††††† 815 KAR 15:060. Nuclear vessel requirements.


††††† RELATES TO: KRS Chapter 236


††††† NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 236.030 authorizes the commissioner, through the Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Rules, to fix reasonable standards for the safe construction, installation, inspection, and repair of boilers and pressure piping. This administrative regulation establishes the basic requirements for nuclear vessels.


††††† Section 1. Nuclear Vessels. (1) ASME, National Board stamping. All nuclear vessels covered under the scope of Section III of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, as established by KRS 236.040(2), shall be constructed, stamped, and installed in accordance with the boiler safety rules of the latest edition of ASME Section III, together with the addenda and code cases. Each vessel shall be registered with the National Board and stamped to indicate the vesselís registration.

††††† (2) Responsibilities of parties involved.

††††† (a)1. The various parties involved in the work of producing vessels under ASME Section III have definite responsibilities in meeting code requirements.

††††† 2. The owner requiring that a vessel or vessels be designed, constructed, tested, and certified to be a code vessel in compliance with the code shall provide a diagram of each vessel, a specification related to operating conditions in sufficient detail to provide a complete basis for design, construction, and inspection in accordance with the code.

††††† 3. The diagram shall be treated as a data report form and attached to the other data forms to create a master report, which shall be registered with the Boiler Inspection Section, Division of Plumbing, Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction, 101 Sea Hero Road, Suite 100, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-5412.

††††† (b) Design specifications certified. The design specifications shall be certified as to compliance with the above requirements and ASME Section III by a registered professional engineer experienced in nuclear pressure vessel design.

††††† (3) Inspections and tests.

††††† (a) The boiler inspector and the special inspector shall make all inspections specified by ASME Section III and other inspections and tests the boiler inspector or special inspector determines are necessary to verify that the equipment is fabricated and installed in accordance with requirements of the code.

††††† (b) Inspections and tests of nuclear vessels shall be made only by a boiler inspector qualified as an authorized nuclear inspector pursuant to ASME Section III.

††††† (4) Field inspections.

††††† (a) Upon completion of installation, the vessel and associated piping shall be inspected by a boiler inspector qualified as an authorized nuclear inspector pursuant to Article N-612, ASME Section III and commissioned to inspect pressure vessels in this commonwealth. A vessel composed of two (2) or more pressure retaining compartments shall constitute one (1) complete unit for the purpose of assigning and stamping the serial number.

††††† (b) Recurring inspections. Recurring inspections of nuclear vessels in service shall be made only by a boiler inspector or special inspector qualified as an authorized nuclear in-service inspector. (Recodified from 806 KAR 50:175, 7-5-1978; Am. 20 Ky.R. 2738; eff. 5-18-1994; TAm eff. 8-9-2007; 42 Ky.R. 1639; eff. 2-5-2016.)