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USING A.S.M.E. B31.1

Relying on the ASME's expertise in high pressure applications will eliminate the danger of pipe or tube rupture. The traditional method of selecting pipe for hydraulic systems that use ultimate burst pressure divided by an arbitrary safety factor fails to take into account the actual structural capabilities of the pipe. In understanding the B31 1 formula below, you will have the opportunity to maximize safety and enhance system performance.

The formula for calculating safe working pressure is :

P= ------------------------------
Do - 2y(tm-A)

The left column below is an explanation of the meaning of each value. The right hand column is the value for 2" SCH 80 A106 B and A106 C.

P = Pressure (B) 2574 or (C) 3004
SE = 15000 for A106 B or 17500 for A106 C (B) 15000 or (C) 17500
tm = Wall thickness (specified) .218
A = Allowances (see additional allowances) .02725 (12.5% wall deviation)
Do = Outside diameter 2.375
y = .4 .4

BENDING will reduce safe working pressure by the following amounts: 6 D= 6%, 5 D= 8%, 4D= 14%, 3 D = 25%. More information in ASME B 31.1 paragraph 102.4.5.
THREADING you need to make allowance for the depth of the thread. More information in ASME B 31.1 paragraph 102.4.2.
CORROSION factors need to be addressed if the pipe is exposed to a corrosive environment. The additional wall thickness needs to be calculated such that over the desired life of the system that there remains sufficient wall thickness throughout the pipe's life. More information in ASME B31.1 paragraph 102.4.1. Future articles will deal with organic coatings that will mitigate this issue at a cost significantly lower than stainless steel. If you have current needs for organic coatings--call.
ACTUAL WALL THICKNESS can positively influence pressure ratings. Theses are specified in ASME B31.1 paragraph 102.4.4. Section D o. This paragraph allows for actual wall thickness and outside diameter to be used in calculating working pressure without relying on 12.5% wall deviations. You will realize extra value when you use actual wall thickness to calculate safe working pressure. Our measurement capabilities plus our stock of pipe will allow us to assist you in getting the best pipe for your systems.

The actual formula for the two different grades of pipe work as follows:

2" SCH 80 A106 B

30000(.218 -.02725)
2574#= --------------------------
2.375 - .8(.218 - .02725)

2" SCH 80 A106 C

35000(.218 - .02725)
3004#= --------------------------
2.375 - .8(.218 - .02725)

The 14% extra working pressure that Grade C offers in this example would be sufficient to safely allow downgrades for bending. Additionally, this will reduce installed cost by not having to use 2 1/2" SCH 160 A106 B for a system operating at 2500 psi, as well as reducing heat if 2" SCH 160 A106 B were used.

The ASME B31.1 formula (Table 102.3.2 (C)) predicts a life expectancy of 7000 complete full temperature cycles ~ 19 years of service life for the pipe. Now you can have the confidence of knowing the pipe will be both safe and provide the best value for years to come.


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