance is a percentage of the wall thickness, the percentage is 12.5% to 15%, which is higher than relative tolerances you calculated for HFW

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## RE: Silly Basic Math question but I don't know the answer

Here is the reason why ... Pipe sitting on a rack in South Houston with proper storage would last 3 to 5 years sometime 10

without the encroachment of what API terms "Surface Imperfections" and we in the industry call pitting. Once suface imperfections

do develop, the maximum permissable inperfection is then measured by the tolerance of the wall. Which was in fact the reason

behind my question to begin with. The tighter tolerances do not weigh in our favor.

Thank you,

Fred C Lake

Vass Pipe

Vass Pipe API Line Pipe Industry Leader