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ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code

SECTION II-A

INTERPRETATIONS
Volume 46
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INTERPRETATIONS
NO. 46 SECTION II-A
Replies to Technical Inquiries
July 1, 2000 through December 31, 2000

FOREWORD
This publication includes all written interpretations issued between the indicated dates by the ASME
Staff on behalf of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Committee in response to inquiries concerning
interpretations of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. A contents is also included which lists
subjects specific to the interpretations covered in the individual volume.
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SECTION II-A
Subject
Acceptable Limit of Unspecified Elements in Section II, Parts A and B (1998 Edition
with the 1999 Addenda) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Chemical Requirements of SA-542 Type D of Section II, Part A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Interpretation

File No.

IIA-98-09
IIA-98-08

BC00-056
BC99-533

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Section II-A Interpretations No. 46

IIA-98-08, IIA-98-09

Interpretation: IIA-98-08
Subject:

Chemical Requirements of SA-542 (1998 Edition with the 1999 Addenda) Type D
of Section II, Part A

Date Issued:

December 30, 1999

File:

BC99-533

Question (1): The maximum silicon content is 0.010% on heat analysis and 0.013% on product
analysis in accordance with Table 1 of SA-542/SA-542M. Are not these figures misprints of 0.10 and
0.13 respectively?
Reply (1): Yes.
Question (2): May titanium and boron contents given in Table 1 be interpreted as 0.030 max.,
0.035 max., and 0.0020 max. respectively?
Reply (2): Yes.

Interpretation: IIA-98-09
Subject:

Acceptable Limit of Unspecified Elements in Section II, Parts A and B (1998 edition,
1999 Addenda)

Date Issued:

January 27, 2000

File:

BC00-056

Question (1): Is there any requirement where an ellipsis (...) appears in a table of chemical
composition in the materials specifications in Section II, Parts A and B?
Reply (1): No.
Question (2): For SA-182, SA-234, and SA-335 grades, for which an ellipsis (...) appears in the
table of chemical composition for any element, and for which a test report indicates a content of such
an element that does not violate the requirements of section 6.3 of SA-182 or section B-230 of
Appendix B of Section II, Part A, for SA-234 or SA-335, is the material in conformance with the
respective specifications?
Reply (2): Yes, provided that all of the other requirements of the respective specifications are met.

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