Pressure Vessels Field Manual: Common Operating Problems and Practical Solutions. By Maurice Stewart and Oran T. Lewis. Gulf Professional Publishing, 2 Greenway Plaza, Suite 1020, Houston, TX 77046. Web: gulfpub.com. 2013. 498 pages. $79.95.
Reviewed by Keith Kachelhofer, Hargrave Engineers + Constructors, Savannah, Ga.
In this book, authors Maurice Stewart and Oran Lewis provide concise information from the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code Section VIII, Divisions I and II (the Code). Unlike most material published on the topic of pressure vessels, this book provides practical information for day-to-day operations for designing, fabricating and repairing pressure vessels.
Information in the book is organized into an outline format that provides key information on each topic. The format makes it easy for the reader to quickly find information.
The book starts with the history and organization of the ASME presssure vessel codes, followed by sections on vessel materials of construction, mechanical design, fabrication, welding and in-shop inspection. The order of chapters, as well as the order of information with each chapter, follows the processes needed to design and fabricate a pressure vessel.
Two chapters are dedicated to materials of construction for pressure vessels, and they cover both ferrous and nonferrous alloys, along with information on heat treatment and hydrogen embrittlement. Additional topics include aluminum alloys, Charpy V-notch testing, fracture-analysis diagrams and brittle fractures.
The authors have done a good job discussing the responsibilities of all stakeholders — the owner, user and manufacturer — for both Division I and Division II of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. Calculation procedures from the Code are provided for internal pressure and external pressure of cylinders and various heads. The example calculations that are included are easy to follow.
The last three chapters separate this book from others on the topic. Full color photographs are presented, showing the various processes that take place in a vessel fabrication shop. The pictures range from shell fit-ups and nozzle installations to hydrostatic testing.
This is a good reference book for engineers in the chemical process industries (CPI), whether they have extensive, or only limited, exposure to pressure vessels.
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