Interpretation of External Load On Nozzle Flange using PV Elite & Code Case 2901

This presentation is prepared by Mr Deepak Sethia who is working in ImageGrafix Software FZCO, the Hexagon CAS Global Network Partner in the Middle East and Egypt. He has extensive experience on using Caesar II and PV Elite software and troubleshooting. The points that will be covered in this article are:

  • ASME Interpretation BPV VIII-1-16-85
  • ANSI Flange Pressure Reduction Options In PV Elite
  • Code Case 2901

What Code Interpretation BPV VIII-1-16-85 States-

This interpretation states that if you have external loadings acting on a nozzle you have to consider them on the flange too.

In 2013, however, PVP2013-97814 was written to address this issue. But many users complained that their jurisdictions did not/would not accept such a published (peer reviewed) paper by a reputable author, because it did not have the approval of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Committee.

Compliance With ASME VIII-1, Paragraph UG-22:

Internal and external design pressures are not the only criteria used when designing pressure vessels. ASME VIII-1, paragraph UG-22, requires that all external loads acting on the pressure vessel be taken into account as well.

These include forces and moments that arise from attached piping and equipment, the weight of the vessel and its contents, liquid static head as well as wind and seismic induced reactions.

ANSI Flange Pressure Reduction Options:

  • Select a method for ANSI flange pressure reduction. Several methods are available to de-rate the flange MAWP based on external loads. If flanges are externally loaded they have the potential to leak. To keep this from occurring, it might be necessary to choose a heavier class of flange than one that is good for the design pressure per the B16.5/47 standard.
  • At the time of this writing (November 2017), the ASME Code has no rules on a particular method to use. They do however state (in a Code Case) that the external loadings must considered.

Methods Available in PV Elite:

  • Kellogg Method
  • PVP Method
  • 50% Stress Method
  • DNV Method

Assessing the flange MAWP reduction method in PV Elite:

Kellogg Method – The Kellogg method is well known and conservative. The axial load and moment are used to compute an equivalent pressure that is then deducted from the flange rating from the B16/47 table.

PVP Method – This method is taken from the paper: ‘Improved Analysis of External Loads on Flanged Joints’ PVP2013-97814 by Dr. Warren Brown delivered in Paris July 14-18 2013 published by ASME. MAWP of the flange is adjusted so that the following equation is observed:

Sustained forces and moments must be entered for those results to be meaningful. Otherwise, the computed flange rating is zero.

50% Stress Method – If the computed stress/allowable stress is < 0.5 on the pipe wall, then the allowable pressure is the full rating from the ANSI/ASME standard. If the stress ratio is >= 0.5, then the full equivalent pressure based on the Kellogg method is subtracted from the flange rating. This method looks at the stress in the nozzle wall to determine the MAWP. These are the data:

DNV Method – The DNV method is considered to be a bit unconservative. It is essentially 1.3 times the flange rating minus the equivalent pressure based on the Kellogg method. The idea is that because the flanges will be hydrotest at an elevated pressure and because there will loading applied (flanges in the piping system), then their rating can be elevated using the above equation. Most piping is tested to 1.5 times the design pressure, but we use a factor of 1.3 for conservatism and because 1.3 is the factor used in Division 1 for hydrotesting pressure vessels.

Note- The equivalent pressure is the pressure derived from the Kellogg Equation.

Analysis result-

Code Case 2901:

Does Code Case 2901 is available in PV Elite ?

Yes, the PVP method in PV Elite is essentially the same thing as the Code Case.

Code Case 2901-

The PVP MAWP Reduction Method-

What’s New in PV Elite 2019:

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Anup Kumar Dey

I am a Mechanical Engineer turned into a Piping Engineer. Currently, I work in a reputed MNC as a Senior Piping Stress Engineer. I am very much passionate about blogging and always tried to do unique things. This website is my first venture into the world of blogging with the aim of connecting with other piping engineers around the world.

One thought on “Interpretation of External Load On Nozzle Flange using PV Elite & Code Case 2901

  1. Hi Anup sir,
    Thank you for valueable information and above snap calc.method from Ray Dela force.

    I have review a new version of PV 2020 version that has a new tools to select “User define FM value for ANSI flange”. I know that FM comes from UG44 table.
    But, in what case we shall select this option?

    Please share any opinion. Thanks

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