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1117.0 Refrigerant-Containing Pressure Vessels
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Pressure vessels having inside dimensions of 6 inches (152 mm) or less shall comply with the following:
- Be listed individually or as part of an assembly.
- Marked directly on the vessel or on a nameplate attached to the vessel in accordance with ASME BPVC Section VIII.
- Where requested by the Authority Having Jurisdiction, the manufacturer shall provide documentation to confirm that the vessel design, fabrication, and testing requirements are in accordance with ASME BPVC Section VIII.
Exception: Vessels having an internal or external design pressure of 15 psig (103 kPa) or less.
Where a fusible plug is used to protect a pressure vessel having an inside diameter of 6 inches (152 mm) or less, the ultimate strength of the pressure vessel so protected shall withstand a pressure 2.5 times the saturation pressure of the refrigerant used at the temperature stamped on the fusible plug or 2.5 times the critical pressure of the refrigerant used, whichever is less. [ASHRAE 15:188.8.131.52]
Pressure vessels having an internal or external design pressure of 15 psig (103 kPa) or less shall have an ultimate strength to withstand not less than 3.0 times the design pressure and shall be tested with a pneumatic test pressure of not less than 1.25 times the design pressure or a hydrostatic test pressure of not less than 1.5 times the design pressure. [ASHRAE 15:9.3.3]
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