Pressure Vessel Inspections

PRESSURE VESSEL INSPECTIONS​

Vector Tank Solutions provides services to inspect all pressure vessel assets and pressure boundary components, per applicable codes such as API 510. Knowledge in pressure vessel bullets, spheres, cokers, columns, and towers, and heat exchangers also ensure minimal down time during maintenance outages and turn-arounds. Our experience with damage mechanisms allows us to quickly identify problems and assist in the mitigation of risk.

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Pressure Vessel

API 510 PRESSURE VESSEL INSPECTIONS AND API 510 CERTIFIED INSPECTORS

Pressure vessel inspections from pressure vessel testing companies can help prevent catastrophic failures, save money, prolong the life of your equipment, and increase safety. An inspection plan will allow owner/users to determine when to perform preventive maintenance and when to schedule more extensive inspections. API 510 is an inspection code that addresses the in-service, out-of service and on-stream inspection of pressure vessels. API vessel inspection is a widely recognized industry standard, and can also be used to calculate maximum allowable working pressure for vessels that were not manufactured to industry standards for pressure vessels, such as ASME VIII. In addition to the API 510 standard, the owner can use Risk Based Inspections (RBI) to develop inspection intervals specific to their facility. These inspection intervals are designed to reduce downtime and expenses.

Pressure vessel inspections are required per code, and other jurisdictional requirements may also apply. The interval for pressure vessel inspections is calculated by a certified API 510 inspector, as well as the predicted life of the vessel through the calculated corrosion rate.

API 510 inspectors, employed by a pressure vessel inspection company or pressure vessel testing company, are trained to perform pressure vessel inspections in accordance with API 510. This code covers the inspection, repair, alteration and rerating of pressure vessels used in the chemical and petroleum processing industries, as well as pulp and paper, and refining industries. Having the certification following an API vessel inspection means that the inspector performs all functions specified in the API 510 standard.

ASME is a leading international organization that produces standards and codes for industries and organizations, in particular, ASME-certified inspections. Established in 1884, ASME is the leading source of consensus standards in the industry. A pressure vessel is a storage tank or vessel that can operate at pressures higher than 15 p.s.i.g. Recent pressure vessel inspections have revealed that a significant number of vessels are cracked or damaged in workplaces. A pressure vessel inspection company report, having performed an API 510 inspection, should contain accurate information and recommendations for the owner or user.

As a required safety precaution, pressure vessel testing should be performed per the intervals established by certified inspectors or engineers. Inspections can include an analysis of thickness, stress analysis, hydrostatic pressure tests, and inspection of structural connections and welds. If any of these components are not working properly, they should be fixed immediately and the repairs inspected by a certified inspector. It is important to hire an experienced pressure vessel inspector for your facility to ensure proper inspections of your equipment.

Periodic pressure vessel testing should also include leak tests and safety valve checks, performed by a certified API 510 inspector. These inspections help ensure that pressure vessels are in good working order and are safe to operate. Pressure vessels are extremely important for safety and must be inspected regularly. A leak can result in a disaster, and a leak can also lead to significant losses in productivity.