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Questions about U-1a forms

Questions about U-1a forms

Questions about U-1a forms

Hi there,

A couple of questions:

-I have seen many U-1a forms that only list the minimum thickness of the head and not the nominal. Why is this?

-The nominal thickness listed for a forged vessel was the thickness BEFORE the actual forging?

RE: Questions about U-1a forms

Min. thickness of head is given because that is what is required to be listed per Table W-3.

RE: Questions about U-1a forms

It is always a good idea to retain the original design drawings for a vessel which contains the design nominal thickness ...

Sr. Process Engineer

RE: Questions about U-1a forms

The answer to your first question is that ASME only requires the supplier to specify the minimum thickness of the heads on the Manufacturer's Data Report because that is the only information that's pertinent to the pressure-containing capability of the equipment. The head nominal thickness is really only useful for determining the weight of the vessel.


RE: Questions about U-1a forms


Is there a compelling reason why the code doesn't require the nominal thickness to be stated for the heads like they are for the shell?

I completely agree. Every single plant I worked at though there is always at least a handful of equipment that was built in the 50s with little of the original documentation available.


Why is specifying the nominal shell thickness required then?

RE: Questions about U-1a forms

Shell cylinders are made from pipe or rolled plate. Pipe already comes with a 12.5% mill tolerance, and rolled plate typically does not experience significant thinning as a result of the forming process.

The process used for forming heads from plate is very different and can result in substantial thinning, perhaps as much as 100X the amount of thinning seen in the cylinder.


RE: Questions about U-1a forms

Thank you!
That makes sense!

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