Pressure Vessels (API 510)

The American Petroleum Institute standard (API-510 Pressure Vessel Inspection Code) covers maintenance inspection, repairs, alterations, and re-powering procedures for pressure vessels used in the petroleum and chemical process industries.

Why do we inspect pressure vessels?

  • Identify discrepancies between operating conditions against international code and regulatory requirements (API, AWS, OSHA CFR 1910.119, etc.)
  • Assess the safe condition of the containment of liquids and gases stored in welded containers operating at pressures greater than 15 psi.
  • Remaining life estimates and pressure and temperature RE-rating studies for service conditioning actions.
  • Establish appropriate inspection intervals.
  • Evaluation of findings and identification of failure modes.
  • Review of selection of metallic, non-metallic materials and internal and external protective coatings for improved performance and corrosion resistance
  • Indicate repair procedures in accordance with engineering practices and adherence to current international regulations.
  • Establish monitoring points for corrosion rate evaluation with prediction of catastrophic failure by interrelating inspection data and substandard operating conditions.
  • Establish inspection programs for new and operating equipment based on international risk-based inspection standards API 580.
  • Preparation of API 510 reports, with indications of immediate and planned maintenance actions.

ISS RD, SRL has experienced inspectors certified under API 510 to inspect all types of pressure vessels and their components following the inspection protocols approved by API 510.