ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code

Designed to meet the needs of a changing world

ASME's BPVC standards provide the single largest source of technical data used in the manufacturing, construction, and operation of boilers & pressure vessels. Fueled by the foresight of leading industry experts, the BPVC standards are designed to meet the needs of a changing world.

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The rapid evolution of technology requires careful monitoring. As new materials, products, systems, and services arise, ASME, works with leading experts across industry to update its Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, releasing a new edition every two years.

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Explore Past, Present, and Future Editions of BPVC

Learn about our past, present, and future versions of this ever-evolving set of standards.

BPVC Areas

Explore the single largest source of technical data used in the manufacturing, construction, and operation of boilers.
Service & Reference
Access material properties, testing data & more, referenced across BPVC.
Pressure Vessels
Discover detailed construction requirements across fired and unfired pressure vessels.
Code Cases
Learn about approved exceptions and alternatives to standard construction requirements across BPVC.
Examine essential construction requirements that cover past, present & future nuclear reactor technology.
Significant Changes
Review the most significant changes and the reasons behind them within the 2021 edition of BPVC



Discover the largest source of technical data used for boiler manufacturing, construction, maintenance, inspection & operation​

  • Provides essential rules and guidance that support the safe installation, operation and maintenance of boiler systems​
  • Includes construction requirements for many boiler types, aiding in their design, manufacturing, installation, inspection and more​
  • Covers key rules & guidance across the ASME product certification process, supporting boiler and related component manufacturers

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Pressure Vessels


Explore new design and construction requirements along with other key updates across fired and unfired pressure vessels​

  • Speaks to internal and external pressure containing vessels, aiding in their design, construction, operation, inspection & maintenance​
  • Offers flexible design and manufacturing methods that allow for more efficient & economical approaches​
  • Includes inspection and certification requirements for manufacturers, supporting their sales and distribution​

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Examine new inspection techniques, design and construction requirements, testing methods and more across nuclear technology​

  • Includes design and design-analysis methods for nuclear technology, that support its future development and use​
  • Covers material selection, manufacturing, examination, testing & overpressure protection, aiding its use across many applications ​
  • Provides requirements for establishing and executing a quality assurance program, helping operators manage their facilities​

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Service & Reference


Learn about key updates and additions across BPVC, including the new Section XIII on Overpressure Protection Access ​

  • Provides chemical, heat treatment and mechanical properties for many products and applications, aiding safety & quality ​
  • Includes tables that identify all acceptable editions of adopted material specifications, supporting the use of older materials​
  • Specifies welding material packaging and labeling requirements, supporting manufacturers’ sales and users’ material selection

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