(
\ .
(15)
min
am
t
t FCA
R
t
= (16)
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The Q factor is actually derived from the API 579, section 5 assessment rules for regions of
local metal loss and can be thought of as a conservative screening method for local metal loss.
A remaining strength factor based on the remaining thickness ratio and the flaw length is
calculated as follows:
( )
1
1 1
t
t
t
R
RSF
R
M
=
(17)
2
1 0.48
t
M = + (18)
1.285
l
Dt
= (19)
min
mm
t
t FCA
R
t
= (20)
In the above equations, l is the length of the local thin area based on the CTP. By setting
the RSF equal to the allowable RSF and solving for l, conservative screening criteria can be
derived which relates the length for thickness averaging to the remaining thickness ratio as
follows:
1.285
l
Dt
= (21)
2
1 0.48 1.285
t
l
M
Dt
 
= +

\ .
(22)
2
1
1
1 0.7926
t
a
t
R
RSF
R
l
Dt
=
+
(23)
Solving for l or the length for thickness averaging yields:
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2
1
1.262 1
1
t
t
a
R
l Dt
R
RSF
(
 
(

(
 =
(

( 
\ .
(
(24)
Setting l equal to L and factoring out Q yields the following:
L Q Dt = (25)
0.5
2
1
1.123 1
1
t
t
a
R
Q
R
RSF
(
 
(

(
 =
(

( 
\ .
(
(26)
When the thickness averaging rules are applied to an area of metal loss that is an actual
LTA, the length for thickness averaging will be small because a small R
t
ratio produces a small Q
value. This small length for thickness averaging when centered on the minimum thickness
reading will produce a small average thickness that subsequently results in a small or
conservative MAWP. The rules of API 579 have been structured to direct the user to the LTA
assessment procedures for these cases. Alternatively, when the LTA has a high remaining
thickness ratio, the value of Q becomes larger thus increasing the length for thickness averaging.
When this longer length is centered on the minimum thickness reading value, a large average
thickness and corresponding MAWP will result. This MAWP will approach the value that would
be obtained using the LTA assessment procedures. The consistency in the rules is guaranteed
because the length for thickness averaging given by Equation (14) is derived by substituting
RSF
a
for RSF in equation (35) and solving for l; the resulting value of l is then set to the length for
thickness averaging, L.
After the length for thickness averaging, L, is determined, the assessment is completed
based on the relative values of s and L:
s > L the local metal loss assessment rules can be used for the evaluation
s < L the general metal loss rules are used for the evaluation
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When using the general metal loss rules, the average thickness for both the meridional and
circumferential planes must be considered. The average thickness in the meridional direction,
t
s
am
, is determined by averaging the thickness readings within the dimension s over the length L,
and the average thickness is in the circumferential direction, t
c
am
, is determined by averaging the
thickness readings within the dimension c over the length L. The minimum thickness is based on
the minimum thickness reading in the grid.
In a Level 1 assessment, t
am
= t
s
am
for cylindrical shells because the only loading permitted is
internal pressure. For spheres and formed heads, the average thickness is taken as
t
am
=max[t
s
am
, t
c
am
].
In a Level 2 assessment, t
s
am
and t
c
am
are used directly in the analysis to account for
supplemental loads. For cylindrical shells, the acceptance criterion for the average thickness is
the same as specified in Paragraph 3.4.3.1 except Equation (11) is replaced with the following
equations.
min
s C
am a
t FCA RSF t (27)
min
c L
am a
t FCA RSF t (28)
For spherical shells and formed heads the assessment criterion is identical to the cylindrical
shell methodology. The only difference is how t
min
is calculated. If the component fails the
specified criteria, a damaged MAWP can be determined as described in Paragraph 3.4.3.1.
3.4.4 Metal Loss at Major Structural Discontinuities
One advantage the general metal loss rules have over the local metal loss rules is that they
allow the assessment of metal loss at structural discontinuities. Examples of structural
discontinuities include local erosion and/or corrosion at vessel nozzle and piping branch
connections, internal tray support rings, stiffening rings, conical shell transitions, and flanges. In
the current edition of API 579, general and local areas of metal loss at structural discontinuities
are evaluated by determining an average thickness within a thickness averaging zone, and using
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the thickness with the original construction code design rules to determine acceptability for
continued service. Design rules for components at a major structural discontinuity typically
involve satisfying a local reinforcement requirement (e.g. nozzle reinforcement area), stress
requirement based upon a given load condition, geometry, and thickness configuration (e.g.
flange design). These rules typically have a component with thickness that is dependent upon
the thickness of another component. To evaluate components with thickness interdependency,
the MAWP should be computed based upon the average measured thickness minus the future
corrosion allowance including the thickness required for supplemental loads for each component
using the equations in the original construction code. The calculated MAWP should be equal to
or exceed the design MAWP.
The average thickness of the region can be obtained as follows for components with
thickness interdependency as described in API 579.
Nozzles and branch connections: The average measured thickness is determined as the
average of the thickness readings taken within the nozzle reinforcement zone as shown
in Figure 7.
Axisymmetric Structural Discontinuities: Determine L using Equation (14) and L
v
based
on the type of structural discontinuity as shown in Figures 8 and 9. The average
thickness is computed based on the smaller of these two distances. If L < L
v
, the
midpoint of L should be located where the wall thickness is equal to t
mm
to establish a
length for thickness averaging unless the location of t
mm
is within L/2 of the zone for
thickness averaging. In this case, L should be positioned so that it is entirely within L
v
to
compute the average thickness.
Piping Systems: Piping systems have thickness interdependency because of the
relationship between the component thickness, piping flexibility, and the resulting stress.
For straight sections of piping, determine L using the procedure described above and
compute the average thickness to represent the section of pipe with metal loss in the
piping analysis. For elbows or bends, the thickness readings should be averaged within
the bend and a single thickness used in the piping analysis (i.e. to compute the flexibility
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factor, system stiffness and stress intensification factor). For branch connections, the
thickness should be averaged within the reinforcement zones for the branch and header,
and these thicknesses should be used in the piping model (to compute the stress
intensification factor). An alternative assumption is to use the minimum measured
thickness to represent the component thickness in the piping model. This approach may
be warranted if the metal loss is localized; however, this may result in an overly
conservative evaluation.
3.5 ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL METAL LOSS
3.5.1 Overview
The local metal loss assessment rules are used to evaluate regions of metal loss resulting
from erosion/corrosion, mechanical damage such as grooves and gouges, blend ground areas
used to remove cracklike flaws, and the damage associated with pitting and blisters. The local
metal loss assessment rules may only be used with CTP data. These procedures use the
concept of an RSF for acceptance criteria, and contain separate rules for evaluating the
longitudinal and circumferential stress direction of a flaw in cylindrical shells.
The local metal loss rules are divided into rules for evaluating the circumferential stress
direction or longitudinal profile of an LTA and the longitudinal stress direction or circumferential
profile of an LTA. The circumferential stress assessment is used to evaluate LTAs in equipment
subject to internal pressure only where circumferential stresses dominate. The longitudinal
stress assessment is used to evaluate LTAs in equipment subject to internal pressure and
supplemental loads that may cause the longitudinal stresses to effect the flaw behavior. As in the
rules for general metal loss, two levels of assessment are provided.
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3.5.2 Applicability and Limitations
The applicability and limitations of Level 1 and Level 2 local metal loss assessment
procedures have the same limitations as those described for general metal loss in Paragraph
3.4.2. In addition, the following limitations must be satisfied for an API 579 Section 5 LTA
assessment.
A Level 1 assessment may only be used for components subject to internal pressure
A Level 2 assessment may only be used for components subject to internal pressure or
cylinders subject to internal pressure and supplemental loads
The length of a LTA may not exceed the following limitation for a Level 2 assessment.
3.891 l Dt (29)
The assessment must be performed using CTP inspection data. PTR inspection data
may not be used.
The assessment may not be used to evaluate components subjected to external
pressure.
Local metal loss rules are currently limited to flaws that meet the following minimum wall
thickness criteria. The minimum measured wall thickness may not be less than 20% of
the original wall thickness or less than 0.1 inches
min
mm
t
t FCA
R
t
= (30)
0.2
t
R (31)
0.10
mm
t FCA inches (32)
The local metal loss may not be near a structural discontinuity. If an LTA fails the
following criterion, the rules provided for analyzing regions of general metal loss near a
structural discontinuity in Paragraph 3.4.4 may be used.
min
1.8
msd
L Dt (33)
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The assessment is currently limited to the following components: cylindrical, conical,
spherical, elliptical, and torispherical shell sections away from structural discontinuities or
junction and head attachment locations. (See Paragraph 3.5.5)
The assessment for longitudinal stress is only applicable to cylindrical shell sections.
3.5.3 Assessment Procedure Circumferential Stress Direction
3.5.3.1 Overview
Due to geometry and loading of cylindrical shells, different assessment criteria are provided
in API 579 based on the stress direction. For most LTAs in cylindrical shaped shells, the
circumferential direction is limiting because hoop stresses are typically twice that of longitudinal
stresses. As a result, almost all LTA research and development has been concentrated on the
circumferential stress direction. This approach is valid for most cases where only pressure
loading is evaluated. If supplemental loads are included in the assessment, then the longitudinal
stress direction should be taken into consideration.
Two levels of assessment are provided for regions classified as local metal loss. The region
of metal loss is approximated as a simple rectangular section encompassing the critical thickness
profile for a Level 1 assessment. Level 2 uses an iterative process that slices the critical
thickness profile of the region of metal loss into subsections. Each subsection is evaluated, and
acceptance is based on the limiting subsection. These assessment methods may also be
applied to groovelike flaws and gouges. Additional geometric limitations are required for groove
like flaws, and additional material limitations are required for gouges.
3.5.3.2 API 579 Section 5, Level 1 Analysis
A Level 1 assessment is based on a simple rectangular approximation for the area of metal
loss. This method may be overly conservative for flaws with significant variations in the critical
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thickness profile or for groups of flaws that are closely spaced. The following procedure is
presented in API 579 for the Level 1 local metal loss assessment.
Step 1: Determine the critical thickness profile as described in Paragraph 3.3.2.
Step 2: Determine the minimum required thickness. For a cylinder, the minimum
required thickness for the circumferential stress direction is:
min
0.6
c
PR
t
SE P
=
(34)
Step 3: Check the restrictions covered in Paragraph 3.5.2.
Step 4: Calculate an RSF as follows:
( )
1
1 1
t
t
t
R
RSF
R
M
=
(35)
min
mm
t
t FCA
R
t
= (36)
2
1 0.48
t
M = + (37)
1.285
l
Dt
= (38)
The above equations can be represented in graphical form by plotting the metal loss
damage parameter against the remaining thickness ratio. The resulting plot is shown in Figure
10. This plot can be considered as a failure assessment diagram for local metal loss. The
MAWP for the damaged component may also be calculated using the RSF and Equations (5) and
(6).
3.5.3.3 API 579 Section 5, Level 2 Assessment
In the Level 2 assessment, the remaining strength of an LTA is evaluated using an
incremental approach. The length limitation for an LTA can be expressed in terms of lambda as
follows.
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5.0 (39)
If the above limitation is satisfied, then the RSF can be computed using the following steps.
The procedure is also presented in a standard format in Paragraph 4.9.3.
Steps 1 3: Use the same procedure as Steps 1 3 detailed in Paragraph 3.4.3.2.
Step 4: Implement the incremental procedure as follows:
Rank the thickness readings in ascending order based on metal loss.
As shown in Figure 11, set the initial evaluation starting point, s
1
, as the location of
maximum metal loss, this is the location in the thickness profile where t
mm
is
recorded; subsequent starting points should be in accordance with the ranking in
Step 1.
At the current evaluation starting point, subdivide the thickness profile into a series
of subsections. The number and extent of the subsections should be chosen
based on the desired accuracy and should encompass the variations in metal loss.
For each subsection, compute the Remaining Strength Factor using the following
equation where the term A
i
is the area of metal loss associated with s
i
(see Figure
12). The bulging factor for a cylindrical shell given by Equation (41) is based on the
original work by Folias.
1
1
1
i
i
o i
i
i i
t o
A
A
RSF
A
M A
 

\ .
=
  
 
\ .\ .
(40)
( ) ( )
( ) ( ) ( )
0.5
2 4
2 4
6
1.02 0.4411 0.0006124
1.0 0.02642 1.533 10
i i
i
t
i i
M
 
+ +

=

+ +
\ .
(41)
min
i i
o
A s t = (42)
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( )
i
e
i
s
l
i
l
A d x dx =
(43)
Step 5: Determine the minimum value of the Remaining Strength Factor, RSF
i
, for all
subsections (see Figure 11). This is the minimum value of the Remaining Strength
Factor for the current evaluation point.
Step 6: Repeat Steps 3 through 5 of this calculation for the next evaluation point which
corresponds to the next thickness reading location in the ranked thickness profile list.
Step 7: The Remaining Strength Factor to be used in the assessment, RSF, is the
minimum value determined for all evaluation points.
Step 8: The MAWP for the damaged component may also be calculated using the RSF
and Equations (5) and (6).
3.5.4 Assessment Procedures Longitudinal Stress Direction
3.5.4.1 Overview
Pressure vessels and piping are frequently subjected to significant axial and bending loads
as well as internal pressure. At this point there are no industryaccepted criteria for performance
of blunt defects under combined pressure and axial loads. To address this shortcoming, a simple
beam bending formulation is used to evaluate the longitudinal stress in cylinders due to
supplemental loads. Rules to evaluate netsection loads on cylindrical shells and pipes using
conventional elastic bending theory are provided in API 579. It is assumed in the methodology
that plane sections remain plane and that the pipe does not ovalize or distort during bending.
Section properties of net crosssectional area and section modulus are computed based upon
uniform depth metal loss in the circumferential plane. In the event that the longitudinal stress is
compressive, a buckling check is also performed.
Supplemental loads applicable to a Level 2 assessment are shown in Figure 13. A level 1
assessment is a graphical representation of the Level 2 assessment procedure with
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supplemental loads set to zero (internal pressure only). For a Level 2 assessment, two load
cases, weight and weight plus thermal, must be considered. The weight case includes load
controlled loads. The weight plus thermal case includes displacement controlled loads.
Acceptability is established by satisfying the von Mises equivalent stress criteria for two
critical stress locations on the cylinder cross section. The von Mises stress was used based on
the observation of full scale burst tests that ruptured due to a net section bending moment. It was
observed that flaws under the same loads failed differently depending on if the flaw was on the
tension or compression side of the pipe. The phenomenon follows the von Mises biaxial stress
envelope. The points A and B are the critical assessment locations as shown in Figure 14.
Circumferential regions of nonuniform metal loss can be analyzed by bounding the area of metal
loss with a rectangular area. This method insures conservative results; for less conservative
results, a Level 3 assessment is required.
3.5.4.2 API 579, Section 5, Level 1 Assessment
The current API 579 Section 5, Level 1 assessment for the circumferential extent of a LTA is
a graphical procedure based on two parameters. The first parameter in the ratio of the
circumferential flaw length to the cylinder diameter and the second is the remaining thickness
ratio. The screening curve was developed using the Level 2 rules with the following
assumptions:
The circumferential extent of the LTA can be approximated with a rectangular area
The component was designed correctly with an allowable stress equal to twothirds yield.
Onehalf of this stress was allocated for the longitudinal stress due to pressure and one
half was allocated to a bending moment that causes maximum tension on the LTA. All
other end loads are assumed to be equal to zero.
The graph is based on the maximum controlling radius to thickness ratio that varied from
5 to 1000 in the analysis.
The curve is based on an allowable remaining strength factor of 0.9.
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The actual curve was generated by back calculating remaining strength factors of 0.9 with a
range of circumferential flaw to diameter ratios and remaining thick ratios. The Level 1 screening
curve is shown in Figure 15.
3.5.4.3 API 579, Section 5, Level 2 Assessment
The Level 2 assessment procedure for longitudinal stress can be used to determine the
acceptability of the circumferential extent of a flaw in a cylindrical or conical shell subject to
pressure and/or supplemental loads. These types of loads may result in a net section axial force,
bending moment, torsion, and shear being applied to the cross section of the cylinder containing
the flaw. Supplemental loads will result in longitudinal membrane, bending, and shear stresses
acting on the flaw, in addition to the longitudinal and circumferential (hoop) membrane stress
caused by pressure.
The supplemental loads should include loads that produce both loadcontrolled and
displacementcontrolled effects. Therefore, the net section axial force, bending moment, torsion,
and shear should be computed for two load cases; weight and weight plus thermal. The weight
load case includes pressure effects, weight of the component, occasional loads from wind or
earthquake, and other loads, which are considered as loadcontrolled. The weight plus thermal
load case includes the results from the weight case plus the results from a thermal case which
includes the effects of temperature, support displacements, and other loads which are considered
as displacementcontrolled.
Longitudinal stresses are calculated using an elastic bending model for a beam with
cylindrical cross section subject to axial force and bending moment. The circumferential extent of
the flaw is approximated with a rectangular box bounding the circumferential critical thickness
profile. The cylinder section modulus in the beam equations is then modified to exclude the
bounding box area in the longitudinal stress calculation. Circumferential stresses are calculating
using a code equation with an increase in stress based on the RSF calculated to account for
bulging effects generated by the LTA. The API 579, Section 5, Level 2 assessment for the
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circumferential stress direction as shown in Paragraph 3.5.3.3 is used to calculate the RSF. The
Level 2 assessment procedures are as follows:
Step 1: For the circumferential inspection plane being evaluated, approximate the
circumferential extent of metal loss on the plane under evaluation as a rectangular
shape. for a region of local metal loss located on the inside surface,
( ) 2
f o mm
D D t FCA = (44)
and for a region of local metal loss located on the outside surface:
( ) 2
f i mm
D D t FCA = + (45)
The circumferential angular extent of the region of local metal loss is:
180
( )
f
c
in Degrees
D
 
=

\ .
(46)
Step 2: Compute the section properties of a cylinder with and without a region of local
metal loss using the equations in Table 4.
Step 3: Compute the maximum section longitudinal membrane stress for both the weight
and weight plus thermal load cases considering points A and B in the cross section:
( )
( )( )
A w
lm r
m f m f
A A
r w x y
X Y
A F
MAWP
A A A A
y x
y b MAWP A M M
I I
= + +
+ + + (
(47)
( )
( )( )
B w
lm r
m f m f
B B
r w x y
X Y
A F
MAWP
A A A A
y x
y b MAWP A M M
I I
= + +
+ + + (
(48)
max ,
A B
lm lm lm
( =
(49)
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Step 4: Evaluate the results as follows. The following relationship should be satisfied for
either a tensile and compressive longitudinal stress for both the weight and weight plus
thermal load cases:
2 2 2
3
cm cm lm lm ys
H + + (50)
with,
0.6
i r
cm
L o i
D MAWP
E RSF D D
 
= +

\ .
(51)
( )
2
T
m f t tf
M V
A A A A d
= +
+
(52)
The elastically calculated von Mises stress must be satisfied for both the weight
and weight plus thermal load cases for positions on the cross section defined by x
and y (see Figure 14). The critical points that are required to be check are labeled
A and B in the figure. For the weight case, H = 0.75, and for the weight plus
thermal case, H = 1.5. The value H = 0.75 is established considering a RSF
a
= 0.9
factor applied to a twothirds factor that is typically applied to the yield stress to
establish a design stress value for a loadcontrolled stress (H = 0.9x0.67 ~ 0.75).
For the weight plus thermal case, a margin of two is typically applied to the yield
stress. The value of H = 1.5 represents an allowable stress reduction factor that is
typically applied to a weight plus thermal load case. This reduction was included to
compensate for possible elastic followup that can occur in some structures
because of a significant localized change in stiffness.
Step 5: If the maximum longitudinal stress computed in Step 4 is compressive, then this
stress should be less than or equal to the allowable compressive stress or the allowable
tensile stress, whichever is smaller. When using this methodology to establish an
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allowable compressive stress, an average thickness representative of the region of local
metal loss in the compressive stress zone should be used in the calculations.
Step 6: If the longitudinal membrane stress computed in Step 3 does not satisfy the
requirements of Step 4, then the MAWP and/or supplemental loads should be reduced,
and the evaluation repeated.
If the metal loss in the circumferential plane is composed of several distinct regions, then a
conservative approach is to define a continuous region of local metal loss that encompasses all
of these regions. If this assumption is too conservative or the metal loss has significant variability
making the rectangular approximation for the remaining thickness too conservative, a numerical
procedure such as the Monte Carlo integration method may be used to compute the section
properties.
3.5.5 NonCylindrical Shells
3.5.5.1 Overview
Noncylindrical shells include spherical shells, formed heads, conical shells, and elbows.
Very little technical development and experimental validation has been performed for flaws in
components with these types of geometry. The assessment procedure for noncylindrical shells
is based on the procedure for cylindrical shells with minor modifications.
3.5.5.2 Spherical Shells and Formed Heads
The Level 1 assessment procedure for spherical shells and formed heads is the same
procedure used in an API 579, Section 5, Level 1 assessment for cylindrical shells. The Level 2
assessment uses the API 579, Section 5, Level 2 assessment for cylindrical shells with a different
Folias factor. The Folias factor for a spherical shells and formed heads replaces Equation (41) in
the API 579, Section 5, Level 2 assessment for cylindrical shells and is from the original work by
Folias [57] and is defined as follows.
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( ) ( )
( ) ( )
2
2
1.0005 0.49001 0.32409
1.0 0.50144 0.011067
t
M
+ +
=
+
(53)
The LTA assessment procedures for formed heads in API 579 are limited to LTAs occurring
within the 0.8D center zone of the head. The minimum required thickness and maximum
allowable working pressure for spherical heads is defined as follows.
min
2 0.2
c
PR
t
SE P
=
(54)
0
2
0.2
c
c c
SEt
MAWP
R t
=
+
(55)
The minimum required thickness and maximum allowable working pressure for elliptical
heads within the center zone of the head is defined as follows.
min
2 0.2
c
PD K
t
SE P
=
(56)
0
2
0.2
c
c c
SEt
MAWP
KD t
=
+
(57)
2 3
0.2535 0.1400 0.1224 0.01530
ell ell ell
K R R R = + + (58)
The minimum required thickness and maximum allowable working pressure for torispherical
heads within the center zone of the head is defined as follows.
min
2 0.2
rc
PC
t
SE P
=
(59)
0
2
0.2
c
rc c
SEt
MAWP
C t
=
+
(60)
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The procedures outlined in Paragraphs 3.5.3.2 and 3.5.3.3 to calculate RSFs for a Level 1
and 2 can be used in conjunction with the above equations to evaluate spherical shells and
formed heads.
3.5.5.3 Conical Shells
The LTA assessment procedures for conical shells are the same as those used for
cylinders. However, in the assessment procedures, the minimum required thickness is based on
the equations in the original construction code for conical shells, and the inside diameter to be
used in the assessment is specified to be the diameter at the center of the LTA. The minimum
required thickness and maximum allowable working pressure for conical shells is defined as
follows.
( )
min
2cos 0.6
c
PD
t
SE P
=
(61)
0
2 cos
1.2 cos
c
c c
SEt
MAWP
D t
=
+
(62)
The procedures outlined in Paragraphs 3.5.3.2 and 3.5.3.3 to calculate RSFs for a Level 1
and 2 can be used in conjunction with the above equations to evaluate conical shell sections.
3.5.5.4 Elbows
Bubenik and Rosenfeld [58] studied the effects of an LTA on the strength of an elbow with
analytical and experimental methods. It can be concluded from the results of the study that LTAs
in an elbow can be evaluated using the assessment procedures for a cylindrical shell if the
Lorenz factor is included in the analysis. The Lorenz factor is the ratio of the elastic membrane
stress at a point on the circumference of an elbow to the membrane stress in a cylindrical shell
with the same inside diameter and thickness. The Lorenz factor is defined as follows.
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sin
2
sin
b L
m
f
b
L
m
R
R
L
R
R
 
+

\ .
=
 
+

\ .
(63)
In the above equation,
L
= 0
0
, 180
0
correspond to the crown position on the elbow,
L
= 90
0
corresponds to the extrados of the elbow, and
L
= 270
0
corresponds to the intrados of the elbow.
Bubenik indicates that a conservative estimate of the failure stress for an LTA in an elbow can be
computed as follows.
1
1
1
flow o loc
fail
f
t o
A
A t
L t
A
M A
   
 
 
 
\ . 
=


 
  
\ .
\ .

 

\ .\ . \ .
(64)
The term t
loc
in the above equation is the local wall thickness in the elbow before corrosion
and t is the nominal wall thickness of the elbow. The effects of local variation in the elbow wall
thickness from forming are neglected; therefore, in Equation (64), t
loc
/t = 1.0. The Lorenz factor is
included in the LTA assessment procedure by using the minimum required thickness as follows.
min
2
o
a c
f
PD
t MA
E
PY
L
= +
 
+


\ .
(65)
3.6 API 579 ADVANCED ASSESSMENT OF METAL LOSS
3.6.1 Overview
A Level 3 assessment is API 579 is considered and advanced assessment of metal loss.
Finite element analysis is the typical method for quantifying stress in a component for a Level 3
assessment; however, other numerical methods may be employed. Linear elastic stress analysis
with appropriate stress classification or nonlinear elasticplastic stress analysis to calculate
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collapse loads may be used. Nonlinear stress analysis will more accurately duplicate actual
behavior like the redistribution of stress due to plasticity or creep which are considered directly in
the analysis. Linear elastic analysis tends to under predict strain ranges at fatigue sensitive
points, while nonlinear analysis will more accurately represent actual strain ranges and the
accumulation of inelastic strains.
Components that are subject to external pressure or large compressive stresses should also
be evaluated for structural stability and buckling. Additional procedures for components subject
to cyclic loading are also provided in API 579, Appendix B.
When formulating a finite element model for a Level 3 assessment, thickness data can be
mapped directly onto two or three dimensional continuum elements as applicable. Alternately,
shell elements with different thicknesses may be used to approximate an LTA. Mesh densities
and application of loads and boundary conditions vary between applications and must be applied
using engineering experience. Special considerations must be taken into account if there are
significant supplemental loads and structural discontinuities affecting the region containing the
flaw. Flexibility and stress distribution in these locations may be affected by the location and
distribution of metal loss, may cause a reduction in calculated plastic collapse loads, and cause
difficulty in relating to the original design specifications
3.6.2 Assessment with Numerical Analysis
For a nonlinear stress analysis, structural integrity can establish for a component by taking
twothirds of the plastic collapse load. The plastic collapse load can be determined using the
following two criteria taken directly from API 579.
Global Criteria: A global plastic collapse load is established by performing an elastic
plastic analysis of the component subject to the specified loading conditions. The plastic
collapse load is the load which causes overall structural instability.
Local Criteria: A local plastic collapse load is a measure of the local failure in the vicinity
of the flaw as a function of the specified loading conditions. Local failure can be defined
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in terms of a maximum peak strain in the remaining ligament of the flaw. One
recommendation is to limit the peak strains at any point in the model to 5%. Alternatively,
a measure of local failure can also be established by placing a limit on the net section
stress in the remaining ligament of the flaw when material strain hardening is included in
the analysis. In addition, the operational requirements of the component (i.e. local
deformation); constraint effects related to the hydrostatic stress, material ductility, the
effects of the environment; and the effects of localized strain which can result in zones of
material hardness that may be subject to damage from the environment should be
considered.
An alternate method to determine structural integrity of a component may be used in place
of calculating plastic collapse loads. Applied loads in a finite element analysis may be increased
by a multiplier, and the stability of the component with respect to the loads can be determined
with nonlinear elasticplastic FEA and the global and local criteria. This procedure is referred to
as Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD).
3.6.3 API 579, Level 3 Assessment (Lower Bound Limit Load)
The following procedure for performing a Level 3 assessment using LRFD for a volumetric
flaw is provided in API 579 and is also known as the lower bound limit load. The procedure may
be modified based on specific application, component configuration, material properties, and
loading conditions. It is not applicable to cyclic loading conditions.
Step 1: Develop a finite element model of the component including all relevant geometry
characteristics. The mesh used for the finite element analysis should be designed to
accurately model the component and flaw geometry. In addition, mesh refinement
around areas of stress and strain concentrations should be included. Based on the
experience of the Engineer performing the analysis, the analysis of one or more finite
element models may be required to ensure that an accurate description of the stress and
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strains in the component is achieved. This type of model evaluation is particularly
important for nonlinear analysis.
Step 2: Define all relevant loading conditions including pressure, supplemental loads and
temperature distributions.
Step 3: An accurate representation of material properties should be included in the finite
element model. An elasticplastic material model with large displacement theory should
be used in the analysis. The Von Mises yield function and associated flow rule should be
used if plasticity is anticipated. Material hardening or softening may be included in the
analysis if the material stressstrain curve is available. If hardening is included in the
plastic collapse load analysis, it should be based upon the kinematic hardening model, or
a combined kinematic and isotropic model.
Step 4: Determine the load to be used in the analysis by applying a load multiplier of 1.5
to the actual load. If the component is subject to multiple loads, all of the actual loads
should be proportionally scaled with the same multiplier.
Step 5: Perform an elasticplastic analysis. If convergence is achieved in the solution,
the component is stable under the applied loads, and the global criteria described above
is satisfied. Otherwise, the load as determined in Step 4 should be reduced and the
analysis repeated. Note that if the applied loading results in a compressive stress field
within the component, buckling may occur, and the effects of imperfections, especially for
shell structures, should be considered in the analysis.
Step 6: Review the results of the analysis in the areas of high strain concentrations and
check the failure parameter chosen to categorize local failure. If the local criteria are not
satisfied, the applied loads should be reduced accordingly.
Step 7: If the global and local criteria are satisfied, the component is suitable for
continued operation subject to the actual loads used in the assessment.
Step 8: A check for shakedown should be made if the component is to remain inservice
during multiple startup and shutdowns. This check can be made by removal and re
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application of the actual load. A few cycles of this load reversal may be necessary to
demonstrate shakedown. If significant incremental plastic strains occur during this load
cycling (ratcheting), the permissible operating load should be reduced; otherwise,
shakedown has occurred.
3.6.4 Plastic Collapse Load
An alternate Level 3 procedure for analyzing a LTA is by using FEA to directly calculate a
RSF. The method is known as the plastic collapse load and can be calculated with the following
procedure.
Step1: Develop a FEA model as described in Step 1 of Paragraph 3.6.3 for both the
undamaged and damaged geometry of the component.
Step 2: Define all relevant loading conditions including pressure, supplemental loads and
temperature distributions.
Step 3: Include elasticplastic material properties with kinematic hardening in the FEA
models.
Step 4: Perform an elasticplastic analysis for each model with increasing load
increments. The load increment that causes instability (no convergence) in the analysis
is the plastic collapse load for the component.
Step 5: Compare the plastic collapse load of the damaged component to the undamaged
component to determine the RSF. The RSF can be used with Equations (5) and (6) to
calculate a safe operating pressure or loading condition.
Step 6: Rerun the analysis of the damaged component at the safe operating pressure or
loading condition and performs Steps 6 8 in Paragraph 3.6.3.
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3.7 COMPARISON OF GENERAL AND LOCAL METAL LOSS
The differences between the API 579 assessment procedures for general and local metal
loss can be summarized as follows:
The general metal loss rules for Level 1 and Level 2 assessments are based on establishing
an average thickness. The average thickness is then used with Code rules to determine
acceptability for continued operation. Rerates, if required, are based on the Code rules using the
average thickness.
The local metal loss rules for Level 1 and Level 2 assessments are based on establishing a
Remaining Strength Factor. The RSF is then used to determine acceptability for continued
operation. Rerates, if required, are based on the Code rules for determining the MAWP and the
RSF.
The general metal loss rules for Level 1 and Level 2 assessments can be based on point
thickness readings (subject to a restriction on the variability in the thickness reading data) or
critical thickness profiles.
The local metal loss rules for Level 1 and Level 2 assessments are based on critical
thickness profiles.
The Level 2 assessment procedures for general and local metal loss when applied to
corrosion and/or erosion at local structural discontinuities are currently the same and use
the general metal loss rules. New Level 2 local metal loss assessment procedures are
currently being developed.
The Level 3 assessment procedures for general and local metal loss are currently the
same. Numerical analysis using elasticplastic stress analysis techniques is
recommended for the assessment.
As previously stated, the general and local metal loss rules have been structured to provide
consistent results. If the general metal loss rules are applied to an LTA and the assessment
results produce a conservative answer, the same LTA can be reevaluated with the local metal
loss rules. The resulting answer will typically be less conservative. Therefore, it is recommended
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by API 579 that regions of corrosion/erosion be evaluated initially with the general metal loss
rules, followed by an assessment using the local metal loss rules.
3.8 REMAINING LIFE EVALUATION
3.8.1 Overview
API 579 includes procedures for estimating the remaining life for components subject to
continued corrosion or degradation. Rules to evaluate the current integrity of a component are
provided by general and local metal loss assessments. However, a remaining life assessment
can be used to calculate a rough estimate to actual time of failure. This type of assessment is
valuable in determining an inspection interval, in service monitoring, or urgency of repair. Two
procedures can be used to evaluate reaming life, one based on component thickness and the
other based on maximum allowable working pressure.
3.8.2 Thickness Approach
Minimum required thickness based on in service conditions, thickness data from inspection,
and an estimated corrosion rate can be used to estimate remaining life of a component. This
method is applicable for components that do not have thickness interdependency and may be
nonconservative when applied to components with this configuration. The remaining life can be
estimated as follows:
am am
life
rate
t Kt
R
C
= (66)
for components with interdependent thickness, the MAWP approach should be used.
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3.8.3 MAWP Approach
The MAWP approach for determining remaining life was proposed by Osage [59] and is
applicable to all types of pressurized components, including those with thickness
interdependency. It also ensures that design pressure is not exceeded during operation as long
as the future corrosion rate is correctly estimated. The following procedure for the MAWP
approach is taken directly from API 579.
Step 1: Determine the metal loss of the component, t
loss
, by subtracting the average
measured thickness at the time of the last inspection, t
am
, from the nominal thickness,
t
nom
.
Step 2: Determine the MAWP for a series of increasing time increments using an
effective corrosion allowance and the nominal thickness in the computation. The
effective corrosion allowance is determined as follows:
e loss rate
CA t C time = + (67)
Step 3: Determine the remaining life from a plot of MAWP versus time. The time at which
the MAWP curve intersects the design MAWP for the component is the remaining life of
the component.
Step 4: Repeat the Steps 1, 2 and 3 for each component. The equipment remaining life
is taken as the smallest value of the remaining lives computed for each of the individual
components.
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CHAPTER IV
LTA ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES FOR CIRCUMFERENTIAL STRESS
4.1 INTRODUCTION
This section contains a compilation of the LTA assessment methods published in the public
domain for evaluating the circumferential stress direction in cylindrical shells. All the methods in
this section will be used in the statistical validation to determine the most reliable method. A
complete summary of all the methods provided in Table 5. Each method is assigned a number,
and the method number will be used to identify each in the statistical analysis results.
Where possible, the methods have been converted to a standard calculation format for ease
of comparison. Methods are presented in their original form and then recast into the standard
calculation form whenever possible. For assessment of flaws governed by the circumferential
stress direction only, methods for assessment include the original and modified B31.G methods,
the Battelle method, the API 579 methods and hybrids, the Chell based methods, the British Gas
methods, and the BS 7910 methods. The modified API 510 and API 653 thickness averaging
methods and the Kanninen method are included, but are applicable to both the circumferential
and longitudinal stress direction.
4.2 CALCULATION OF UNDAMAGED MAWP
For the calculation of MAWP of an undamaged component, the following general equation is
used unless otherwise specified:
0
0.6
a
t
MAWP
R t
=
+
(68)
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Different design codes may use different design equations for the MAWP, but the
differences result in a negligible change in the MAWP calculation. Where a specific design code
has the largest impact on calculated MAWP is in the allowable stress basis. The allowable stress
can be significantly different for different design codes, leading to a large variation in the safety
margin between the calculated MAWP and the calculated failure pressure. The nonuniform
margin on calculated MAWP is addressed in later sections by varying the allowable remaining
strength factor.
4.3 CALCULATION OF UNDAMAGED FAILURE PRESSURE
The estimated undamaged failure pressure is calculated using methodology developed and
validated by Svensson [60]. The method is an internal pressure to inner and outer bore strain
relationship for a material that has the following stressstrain relationship.
0
n
= (69)
The variables n and
0
are parameters to define the true stress true strain curve for the
material. For a thick wall cylinder, the following relationship between pressure and the material
stressstrain curve is as follows. The 1 and 2 locations are the inner radius and outer radius,
respectively.
2
1
0
3
1
n
P d
e
(70)
The formulation for a thick walled sphere is as follows.
2
1
0 1.5
1
n
P d
e
(71)
For the condition where the pressure is at the strain based failure pressure, the following
conditions must be satisfied.
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1
0
dP
d
 
=

\ .
(72)
( )
1
1
3
1
2
2
3
1 1
n
o
i
e
R
e
R
 
=

(
\ .  
(

( \ .
(73)
( )
1
2
3
2
1
log 1 1
3
o
e
i
R
e
R
(
 
( =

(
\ .
(74)
For a given true stressstrain curve, the above equations can be solved using various
numerical techniques to calculate the inner and outer strain values and evaluate the integral to
determine burst pressure. The following simplified solution can be derived for a thin wall cylinder,
but for the calculations in this study, the thick wall solution is always used.
( )
0 1
2
3
n
f n
i
t n
P
R e
+
 
=

\ .
(75)
For spheres, the simplified solution is as follows.
1
0
2
3
n
n
f n
i
t n
P
R e
+
 
=

\ .
(76)
The thick walled formulation for a cylindrical shell was compared to FEA to validate the
accuracy. The FEA models were run with nonlinear geometry and an elasticplastic true stress
strain curve. The results from the FEA and the above methodology are almost identical. The
validation cases and results are shown in Table 6.
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4.4 CALCULATION OF DAMAGED MAWP AND DAMAGED FAILURE PRESSURE
All the analysis methods presented here have been recast in terms of a standard calculation
format where applicable in order to provide a standard means for comparison of the methods.
Conversion to the format does not change the values calculated by each method; it only
rearranges the variables to be consistent between all the methods. The standard format consists
of evaluating an LTA by calculating certain factors with the following steps:
Step 1: Calculate flaw area and original area. The procedure for calculating the flaw
area will vary from method to method. The original area is always the undamaged
component thickness times the length of the LTA. For methods that have an incremental
approach, the area calculation will be referred to as the effective area. The effective area
involves subdividing a LTA into sections centered on the deepest point on the critical
thickness profile in order to prevent an unconservative result for highly irregular profiles
(See Figures 11 and 12). For a LTA that is very long, but with only one very deep
location, this prevents the severity of the damage from being averaged out over the
length of the flaw. The following equations are used to calculate the areas for the
different methods.
0
A t l = (undamaged area) (77)
A d l = (rectangular area) (78)
2
3
A d l = (parabolic area) (79)
0.85 A d l = (equivalent area) (80)
( )
0
l
A d x dx =
 
\ .\ .
=
 

\ .
(B31.G) (85)
0 0
1
1
1
s
t
M
A A
A A M
=
    
+
  
\ . \ .\ .
(Chell) (86)
Step 4: Calculate an RSF. The RSF is usually calculated as follows.
1
s
RSF
M
= (87)
Step 5: Calculate the final MAWP for the corroded component using Equations (5) and
(6). The failure pressure for the corroded component can be calculated with the following
equation.
( )
0 f
P P RSF = (88)
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This procedure is used with every method presented in this chapter where applicable. Each
method is presented in its original format and the standard format whenever possible.
4.5 THICKNESS AVERAGING ASSESSMENT
4.5.1 Overview
Thickness averaging is the simplest method used to evaluate LTAs and was developed to
provide a reasonable result for areas of general metal loss based on the average thickness of the
region. The method is not accurate for complex areas of metal loss and will produce the most
conservative results of all the methods. The thickness averaging methods do not conform to the
standard calculation format described in Paragraph 4.4.
4.5.2 API 510 Assessment (Method 8)
The API 510 assessment methodology consists of averaging thickness readings over a
specified length and comparing the average thickness to limiting thickness. The average
measured thickness, t
am
, is determined by averaging the thickness readings over the following
lengths:
min , 20 60
2
D
L inches when D inches
(
=
(
(89)
min , 40 60
3
D
L inches when D inches
(
= >
(
(90)
The required strength check is as follows:
min am
t CA t (91)
An additional check is made on the minimum measured thickness:
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min
0.5
mm
t CA t (92)
A MAWP and failure pressure can be calculated using the design equations and average
measured thickness over the specified region as follows.
0.6
a am
am
t
MAWP
R t
=
+
(93)
0.6
uts am
f
am
t
P
R t
=
+
(94)
4.5.3 API 653 Assessment (Method 9)
The API 653 assessment methodology consists of averaging thickness readings over a
specified length and comparing the average thickness to limiting thickness. The average
measured thickness, t
am
, is determined by averaging the thickness readings over the following
length:
max 3.7 , 40.0
mm
L Dt inches
(
=
(95)
The required strength check is as follows:
min am
t CA t (96)
An additional check is made on the minimum measured thickness:
min
0.6
mm
t CA t (97)
A MAWP and failure pressure can be calculated using the design equations and average
measured thickness over the specified region with Equations (93) and (94).
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4.5.4 API 579, Section 4 Level 1 and 2 Assessment (Methods 25 and 26)
The API 579, Section 4 Level 1 and Level 2 assessment for general regions of metal loss is
also a variation of the thickness averaging methodology and is presented in Paragraphs 3.4.3.1
and III.4.3.2 respectively. These methods are used as screening criteria for a local metal loss
assessment. They were never meant to actually be used in the assessment of local metal loss,
but are still included in the statistical comparison of the LTA assessment methods. Like the other
thickness averaging methods, a MAWP and failure pressure can be calculated using the design
equations and average measured thickness over the specified region with Equations (93) and
(94)
4.6 ASME B31.G ASSESSMENT
4.6.1 Overview
The B31.G assessment method was designed to more accurately assess corrosion in pipe
lines and is included in ASME B31 Codes for Pressure Piping. The procedure was developed
based on fullscale burst tests of defected pipes. Mathematical expressions were developed
semiempirically and based on fracture mechanics principles. The original method is a
combination of a Dugdale plastic zone size model, a Folias analysis of an axial crack in a
pressurized cylinder, and an empirically established flaw depth to pipe thickness relationship.
The original B31.G method has evolved over time with the addition of new burst tests and data.
Methods 4, 5, 6, and 7 in are the original B31.G method and its modifications including the
RSTRENG method.
4.6.2 Original ASME B31G Assessment (Method 7)
The original B31G LTA assessment method was first presented in the following form.
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2
1
3
' 1.1
2 1
1
3
d
t
P P
d
t M
(   
 
(
\ .\ .
( =
   
(
  
(
\ .\ .\ .
for
2
20
l
Dt
(98)
' 1.1 1
d
P P
t
(
=
(
for
2
20
l
Dt
> (99)
By inspection, it is evident that the remaining strength factor and allowable remaining
strength factor can be written as follows.
1
1.1
a
RSF
= (100)
2
1
3
2 1
1
3
d
t
RSF
d
t M
(   
 
(
\ .\ .
( =
   
(
  
(
\ .\ .\ .
for
2
20
l
Dt
(101)
1
d
RSF
t
(
=
(
for
2
20
l
Dt
> (102)
From this, an original allowable RSF of 0.909 (1/1.1) is specified. Since the surface
correction factor defined in the standard format is equal to one over the RSF, the surface
correction factor can be written as follows.
2 1
1
3
2
1
3
s
d
t M
M
d
t
(    
  
(
\ .\ .\ .
( =
  
(
 
(
\ .\ .
for
2
20
l
Dt
(103)
1
1
s
M
d
t
(
(
=
(
(
for
2
20
l
Dt
> (104)
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The surface correction factor can be converted to areas by multiplying the LTA depth and
original thickness by the length of the LTA. The area of metal loss is assumed to be rectangular
with respect to the maximum depth and length of the LTA. The surface correction factor can be
rewritten as follows.
0
0
1
1
1
s
A
A M
M
A
A
(
(
( =
(
(
for
2
20
l
Dt
(105)
In Equation (105), the undamaged area and parabolic damaged area are calculated using
Equations (77) and (79).
0
1
1
s
M
A
A
(
(
( =
(
(
for
2
20
l
Dt
> (106)
In Equation (106), the undamaged area and rectangular damaged area are calculated using
Equations (77) and (78). The original form of the Folias factor was presented as follows.
1/ 2
2
1 0.8
l
M
Dt
(
= +
(
(107)
The Folias factor and the dimensional limits can be converted to the nondimensional
parameter, lambda, as follows.
1.285
l
Dt
= (108)
2 2
2
1.285
l
Dt
= (109)
2
1 0.48449
t
M = + (110)
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2
20
l
Dt
becomes 5.75 (111)
2
20
l
Dt
> becomes 5.75 > (112)
The original B31.G equations can be recast in terms of the standard format and calculated
with the following steps.
Step 1: Calculate the undamaged area and parabolic damaged area using Equations
(77) and (79). The defect area is a parabolic estimate based on the maximum depth and
total length of the defect.
Step 2: Calculate and the Folias factor, M
t
.
1.285
o
l
D t
= (115)
2
1.0 0.48449
t
M = + for 5.75 (116)
Step 3: Calculate the B31.G surface correction factor, M
s
.
0
0
1
1
1
t
s
A
A M
M
A
A
  
 
\ .\ .
=
 

\ .
for 5.75 (117)
0
1
1
s
M
A
A
(
(
( =
(
(
for 5.75 > (118)
Step 4: Calculate the RSF as described in Paragraph 4.4.
Step 5: Calculate new MAWP and failure pressure as described in Paragraph 4.4.
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4.6.3 Modified B31G Assessment, 0.85dl Area (Method 4)
The modified B31G, 0.85 dl Area method is essentially the same as the original. The
difference between the two methods is in estimation of defect area and calculation of the Folias
factor. The Folias factor for this method was developed by the American Gas Association (AGA).
The original presentation of this method is as follows:
1 0.85
10000
' 1
1
1 0.85
ys
d
t
P P
d
t M
(
 
( = +


  
(
\ .
 
(
\ .\ .
(119)
By inspection, the following is apparent from the above equation.
1 10000
1
a ys
RSF
 
= +


\ .
(120)
1 0.85
1
1 0.85
d
t
RSF
d
t M
(
(
( =
  
(
 
(
\ .\ .
(121)
The RSF can be written in terms of a surface correction factor and areas in the same
manner as the original B31.G method. In the modified B31.G method, the Folias factor is slightly
different and is written as follows.
1/ 2
2 4
2 2
1.255 0.0135
1
2 4
l l
M
Dt D t
 
= +

\ .
for
2
50
l
Dt
(122)
2
0.032 3.3
l
M
Dt
= + for
2
50
l
Dt
> (123)
The Folias factor equations can be rewritten using lambda in place of l
2
/Dt as follows.
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2 2
2
1.285
l
Dt
= (124)
2 4
1.0 0.3797 0.001936
t
M = + for 9.1 (125)
2
0.01936 3.3
t
M = + for 9.1 > (126)
The allowable remaining strength factor is different from the original B31.G method and is
dependant on the material properties. It can be written as follows.
10000
ys
a
ys
RSF
=
+
(127)
The Modified B31.G, 0.85 dl area method can be calculated in terms of the standard format
as follows.
Step 1: Calculate the undamaged area and equivalent damaged area using Equations
(77) and (80).
Step 2: Calculate and the Folias factor, M
t
.
1.285
o
l
D t
= (128)
2 4
1.0 0.3797 0.001936
t
M = + for 9.1 (129)
2
0.01936 3.3
t
M = + for 9.1 > (130)
Step 3: Calculate the B31.G surface correction factor, M
s
, using Equation (85) in
Paragraph 4.4.
Step 4: Calculate the RSF as described in Paragraph 4.4.
Step 5: Calculate new MAWP and failure pressure as described in Paragraph 4.4.
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4.6.4 Modified B31G Assessment, Exact Area (Method 6)
The exact area modified B31.G method is exactly the same as the 0.85dl method, except for
the defect area calculation. The defect area is more accurately calculated by numerically
integrating the defect profile. The same procedure detailed in Modified B31.G Assessment,
0.85dl Area can be used with the following modifications.
Step 1: Calculate the undamaged area and exact damaged area by numerically
integrating the defect profile using Equations (77) and (81).
Step 2: Calculate and the Folias factor, M
t
, with equations (128), (129), and (130).
Step 3: Calculate the B31.G surface correction factor, M
s
, using Equation (85) in
Paragraph 4.4.
Step 4: Calculate the RSF as described in Paragraph 4.4.
Step 5: Calculate new MAWP and failure pressure as described in Paragraph 4.4.
4.7 RSTRENG METHOD (METHOD 5)
The RSTRENG method differs from other B31.G methods in that it is an iterative calculation.
The flaw profile is divided into sections as described in Step 1 and an RSF is calculated based on
the current section. The advantage of the iterative approach is that very deep locations in an
otherwise shallow flaw are not averaged out over the length of the defect. The final RSF is equal
to the lowest value calculated for all the section iterations. The lambda and Folias factors along
with the surface correction factor are the same as described for the B31.G modified 0.85dl
assessment. The current API 579 Level 2 assessment method is based on the RSTRENG
iterative procedure.
Step 1: Starting with the deepest location in the critical thickness profile, partition the LTA
into i sections. Calculate the effective undamaged area and effective damaged area for
each section using Equations (82) and (84).
Step 2: Calculate and the Folias factor, M
t
for each section.
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( )
1.285
i i
e s
i
o
l l
D t
= (131)
( ) ( )
2 4
1.0 0.3797 0.001936
i i i
t
M = + for 9.1
i
(132)
( )
2
0.01936 3.3
i i
t
M = + for 9.1
i
> (133)
Step 3: Calculate the B31.G surface correction factor, M
s
, for each section.
0
0
1
1
1
i
i i
t i
s
i
i
A
A M
M
A
A
  
 
\ .\ .
=
 

\ .
(134)
Step 4: Determine the minimum remaining strength factor as follows for all the sections:
1
i
i
s
RSF
M
= (135)
1 2
min , , ....,
i
RSF RSF RSF RSF ( =
(136)
Step 5: Calculate new MAWP and failure pressure as shown in Paragraph 4.4.
4.8 PCORR ASSESSMENT (METHOD 20)
The PCORR method was developed by Battelle as part of ongoing research into the
fundamental mechanisms driving failure of pipeline corrosion defects. The focus was to derive a
more analytical, as opposed to empirical, method for predicting failure of general and complex
LTAs. A finite element analysis tool called PCORR was developed to aid in the research. The
procedure presented here is the final closed form model for the failure of blunt defects in
pipelines that are general in nature and that can be applied to critical defect problems in the
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pipeline industry. The method is only applicable to high toughness steels, so its flexibility is
limited.
The original Battelle method was designed to predict the failure pressure of damaged pipe
and was originally presented as follows.
*
2
1 1 exp 0.157
d uts
t d l
P
D t
Rt
(  
=
( ` 
(
\ . )
(137)
By inspection, the failure pressure for an undamaged component, and the RSF can be
separated as follows.
0
2
uts
t
P
D
= and
*
1 1 exp 0.157
d l
RSF
t
Rt
(  
=
( ` 
(
\ . )
(138)
Since this method is designed to calculate a failure pressure, no allowable RSF is needed.
This method does not use the Folias factor or surface correction factor in the calculation, but an
equivalent Folias factor can be derived using the definition of the surface correction factor in
terms of rectangular area and the definition of lambda as follows.
( )
1.285
i
l
D t d
=
or
*
2
1.285
l
Rt
= (139)
*
1
1
1 1
1
1 1 exp 0.157
t
s
d
t M
M
d
RSF
d l
t
t
Rt
= = =
(  
( ` 
(
\ . )
(140)
Substituting lambda in the above equation and solving for the Folias factor yields the
following equation.
( )
( )
1 1 exp 0.1728
exp 0.1728
t
d
t
M
(
=
(141)
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The Battelle assessment method can be calculated in the API 579 format with the following
steps:
Step 1: Calculate the undamaged area and rectangular damaged area using Equations
(77) and (78).
Step 2: Calculate and the Folias factor, M
t
.
( )
1.285
i
l
D t d
=
(142)
( )
( )
1 1 exp 0.1728
exp 0.1728
t
d
t
M
(
=
(143)
Step 3: Calculate the B31.G surface correction factor, M
s
, using Equation (85) in
Paragraph 4.4.
Step 4: Calculate the RSF as described in Paragraph 4.4.
Step 5: Calculate new MAWP and failure pressure as described in Paragraph 4.4.
4.9 API 579 ASSESSMENT
4.9.1 Overview
The current API 579 Level 1 and 2 assessments for regions of local metal loss are
presented in Paragraphs 3.5.3.2 and 3.5.3.3. These assessments are shown below in the
standard calculation format as methods 1 and 2. Method 3, as shown in Paragraph 4.9.4, is a
modified version of the API 579 Section 5, Level 2 assessment that calculates the exact area of
metal loss instead of using the effective area iterative procedure. Three hybrid assessments
based on API 579 assessment methodology are also included in this section. All of the Level 1
assessments use the rectangular area formulation.
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4.9.2 API 579 Section 5, Level 1 Analysis (Method 1)
Step 1: Calculate the undamaged area and rectangular damaged area using Equations
(77) and (78).
Step 2: Calculate and the Modified B31.G Folias factor, M
t
.
1.285
i
l
Dt
= (144)
2
1.0 0.48
t
M = + (145)
Step 3: Calculate the B31.G surface correction factor, M
s
, using Equation (85) in
Paragraph 4.4.
Step 4: Calculate the RSF as described in Paragraph 4.4.
Step 5: Calculate new MAWP and failure pressure as described in Paragraph 4.4.
4.9.3 API 579 Section 5, Level 2 Assessment, Effective Area (Method 2)
The API 579, Level 2 effective area method is identical to RSTRENG (method 5) except the
Folias factor has been modified. The level 2 assessment differs from level 1 by the area
calculation and Folias factor.
Step 1: Starting with the deepest location in the critical thickness profile, partition the LTA
into i sections. Calculate the effective undamaged area and effective damaged area for
each section using Equations (82) and (84).
Step 2: Calculate and the Folias factor, M
t
.
( )
1.285
i i
e s
i
i
l l
Dt
= (146)
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( ) ( )
( ) ( )( )
2 4
2 4
6
1.02 0.4411 0.006124
1.0 0.02642 1.533 10
i i
t
i i
M
+ +
=
+ +
(147)
Step 3 Step 5: See the Modified B31G Assessment, Effective Area RSTRENG
method, Steps 3 through 5 in Paragraph 4.7.
4.9.4 API 579 Section 5, Level 2 Assessment, Exact Area (Method 3)
The same procedure detailed in 2.3.4.3. can be used with the following modifications in
steps:
Step 1: Calculate the undamaged area and exact damaged area by numerically
integrating the defect profile using Equations (77) and (81).
Step 2: Calculate and the Folias factor, M
t
.
1.285
i
l
Dt
= (148)
( )
2 4
2 6 4
1.02 0.4411 0.006124
1.0 0.02642 1.533 10
t
M
+ +
=
+ +
(149)
Step 3: Calculate the B31.G surface correction factor, M
s
, using Equation (85) in
Paragraph 4.4.
Step 4: Calculate the RSF as described in Paragraph 4.4.
Step 5: Calculate new MAWP and failure pressure as described in Paragraph 4.4.
4.9.5 API 579 Hybrid 1, Level 1 Assessment (Method 14)
The API 579 Hybrid 1 assessment follows the same procedure as the current API 579
assessments. The factor and surface correction factor calculation from the Chell method in
Paragraph 4.10.2 have been substituted into the assessment as well as the B31.G Folias factor.
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Step 1: Calculate the undamaged area and rectangular damaged area using Equations
(77) and (78).
Step 2: Calculate the Chell and B31.G Folias Factor, M
t
.
1.285
4
i
l
Dd
= (150)
2
1.0 0.48
t
M = + (151)
Step 3: Calculate the Chell surface correction factor, M
s
, using Equation (86) in
Paragraph 4.4.
Step 4: Calculate the RSF as described in Paragraph 4.4.
Step 5: Calculate new MAWP and failure pressure as described in Paragraph 4.4.
4.9.6 API 579 Hybrid 1, Level 2 Assessment (Method 15)
The Level 2 Hybrid 1 assessment is identical to the Level 1 assessment except the effective area
procedure is used.
Step 1: Starting with the deepest location in the critical thickness profile, partition the LTA
into i sections. Calculate the effective undamaged area and effective rectangular
damaged area for each section using Equations (82) and (83).
Step 2: Calculate the Chell and Folias Factor, M
t
, for each increment.
( )
1.285
4
i i
e s
i
i
l l
Dd
= (152)
( )
2
1.0 0.48
i i
t
M = + (153)
Step 3: Calculate the Chell surface correction factor, M
s
, for each increment.
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0 0
1
1
1
i
s
i i
i i i
t
M
A A
A A M
=
    
+
  
\ . \ .\ .
(154)
Step 4 Step 5: See the Modified B31G Assessment, Effective Area RSTRENG
method, Steps 4 and 5 in Paragraph 4.7.
4.9.7 API 579 Hybrid 2, Level 1 Assessment (Method 16)
Hybrid 2 is identical to Hybrid 1 except that a depth dependant lambda and the BG Folias
factor is used. The Level 1 assessment is as follows.
Step 1: Calculate the undamaged area and rectangular damaged area using Equations
(77) and (78).
Step 2: Calculate and British Gas Folias factor, M
t
.
1.285
i
l
Dd
= (155)
2
1.0 0.18774
t
M = + (156)
Step 3: Calculate the Chell surface correction factor, M
s
, using Equation (86) in
Paragraph 4.4.
Step 4: Calculate the RSF as described in Paragraph 4.4.
Step 5: Calculate new MAWP and failure pressure as described in Paragraph 4.4.
4.9.8 API 579 Hybrid 2, Level 2 Assessment (Method 17)
The Level 2 Hybrid 2 assessment is identical to the Level 1 assessment except the effective area
procedure is used.
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Step 1: Starting with the deepest location in the critical thickness profile, partition the LTA
into i sections. Calculate the effective undamaged area and effective damaged area for
each section using Equations (82) and (84).
Step 2: Calculate and the British Gas Folias factor, M
t
, for each increment
( )
1.285
i i
e s
i
i
l l
Dd
= (157)
( )
2
1.0 0.18774
i i
t
M = + (158)
Step 3: See API 579 Hybrid 1, Level 2 Assessment, Step 3 in Paragraph 4.9.6.
Step 4 Step 5: See the Modified B31G Assessment, Effective Area RSTRENG
method, Steps 4 and 5 in Paragraph 4.7.
4.9.9 API 579 Hybrid 3, Level 1 Assessment (Methods 18)
Hybrid 3, like hybrid 2, uses different equations for , M
t
, and M
s
. The depth dependant
lambda and Chell surface correction factors are used. A new Folias factor has been developed
based on actual test data and is incorporated into the method. The details of the new JO Folias
factor are presented in Paragraph 5.3.2.
Step 1: Calculate the undamaged area and rectangular damaged area using Equations
(77) and (78).
Step 2: Calculate using Equation (155) and the JO Folias factor, M
t
.
1.5
0.5
1.0 0.5753 1.7593
t
d
M
t
 
= +

\ .
(159)
Step 3 Step 5: See API 579 Hybrid 1, Level 1 Assessment, Steps 3 through 5.
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4.9.10 API 579 Hybrid 3, Level 2 Assessment (Method 19)
The Level 2 Hybrid 3 assessment is identical to the Level 1 assessment except the effective area
procedure is used.
Step 1: Starting with the deepest location in the critical thickness profile, partition the LTA
into i sections. Calculate the effective undamaged area and effective damaged area for
each section using Equations (82) and (84).
Step 2: Calculate using Equation (157) and the JO Folias factor, M
t
, for each increment
( )
1.5
0.5
1.0 0.5753 1.7593
i i
t
d
M
t
 
= +

\ .
(160)
Step 3: See API 579 Hybrid 1, Level 2 Assessment, Step 3 in Paragraph 4.9.6.
Step 4 Step 5: See the Modified B31G Assessment, Effective Area RSTRENG
method, Steps 4 and 5 in Paragraph 4.7.
4.9.11 API 579 Modified, Level 1 Assessment (Method 27)
The modified API 579 methods are identical to the current API 579 methods except that the
Folias factor has been modified to include very long flaws (no lambda limitation). The details of
the modified API 579 Folias factor are presented in Paragraph 5.3.3. The Level 1 assessment
can be calculated as follows.
Step 1: Calculate the undamaged area and rectangular damaged area using Equations
(77) and (78).
Step 2: Calculate and the Janelle Folias factor, M
t
.
1.285
i
l
Dt
= (161)
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( )
( ) ( ) ( )
( )
2 3
4 5 4 6
5 7 7 8 8 9
10 10
1.0010 0.014196 0.29090 0.096420
0.020890 0.0030540 2.9570 10
1.8462 10 7.1553 10 1.5631 10
1.4656 10
t
M
= + +
+
+ +
(162)
Step 3: Calculate the B31.G surface correction factor, M
s
, using Equation (85) in
Paragraph 4.4.
Step 4: Calculate the RSF as described in Paragraph 4.4.
Step 5: Calculate new MAWP and failure pressure as described in Paragraph 4.4.
4.9.12 API 579 Modified, Level 2 Assessment (Method 28)
The API 579 Modified Level 2 assessment uses the effective area instead of the rectangular
area and can be calculated as follows.
Step 1: Starting with the deepest location in the critical thickness profile, partition the LTA
into i sections. Calculate the effective undamaged area and effective damaged area for
each section using Equations (82) and (84).
Step 2: Calculate and the Janelle Folias factor, M
t
.
( )
1.285
i i
e s
i
i
l l
Dt
= (163)
( ) ( ) ( )
( ) ( ) ( )( )
( )( ) ( )( ) ( )( )
( )( )
2 3
4 5 6
4
7 8 9
5 7 8
10
10
1.0010 0.014196 0.29090 0.096420
0.020890 0.0030540 2.9570 10
1.8462 10 7.1553 10 1.5631 10
1.4656 10
i i i
t
i i i
i i i
i
M
= + +
+
+ +
(164)
Step 3 Step 5: See the Modified B31G Assessment, Effective Area RSTRENG
method, Steps 3 through 5 in Paragraph 4.7.
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4.10 CHELL ASSESSMENT
4.10.1 Overview
In the Chell method, a different surface correction factor is introduced into the original B31.G
assessment method. Like the original B31.G method, the Chell surface correction factor was
originally developed to analyze crack like flaws. The Chell surface correction factor behaves
better for deep flaws than the surface correction factor introduced in B31.G. The surface
correction factors differ as follows:
1
1
1
t
s
d
t M
M
d
t
 
 
 
\ .
\ .
=
 

\ .
(B31.G) (165)
1
1
1
s
t
M
d d
t t M
=
 
   
+
  
\ . \ .
\ .
(Chell) (166)
The Chell surface correction factor is a more analytical solution than the empirically based
original surface correction factor and is derived by treating a cylinder with metal loss as two
separate cylinders. The area of metal is assumed to be a rectangle encompassing the area of
metal loss. Cylinder 1 is equal to the undamaged cylinder. Cylinder 2 has the radius of cylinder
1 with thickness equal to the depth of the area of metal loss. The failure pressures of cylinders 1
and 2 are calculated as follows.
1 cylinder uts
f
R
P
t
= (167)
2 cylinder uts
f
R d
P
t t
 
=

\ .
(168)
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Subtracting the failure pressures for cylinder 2 from cylinder 1 will yield the failure pressure
for a cylinder with thickness equal to the minimum measured thickness of the original cylinder
containing the flaw as follows:
mm
t uts uts
f
R R d
P
t t t
 
=

\ .
(169)
The failure pressure for cylinder 2 containing the flaw is calculated based on the Folias
factor as follows:
1
flaw uts
f
t
R d
P
t t M
 
 
=
 
\ .
\ .
(170)
By adding the failure pressure for the cylinder with minimum measured thickness and the
failure pressure for cylinder 2 containing the flaw, the failure pressure for the original cylinder with
the flaw can be calculated as follows.
mm
t flaw
f f f
P P P = + (171)
1
uts uts uts
f
t
R R R d d
P
t t t t t M
 
   
= +
  
\ . \ .
\ .
(172)
0 uts
f
R
P
t
= (173)
0
1
1
f f
t
d d
P P
t t M
(  
   
= +
(   
\ . \ .
\ .
(174)
By definition, the failure pressure for a cylinder containing a flaw is equal to the undamaged
failure pressure multiplied by a remaining strength factor.
1
1
t
d d
RSF
t t M
 
   
= +
  
\ . \ .
\ .
(175)
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1
s
RSF
M
= (176)
1
1
1
s
t
M
d d
t t M
=
 
   
+
  
\ . \ .
\ .
(177)
It can be shown that as the solution approaches a through wall flaw (d = t), the Chell surface
correction factor goes to infinity while the B31.G surface correction factor is simply equal to the
Folias factor. This causes better behavior with the Chell surface correction factor for deep flaws.
Also, an alternate lambda parameter has been derived from the Chell work.
4.10.2 Chell Assessment (Method 12)
The Chell assessment method can be calculated with the following steps:
Step 1: Calculate the undamaged area and exact damaged area by numerically
integrating the defect profile using Equations (77) and (81).
Step 2: Calculate the Chell and the B31.G Folias factor, M
t
.
1.285
4
i
l
Dd
= (178)
2
1.0 0.48449
t
M = + (179)
Step 3: Calculate the Chell surface correction factor, M
s
, using Equation (86) in
Paragraph 4.4.
Step 4: Calculate the RSF as described in Paragraph 4.4.
Step 5: Calculate new MAWP and failure pressure as described in Paragraph 4.4.
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4.10.3 Modified Chell Assessment (Method 13)
The modified Chell uses a D/t dependent Folias factor and an effective area calculation.
The Chell procedure can be used with the following modifications.
Step 1: Starting with the deepest location in the critical thickness profile, partition the LTA
into i sections. Calculate the effective undamaged area and effective rectangular
damaged area for each section using Equations (82) and (83).
Step 2: Calculate the Folias factor as follows, where A
mm
, and A
mb
are functions that are
defined by the ratio of the diameter to the thickness. The below factors were developed
based on a through wall crack like flaw in a cylinder.
( ) ( ) ,
T mm mb mm mb
M Max A A A A = + (
(180)
The parameters A
mm
and A
mb
are evaluated using the information in Table 7 with
computed from the following equation:
1.818
i
l
Rt
= (181)
Step 3: Calculate the Chell surface correction factor, M
s
, using Equation (86) in
Paragraph 4.4.
Step 4: Calculate the RSF as described in Paragraph 4.4.
Step 5: Calculate new MAWP and failure pressure as described in Paragraph 4.4.
4.11 BRITISH GAS ASSESSMENT
4.11.1 Overview
LTA defects are separated into two categories in the British Gas methods: single defects
and complex defects. A single defect is defined as an isolated pit or area of general corrosion.
Complex defects are groups of pits or general corrosion. The single defect analysis can be used
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as a lower bound for complex defect analysis. The same basic equations for assessment are
used by both analysis methods. A Folias factor that was developed based on finite element test
cases is used to calculate the RSF. The finite element test cases of single, semielliptical shaped
defects based on varying d/t and lambda were used. The FEA models were then used to
develop a new Folias factor by curve fitting the results. To develop the BG Folias factor, the
following base equation was used.
1
B
t
l
M C
Dt
 
= +

\ .
(182)
Initially, C and B were allowed to vary in the curve fit, but based on the B31.G form of this
equation, B was set to two. For the final curve fit of the FEA results, a best fit of C=0.31 was
derived and the final equation is as follows:
2
1 0.31
t
l
M
Dt
 
= +

\ .
(183)
The complex defect analysis uses the same equations to calculate an RSF. The only
difference is the defect is broken into about fifty different depth increments and the geometric
variables are based on all the included defects. An RSF is calculated at each depth increment,
and the worst case RSF is the final result similar to the effective area approach.
Interaction rules are provided to determine whether a flaw can be treated as a single defect
or a complex defect. A flaw can be treated as a single defect if the depth of the flaw is less than
20% of the wall thickness or if the following equations are satisfied.
3
360
t
D
> (184)
2 s Dt > (185)
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Phi is the circumferential spacing between defects, and s is the longitudinal spacing
between defects. If the longitudinal defect spacing is less than the limit, the defects will interact if
the following conditions are satisfied.
1 1 2 2
1
1 2
1
1 1 2 2
1
12 1 2
1
1
1
1
1
1
d l d l
d
t l l s
t
d
d l d l
tQ
tQ l l s
(   +   (
(  
(
+ +
\ .
\ .
(
( >
(
   + (
(
 
(
+ +
(
\ .\ .
(186)
1 1 2 2
2
1 2
2
1 1 2 2
2
12 1 2
1
1
1
1
1
1
d l d l
d
t l l s
t
d
d l d l
tQ
tQ l l s
(   +   (
(  
(
+ +
\ .
\ .
(
( >
(
   + (
(
 
(
+ +
(
\ .\ .
(187)
2
1
1
1 0.31
l
Q
Dt
 
= +

\ .
(188)
2
2
2
1 0.31
l
Q
Dt
 
= +

\ .
(189)
2
1 2
12
1 0.31
l l s
Q
Dt
+ +  
= +

\ .
(190)
4.11.2 British Gas Single Defect Analysis (Method 10)
The British Gas method for the single defect was originally presented in the following form.
0
1
1
1
f
d
t
P P
d
t Q
(191)
82
2
1 0.31
l
Q
Dt
 
= +

\ .
(192)
Q is the British Gas Folias factor and the RSF is calculated as follows.
1
1
1
d
t
RSF
d
t Q
(193)
The RSF is in terms of the surface correction factor and can be simply recast in terms of
rectangular areas. The British Gas Folias factor can be written in terms of lambda with the
following relationship.
2
2
2
1.285
l
Dt
 
=

\ .
(194)
2
1.0 0.18774
t
M = + (195)
The British Gas single defect analysis can be calculated as follows in terms of the standard
format.
Step 1: Calculate the undamaged area and rectangular damaged area using Equations
(77) and (78).
Step 2: Calculate the British Gas Folias factor, M
t
, based on .
1.285
o
l
D t
= (196)
2
1.0 0.18774
t
M = + (197)
Step 3: Calculate the B31.G surface correction factor, M
s
, using Equation (85) in
Paragraph 4.4.
Step 4: Calculate the RSF as described in Paragraph 4.4.
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Step 5: Calculate new MAWP and failure pressure as described in Paragraph 4.4.
4.11.3 British Gas Complex Defect Analysis (Method 11)
The British gas complex defect analysis uses an iterative process to calculate failure
pressure. The method divides a complex LTA into several depth increments as shown in Figure
16. At each increment, failure pressure is calculated for the total LTA, each individual LTA that
may be formed based on the depth increment, and the interaction of individual LTAs. A minimum
failure pressure is obtained at each depth increment, and the minimum failure pressure for the
LTA is most limiting result for all the increments. Since the complex defect analysis is iterative, it
is difficult to put it in terms of the standard format. For this reason, it is presented in its original
format, except for the calculation of the Folias factor.
Step 1: Calculate the failure pressure for a defect free section of pipe and the average
depth of the LTA with numerically integrated area.
( )
0
2
uts
t
P
D t
(198)
ave
A
d
l
= (exact area) (199)
Step 2: Calculate the failure pressure for the total defect.
1.285
o
l
D t
= (200)
2
1.0 0.18774
t
M = + (201)
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1
1
1
ave
total o
ave
t
d
t
P P
d
t M
(
 
(

\ .
(
=
(
 
 
(
 
\ . (
\ .
(202)
Step 3: Select the number of depth increments to partition the LTA and calculate the
incremental depth based on the maximum depth and number of increments.
max
#
j
d
d
inc
= (203)
Step 4: For each depth increment, calculate the average depth of the patch.
patch
patch
total
A
d
l
= (exact area) (204)
Step 5: Calculate the failure pressure of the patch.
1
1
1
patch
patch o
patch
t
d
t
P P
d
t M
(
 
(

\ .
(
=
(
   
(
 
( \ .\ .
(205)
Step 6: Determine the number of pits and calculate the average depth of each individual
LTA.
# ' i individual LTA s = (206)
, i LTA
i
i
A
d
l
= (exact area) (207)
Step 7: Determine the equivalent thickness for each individual LTA.
( )
2
patch
e
uts patch
P D
t
P
=
+
for
1
i N
j i patch
i
d l A
=
=
<
(208)
85
e
t t = for
1
i N
j i patch
i
d l A
=
=
(209)
Step 8: Determine the equivalent average depth of each individual LTA.
( )
ei i e
d d t t = (210)
Step 9: Calculate the failure pressure of each individual LTA.
1.285
i
i
e
l
Dt
= (211)
2
1.0 0.18774
ti i
M = + (212)
( )
1
2
1
1
ei
e e uts
i
e ei
e ti
d
t t
P
D t d
t M
(  
( 
\ .
(
=
(
  
(
 
(
\ .\ .
(213)
Step 10: Calculate the overall length of the interacting individual LTAs.
( )
1 i m
nm m i i
i n
l l l s
=
=
= + +
(  
( 
\ .
(
=
(
  
(
 
(
\ .\ .
(218)
Step 13: Determine the final failure pressure and RSF for the LTA.
( )
, , ,
f total patch i nm
P MIN P P P P = (219)
0
f
P
RSF
P
= (220)
Step 14: Repeat Steps 4 through 13 for each depth increment. The failure pressure for
this assessment is the minimum pressure obtained for all the depth increments.
4.12 BS 7910 ASSESSMENT
The BS 7910 flaw assessment guide uses the British Gas research as its basis for the
assessment of local areas of metal loss. Like British Gas, the assessment of local metal loss is
based on classifying a flaw as either a single defect or complex or interacting defect. The
interactions rules are exactly the same as presented in the British Gas method.
4.12.1 BS 7910, Appendix G Assessment, Isolated Defect (Method 21)
The BS 7910 assessment for a single flaw is exactly the same as the British Gas single flaw
assessment procedure presented in Paragraph 4.11.2.
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4.12.2 BS 7910, Appendix G Assessment, Interacting Flaws (Method 22)
The BS 7910 assessment for interacting defects uses the BS 7910 isolated defect
procedure for each isolated flaw and for all combination of isolated flaw interaction. Unlike the
British Gas complex defect assessment, the BS 7910 procedure is no longer iterative. The BS
7910 flaw assessment procedure is as follows:
Step 1: Calculate the failure pressure (P1, P2, , P
N
) for each of the N isolated defects
using the procedure presented for British Gas Single Defect Analysis.
Step 2: Calculate the failure pressure for all combinations of the isolated defects using
the procedure presented for British Gas Single Defect Analysis and the following
equations for flaw length and depth.
( )
1 i m
nm m i i
i n
l l l s
=
=
= + +
(221)
i m
i i
i n
nm
nm
d l
d
l
=
=
=
(222)
Step 3: Calculate the failure pressure for the combined defects.
( )
1 2
, , ..., ,
f N nm
P MIN P P P P = (223)
Step 4: Calculate the MAWP. The f
c
factor is based on the original design factor.
c f
MAWP f P = (224)
4.13 KANNINEN ASSESSMENT (METHOD 23)
The Kanninen method was developed by the Southwest Research Institute to analyze
corroded areas in pipes subject to large axial stress. Large longitudinal stresses can be
generated due to end forces and bending moments applied to a pipe in addition to pressure
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loads. The methods presented above focus on pressure loading only, where failure is a function
of the circumferential stress. In the Kanninen method, large longitudinal stress is accounted for
by computing an equivalent stress based on circumferential and longitudinal stress and
comparing it to material ultimate stress for failure or allowable stress for MAWP. The
Circumferential stress is compute based on the load conditions and increased with an RSF factor
due to the corroded region. The RSF is calculated using a Folias factor derived from shell theory.
The longitudinal stress is calculated based on the load conditions and cross sectional properties
of the corroded region. The Kanninen method can be calculated as follows.
Step 1: Calculate the undamaged area and exact damaged area by numerically
integrating the defect profile using Equations (77) and (81).
Step 2: Calculate the shell theory Folias factor, M
t
.
1
d
t
= (225)
( )
0.9306
l
D t d
=
(226)
( )( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
4
3/ 2 2 2
2
5/ 2 2 2
5/ 2
2
1 cosh sinh sin cos
2 cosh cos
2 cosh sinh sin cos
2 cosh cos
cosh sin
sinh cos
2 cosh cos
sinh cos cosh sin
t
M
+ + +
+
`
+
)
=
+
+
`
+
)
(227)
Step 3: Calculate the B31.G surface correction factor, M
s
, using Equation (85) in
Paragraph 4.4.
Step 4: Calculate the RSF as described in Paragraph 4.4.
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Step 5: Calculate the equivalent von Mises stress with the following equations.
2
x
f
I
Z
D
y
=
+
(228)
1
4
x
lm
M pD
t Z
= + (229)
2
4
x
lm
M pD
t Z
= (230)
1
2
cm
pD
RSF t
= (231)
2 2
1 1 1 eq cm cm lm lm
= + (232)
2 2
2 2 2 eq cm cm lm lm
= + (233)
1 2
max ,
eq eq eq
( =
(234)
Step 6: Calculated the MAWP and failure pressure by varying the pressure in the above
equations until the calculated equivalent von Mises stress is equal to the material
allowable stress or material ultimate stress, respectively.
4.14 SHELL THEORY ASSESSMENT (METHOD 24)
The shell theory method follows the standard format and uses the shell theory Folias factor
presented in the Kanninen method. The shell theory Folias factor has been curve fit using Table
Curve 3D as shown in Figure 17. The shell theory method can be calculated with the following
steps:
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Step 1: Calculate the undamaged area and exact damaged area by numerically
integrating the defect profile using Equations (77) and (81).
Step 2: Calculate the shell theory Folias factor, M
t
.
1
d
t
= (235)
( )
0.9306
l
D t d
=
=
 
+

\ .
(240)
( )
1 2 1
1200 1.0144 1.0152 1.0141 1 RSF Z Z Z = + + (
(241)
Step 3: Calculate new MAWP and failure pressure as shown in Step 5 of Paragraph 4.4.
4.15.2 Janelle Level 2 Assessment (Method 30)
The Level 2 Janelle assessment can be calculated with the following steps.
Step 1: Starting with the deepest location in the critical thickness profile, partition the LTA
into i sections. Calculate the effective undamaged area and effective damaged area for
each section using Equations (82) and (84).
Step 2: For each subsection, compute the Remaining Strength Factor using the following
equations.
( )
1.285
i i
e s
i
i
l l
Dt
= (242)
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1 1.0144
0
1.0
1.0
1006.0
i
i
i
Z
A
A
=
 


+


\ .
(243)
2 1.0232
1.0
1.0
1.8753
i
i
Z
=
 
+

\ .
(244)
( )
1 2 1
1200 1.0144 1.0152 1.0141 1
i i i i
RSF Z Z Z
(
= + +
(245)
Step 3: Determine the minimum remaining strength factor as follows for all the sections:
1 2
min , , ....,
i
RSF RSF RSF RSF ( =
(246)
Step 4: Calculate new MAWP and failure pressure as shown in Step 5 of Paragraph 4.4.
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CHAPTER V
VALIDATION OF LTA ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES FOR CIRCUMFERENTIAL STRESS
5.1 INTRODUCTION
This section contains details of the procedures used to validate the LTA analysis methods
presented in Paragraphs 4.5 through 4.15 as well as the theory behind the newly developed
analysis methods. The analysis methods were verified by comparing calculated results for a
given method to fullscale burst tests and nonlinear FEA. Close to one thousand fullscale burst
tests and nonlinear FEA models were used in the validation. A computer program was used to
evaluate each test case with each analysis method and calculate associated statistics. The most
accurate assessment method was determined based on the statistical analysis.
5.2 VALIDATION DATABASES
There are four separate databases of burst test and FEA cases, which are organized based
on their primary source. The cases in the four databases are assigned by numbering convention.
Database 1 contains cases numbered from 1 to 1999. Similarly, Database 2 cases are
numbered from 2000 to 2999, Database 3 cases are 3000 to 3999, and Database 4 cases are
4000 to 4999. A complete listing of the databases and their sources are shown in Tables 8, 9,
10, and 11.
LTA Database 1: LTA Database 1 is a collection of burst test cases from two primary
sources. Cases 1124 and 216221 are summarized in Kiefner [61], and Cases 1215
are summarized in Kiefner [62]. There is also a spreadsheet compiled by Battelle that
has a summary of all 222 cases. The cases were compiled and used to develop and
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validate the RSTRENG analysis method. A case by case summary of LTA Database 1 is
shown in Table 8.
LTA Database 2: The full scale burst tests in LTA Database 2 are from Connelly [63].
These burst tests were also correlated with finite element analysis by Depadova [64].
The 58 LTA tests were performed using two retired pressure vessels. Approximately 30
LTAs were created in each vessel, and the pressure tests were run until leaks occurred.
Defects included internal and external LTAs in the shell and heads. A case by case
summary of LTA Database 2 is shown in Table 9. The cases in this database were not
used in the LTA validation. The vessels were pressurized to the point of plastic
deformation multiple times and the results obtained from the test are not consistent with
the other databases.
LTA Database 3: The burst test cases for local thin areas found in LTA Database 3 are
from a British Gas Linepipe Group Sponsored Project reported by Fu [65]. The tests
were designed and performed for the development of the British Gas analysis methods.
These cases are actual burst tests performed for the project. A case by case summary
of LTA Database 3 is shown in Table 10.
LTA Database 4: LTA Database 4 is composed of the finite element testing done as part
of the British Gas Linepipe Group Sponsored Project performed in conjunction with the
test cases in LTA Database 3. In order to determine a failure or burst pressure for the
FEA cases, the models were run to the ultimate tensile stress for the material. These
cases were reported by Fu [66]. A case by case summary of LTA Database 4 is shown
in Table 11.
5.3 NEW LTA ANALYSIS METHODS
New assessment procedures are incorporated in this study in an attempt to improve
assessment accuracy. Two approaches were taken. The Hybrid methods were developed
based on existing analysis methods. Desirable characteristics were taken from the existing
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methods and combined to develop hybrid methods. The basis for these hybrids is the API 579
format with alterations to the Folias factor and surface correction factor. Hybrids one and two
have the best attributes of existing methods combined into a new method. Hybrid three is similar,
except that a new Folias factor was derived and included in the method. The new proposed API
579 (Janelle) method was derived directly from actual burst test data and FEA simulation. In the
method, the Folias factor and surface correction factor equations are eliminated. The RSF is
calculated directly based on the area of metal loss and a nondimensional length parameter.
In addition to developing completely new analysis methods, new Folias factors were
developed for the API 579 method to eliminate the limitation on the length of a flaw that may be
analyzed. Most of the current Folias factors do not behave appropriately for very long flaws and
result in nonconservative evaluations. The new factors were developed based on the original
Folias data and by comparison to FEA.
5.3.1 API 579 Hybrid Assessment Procedures
Methods 14 through 19 presented in Paragraph 4.9.5 through 4.9.10 are newly developed
assessment procedures designed to improve upon existing methods. There are three hybrid
methods, each with a level one and two assessment. Rectangular area calculations are used in
the Level 1 assessment, and the effective area is used in the Level 2 assessment. In all of the
hybrids, the B31.G surface correction factor calculation is replaced with the Chell surface
correction factor. The API Folias factor is used for Hybrid 1, the British Gas Folias factor is used
in Hybrid 2, and a newly developed Folias factor is used in Hybrid 3. The details for development
of the new Folias factor are presented in Paragraph 5.3.2. The hybrid methods were statistically
more accurate than the original API 579 method in the validation process and are not
recommended for use.
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5.3.2 New Folias Factor Development for Hybrid Methods
The new Folias factor was developed based on a curve fit of the burst test cases. The data
points for all the LTA analysis cases were plotted three dimensionally using d/t, lambda, and RSF
for the axes. The Chell surface correction factor was used for the fit as follows.
1
1
t
d d
RSF
t t M
 
= +

\ .
(247)
The new factor was derived by picking an equation form for the Folias factor M
t
, and curve
fitting that equation to the LTA test cases. The first form chosen was similar to the one derived
by British Gas and has the following form.
0
1.0
n
t
M C = + (248)
1.285
i
l
Dd
= (249)
The values of C
0
and n were derived based on a curve fit using the Table Curve 3D software
and the resulting equation was as follows.
1.2069
1.0 0.4497
t
M = + (250)
The accuracy of the above equation was not a significant improvement in the predicted RSF.
A second Folias factor form was chosen with a direct d/t dependence that is lacking in other
forms of the Folias factor. This form was defined as follows.
3
1 2
0 1
1.0
n
n n
t
d
M C C
t
 
= + +

\ .
(251)
The initial curve fit resulted in the following equation.
1.7711
0.3928 0.8907
1.0 0.6094 2.2361
t
d
M
t
 
= + +

\ .
(252)
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Based on the results of the curve fit, n1 was set to 0.5, n2 was set to 1.0, and n3 was set to
1.5. The equation was refit for C
0
and C
1
with the following final result.
1.5
0.5
1.0 0.5753 1.7593
t
d
M
t
 
= +

\ .
(253)
It was determined during the validation process that accuracy was not improved with the
above Folias factor, and it is not recommended for use.
5.3.3 Modified API 579, Level 2 Folias Factor for Long Flaws
One of the limitations with the current API 579 assessment of local metal loss is a restriction
on the length of a LTA that can be analyzed. The current version of the document has the
following length limitation.
5.0 3.891 l Dt > (254)
The limitation reflects the fact that the Folias factor and corresponding RSF calculation do
not approach the proper bound as a flaw becomes very long. As a flaw increases in length, the
RSF should approach the ratio of the remaining thickness to the undamaged thickness. The
current Folias factor does not approach this limit fast enough, resulting in slightly higher RSFs
and an unconservative result. The reason this occurs, is because the data for the development
of the original Folias factor only went out to a lambda value of 8. For longer flaws, a linear
extrapolation was used, and the assumption that the function remains linear was not accurate.
The actual trend for the Folias Factor should approach a very large value as the length of the flaw
approaches the following limit based on shell theory.
max
20 15 l DT = = (255)
A matrix of axisymmetric and 3D solid FEA models was developed to further investigate the
behavior of long flaws. The models included nonlinear geometry effects and an elasticplastic
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material model with kinematic hardening. In all cases, the collapse load calculated for a model
containing a flaw was compared to the collapse load of an undamaged model to obtain the RSF
for the flaw. The RSF trend with respect to the flaw length is shown in Figure 18 and the FEA
details and calculated RSF values are shown in Table 12. Typical geometries for the 3D solid
and axisymmetric models are shown in Figures 19 and 20 respectively. In the figure, the current
API 579 Folias factors do not follow the trend of the FEA. The original Folias data (to a lambda of
8) was refit and extrapolated to follow the trend of the FEA results as shown in the figure. For
lambda values greater than 30, a lambda of 30 should be used in the calculation. The curve fit
for the modified Folias factor is shown in Figure 21 and the resulting equation is as follows.
( )
( ) ( ) ( )
( )
2 3
4 5 4 6
5 7 7 8 8 9
10 10
1.0010 0.014196 0.29090 0.096420
0.020890 0.0030540 2.9570 10
1.8462 10 7.1553 10 1.5631 10
1.4656 10
t
M
= + +
+
+ +
(256)
For LTAs that have a lambda less than 8, the results of the analysis are identical when using
the old or new Folias factor (see Figure 22). Almost all of the cases in the LTA database fall into
that category. The results for LTAs with lambda greater than 8 are slightly more conservative
with the new Folias factor and approach the limiting value much quicker than the old Folias
factor. The new Folias factor will be recommended to replace the existing API 579, Level 2
factor, and the length limitation for the analysis will be removed as the results will no longer be
unconservative for long flaws. A new Level 1 screening curve was also developed with the
modified Folias factor and is shown in Figure 23. A comparison between the new screening
curve and the old screening curve is shown in Figure 24.
The FEA procedure used to investigate long flaws in cylindrical shells was repeated for a
spherical shell. The geometry and RSF calculations for the FEA cases are shown in Table 13. A
typical geometry for the axisymmetric model is shown in Figure 25. The trends of the FEA and
the current API 579 Folias factor for spheres are shown in Figure 26. Based on the trends, the
current API 579 Folias factor is applicable to flaws that extend up to the entire inside
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circumference of the shell. The API 579 Folias factor for spherical shells is shown in Equation
(53). Tabular data for the cylindrical and spherical shell Folias factors is shown in Table 14.
5.3.4 Janelle Method
The Janelle method is a departure from the previous methodology and does not include the
calculation of the Folias factor or surface correction factor. Instead, the RSF for a given LTA is
calculated directly from a nondimensional LTA length parameter and metal loss damage factor.
The RSF formulation is a direct data fit of the actual burst tests and FEA simulations. This
method has slightly better scatter statistics than the other methods because it is a curve fit of the
actual database cases, but the greatest advantage is how the function is bounded. The function
approaches and RSF of 1.0 as the length or depth approaches 0.0, and the RSF approaches the
ratio of remaining thickness to undamaged thickness as the length approaches infinity. The
curve fit derived from the Table 3D program is shown in Figure 27. This method will be
recommended to replace the API 579, Level 2 assessment in a future release of the document.
The resulting equations from the fit are as follows.
1 1.014385410
0
1.0
1.0
1006.013191
Z
A
A
=
 

 +


\ .
(257)
2 1.023217085
1.0
1.0
1.875264927
Z
=
 
+

\ .
(258)
1
2 1 2
1217.299931 1218.299686
1216.947150 1216.946241
RSF Z
Z Z Z
= + +
(259)
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5.4 STATISTICAL VALIDATION OF LTA METHODOLOGY USING A FAILURE RATIO
In order to validate the analysis methods in this study, comparisons between the methods
and actual test cases are required. Pressure ratio assessment is the main tool for determining
the statistical accuracy of each LTA analysis method. The failure ratio is defined as follows:
Actual Failure Pressure
Failure Ratio=
Predicted Failure Pressure
`
)
(260)
The actual failure pressure can be obtained two ways. Fullscale vessel or pipe specimens
that contain an LTA can be pressurized to failure, or nonlinear elastic plastic finite element
models of an LTA can be generated and loaded to failure conditions. The predicted failure
pressure is calculated with the methods provided in this study. For each of the cases in the
database, the ratio is calculated. Statistical analysis based on the calculations is used to quantify
the accuracy of each analysis method at calculating these ratios.
Databases 1, 3, and 4 were used for the validation and omitted cases are shown in Table
15. All the cases in the databases were analyzed using a computer program that included all the
analysis methods and statistics were generated for each method. For the computer program, the
inside diameter, shell or pipe thickness, allowable stress ratios based on yield and ultimate
stress, an allowable RSF, yield and ultimate stresses, actual failure pressure, and the longitudinal
defect profile are required input data. The program output for each method included the
calculated failure pressure, calculated MAWP, ratio of calculated failure to actual failure, ratio of
calculated MAWP to actual failure, and statistics of the ratios based on all the database cases.
The most desirable method is the one with the least amount of scatter in the failure ratio
calculations, or the one with the smallest standard deviation. The analysis methods with
statistical data are shown in Table 16.
Scatter in the data can be attributed to physical phenomenon that can occur with LTAs.
Material toughness plays a major role in determining the failure pressure of a damaged
component. Most of the methods presented here do not directly consider material toughness in
the analysis. Those that make an attempt to include toughness effects, have considered
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materials with very high toughness which is not applicable to many cases that can be found in
industry. Another phenomenon that affects the failure of corroded components is triaxial
stresses. A high state of triaxiality has been shown to have a significant effect on failure. These
conditions can be generated from jagged or nonuniform profiles of metal loss. Methods like the
British Gas method, which are solely based on cases with smooth metal loss profiles, do not take
this effect into consideration.
5.5 SUMMARY OF VALIDATION RESULTS
Based on the statistical results in Table 16, the new Janelle Method (Method 30) is the most
accurate. It has a mean failure ratio of nearly 1.0 and the lowest standard deviation of any of the
other methods. The most accurate of the old methods are API 579 and modified API 579, Level
2 effective and exact area methods (Methods 2, 3, and 28) and the RSTRENG effective and
exact area methods (Methods 5 and 6). The methods that use the effective area are considered
superior because they protect against highly irregular metal loss profiles. The Janelle and
modified API 579 methods (Methods 28 and 30) do not have a limitation on the length of a flaw
that may be analyzed, so have less limitations than the other methods. The modified API 579,
Level 2 (Method 28) is recommended for current use. The Janelle Method (Method 30) is
recommended to replace the current method in the next release of API 579.
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CHAPTER VI
ALLOWABLE RSF VALUES FOR DIFFERENT DESIGN CODES
6.1 INTRODUCTION
Local thin areas are phenomena appearing in a wide variety of field equipment, from
pressure vessels to piping to large storage tanks. Based on the type of equipment, different
design codes are used in construction. Since the LTA assessment procedures presented are
meant for use with most types of equipment, effects of the design code must be taken into
consideration. Each design code has different factors to determine allowable material stresses.
Using the different values for allowable stress will have no effect on calculating the failure
pressure or failure ratio. The difference is in calculating the MAWP; some methods may be too
conservative for a certain design code. In this section an allowable RSF vs. MAWP margin will
be developed for various design codes.
6.2 DESIGN CODES FOR PRESSURIZED EQUIPMENT
All of the following design codes provide a maximum allowable stress, which is calculated
from material yield and ultimate stresses as follows:
ys
yield stress
f
allowable stress
= (261)
uts
ultimate stress
f
allowable stress
= (262)
103
,
a ys ys uts uts
Min F F ( =
(263)
Actual yield and ultimate stresses or minimum values may be used in VCESage, and for the
analysis presented here, actual measured stress values from material testing were used. The
design code will have no effect on the failure ratio calculation, but does contribute to the MAWP
ratio. Some design codes may be overconservative for calculating the MAWP ratio, allowing for
a reduction in the allowable RSF factor. The objective is to determine which allowable RSF best
matches each design code. A summary of the design codes and their allowable stresses can be
found in Table 17.
ASME Section VIII, Division I and Division II [67], [68], [69]: ASME Section VIII design
codes cover the fabrication rules for all types of pressure vessels. Section VIII is
subdivided into three divisions. Divisions I and II are addressed in this study and
described below. Division III is alternate rules for high pressure vessels and not
considered in this study. Division I contains the general rules for constructing pressure
vessels or design by rule. Division II is the alternate rules for pressure vessel fabrication.
Division II is more restrictive in the choice of materials than Division I. It also permits
higher design stress intensity values to be used in the range of temperatures over which
the design stress intensity value is controlled by the ultimate or yield strength. More
detailed design procedures and complete examination, testing, and inspection are
required.
ASME B31.1, B31.3, B31.4, and B31.8 [70], [71], [72], [73], [74]: The ASME B31 design
codes cover all types of piping. ASME B31.1 covers the design, fabrication, and
inspection of power piping associated with steam boilers. This type of piping is usually
found in electrical power generation stations, industrial plants, institutional plants,
geothermal heating systems, and heating and cooling systems. The B31.3 code covers
the design, fabrication, and inspection of process piping that is found in refinery and
petrochemical plants. This code was formerly referred to as the refinery and chemical
plant piping code. It is used in the design of piping that is found in petroleum refineries,
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chemical, pharmaceutical, textile, paper, semiconductor, and cryogenic plants, and
related processing plants and terminals. The ASME B31.4 design code covers pipeline
transportation systems for liquid hydrocarbons and other hydrocarbons. It is used to
design piping for transporting products which are predominantly liquid between plants
and terminals and within terminals, pumping, regulating, and metering stations. The
B31.8 design code deals with gas transportation and distribution systems. It is used for
the design of piping transporting products which are predominately gas between sources
and terminals including compressor, regulating, and metering stations and gas gathering
pipelines. The code assigns design factors according to pipe classification. The design
factor is selected based on five piping location classes described in B31.8. They are
location class 1, division 1 and division 2, and location class 3, class 4, and class 5. This
code uses yield stress along with the design factor for steel piping system design
requirements. The yield times the design factor, F, is essentially the allowable stress
used in design. The steel pipe design formula presented is written as:
( )
2St
P F E T
D
= (264)
API 620 and API 650 [75], [76]: The design and construction of large, welded, low
pressure storage tanks is detailed in API 620. These types of tank include field
assembled storage tanks that contain petroleum intermediates (gases or vapors) and
finished products including other liquid products commonly handled and stored by the
various branches of industry. Tank temperature must be less than 250 F and tank gas or
vapor space pressure may not exceed 15 psi. API Standard 650 covers the design of
welded steel storage tanks of various sizes and capacities.
CODAP [77]: CODAP is the French design code for fired or unfired pressure vessels,
similar to the ASME Section VIII Codes.
AS 1210 [78]: AS 1210 is the Australian design code for fired or unfired pressure vessels,
similar to the ASME Section VIII Codes.
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BS 5500 [79]: BS 5500 is the British Standard design code for pressurized vessels,
similar to the ASME Section VIII Codes.
6.3 MARGIN OF MAWP TO FAILURE PRESSURE PER DESIGN CODE
To determine the margin, or safety factor on working pressure compared to failure pressure,
the MAWP ratio is used. The MAWP ratio is defined as:
Actual Failure Pressure
MAWP Ratio=
Predicted MAWP
`
)
(265)
The actual failure pressure is determined from a full scale burst test or numeric FEA
simulation. The predicted MAWP for the damaged component is a function of the analysis
methods in Paragraphs 4.5 through 4.15 and the material allowable stress. Since each Code has
a different formulation for allowable stress, the margin between MAWP and failure pressure can
vary. The allowable RSF is used to set a desired margin on MAWP to failure pressure. The
database cases are run with allowable RSFs of 0.7, 0.75, 0.8, 0.85, 0.9, and 0.95, and 1.0 for
each of the design codes in Paragraph 6.2. The lower 95% prediction interval on MAWP ratio is
used to determine the margin on MAWP for each design code. The statistical analysis results for
each method and each design code are shown in Tables 18 through 30.
6.4 ALLOWABLE RSF RESULTS
With the data in Tables 18 through 30, a margin of calculated MAWP to failure pressure can
de derived for any of the methods described in Paragraphs 4.5 through 4.15 and any of the
design codes described in Paragraph 6.2. The allowable RSF vs. the MAWP to failure margin
based on the 95% prediction interval are shown in Figures 28 through 40 for the modified API
579, Level 2 assessment (Method 28). Similar plots can be derived for any assessment method
by graphing the data points in the tables.
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CHAPTER VII
LTA ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES FOR LONGITUDINAL STRESS
7.1 INTRODUCTION
The LTA assessment procedures for longitudinal stress presented in this section are based
on work done by Southwest Research and Kanninen. The research at Southwest was done to
incorporate effects from thermal expansion and supplemental loads into an LTA assessment.
Full scale burst tests subject to internal pressure and four point bending were performed to
evaluate the increased longitudinal stress. The Kanninen method presented in Chapter 4 was
the conclusion of this research.
7.2 KANNINEN ASSESSMENT METHOD
The Kanninen method is presented in Paragraph 4.13 and was included in the
circumferential stress methods to evaluate its accuracy at predicting failure for flaws dominated
by circumferential stress (internal pressure only).
7.3 THICKNESS AVERAGING
The thickness averaging methods are applicable to both the circumferential and longitudinal
stress directions for evaluating regions of metal loss. The methods are presented in LTA
Assessment Procedures for Circumferential Stress.
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7.3.1 API 510
This method is presented in Paragraph 4.5.2.
7.3.2 API 653
This method is presented in Paragraph 4.5.3.
7.4 API 579 ASSESSMENT METHODS
7.4.1 API 579 Section 5, Level 1 Analysis
This method is presented in Paragraph 3.5.4.2. The screening curve is shown in Figure 15.
7.4.2 API 579 Section 5, Level 2 Analysis
This method is presented in Paragraph 3.5.4.3.
7.4.3 Modified API 579 Section 5, Level 2 Analysis
The following modifications to the API 579, Section 5, Level 2 longitudinal stress
assessment have been made to improve the assessment. The worst case stress conditions
including effects from both longitudinal and circumferential weld joint efficiency can be calculated
with the following modifications. Equations (266), (267), (268), (269), and (270) should replace
Equation (50) in the original method.
eq ys
H (266)
1 2
max ,
eq eq eq
( =
(267)
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2 2
2
1
3
A A
cm cm lm lm
eq
c c l l
E E E E
   
= + +
 
\ . \ .
(268)
2 2
2
1
3
B B
cm cm lm lm
eq
c c l l
E E E E
   
= + +
 
\ . \ .
(269)
1.0
C L
E E = = (Corroded region not on a weld) (270)
The shell theory Folias factor presented by Kanninen has been curve fit and incorporated
into the analysis per the following modifications. Equations (271), (272), (273), and (274) replace
the RSF calculation in the original method.
0
0
1
1
A
A
RSF
A
B
A
(271)
2 2
2 2
0.9848 0.4582 0.5868 0.006156 0.07628 0.1232
1 0.4691 0.7484 0.005116 0.2827 0.8853
B
+ + +
=
+ +
(272)
1
d
t
= (273)
( )
0.9306
l
D t d
=
(274)
7.4.4 Janelle, Level 1 Analysis
The following methodology was used to develop an improved screening curve for the
circumferential extent of a local thin area (LTA). The assumptions used to develop the curve
were:
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The LTA must pass the longitudinal extent screening curve. If it does, the worst case
RSF for the longitudinal extent of the LTA is equal to the allowable RSF (typically 0.9).
The longitudinal RSF is set to the allowable RSF for the screening curve.
The loads on the component are internal pressure plus a supplemental net section
bending moment. All other supplemental loads are assumed to be negligible. If the
component is known to have a negligible supplemental bending moment, the No Bending
Moment screening curve may be used; otherwise, the Maximum Bending Moment
screening curve must be used.
The equivalent stress criteria must be satisfied for the moment tension and compression
side, an internal or external LTA, and at locations A and B. Location A is the center of
the LTA with respect to the cylinder cross section and point B is the edge of the LTA with
respect to the cylinder cross section.
The additional longitudinal tension or compression stress is limited to 40% of the material
allowable stress based on a radius to thickness ratio of 10 (see Figure 41).
The following equations from API 579 were used to generate the screening curve:
2 2 2
3
a
cm cm lm lm
a
S
RSF
+ + (275)
In generating the screening curve, the circumferential stress is assumed to be the worst
case that could pass the longitudinal LTA extent screening curve. It is assumed that the
circumferential stress due to pressure is equal to the material allowable stress and the remaining
strength factor for the longitudinal extent of the LTA is equal to the allowable remaining strength
factor. This results in a circumferential stress equal to the allowable stress divided by the
allowable remaining strength factor. The torsion stress is assumed to be zero.
a
cm
a
S
RSF
= , 0 = (276)
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Substituting the assumptions in (276) into Equation (275) and solving, results in the
acceptance criteria shown in Equation (279).
2
2 a a a
lm lm
a a a
S S S
RSF RSF RSF
   
+
 
\ . \ .
(277)
2
0
a
lm lm
a
S
RSF
 

\ .
(278)
0 1
lm a
a
RSF
S
(279)
Equation (280) is the formulation for longitudinal stress from API 579 (equations for the
section properties are shown in Table 4).
( )
( )( )
,
, ,
w T
C
m f m f
A B s
lm
A B A B c
T w x y
x y
A F
MAWP
A A A A
M
y x E
F y y b MAWP A M M
I I
+ +
=
`
+ + + + (
)
(280)
To generate the screening curve it is assumed that the weld joint efficiency, E
c
, is equal to 1,
and there is no additional axial force or out of plane bending moment acting on the cylinder. The
maximum allowable working pressure stress is equal to the material allowable stress.
1
c
E = , 0
T
F = , 0
y
M = ,
2
a
S t
MAWP
D
= (281)
The stress from the in plane net section bending moment is assumed to be equal to the
allowable stress multiplied by a bending factor, B
F
.
2
x
F a
x
M D
B S
I
=
2
x a
x F
I S
M B
D
= (282)
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Substituting in (281) and (282) into Equation (280) results in the final formulation for
longitudinal stress shown in Equation (283).
( )
, ,
2 2 2
A B A B C w a a x a
lm s w F
m f x
y
A S t S t I S
M y b A B
A A D I D D
(    
= + + +
`
  (
\ . \ .
)
(283)
Using the acceptance criteria in Equation (279), two conditions for acceptance must be
checked. The first criterion is for the tensile side of the cylinder with respect to the applied
bending moment. Assuming additional tensile longitudinal stress from the moment results in the
acceptance criteria shown in Equation (284).
( )
,
2 2 2
1
A B C w x
a s w F
m f x
y
A I t t
RSF M y b A B
A A D I D D
(    
+ + +
`
  (
\ . \ .
)
(284)
The second criterion is for the compressive side of the cylinder with respect to the applied
bending moment. Assuming additional compressive longitudinal stress from the moment results
in the acceptance criteria shown in Equation (285).
( )
,
2 2 2
0
A B
w x
w F
m f x
y
A I t t
y b A B
A A D I D D
(    
+ +
  (
\ . \ .
(285)
Since the circumferential remaining strength factor cancels out on the compression side, the
acceptance criteria is based more on a bending moment limitation as opposed to limitations on
the LTA dimensions. The bending moment limitation is a function of the radius to thickness ratio
(ROT). The maximum bending factor, B
F
, was calculated for ROTs varying between 10 and 1000
using an iterative procedure and Equation (285). The ROT of 10 was most limiting, and based on
the calculations, a maximum B
F
of 0.4 (see Figure 41) was used to generate the screening curve
with a maximum bending moment included.
The screening curve varies based on the ROT for given cylinder. Screening curves using
ROTs of 10 to 500 were generated. The ROT of 10 was the most conservative and used as the
basis for the final screening curves. The screening curve was generated by setting values of
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lambda ranging from 0 to 18 and solving for the minimum remaining thickness ratio using the
acceptance criteria in Equations (284) and (285). For a cylinder with an ROT of 10, lambda is
equal to 18 for an LTA that extends all the way around the circumference of the cylinder. Two
separate circumferential screening curves are generated to set the bounds for the possible
loading between the no supplemental load case and the maximum permissible bending moment
load case. The two resulting screening curves are shown in Figure 42.
7.4.5 Janelle, Level 2 Analysis
An alternate method for evaluating the longitudinal stress direction of local thin areas has
been developed based on the fullscale tests presented by Kanninen. This method is designed
for use in conjunction with the API 579 circumferential stress assessment for regions of local
metal loss.
This method incorporates the Folias bulging factor into the calculation of circumferential
stress and longitudinal stress and uses a von Mises equivalent stress criteria. The Folias factor
for circumferential stress is taken from the API 579, Section 5, Level 2 assessment. The
equation for the longitudinal stress bulging factor is derived from curve fitting data presented by
Folias for determining bulging effects with circumferentially oriented cracks in cylindrical shells.
The influence of the Folias factor on longitudinal stress is much less than the influence on
circumferential stress, but may have a significant effect on an equivalent stress calculation. The
Folias factor for longitudinal stress is graphically represented in Figure 43.
For flaws with no additional supplemental loads effecting longitudinal stress (pressure only),
longitudinal stress is ignored and equivalent stress is not calculated. In some cases, the addition
of supplement loads may result in equivalent stresses that are less than those that would be
obtained for the pressure only case. For this scenario, supplemental loads may be ignored, as
the circumferential stress solution will be more conservative. This can be used as a screening
technique for determining the influence of supplemental loads on an LTA.
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The first step in the procedure involves calculating the longitudinal stress in the flawed
region of the cylinder. Longitudinal stress due to an applied bending moment is calculated based
on the damaged cross section of the cylinder. This stress is added to the normal longitudinal
pressure stress. The combined bending and pressure stress is multiplied by a circumferential
bulging factor presented by Folias to determine the total longitudinal stress. An acceptable range
is given for the longitudinal stress. If the calculated longitudinal stress is within the specified
range, it can be ignored and the assessment may be performed per the API 579 Level 2
circumferential stress assessment. If the calculated longitudinal stress is outside the acceptable
range, the assessment must be performed using the von Mises equivalent stress acceptance
criteria. The longitudinal stresses in the given range may be ignored because equivalent von
Mises stresses calculated with these values will be below stresses calculated with the
circumferential assessment method. The alternate longitudinal stress assessment can be
performed as follows (See Figures 13 and 14):
Step1: Calculate the section properties as shown in Table 4 and the equations in Step 1
of Paragraph 7.4.2.
Step 2: Calculate the circumferential stress using the following equations:
1.285
L
l
Dt
= (286)
( )
2 4
2 6 4
1.02 0.4411 0.006124
1.0 0.02642 1.533 10
L
t
M
+ +
=
+ +
(287)
1
1
1
L
t L
s
d
M t
M
d
t
 
 
 
\ .
\ .
=
 

\ .
(288)
1
L
L
S
RSF
M
= (289)
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0.6
i
cm
L L o i
D P
RSF E D D
 
= +

\ .
(290)
Step 3: Calculate the longitudinal stress with following equations:
1.285
C
c
Dt
= (291)
( ) ( )
( ) ( )
2 4
2 4
1.0 0.1401 0.002046
1.0 0.09556 0.0005024
C C C
t
C C
M
+ +
=
+ +
(292)
1
1
1
C
t C
s
d
M t
M
d
t
 
 
 
\ .
\ .
=
 

\ .
(293)
( )
,
w T
C
m f m f
S
lm A
C A A
T w X Y
X Y
A P F
A A A A
M
E y x
F y y b A P M M
I I
+ +
=
`
( + + + +
)
(294)
( )
,
w T
C
m f m f
S
lm B
C B B
T w X Y
X Y
A P F
A A A A
M
E y x
F y y b A P M M
I I
+ +
=
`
( + + + +
)
(295)
, ,
max ,
lm lm A lm B
(
=
(296)
Note: For the validation,
T
F and
Y
M are set to zero in equations (294) and (295).
Step 4: Calculate the torsional stress
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( )
2
T
m f t tf mm
M V
A A A A t
= +
+
(297)
Note: For the validation,
T
M and V are set to zero in equation (297).
Step 5: Calculate the von Mises equivalent stress:
2 2 2
, , ,
3
eq A cm cm lm A lm A
= + + (298)
2 2 2
, , ,
3
eq B cm cm lm B lm B
= + + (299)
, ,
max ,
eq eq A eq B
( =
(300)
Step 5: The following conditions indicate failure or acceptability:
eq uts
(failure) (301)
eq a
(acceptable) (302)
Failure pressure and MAWP can also be calculated by setting the equivalent stress equal to
the ultimate stress or allowable stress respectively, and solving for the pressure. The maximum
allowable moment can also be calculated in the same fashion as follows. These equations are
valid if net section bending is the only supplemental load.
( ) ( )
2
2 2
2 2
1 1
2 4
C
s
eq x
L L C C
s s s s
M
M
Z t
P
R
M M M M
 

\ .
=
+
(303)
( ) ( )
2
2 2
2
1 1
2 4
L L C C
x eq s s s s
C
s
Z PR
M M M M M
M t
  (
= +

(
\ .
(304)
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CHAPTER VIII
VALIDATION OF LTA ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES FOR LONGITUDINAL STRESS
8.1 INTRODUCTION
The Janelle assessment methodology for the longitudinal stress direction of an LTA
described in Paragraph 7.4.5 was validated with full scale burst tests. The full scale tests cases
were pressurized to a fixed value, then four point bending was applied until the pipe failed. The
loads at failure were used to calculate an equivalent stress at failure using the assessment
methodology. The calculated stress was compared to actual measured ultimate stress for the
pipe material. For the test cases available, there was only a small amount of error between
calculated stress at failure and the material ultimate stress.
8.2 VALIDATION DATABASES
Unfortunately, data for only five full scale burst tests was available to validate the
assessment methodology. The tests were performed by Southwest Research on 48 inch
diameter X65 pipe and have properties that are shown in Table 31. The flaws in the pipe were
machined patches on the pipe OD used to simulate metal loss. Each pipe contained 2 machined
flaws, one on the tension side from bending, and one on the compression side. Additional tests
were performed by Southwest for 20 inch diameter X52 pipe, but complete data for use in
validation was unable to be obtained. Additional test cases should be used to further validate the
methodology whether they are actual test cases or Finite Element Analysis simulations.
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8.3 SUMMARY OF VALIDATION RESULTS
The assessment methodology was used to calculate the equivalent stress for the flaws on
the tension and compression sides of the pipe tests. The equivalent stress that was calculated
for the side that actually experienced failure was compared to material actual ultimate stress to
verify the accuracy of the methodology. The actual failures occurred on the compression side
when the calculated equivalent stresses were significantly higher on that side than the tension
side and vice versa. The actual calculated values are shown in Table 32.
For the five test cases, calculated equivalent stresses at failure were very close to the
material ultimate strength. It can be concluded that the von Mises equivalent stress criteria with
the presented method for calculating stresses in local thin areas is a good predictor of actual
behavior. If this is true, stresses caused by other forms of supplemental loading should be able
to be handled the same way as an applied bending moment. Additional tests should be
performed to confirm these findings.
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CHAPTER IX
LTA PROCEDURES FOR HIC DAMAGE
9.1 INTRODUCTION
HIC damage is characterized by stepwise internal cracks that connect adjacent hydrogen
blisters on different planes in the metal, or to the metal surface. Externally applied stress is not
required for the formation of HIC. In steels, the development of internal cracks (sometimes
referred to as blister cracks) tends to link with other cracks by a transgranular plastic shear
mechanism because of internal pressure resulting from the accumulation of hydrogen. The link
up of these cracks on different planes in steels has been referred to as stepwise cracking to
characterize the nature of the crack appearance. HIC is commonly found in steels with high
impurity levels that have a high density of large planar inclusions, and/or regions of anomalous
microstructure produced by segregation of impurity and alloying elements in the steel.
The effect of HIC damage is to produce a weakened zone within a plate. This weakening
effect can be characterized by using an RSF factor. RSF factors need to be developed for both
subsurface and surface breaking HIC damage. In the case of surface breaking HIC damage, the
Folias bulging factor needs to be included in the RSF solution.
9.2 SUBSURFACE HIC DAMAGE
The RSF for subsurface HIC damage (see Figure 44) can be derived from the definition of
the remaining strength factor, or
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D
UD
L Collapse Load Of The Damaged Component
RSF
L Collapse Load Of The Undamaged Component
= = (305)
The collapse loads of the damaged and undamaged plate can be estimated using lower
bound limit load theory. The lower bound limit load for the damaged plate section is given by the
following equations where D
H
is a measure of HIC damage:
( ) 2
D H H H ys
L L t A A D = + (306)
or
( ) 2
D H H H ys
L L t st A D = + (307)
2
H
D H H ys
A
L t L s D
t
 
= +

\ .
(308)
Finally
2 1
H
D H H ys
A
L t L s D
st
 
= +
`

) \ .
(309)
The lower bound limit load for the undamaged plate section is referenced to the minimum
required wall thickness per the applicable code is:
( )
min
2
D H ys
L t L s = + (310)
Combining Equations (309) and (310):
( )
min
2 1
min , 1.0
2
H
H H
H
A
t L s D
st
RSF
t L s
(  
+
`
( 
) \ .
(
=
( +
(
(311)
If the actual area is approximated as a rectangle with dimensions s and w
H
, the expression
for the RSF becomes:
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( )
min
2 1
min , 1.0
2
H
H H
H
w
t L s D
t
RSF
t L s
(  
+
`
( 
) \ .
(
=
( +
(
(312)
In the above equations for the RSF, the region of the undamaged plate that is assumed to
strengthen the HIC damaged area is:
8
H
L t = (313)
The minimum function in the above equations is required because the RSF is indexed to t
min
.
Therefore, if t
min
is small relative to the plate thickness t, and the reduced strength of the HIC
damaged area approaches the strength of undamaged plate, the RSF can be computed to be
greater than 1.0 indicating that the plate thickness above t
min
can adequately reinforce the
damaged area located below t
min
. If the RSF is indexed to the full plate thickness, then the
expressions for the RSFs shown above become:
( )
2 1
2
H
H H
H
A
L s D
st
RSF
L s
 
+
`

) \ .
=
+
(314)
or
( )
2 1
2
h
h H
h
w
L s D
t
RSF
L s
(
+
`
(
)
=
+
(315)
9.3 SURFACE BREAKING HIC DAMAGE
For surface breaking HIC damage (see Figure 45), the bulging factor needs to be
considered in the RSF. By inspection of Equation (311), the RSF factor can directly be written
as:
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min
min
1
1
1
H
H
H
H
t
w
D
t
RSF
w
D
M t
=
(
(
(316)
or in terms of a damaged area:
0
1
1
1
H
H
H
H
t o
A
D
A
RSF
A
D
M A
=
(
(
(317)
where
min o
A st = (318)
Note that when there 100% HIC damage, then D
H
= 1.0, and the RSF factor becomes:
min
min
1
1
1
H
H
t
w
t
RSF
w
M t
=
(
(
(319)
The remaining thickness ratio, R
t
, is:
min
min min min
1
mm H H
t
t t w w
R
t t t
= = = (320)
then
 
1
1 1
t
t
t
R
RSF
R
M
=
(321)
which is the expression used for an LTA.
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Note that in the above formulation, the parameter,
H
L , is set to zero. This is consistent with
current LTA assessment methodologies. The modified API Folias factor as shown in Equation
(256) should be used in the above equations.
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CHAPTER X
LTA PROCEDURES FOR EXTERNAL PRESSURE
The methodology for this analysis is presented by Rajagopalan [80] and supported by
Esslinger [81]. It utilizes a stepwise approach for shells that have abrupt changes in
thicknesses. The overall buckling pressure of a cylinder made of lengths at varying thicknesses
can be calculated from the following equation:
3 1 2
1 2 3
...
n
e e e e e
n
L L L L L
P P P P P
= + + + + (322)
The parameters L and P
e
n
are the unsupported length and buckling pressures of the overall
vessel, respectively, and L
n
and P
e
n
represent the unsupported lengths and the buckling
pressures of each of the individual shell courses in the vessel, respectively.
The following assessment procedure can be used to evaluate cylindrical shells subject to
external pressure. If the flaw is found to be unacceptable, the procedure can be used to
establish a new MAWP.
STEP 1: Determine the CTP and the parameters in Paragraph 3.3.3.2.
STEP 2: Subdivide the CTP in the longitudinal direction using a series of cylindrical shells
that approximate the actual metal loss (see Figure 46). Determine the length and
thickness of each of these cylindrical shells and designate them t
i
and L
i
.
STEP 3: Determine the allowable external pressure of each of the cylindrical shells
defined in STEP 2 using (t
i
FCA) and L
i
, designate this pressure as P
e
i
. Methods for
determining the allowable external pressure are provided in Appendix A.
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STEP 4: Determine the allowable external pressure of the actual cylinder using the
following equation:
1
1
n
i
i
r n
i
e
i i
L
MAWP
L
P
=
=
=
(323)
STEP 5: If MAWP
r
> MAWP, then the component is acceptable for continued operation.
If MAWP
r
< MAWP, then the component is not acceptable for continued operation and
the allowable
MAWP is MAWP
r
.
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CHAPTER XI
CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
11.1 INTRODUCTION
This section contains a summary of the validation results for existing and new methods for
evaluating the longitudinal and circumferential extent of an LTA. Recommendations for use are
made for the methods that correlate the most accurately with actual full scale burst tests of
damaged shells. In addition, data is provided so that a margin on MAWP to failure pressure can
be calculated based on various design codes. Finally, additional areas requiring more research
and validation are outlined.
11.2 LTA ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES FOR CIRCUMFERENTIAL STRESS
11.2.1 Recommended Methods for Circumferential Stress
Of the existing methods for analyzing LTAs that are currently in use, the API 579, Level 2
and RSTRENG methods based on an effective area procedure correlate the best to actual test
data. The statistical analysis is presented in Table 16, and those two methods most accurately
predict the burst pressure of a damaged shell with the least amount of scatter in the results. The
drawback with these methods is that they do not approach the proper limits. For example, as the
length of an LTA becomes very long, the RSF is not necessarily calculated to be the ratio of
remaining thickness to undamaged thickness. To correct the problem, the modified Folias factor
should be used in conjunction with these methods. The new Folias factor does not change the
results of the analysis for LTAs that have a lambda value less than 8 (see Figures 21 and 22).
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However, for longer flaws it is more conservative and approaches the proper bound. The
modified Folias factor is incorporated into Methods 27 and 28. It is recommended that Method 27
replace the current API 579, Level 1 assessment and Method 28 replace the current API 579
Level 2 assessment.
The new Janelle method was developed based on the actual test data and correlates even
better with full scale test results than any of the other methods. It also mathematically
approaches the bounds of the problem with the proper trends (see Figure 27). It is
recommended that the method eventually replace the current methods in API 579 in a future
release of the document.
11.2.2 Allowable Remaining Strength Factors
Any desired margin of calculated MAWP to failure pressure can de derived for the methods
described in Paragraphs 4.5 through 4.15 and the design codes described in Paragraph 6.2 with
the data presented in Tables 18 through 30. It is recommended that the tables which correlate to
the method published in the current or future releases of API 579 be included and referenced in
the document. This will allow a user to calculate whatever safety margin of MAWP to actual
failure is desired for the API 579 methodology.
11.3 RECOMMENDED METHODS FOR LONGITUDINAL STRESS
The Kanninen method, and similarly the API 579 modified method for evaluating flaws with
longitudinal stress do not give accurate results for cases where circumferential stress is
dominant. However, these methods do address loading conditions that result in flaws dominated
by longitudinal stresses. For local thin areas where supplemental loads or thermal expansion
may cause larger longitudinal stress, it is recommended that the LTA be first evaluated using an
assessment method for circumferential stress. If the flaw is acceptable for the circumferential
stress assessment, then it should be evaluated using a method that addresses flaws dominated
by longitudinal stresses.
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The Janelle method, which is a modified version of the Kanninen and API 579 methodology
is recommended for use when evaluating the circumferential extent of an LTA. The method
correlates much better to actual full scale burst tests as described in Paragraph 8.3 and is
recommended for use in future releases of API 579.
11.4 FURTHER LTA ASSESSMENT DEVELOPMENT
11.4.1 Material Toughness Effects
The material toughness of a shell with a LTA can influence the load carrying capacity of the
component for medium and low toughness steels. A LTA is a natural stress concentration site
and may have large triaxial stresses. The stress concentration in combination with the irregular
geometry of the LTA may result in fracture before plastic collapse. For high toughness steels,
this is likely not an issue as most failures due to a LTA type defect will be mostly a ductile failure.
However, for low toughness steels, the stress concentration at the deepest point of a LTA may
cause micro cracks to form and result in brittle fracture contributing to the failure. This type of
failure occurs at a lower stress level than a purely ductile failure. A criterion to evaluate the
susceptibility of a damaged component to experience a fracture failure should be developed for
LTA type defects. A criterion for crack extension in a cylindrical shell has been developed by
Hahn [82]. A similar procedure for LTAs should be developed for inclusion in a later release of
API 579. In terms of stress, a modified stress calculation could be developed to include the
material fracture toughness and the remaining strength factor to account for susceptibility of low
toughness steels to brittle fracture. The calculation would include a factor based on toughness
as follows.
( )
cal mat m
RSF f K = (324)
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11.4.2 Stress Triaxiality from LTAs
The current analysis methods do not directly take into account the magnitude of triaxial
stress that can result from a local defect like an LTA. Typically, as the triaxiality increases the
toughness of the material decreases. This can result in a greater chance of fracture for highly
triaxial stress fields. The new proposed Section VIII, Division 2 Code will have a check and
limitation on the magnitude of triaxial stress fields to reduce the chance of fracture. This type of
criteria could be a good additional screening check for LTAs to help avoid that failure mode.
11.4.3 Rules for LTAs Near Structural Discontinuities
By far the most limiting criteria that must be satisfied in order to perform a FFS assessment
of a LTA is the distance to the nearest structural discontinuity. This distance is based on the
shell theory attenuation distance that stresses due to a global discontinuity die out along the shell
length. In API 579, the limiting distance is set to the following value.
1.8
msd
L Dt = (325)
In API 579, any attachment or change in shell geometry that creates a local stress field is
classified as a structural discontinuity. In reality there are two different types of discontinuity.
The first type is a global discontinuity, like a conical shell transition. The distance required for the
additional stress to die out along the shell for this type of discontinuity is on the order of
magnitude calculated by Equation (325). The other type of discontinuity is a local structural
discontinuity, like a nozzle attachment. The distance required for the additional stress to die out
along the shell for this type of discontinuity is on the order of plate thicknesses, not the length
specified in Equation (325). For local discontinuities, the limiting distance is extremely
conservative. Research is currently underway to modify this limitation in API 579.
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CHAPTER XII
NOMENCLATURE
Unless otherwise cited in the text, the variables used in this report are shown below:
A = Area of metal loss
o
A = Original metal area
a
A = Effective crosssectional area for a cylinder with metal loss
f
A = Crosssectional area of the region of local metal loss
m
A = Cylinder or pipe metal crosssection
t
A = Mean area to compute torsion stress for the region of the cross section without
metal loss
tf
A = Mean area to compute torsion stress for the region of the cross section with
metal loss
w
A = Effective area of cylinder or pipe cross section on which pressure acts
F
B = Bending Factor. This value is used to determine the additional longitudinal
compression or tension stress caused by the net section bending moment as a
factor of the material allowable stress. i.e. a bending factor of 0.4 results in
addition longitudinal stress equal to 40% of the material allowable stress.
b = Location of the centroid of area A
w
, measured from the x x axis
c = Circumferential extent of the flaw
rate
C = Corrosion or metal loss rate
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e
CA = Equivalent corrosion allowance
d = Depth of metal loss damage
D = Mean diameter
i
D = Inside diameter of the cylinder
o
D = Outside diameter of the cylinder
C
E = Weld joint efficiency for circumferential stress (longitudinal weld joints)
L
E = Weld joint efficiency for longitudinal stress (circumferential weld joints)
F = Applied section axial force determined for the weight or weight plus thermal load
case
d
F = Design factor
ys
F = Yield stress factor
uts
F = Ultimate tensile stress factor
FCA = Future corrosion allowance
H = Load factor. For the weight case, H=0.75, and for the weight plus thermal case
H=1.5. The H factor is based on an allowable RSF of 0.9, a F
ys
of 2/3, and a
factor of two for the weight plus thermal load case
x
I = Moment of inertia of the cross section with the region of local metal loss about
the y axis
y
I = Moment of inertia of the cross section with the region of local metal loss about
the y axis
X
I = Moment of inertia of inertia of the cross section with the region of local metal loss
about the x axis
Y
I = Moment of inertia of inertia of the cross section with the region of local metal loss
about the y axis
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K = Fracture toughness
l = LTA length
L = Length for thickness averaging
f
L = Lorenz factor
msd
L = Distance from the flaw to the nearest structural discontinuity
b
M = Netsection bending moment
s
M
= Surface correction factor
t
M
= Folias throughwall bulging factor for a cracklike flaw
T
M
= Applied netsection torsion determined for the weight or weight plus thermal load
case
x
M = Applied section bending moment determined for the weight or weight plus
thermal load case about the xaxis
y
M = Applied section bending moment determined for the weight or weight plus
thermal load case about the yaxis
MA = Mechanical allowances
MAWP = Maximum allowable working pressure of damaged component
0
MAWP = Maximum allowable working pressure of undamaged component
P = Pressure
0
P = Failure pressure of undamaged component
f
P = Failure pressure of damage component
Q = Shape factor to determine the length for thickness averaging
b
R = Radius of the pipe bend
i
R = Inside radius
life
R = Component remaining life
132
m
R = Mean Radius
t
R = Remaining thickness ratio
RSF = Calculated Remaining Strength Factor for a given flaw
a
RSF = Allowable Remaining Strength Factor
s = Spacing between flaws
t = Current wall thickness of the component
am
t = Average measured thickness
C
am
t = Average measured thickness in the circumferential direction
L
am
t = Average measured thickness in the longitudinal direction
lim
t = Minimum permissible thickness
loss
t = Metal loss computed as the difference between the furnished thickness and the
thickness at the time of an inspection
min
t = Minimum required wall thickness of the shell containing a flaw
min
C
t = Minimum required wall thickness based on applied circumferential stresses
min
L
t = Minimum required wall thickness based on applied longitudinal stresses
mm
t = Minimum measured wall thickness
nom
t = Nominal thickness
T = temperature derating factor
V
= Applied netsection shear force determined for the weight or weight plus thermal
load case
x = Distance along the xaxis to a point on the cross section where the bending
stress is to be computed
y = Distance from the x x axis to a point on the cross section where the bending
stress is to be computed
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y = Location of the neutral axis
Y = ASME B31 yfactor adjustment for temperature
c
Z = Section modulus of the corroded pipe cross section
= Shell metal loss damage parameter
a
= Allowable stress
cm
= Maximum circumferential stress, typically the hoop stress from pressure loading
for the weight and weight plus thermal load case, as applicable
fail
= Failure stress
flow
= Material flow stress
lm
= Maximum longitudinal membrane stress computed for both the weight and
weight plus thermal load cases
uts
= Material ultimate tensile stress
ys
= Material yield stress
= Maximum shear stress in the region of local metal loss for the weight and weight
plus thermal load case
L
= Circumferential position on an elbow where the stress is to be computed
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CHAPTER XIII
TABLES
Table 1 Stress Classification
Stress Category Description Value
General Primary Membrane
Stress Intensity, (P
m
)
Average value across the thickness of a section
Produced by internal pressure and other mechanical
loads
Excludes all secondary and peak stresses
kS
m
Local Primary Membrane Stress
Intensity, (P
L
)
Average value across the thickness of a section
Produced by internal pressure and other mechanical
loads
Excludes all secondary and peak stresses
Stress intensities exceeding 1.1Sm do not extend in the
meridional direction more than Rt
1.5kS
m
Primary Membrane (general or
local) Plus Primary Bending
Stress Intensity, (P
L
+ P
b
)
Highest value across the thickness of a section
Produced by internal pressure and other mechanical
loads
Excludes all secondary and peak stresses
1.5kS
m
Primary Plus Secondary Stress
Intensity, (P
L
+ P
b
+ Q)
Highest value at any point across the thickness of a
section
Produced by internal pressure and other mechanical
loads and general thermal effects
Effects of gross structural discontinuities but not local
discontinuities are included
3S
m
Primary Plus Secondary Plus
Peak Stress Intensity, (P
L
+ P
b
+
Q + F)
Highest value at any point across the thickness of a
section
Produced by internal pressure and other mechanical
loads and general and local thermal effects
Effects of gross structural discontinuities and local
discontinuities are included
Used in fatigue calculation
S
a
Notes
1. S
m
is the allowable stress.
2. k is equal to 1.0 for design loads and equal to 1.2 for design loads plus wind or pressure loads.
3. S
a
is the allowable alternating stress established from a design fatigue curve based on a specified
number of cycles.
4. In addition to the stress classification acceptance criteria, a triaxial stress limit,
( )
1 2 3
4
m
S + + , is applied to prevent ductile fracture. This limit is based on primary
loads.
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Table 2 Examples of Stress Classification
Vessel Component Location Origin of Stress Type of Stress Classification
Internal pressure
General membrane
Gradient through
plate thickness
P
m
Q
Shell plate
remote from
discontinuities
Axial thermal
gradient
Membrane
Bending
Q
Q
Near nozzle or
other opening
Netsection axial
force and/or
bending moment
applied to the
nozzle, and/or
internal pressure
Local membrane
Bending
Peak (fillet or corner)
P
L
Q
F
Any location
Temp. difference.
Between shell and
head
Membrane
Bending
Q
Q
Shell distortions
such as outof
roundness and
dents
Internal pressure
Membrane
Bending
P
m
Q
LTA Center
region
Internal pressure
Membrane
Bending
P
m
P
b
LTA
Periphery
Internal pressure
Membrane
Bending
P
L
Q (2)
Any shell including
cylinders, cones,
spheres and
formed heads
LTA Near
nozzle or other
opening
Netsection axial
force and/or
bending moment
applied to the
nozzle, and/or
internal pressure
Local membrane
Bending
Peak (fillet or corner)
P
L
Q
F
Membrane stress
averaged through
the thickness;
stress component
perpendicular to
cross section
P
m
Any section
across entire
vessel
Netsection axial
force, bending
moment applied to
the cylinder or cone,
and/or internal
pressure
Bending stress
through the
thickness; stress
component
perpendicular to
cross section
P
b
Junction with
head or flange
Internal pressure
Membrane
Bending
P
L
Q
Cylindrical or
conical shell
LTA Tank
bottom course
toshell junction
Liquid Head
Membrane
Bending
P
L
Q
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Table 2 Examples of Stress Classification (Continued)
Crown Internal pressure
Membrane
Bending
P
m
P
b
Dished head or
conical head
Knuckle or
junction to shell
Internal pressure
Membrane
Bending
P
L
(1)
Q
Center region Internal pressure
Membrane
Bending
P
m
P
b
Flat head
Junction to shell Internal pressure
Membrane
Bending
P
L
Q (2)
Typical
ligament in a
uniform pattern
Pressure
Membrane (average
through cross
section)
Bending (average
through width of
ligament., but
gradient through
plate)
Peak
P
m
P
b
F
Perforated head or
shell
Isolated or
atypical
ligament
Pressure
Membrane
Bending
Peak
Q
F
F
Internal pressure or
external load or
moment
General membrane
(average. across
full section).
Stress component
perpendicular to
section
P
m
Cross section
perpendicular to
nozzle axis
External load or
moment
Bending across
nozzle section
P
m
Internal pressure
General membrane
Local membrane
Bending
Peak
P
m
P
L
Q
F Nozzle wall
Differential
expansion
Membrane
Bending
Peak
Q
Q
F
Nozzle
LTA Nozzle
wall
Internal pressure
General membrane
Local membrane
Bending
Peak
P
m
P
L
Q
F
Cladding Any
Differential
expansion
Membrane
Bending
F
F
Any Any
Radial temperature
distribution [note
(3)]
Equivalent linear
stress [note (4)]
Nonlinear portion of
stress distribution
Q
F
Any Any Any
Stress concentration
(notch effect)
F
137
Table 2 Examples of Stress Classification (Cont.)
Notes:
1. Consideration must also be given to the possibility of wrinkling and excessive deformation in
vessels with large diametertothickness ratio.
2. If the bending moment at the edge is required to maintain the bending stress in the center
region within acceptable limits, the edge bending is classified as P
b
, otherwise, it is classified
as Q.
3. Consider possibility of thermal stress ratchet.
4. Equivalent linear stress is defined as the linear stress distribution which has the same net
bending moment as the actual stress distribution.
138
Table 3 Thickness Averaging for InService Inspection Codes
InService
Inspection Codes
Summary Of Metal Loss Rules
API 510
The average measured thickness,
am
t , is determined by averaging the
thickness readings over the following lengths:
min , 20 60
2
D
L inches when D inches
(
=
(
min , 40 60
3
D
L inches when D inches
(
= >
(
The required
strength check is as follows:
min am
t CA t
An additional check is made the minimum measured thickness:
min
0.5
mm
t CA t
An alternative, the corrosion and/or erosion can be analyzed using stress
analysis techniques with the results evaluated using principles of the
ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section VIII, Division 2,
Appendix IV is permitted
API 570 ASME B31G
Stress analysis evaluated using the principles of the ASME Boiler and
Pressure Vessel Code, Section VIII, Division 2, Appendix IV
Methodology included in API 510
API 653
The average measured thickness,
am
t , is determined by averaging the
thickness readings over the following length:
max 3.7 , 40.0
mm
L Dt inches
(
=
The required strength check is as follows:
min am
t CA t
An additional check is made the minimum measured thickness:
min
0.6
mm
t CA t
An alternative, the corrosion and/or erosion can be analyzed using stress
analysis techniques with the results evaluated using principles of the
ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section VIII, Division 2,
Appendix IV is permitted
NBIC The assessment is the same as that required by API 510
139
Table 4 Section Properties for Computation of Longitudinal Stress in a Cylinder with an LTA
( )
2
2
X m LX f LX X
I I A y I A y y = + +
Y LY Y
I I I =
( )
4 4
64
X y o i
I I D D
= =
( )
2 3 2
2 3
3
2 2 2
2 2
3 2sin
1 sin cos
2 4
sin
1
3 2 6
LX
d d d
R R R
I R d
d d d
R d R R R
(   
+ + +
(  
\ .\ .
(
=
(
 
(
+

(
\ .
( )
2 3
3
2 3
3
1 sin cos
2 4
LY
d d d
I R d
R R R
(  
= +
( 
\ .
2 sin 1
1
3 2
LX
R d
y
R d R
 
= +

\ .
( ) ( ) 0.5
8
i o i o
t
D D c D D
A
+ + (
=
2
4
a i
A D
=
( )
2 2
4
m o i
A D D
=
140
Table 4 Section Properties for Computation of Longitudinal Stress in a Cylinder with an LTA
(Continued)
For A Region of Local Metal Loss Located on the
Inside Surface
For A Region of Local Metal Loss
Located on the Outside Surface
( )
2 2
4
f f i
A D D
=
w a f
A A A = +
( )
3 3
sin
1
12
f i
m f
D D
y
A A
=
0.0
A
x =
2
o
A
D
y y = +
sin
2
o
B
D
x =
cos
2
o
B
D
y y = +
( )
3 3
sin
1
12
f i
a f
D D
b
A A
=
+
2
f
D
R =
( )
2
f i
D D
d
=
( )
2
o f
D D
t
=
( )
8
o f
tf
c D D
A
+
=
( )
2 2
4
f o f
A D D
=
w a
A A =
( )
3 3
sin
1
12
o f
m f
D D
y
A A
=
0.0
A
x =
2
f
A
D
y y = +
sin
2
f
B
D
x =
cos
2
f
B
D
y y = +
0 b =
2
o
D
R =
( )
2
o f
D D
d
=
( )
2
f i
D D
t
=
( )
8
i f
tf
c D D
A
+
=
141
Table 5 LTA Assessment Methods
Method Description
1 API579 Section 5, Level 1 Analysis B31.G surface correction,
rectangular area, API level 1 Folias factor
2 API579 Section 5, Level 2 Analysis B31.G surface correction, effective
area, API level 2 Folias factor
3 API579 Section 5, Level 2 Analysis B31.G surface correction, exact
area, API level 2 Folias factor
4 Modified B31G Method B31.G surface correction, 0.85dl area, AGA
Folias factor
5 Modified B31G Method (RSTRENG) B31.G surface correction, effective
area, AGA Folias factor
6 Modified B31G Method B31.G surface correction, exact area, AGA
Folias factor
7 Original B31G Method B31.G surface correction, parabolic area, B31G
Folias factor
8 Thickness Averaging API 510, 8
th
Edition
9 Thickness Averaging API 653, 2
nd
Edition
10 British Gas Single Defect Method B31.G surface correction, exact area,
BG Folias factor
11 British Gas Complex Defect Method B31.G surface correction, exact
area, BG Folias factor
12 Chell Method Chell surface correction, exact area, B31G Folias factor
13 Osage Method Chell surface correction, effective area, D/t dependent
Folias factor
14 API579, Level 1, Hybrid 1 Analysis Chell surface correction, rectangular
area, API level 1 Folias factor
15 API579, Level 2, Hybrid 1 Analysis Chell surface correction, effective
area, API level 2 Folias factor
16 API579, Level 1, Hybrid 2 Analysis Chell surface correction, rectangular
area, BG Folias factor
17 API579, Level 2, Hybrid 2 Analysis Chell surface correction, effective
area, BG Folias factor
18 API579, Level 1, Hybrid 3 Analysis Chell surface correction, rectangular
area, JO Folias factor
19 API579, Level 2, Hybrid 3 Analysis Chell surface correction, effective
area, JO Folias factor
20 Battelle Method B31.G surface correction, rectangular area, Battelle
Folias factor
21 BS 7910, Appendix G (Isolated Defect) B31.G surface correction,
rectangular area, BG Folias factor
22 BS 7910, Appendix G (Grouped Defects) B31.G surface correction,
rectangular area, BG Folias factor
23 Kanninen Equivalent Stress B31.G surface correction, rectangular area,
shell theory Folias factor
24 Shell Theory Method Chell surface correction, exact area, shell theory
Folias factor
142
Table 5 LTA Assessment Methods (Continued)
25 Thickness Averaging API 579, Level 1
26 Thickness Averaging API 579, Level 2
27 Modified API579 Section 5, Level 2 Analysis B31.G surface correction,
rectangular area, Modified API Folias factor
28 API579 Section 5, Level 2 Analysis B31.G surface correction, effective
area, Modified API Folias factor
29 Janelle Method rectangular area
30 Janelle Method effective area
143
Table 6 Validation Cases for the Undamaged Failure Pressure Calculation Method
Outside
Diameter (in)
Thickness
(in)
Failure Pressure
from FEA
(psi)
Failure Pressure
from Svensson
Method (psi)
Error
Between
Methods
6.625 0.28 5064.6 5121.1 1.1%
12.75 0.375 3478.4 3515.9 1.1%
24.0 0.375 1822.4 1841.5 1.0%
36.0 0.375 1204.8 1221.2 1.4%
Outside
Diameter (in)
ID Equivalent
Plastic Strain
from FEA
ID Equivalent
Plastic Strain
from Svensson
Method
OD Equivalent
Plastic Strain
from FEA
OD Equivalent
Plastic Strain
from Svensson
Method
6.625 0.1792 0.1811 0.1536 0.1529
12.75 0.1795 0.1765 0.1616 0.1571
24.0 0.1786 0.1717 0.1691 0.1616
36.0 0.1731 0.1700 0.1669 0.1633
Notes:
Table 118 The yield stress for the material model used in the FEA and Svensson
method was 34135 psi.
Table 118 The ultimate stress and corresponding plastic strain for the material was
82889 psi and 0.3213 in/in.
3. The strain hardening coefficient for the material was 0.3233
144
Table 7 Parameters for a ThroughWall Longitudinal Crack in a Cylinder Subject to a Through
Wall Membrane and Bending Stress
R
t
i
Parameter
C
0
C
1
C
2
C
3
C
4
C
5
3.0
A
mm
1.0073E+00 8.3839E01 1.5071E01 5.4466E02 7.5887E03 2.5248E04
A
mb
5.7070E03 8.1803E02 2.3171E02 1.5258E01 2.4677E02 3.0187E04
5.0
A
mm
1.0048E+00 1.8860E01 7.3172E01 8.4972E02 6.1289E03 1.7729E04
A
mb
2.3257E03 1.4261E01 3.6873E02 2.1666E03 4.8189E03 1.4505E04
10.0
A
mm
9.9652E01 1.3041E01 3.3780E01 4.7232E03 2.7829E03 1.3064E04
A
mb
4.7919E03 1.6845E01 3.8474E02 8.8191E02 9.8223E04 9.9173E05
20.0
A
mm
1.0011E+00 1.2212E01 4.4068E01 2.5824E02 1.1045E03 2.3964E05
A
mb
2.9633E04 1.5835E01 3.2881E02 8.9569E03 1.1153E02 4.4610E04
50.0
A
mm
1.0010E+00 2.2135E01 3.8500E01 9.8415E03 3.2277E04 2.3126E05
A
mb
1.3263E04 1.7173E01 3.2485E02 3.4733E03 9.5691E03 3.3192E04
100.0
A
mm
1.0115E+00 9.2952E02 5.6457E01 5.7580E02 4.4685E03 1.3837E04
A
mb
4.0142E04 1.8879E01 3.3723E02 1.6795E02 1.3916E02 5.4210E04
Notes:
Table 118 The equations to determine the coefficients are shown below.
A C C C C C C
mm
= + + + + +
0 1 2
2
3
3
4
4
5
5
0 5
.
A
C C C
C C C
mb
=
+ +
+ + +
0 1 2
2
3 4
2
5
3
10
.
Table 118 Interpolation may be used for intermediate values of R t
i
.
Table 118 The solutions can be used for cylinders with 3 100 R t
i
; for R t
i
< 3 use the solution for
R t
i
= 3 and for R t
i
>100 use the solution for R t
i
= 100. Interpolation for values of
R t
i
other than those provided is recommended.
Table 118 Crack and geometry dimensional limits: 12 5 . . If 12.5 > , then use the following
solutions. If exceeds the permissible limit, then the following equations can be used:
A
mm
=
+ +
+ +
L
N
M
O
Q
P
= + +
+
+
+
2. The equation for the spherical shell is as follows. The value is only limited by the inside
circumference of the shell.
( ) ( )
( ) ( )
2
2
1.0005 0.49001 0.32409
1.0 0.50144 0.011067
t
M
+ +
=
+
153
Table 15 Cases Omitted from Statistics
Case Numbers Reason
132, 141, 143 The length of the flaw is unknown.
192194 The failure pressure or bending moment of the test is unknown.
196197, 217 No information is known regarding these cases.
20542057 The defect depth is unknown.
26, 3637,
4041, 45,
4950, 52,
62, 79, 83,
85, 189, 195,
200201,
2010, 2019,
30013002,
30053006,
3023,
30323033,
30643070,
42484251
These cases have a remaining thickness over original thickness ratio of less
than 0.2. The statistical analysis results obtained from these cases will skew
the data as cases with less than 20% of the original wall thickness are not
practical applications for the various analysis methods presented here.
107 Case 107 gave an anomalous result as it was discovered that a fatigue crack
had extended the pit.
Database 2 The cases in this database were not used in the LTA validation. The vessels
were pressurized to the point of plastic deformation multiple times and the
results obtained from the test are not consistent with the other databases.
105, 118,
1005,
41884198
These cases are defect free control cases, and are not included in the
statistical analysis.
154
Table 16 Failure Ratio Statistics for Method Validation
Method
Mean
Failure
Ratio
Failure Ratio
Standard
Deviation
Failure Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
Failure Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
1  API 579 Section 5, Level 1
Analysis  B31.G surface
correction, rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias factor
1.2184 0.3134 1.8341 0.6027
2  API 579 Section 5, Level 2
Analysis  B31.G surface
correction, effective area, API
level 2 Folias factor
1.0397 0.1514 1.337 0.7423
3  API579 Section 5, Level 2
Analysis  B31.G surface
correction, exact area, API
level 2 Folias factor
1.015 0.1495 1.3088 0.7213
4  Modified B31.G Method 
B31.G surface correction,
0.85dl area, AGA Folias factor
1.0035 0.1976 1.3916 0.6154
5  Modified B31.G Method
(RSTRENG)  B31.G surface
correction, effective area, AGA
Folias factor
1.0284 0.1465 1.3161 0.7408
6  Modified B31.G Method 
B31.G surface correction,
exact area, AGA Folias factor
1.006 0.1457 1.2922 0.7198
7  Original B31.G Method 
B31.G surface correction,
parabolic area, B31G Folias
factor
1.0317 0.2937 1.6087 0.4547
8  Thickness Averaging  API
510, 8
th
Edition
1.1225 0.2597 1.6326 0.6124
9  Thickness Averaging  API
653, 2
nd
Edition
1.217 0.2962 1.7988 0.6351
10  British Gas Single Defect
Method  B31.G surface
correction, exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0782 0.2413 1.5522 0.6042
11  British Gas Complex
Defect Method  B31.G surface
correction, exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0953 0.1978 1.4838 0.7067
12  Chell Method  Chell
surface correction, exact area,
B31G Folias factor
1.0142 0.2099 1.4264 0.6019
155
Table 16 Failure Ratio Statistics for Method Validation (Continued)
Method
Mean
Failure
Ratio
Failure Ratio
Standard
Deviation
Failure Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
Failure Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
13  Osage Method  Chell
surface correction, effective
area, D/t dependent Folias
factor
0.9361 0.1677 1.2656 0.6067
14  API 579, Level 1, Hybrid 1
Analysis  Chell surface
correction, rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias factor
1.0132 0.2098 1.4253 0.601
15  API 579, Level 2, Hybrid 1
Analysis  Chell surface
correction, effective area, API
level 2 Folias factor
0.9204 0.1717 1.2576 0.5832
16  API 579, Level 1, Hybrid 2
Analysis  Chell surface
correction, rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
0.9658 0.2068 1.3719 0.5596
17  API 579, Level 2, Hybrid 2
Analysis  Chell surface
correction, effective area, BG
Folias factor
0.9079 0.1752 1.252 0.5638
18  API 579, Level 1, Hybrid 3
Analysis  Chell surface
correction, rectangular area,
JO Folias factor
0.8963 0.1747 1.2393 0.5532
19  API 579, Level 2, Hybrid 3
Analysis  Chell surface
correction, effective area, JO
Folias factor
0.8537 0.1446 1.1377 0.5697
20  Battelle Method  B31.G
surface correction, rectangular
area, Battelle Folias factor
1.078 0.2421 1.5536 0.6025
21  BS 7910, Appendix G
(Isolated Defect)  B31.G
surface correction, rectangular
area, BG Folias factor
1.0782 0.2413 1.5522 0.6042
22  BS 7910, Appendix G
(Grouped Defects)  B31.G
surface correction, rectangular
area, BG Folias factor
1.0105 0.1906 1.385 0.6361
23  Kanninen Equivalent
Stress  B31.G surface
correction, rectangular area,
shell theory Folias factor
1.3862 0.5358 2.4387 0.3337
156
Table 16 Failure Ratio Statistics for Method Validation (Continued)
Method
Mean
Failure
Ratio
Failure Ratio
Standard
Deviation
Failure Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
Failure Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
24  Shell Theory Method 
Chell surface correction, exact
area, shell theory Folias factor
1.168 0.3156 1.7879 0.5481
25  Thickness Averaging  API
579, Level 1
1.3599 0.445 2.234 0.4858
26  Thickness Averaging  API
579, Level 2
1.0391 0.299 1.6264 0.4518
27  Modified API 579 Section
5, Level 1 Analysis  B31.G
surface correction, rectangular
area, Modified API Folias
factor
1.1896 0.2939 1.767 0.6122
28  Modified API 579 Section
5, Level 2 Analysis  B31.G
surface correction, effective
area, Modified API Folias
factor
1.0415 0.1509 1.3408 0.7422
29  Janelle Method, Level 1 
rectangular area
1.1166 0.2253 1.5591 0.674
30  Janelle Method, Level 1 
effective area
1.0128 0.1433 1.2942 0.7314
157
Table 17 Stress Limits Based on Design Codes
Design Code Equipment
ys
F
uts
F
ASME Section VIII, Divison 1 (pre 1999) Pressure Vessels 2/3 1/4
ASME Section VIII, Divison 1 (post 1999) Pressure Vessels 2/3 1/3.5
ASME Section VIII, Division 2 Pressure Vessels 2/3 1/3
New Proposed ASME Section VIII,
Division 2
Pressure Vessels 2/3 1/2.4
EN13445 Pressure Vessels 2/3 1/2.4
CODAP Pressure Vessels 1 1/3
AS 1210 Pressure Vessels 2/3 1/2.35
BS 5500 Pressure Vessels 2/3 1/2.35
ASME B31.1 (pre 1999) Power Piping 2/3 1/4
ASME B31.1 (post 1999) Power Piping 2/3 1/3.5
ASME B31.3 Process Piping 2/3 1/3
ASME B31.4 Liquid Piping 0.72 1
ASME B31.8, Class 1, Division I Gas Piping 4/5 1
ASME B31.8, Class 1, Division II Gas Piping 0.72 1
ASME B31.8, Class 2 Gas Piping 3/5 1
ASME B31.8, Class 3 Gas Piping 1/2 1
ASME B31.8, Class 4 Gas Piping 2/5 1
API 620 Atmospheric Storage
Tanks
3/5 3/10
API 650 LowPressure
Storage Tanks
2/3 2/5
158
Table 18 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME Section VIII, Division 1 (pre 1999) and
ASME B31.1 (pre 1999)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 3.8496 0.8788 5.5758 2.1235
0.75 4.0301 0.9478 5.8919 2.1683
0.8 4.2236 1.0253 6.2375 2.2096
0.85 4.4319 1.1069 6.6061 2.2576
0.9 4.6610 1.1858 6.9902 2.3317
0.95 4.9079 1.2575 7.3780 2.4378
1  API 579
Section 5, Level 1
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias
factor 1.0 5.1641 1.3249
7.7666 2.5616
0.7 3.4419 0.5716 4.5646 2.3191
0.75 3.5509 0.5560 4.6431 2.4587
0.8 3.6780 0.5564 4.7709 2.5850
0.85 3.8218 0.5751 4.9513 2.6922
0.9 3.9952 0.6075 5.1885 2.8019
0.95 4.1939 0.6435 5.4580 2.9299
2  API 579
Section 5, Level 2
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
effective area, API
level 2 Folias
factor 1.0 4.4107 0.6778
5.7422 3.0793
0.7 3.3769 0.6030 4.5614 2.1924
0.75 3.4780 0.5792 4.6157 2.3403
0.8 3.5978 0.5687 4.7150 2.4806
0.85 3.7349 0.5766 4.8675 2.6024
0.9 3.9011 0.6017 5.0830 2.7192
0.95 4.0944 0.6339 5.3396 2.8493
3  API579
Section 5, Level 2
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, API
level 2 Folias
factor 1.0 4.3060 0.6671
5.6163 2.9957
0.7 3.3822 0.7606 4.8761 1.8883
0.75 3.4912 0.7449 4.9544 2.0281
0.8 3.6227 0.7425 5.0812 2.1641
0.85 3.7702 0.7574 5.2578 2.2826
0.9 3.9405 0.7861 5.4846 2.3964
0.95 4.1336 0.8264 5.7568 2.5104
4  Modified
B31.G Method 
B31.G surface
correction, 0.85dl
area, AGA Folias
factor
1.0 4.3468 0.8693 6.0542 2.6393
0.7 3.5014 0.5976 4.6753 2.3275
0.75 3.6079 0.5791 4.7455 2.4703
0.8 3.7322 0.5750 4.8616 2.6028
0.85 3.8744 0.5896 5.0325 2.7163
0.9 4.0453 0.6194 5.2621 2.8286
0.95 4.2417 0.6564 5.5310 2.9524
5  Modified
B31.G Method
(RSTRENG) 
B31.G surface
correction,
effective area,
AGA Folias factor 1.0 4.4595 0.6915
5.8177 3.1012
0.7 3.4404 0.6306 4.6791 2.2016
0.75 3.5396 0.6049 4.7277 2.3515
0.8 3.6574 0.5912 4.8187 2.4961
0.85 3.7932 0.5958 4.9634 2.6230
0.9 3.9577 0.6184 5.1724 2.7430
0.95 4.1490 0.6514 5.4284 2.8696
6  Modified
B31.G Method 
B31.G surface
correction, exact
area, AGA Folias
factor
1.0 4.3619 0.6854 5.7083 3.0156
159
Table 18 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME Section VIII, Division 1 (pre 1999) and
ASME B31.1 (pre 1999) (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 3.4403 0.9192 5.2460 1.6347
0.75 3.5408 0.9572 5.4209 1.6607
0.8 3.6565 1.0039 5.6284 1.6847
0.85 3.8052 1.0572 5.8819 1.7285
0.9 3.9715 1.1168 6.1651 1.7780
0.95 4.1600 1.1801 6.4781 1.8419
7 Original B31.G
Method B31.G
surface correction,
parabolic area,
B31G Folias
factor
1.0 4.3732 1.2426 6.8141 1.9324
0.7 4.7645 1.1374 6.9987 2.5304
0.75 4.7645 1.1374 6.9987 2.5304
0.8 4.7645 1.1374 6.9987 2.5304
0.85 4.7645 1.1374 6.9987 2.5304
0.9 4.7645 1.1374 6.9987 2.5304
0.95 4.7645 1.1374 6.9987 2.5304
8 Thickness
Averaging API
510, 8
th
Edition
1.0 4.7645 1.1374 6.9987 2.5304
0.7 5.1635 1.2870 7.6915 2.6355
0.75 5.1635 1.2870 7.6915 2.6355
0.8 5.1635 1.2870 7.6915 2.6355
0.85 5.1635 1.2870 7.6915 2.6355
0.9 5.1635 1.2870 7.6915 2.6355
0.95 5.1635 1.2870 7.6915 2.6355
9 Thickness
Averaging API
653, 2
nd
Edition
1.0 5.1635 1.2870 7.6915 2.6355
0.7 3.5369 0.7360 4.9827 2.0912
0.75 3.6652 0.7619 5.1617 2.1687
0.8 3.8086 0.8011 5.3822 2.2350
0.85 3.9678 0.8513 5.6400 2.2955
0.9 4.1490 0.9070 5.9306 2.3674
0.95 4.3489 0.9646 6.2436 2.4541
10 British Gas
Single Defect
Method B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 4.5701 1.0177 6.5691 2.5710
0.7 3.6074 0.5867 4.7598 2.4550
0.75 3.7334 0.6129 4.9372 2.5296
0.8 3.8730 0.6549 5.1593 2.5867
0.85 4.0335 0.7085 5.4253 2.6418
0.9 4.2180 0.7681 5.7268 2.7093
0.95 4.4220 0.8256 6.0438 2.8003
11 British Gas
Complex Defect
Method B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 4.6475 0.8728 6.3620 2.9330
0.7 3.3119 0.7394 4.7643 1.8595
0.75 3.4208 0.7304 4.8554 1.9861
0.8 3.5504 0.7370 4.9980 2.1028
0.85 3.7057 0.7615 5.2016 2.2099
0.9 3.8890 0.8014 5.4632 2.3148
0.95 4.0863 0.8496 5.7551 2.4176
12 Chell Method
Chell surface
correction, exact
area, B31G
Folias factor
1.0 4.2996 0.8949 6.0574 2.5418
160
Table 18 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME Section VIII, Division 1 (pre 1999) and
ASME B31.1 (pre 1999) (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 3.1684 0.7459 4.6335 1.7032
0.75 3.2398 0.7048 4.6242 1.8553
0.8 3.3292 0.6722 4.6496 2.0089
0.85 3.4431 0.6550 4.7297 2.1566
0.9 3.5945 0.6664 4.9035 2.2856
0.95 3.7728 0.6971 5.1420 2.4036
13  Osage
Method  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, D/t
dependent Folias
factor
1.0 3.9707 0.7334 5.4114 2.5300
0.7 3.3101 0.7400 4.7637 1.8566
0.75 3.4185 0.7307 4.8538 1.9832
0.8 3.5476 0.7371 4.9954 2.0997
0.85 3.7025 0.7614 5.1981 2.2068
0.9 3.8854 0.8012 5.4590 2.3117
0.95 4.0824 0.8492 5.7504 2.4143
14  API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 1
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias
factor 1.0 4.2953 0.8946
6.0525 2.5382
0.7 3.1530 0.7621 4.6500 1.6561
0.75 3.2180 0.7227 4.6375 1.7985
0.8 3.2990 0.6911 4.6565 1.9416
0.85 3.4044 0.6726 4.7255 2.0833
0.9 3.5449 0.6819 4.8844 2.2054
0.95 3.7128 0.7121 5.1116 2.3140
15  API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 1
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, API
level 2 Folias
factor 1.0 3.9040 0.7493
5.3758 2.4322
0.7 3.2316 0.7718 4.7477 1.7155
0.75 3.3177 0.7537 4.7983 1.8372
0.8 3.4213 0.7497 4.8939 1.9488
0.85 3.5518 0.7626 5.0498 2.0539
0.9 3.7137 0.7948 5.2748 2.1526
0.95 3.8958 0.8378 5.5415 2.2502
16  API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 2
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 4.0946 0.8832 5.8294 2.3598
0.7 3.1445 0.7741 4.6651 1.6240
0.75 3.2053 0.7371 4.6531 1.7576
0.8 3.2801 0.7070 4.6687 1.8914
0.85 3.3766 0.6900 4.7319 2.0212
0.9 3.5069 0.6970 4.8760 2.1377
0.95 3.6667 0.7252 5.0912 2.2423
17  API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 2
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 3.8510 0.7632 5.3501 2.3519
0.7 3.1584 0.7930 4.7160 1.6007
0.75 3.2260 0.7611 4.7209 1.7311
0.8 3.3104 0.7363 4.7566 1.8642
0.85 3.4142 0.7218 4.8320 1.9964
0.9 3.5365 0.7202 4.9512 2.1218
0.95 3.6738 0.7317 5.1111 2.2366
18  API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 3
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
JO Folias factor
1.0 3.8290 0.7547 5.3114 2.3467
161
Table 18 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME Section VIII, Division 1 (pre 1999) and
ASME B31.1 (pre 1999) (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 3.0967 0.8083 4.6844 1.5089
0.75 3.1382 0.7660 4.6427 1.6336
0.8 3.1948 0.7219 4.6128 1.7767
0.85 3.2695 0.6817 4.6085 1.9306
0.9 3.3667 0.6507 4.6449 2.0885
0.95 3.4875 0.6363 4.7374 2.2376
19  API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 3
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, JO
Folias factor
1.0 3.6304 0.6391 4.8858 2.3750
0.7 3.5181 0.7547 5.0006 2.0357
0.75 3.6420 0.7805 5.1751 2.1089
0.8 3.7845 0.8179 5.3912 2.1779
0.85 3.9475 0.8655 5.6476 2.2475
0.9 4.1335 0.9178 5.9363 2.3307
0.95 4.3431 0.9703 6.2491 2.4371
20  Battelle
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
rectangular area,
Battelle Folias
factor
1.0 4.5694 1.0217 6.5763 2.5624
0.7 3.5369 0.7360 4.9827 2.0912
0.75 3.6652 0.7619 5.1617 2.1687
0.8 3.8086 0.8011 5.3822 2.2350
0.85 3.9678 0.8513 5.6400 2.2955
0.9 4.1490 0.9070 5.9306 2.3674
0.95 4.3489 0.9646 6.2436 2.4541
21  BS 7910,
Appendix G
(Isolated Defect) 
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor 1.0 4.5701 1.0177
6.5691 2.5710
0.7 3.4056 0.6658 4.7135 2.0978
0.75 3.5092 0.6574 4.8006 2.2179
0.8 3.6273 0.6637 4.9309 2.3237
0.85 3.7581 0.6851 5.1038 2.4124
0.9 3.9101 0.7184 5.3212 2.4990
0.95 4.0827 0.7602 5.5759 2.5896
22  BS 7910,
Appendix G
(Grouped Defects)
 B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor 1.0 4.2823 0.8021
5.8579 2.7067
0.7 4.3514 1.4718 7.2423 1.4604
0.75 4.5660 1.6113 7.7310 1.4010
0.8 4.7931 1.7515 8.2334 1.3527
0.85 5.0393 1.8860 8.7439 1.3347
0.9 5.3005 2.0150 9.2585 1.3425
0.95 5.5782 2.1360 9.7739 1.3825
23  Kanninen
Equivalent Stress
 B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
shell theory Folias
factor 1.0 5.8690 2.2501
10.2887 1.4493
0.7 3.8278 0.8540 5.5053 2.1504
0.75 3.9704 0.9346 5.8063 2.1345
0.8 4.1254 1.0229 6.1348 2.1161
0.85 4.3002 1.1121 6.4847 2.1156
0.9 4.4953 1.1982 6.8489 2.1416
0.95 4.7108 1.2788 7.2227 2.1989
24  Shell Theory
Method  Chell
surface correction,
exact area, shell
theory Folias
factor
1.0 4.9518 1.3491 7.6017 2.3018
162
Table 18 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME Section VIII, Division 1 (pre 1999) and
ASME B31.1 (pre 1999) (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 4.8300 1.5839 7.9412 1.7188
0.75 5.0507 1.7875 8.5618 1.5395
0.8 5.3068 2.0618 9.3566 1.2569
0.85 5.6841 2.3371 10.2749 1.0934
0.9 6.1443 2.6847 11.4178 0.8707
0.95 6.6748 2.9860 12.5401 0.8095
25  Thickness
Averaging  API
579, Level 1
1.0 7.4340 3.2858 13.8882 0.9799
0.7 3.6916 1.0691 5.7914 1.5917
0.75 3.9833 1.2852 6.5078 1.4588
0.8 4.3724 1.5932 7.5019 1.2430
0.85 4.8674 1.9639 8.7250 1.0098
0.9 5.5303 2.4109 10.2659 0.7947
0.95 6.3377 2.8362 11.9087 0.7666
26  Thickness
Averaging  API
579, Level 2
1.0 7.4340 3.2858 13.8882 0.9799
0.7 3.7722 0.8347 5.4118 2.1327
0.75 3.9433 0.8932 5.6978 2.1888
0.8 4.1278 0.9621 6.0177 2.2379
0.85 4.3271 1.0366 6.3632 2.2910
0.9 4.5471 1.1103 6.7281 2.3661
0.95 4.7860 1.1778 7.0996 2.4725
27  Modified API
579 Section 5,
Level 1 Analysis 
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
Modified API
Folias factor
1.0 5.0356 1.2410 7.4733 2.5979
0.7 3.4450 0.5711 4.5668 2.3232
0.75 3.5544 0.5562 4.6469 2.4619
0.8 3.6820 0.5572 4.7765 2.5874
0.85 3.8265 0.5765 4.9590 2.6940
0.9 4.0001 0.6096 5.1974 2.8028
0.95 4.1989 0.6461 5.4681 2.9298
28  Modified API
579 Section 5,
Level 2 Analysis 
B31.G surface
correction,
effective area,
Modified API
Folias factor
1.0 4.4160 0.6806 5.7529 3.0790
0.7 3.5308 0.7205 4.9460 2.1155
0.75 3.6844 0.7366 5.1313 2.2375
0.8 3.8548 0.7689 5.3651 2.3444
0.85 4.0461 0.8133 5.6436 2.4485
0.9 4.2642 0.8596 5.9526 2.5757
0.95 4.4963 0.9078 6.2796 2.7131
29  Janelle
Method, Level 1 
rectangular area
1.0 4.7329 0.9556 6.6100 2.8558
0.7 3.3159 0.6239 4.5414 2.0904
0.75 3.4184 0.5860 4.5694 2.2673
0.8 3.5426 0.5630 4.6486 2.4367
0.85 3.6909 0.5617 4.7942 2.5877
0.9 3.8761 0.5790 5.0134 2.7389
0.95 4.0816 0.6070 5.2739 2.8894
30  Janelle
Method, Level 1 
effective area
1.0 4.2960 0.6389 5.5510 3.0411
163
Table 19 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME Section VIII, Division 1 (post 1999) and
ASME B31.1 (post 1999)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 3.3684 0.7689 4.8788 1.8580
0.75 3.5263 0.8294 5.1554 1.8972
0.8 3.6956 0.8972 5.4579 1.9334
0.85 3.8779 0.9685 5.7803 1.9754
0.9 4.0783 1.0376 6.1164 2.0403
0.95 4.2944 1.1003 6.4557 2.1331
1  API 579
Section 5, Level 1
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias
factor
1.0 4.5186 1.1593 6.7958 2.2414
0.7 3.0116 0.5001 3.9940 2.0293
0.75 3.1070 0.4865 4.0627 2.1514
0.8 3.2182 0.4869 4.1746 2.2618
0.85 3.3440 0.5032 4.3324 2.3556
0.9 3.4958 0.5316 4.5399 2.4517
0.95 3.6697 0.5631 4.7758 2.5636
2  API 579
Section 5, Level 2
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
effective area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 3.8594 0.5931 5.0244 2.6944
0.7 2.9548 0.5276 3.9913 1.9184
0.75 3.0432 0.5068 4.0387 2.0478
0.8 3.1481 0.4977 4.1256 2.1705
0.85 3.2681 0.5045 4.2590 2.2771
0.9 3.4135 0.5265 4.4476 2.3793
0.95 3.5826 0.5547 4.6722 2.4931
3  API579
Section 5, Level 2
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 3.7677 0.5837 4.9143 2.6212
0.7 2.9594 0.6655 4.2666 1.6522
0.75 3.0548 0.6518 4.3351 1.7746
0.8 3.1698 0.6497 4.4461 1.8936
0.85 3.2989 0.6627 4.6006 1.9972
0.9 3.4480 0.6878 4.7991 2.0969
0.95 3.6169 0.7231 5.0372 2.1966
4  Modified
B31.G Method 
B31.G surface
correction, 0.85dl
area, AGA Folias
factor
1.0 3.8034 0.7606 5.2975 2.3094
0.7 3.0637 0.5229 4.0909 2.0365
0.75 3.1569 0.5067 4.1523 2.1615
0.8 3.2657 0.5031 4.2539 2.2775
0.85 3.3901 0.5159 4.4034 2.3768
0.9 3.5397 0.5420 4.6043 2.4750
0.95 3.7115 0.5743 4.8396 2.5833
5  Modified
B31.G Method
(RSTRENG) 
B31.G surface
correction,
effective area,
AGA Folias factor
1.0 3.9020 0.6050 5.0905 2.7136
0.7 3.0103 0.5518 4.0942 1.9264
0.75 3.0972 0.5293 4.1368 2.0576
0.8 3.2002 0.5173 4.2164 2.1841
0.85 3.3191 0.5213 4.3430 2.2951
0.9 3.4630 0.5411 4.5259 2.4001
0.95 3.6304 0.5699 4.7499 2.5109
6  Modified
B31.G Method 
B31.G surface
correction, exact
area, AGA Folias
factor
1.0 3.8167 0.5997 4.9947 2.6386
164
Table 19 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME Section VIII, Division 1 (post 1999) and
ASME B31.1 (post 1999) (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 3.0103 0.8043 4.5902 1.4304
0.75 3.0982 0.8375 4.7433 1.4531
0.8 3.1995 0.8784 4.9249 1.4741
0.85 3.3296 0.9251 5.1467 1.5124
0.9 3.4751 0.9772 5.3945 1.5557
0.95 3.6400 1.0326 5.6683 1.6117
7  Original B31.G
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
parabolic area,
B31G Folias
factor
1.0 3.8266 1.0873 5.9624 1.6908
0.7 4.1690 0.9952 6.1238 2.2141
0.75 4.1690 0.9952 6.1238 2.2141
0.8 4.1690 0.9952 6.1238 2.2141
0.85 4.1690 0.9952 6.1238 2.2141
0.9 4.1690 0.9952 6.1238 2.2141
0.95 4.1690 0.9952 6.1238 2.2141
8  Thickness
Averaging  API
510, 8
th
Edition
1.0 4.1690 0.9952 6.1238 2.2141
0.7 4.5181 1.1261 6.7301 2.3061
0.75 4.5181 1.1261 6.7301 2.3061
0.8 4.5181 1.1261 6.7301 2.3061
0.85 4.5181 1.1261 6.7301 2.3061
0.9 4.5181 1.1261 6.7301 2.3061
0.95 4.5181 1.1261 6.7301 2.3061
9  Thickness
Averaging  API
653, 2
nd
Edition
1.0 4.5181 1.1261 6.7301 2.3061
0.7 3.0948 0.6440 4.3599 1.8298
0.75 3.2071 0.6666 4.5165 1.8976
0.8 3.3325 0.7010 4.7094 1.9556
0.85 3.4718 0.7449 4.9350 2.0086
0.9 3.6304 0.7936 5.1893 2.0715
0.95 3.8053 0.8440 5.4632 2.1474
10  British Gas
Single Defect
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 3.9988 0.8905 5.7480 2.2496
0.7 3.1565 0.5134 4.1649 2.1481
0.75 3.2668 0.5362 4.3201 2.2134
0.8 3.3889 0.5730 4.5144 2.2634
0.85 3.5294 0.6200 4.7471 2.3116
0.9 3.6908 0.6721 5.0109 2.3706
0.95 3.8693 0.7224 5.2883 2.4503
11  British Gas
Complex Defect
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 4.0666 0.7637 5.5667 2.5664
0.7 2.8979 0.6470 4.1688 1.6271
0.75 2.9932 0.6391 4.2485 1.7378
0.8 3.1066 0.6449 4.3733 1.8399
0.85 3.2425 0.6664 4.5514 1.9336
0.9 3.4029 0.7012 4.7803 2.0255
0.95 3.5755 0.7434 5.0357 2.1154
12  Chell Method
 Chell surface
correction, exact
area, B31G
Folias factor
1.0 3.7622 0.7830 5.3002 2.2241
165
Table 19 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME Section VIII, Division 1 (post 1999) and
ASME B31.1 (post 1999) (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.7723 0.6527 4.0543 1.4903
0.75 2.8348 0.6167 4.0462 1.6234
0.8 2.9131 0.5881 4.0684 1.7578
0.85 3.0127 0.5731 4.1385 1.8870
0.9 3.1452 0.5831 4.2906 1.9999
0.95 3.3012 0.6099 4.4993 2.1032
13  Osage
Method  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, D/t
dependent Folias
factor
1.0 3.4744 0.6418 4.7350 2.2138
0.7 2.8964 0.6475 4.1682 1.6245
0.75 2.9912 0.6394 4.2471 1.7353
0.8 3.1041 0.6450 4.3710 1.8372
0.85 3.2397 0.6663 4.5484 1.9309
0.9 3.3997 0.7010 4.7767 2.0227
0.95 3.5721 0.7431 5.0316 2.1125
14  API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 1
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias
factor
1.0 3.7584 0.7827 5.2959 2.2209
0.7 2.7589 0.6668 4.0688 1.4490
0.75 2.8157 0.6323 4.0578 1.5737
0.8 2.8867 0.6047 4.0744 1.6989
0.85 2.9789 0.5885 4.1348 1.8229
0.9 3.1018 0.5967 4.2739 1.9297
0.95 3.2487 0.6231 4.4726 2.0248
15  API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 1
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 3.4160 0.6556 4.7038 2.1281
0.7 2.8277 0.6754 4.1543 1.5011
0.75 2.9030 0.6595 4.1985 1.6076
0.8 2.9937 0.6560 4.2821 1.7052
0.85 3.1078 0.6673 4.4185 1.7971
0.9 3.2495 0.6954 4.6155 1.8835
0.95 3.4089 0.7331 4.8488 1.9689
16  API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 2
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 3.5828 0.7728 5.1007 2.0648
0.7 2.7515 0.6774 4.0820 1.4210
0.75 2.8047 0.6449 4.0715 1.5379
0.8 2.8701 0.6186 4.0851 1.6550
0.85 2.9545 0.6037 4.1404 1.7686
0.9 3.0685 0.6099 4.2665 1.8705
0.95 3.2084 0.6345 4.4548 1.9620
17  API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 2
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 3.3697 0.6678 4.6814 2.0579
0.7 2.7636 0.6939 4.1265 1.4006
0.75 2.8228 0.6659 4.1308 1.5147
0.8 2.8966 0.6442 4.1621 1.6312
0.85 2.9874 0.6316 4.2280 1.7469
0.9 3.0945 0.6302 4.3323 1.8566
0.95 3.2146 0.6402 4.4722 1.9570
18  API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 3
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
JO Folias factor
1.0 3.3504 0.6603 4.6475 2.0533
166
Table 19 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME Section VIII, Division 1 (post 1999) and
ASME B31.1 (post 1999) (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.7096 0.7073 4.0988 1.3203
0.75 2.7459 0.6702 4.0624 1.4294
0.8 2.7954 0.6317 4.0362 1.5546
0.85 2.8608 0.5965 4.0324 1.6892
0.9 2.9459 0.5694 4.0643 1.8274
0.95 3.0516 0.5568 4.1452 1.9579
19 API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 3
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
effective area, JO
Folias factor
1.0 3.1766 0.5592 4.2751 2.0781
0.7 3.0784 0.6604 4.3755 1.7812
0.75 3.1867 0.6829 4.5282 1.8453
0.8 3.3115 0.7157 4.7173 1.9057
0.85 3.4541 0.7573 4.9416 1.9665
0.9 3.6168 0.8031 5.1943 2.0393
0.95 3.8002 0.8491 5.4680 2.1325
20 Battelle
Method B31.G
surface correction,
rectangular area,
Battelle Folias
factor
1.0 3.9982 0.8940 5.7543 2.2421
0.7 3.0948 0.6440 4.3599 1.8298
0.75 3.2071 0.6666 4.5165 1.8976
0.8 3.3325 0.7010 4.7094 1.9556
0.85 3.4718 0.7449 4.9350 2.0086
0.9 3.6304 0.7936 5.1893 2.0715
0.95 3.8053 0.8440 5.4632 2.1474
21 BS 7910,
Appendix G
(Isolated Defect)
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 3.9988 0.8905 5.7480 2.2496
0.7 2.9799 0.5826 4.1243 1.8356
0.75 3.0706 0.5752 4.2005 1.9407
0.8 3.1739 0.5807 4.3146 2.0332
0.85 3.2883 0.5994 4.4658 2.1108
0.9 3.4213 0.6286 4.6561 2.1866
0.95 3.5724 0.6651 4.8789 2.2659
22 BS 7910,
Appendix G
(Grouped Defects)
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 3.7470 0.7019 5.1257 2.3684
0.7 3.8075 1.2878 6.3370 1.2779
0.75 3.9952 1.4099 6.7646 1.2259
0.8 4.1939 1.5325 7.2042 1.1836
0.85 4.4094 1.6502 7.6509 1.1679
0.9 4.6379 1.7631 8.1012 1.1747
0.95 4.8809 1.8690 8.5522 1.2097
23 Kanninen
Equivalent Stress
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
shell theory Folias
factor
1.0 5.1354 1.9688 9.0026 1.2682
0.7 3.3494 0.7472 4.8172 1.8816
0.75 3.4741 0.8178 5.0805 1.8677
0.8 3.6098 0.8951 5.3679 1.8516
0.85 3.7626 0.9731 5.6741 1.8512
0.9 3.9334 1.0485 5.9928 1.8739
0.95 4.1220 1.1189 6.3199 1.9241
24 Shell Theory
Method Chell
surface correction,
exact area, shell
theory Folias
factor
1.0 4.3328 1.1805 6.6515 2.0141
167
Table 19 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME Section VIII, Division 1 (post 1999) and
ASME B31.1 (post 1999) (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 4.2263 1.3859 6.9486 1.5039
0.75 4.4194 1.5641 7.4916 1.3471
0.8 4.6434 1.8040 8.1870 1.0998
0.85 4.9736 2.0450 8.9905 0.9567
0.9 5.3762 2.3492 9.9906 0.7619
0.95 5.8404 2.6128 10.9726 0.7083
25  Thickness
Averaging  API
579, Level 1
1.0 6.5048 2.8751 12.1521 0.8574
0.7 3.2301 0.9354 5.0675 1.3927
0.75 3.4854 1.1246 5.6944 1.2765
0.8 3.8259 1.3940 6.5641 1.0876
0.85 4.2590 1.7184 7.6343 0.8836
0.9 4.8390 2.1095 8.9827 0.6953
0.95 5.5455 2.4817 10.4202 0.6708
26  Thickness
Averaging  API
579, Level 2
1.0 6.5048 2.8751 12.1521 0.8574
0.7 3.3007 0.7303 4.7353 1.8661
0.75 3.4504 0.7816 4.9855 1.9152
0.8 3.6118 0.8419 5.2655 1.9581
0.85 3.7862 0.9070 5.5678 2.0046
0.9 3.9787 0.9715 5.8871 2.0703
0.95 4.1878 1.0306 6.2122 2.1634
27  Modified API
579 Section 5,
Level 1 Analysis 
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
Modified API
Folias factor
1.0 4.4062 1.0859 6.5392 2.2732
0.7 3.0144 0.4997 3.9960 2.0328
0.75 3.1101 0.4867 4.0660 2.1542
0.8 3.2217 0.4876 4.1795 2.2640
0.85 3.3482 0.5045 4.3391 2.3573
0.9 3.5001 0.5334 4.5478 2.4524
0.95 3.6741 0.5654 4.7846 2.5635
28  Modified API
579 Section 5,
Level 2 Analysis 
B31.G surface
correction,
effective area,
Modified API
Folias factor
1.0 3.8640 0.5955 5.0338 2.6941
0.7 3.0894 0.6304 4.3278 1.8511
0.75 3.2239 0.6445 4.4899 1.9578
0.8 3.3729 0.6728 4.6945 2.0514
0.85 3.5403 0.7116 4.9381 2.1425
0.9 3.7312 0.7521 5.2086 2.2537
0.95 3.9343 0.7944 5.4946 2.3739
29  Janelle
Method, Level 1 
rectangular area
1.0 4.1413 0.8362 5.7838 2.4988
0.7 2.9014 0.5459 3.9737 1.8291
0.75 2.9911 0.5127 3.9982 1.9839
0.8 3.0998 0.4926 4.0675 2.1321
0.85 3.2296 0.4915 4.1949 2.2642
0.9 3.3916 0.5066 4.3867 2.3965
0.95 3.5714 0.5311 4.6146 2.5282
30  Janelle
Method, Level 1 
effective area
1.0 3.7590 0.5590 4.8571 2.6610
168
Table 20 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME Section VIII, Division 2 and B31.3
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.8872 0.6591 4.1819 1.5926
0.75 3.0225 0.7109 4.4189 1.6262
0.8 3.1677 0.7690 4.6782 1.6572
0.85 3.3239 0.8302 4.9546 1.6932
0.9 3.4957 0.8894 5.2427 1.7488
0.95 3.6809 0.9431 5.5335 1.8284
1  API 579
Section 5, Level 1
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias
factor
1.0 3.8731 0.9937 5.8250 1.9212
0.7 2.5814 0.4287 3.4235 1.7394
0.75 2.6632 0.4170 3.4823 1.8440
0.8 2.7585 0.4173 3.5782 1.9387
0.85 2.8663 0.4313 3.7135 2.0191
0.9 2.9964 0.4556 3.8914 2.1014
0.95 3.1455 0.4827 4.0935 2.1974
2  API 579
Section 5, Level 2
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
effective area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 3.3081 0.5084 4.3066 2.3095
0.7 2.5327 0.4523 3.4211 1.6443
0.75 2.6085 0.4344 3.4618 1.7552
0.8 2.6983 0.4266 3.5362 1.8605
0.85 2.8012 0.4324 3.6506 1.9518
0.9 2.9258 0.4513 3.8122 2.0394
0.95 3.0708 0.4754 4.0047 2.1369
3  API579
Section 5, Level 2
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 3.2295 0.5003 4.2122 2.2467
0.7 2.5367 0.5704 3.6571 1.4162
0.75 2.6184 0.5587 3.7158 1.5211
0.8 2.7170 0.5569 3.8109 1.6231
0.85 2.8276 0.5680 3.9434 1.7119
0.9 2.9554 0.5896 4.1135 1.7973
0.95 3.1002 0.6198 4.3176 1.8828
4  Modified
B31.G Method 
B31.G surface
correction, 0.85dl
area, AGA Folias
factor
1.0 3.2601 0.6519 4.5407 1.9795
0.7 2.6260 0.4482 3.5065 1.7456
0.75 2.7059 0.4344 3.5591 1.8528
0.8 2.7992 0.4312 3.6462 1.9521
0.85 2.9058 0.4422 3.7743 2.0373
0.9 3.0340 0.4646 3.9465 2.1215
0.95 3.1812 0.4923 4.1482 2.2143
5  Modified
B31.G Method
(RSTRENG) 
B31.G surface
correction,
effective area,
AGA Folias factor
1.0 3.3446 0.5186 4.3633 2.3259
0.7 2.5803 0.4730 3.5093 1.6512
0.75 2.6547 0.4536 3.5458 1.7636
0.8 2.7430 0.4434 3.6140 1.8721
0.85 2.8449 0.4468 3.7226 1.9673
0.9 2.9683 0.4638 3.8793 2.0573
0.95 3.1117 0.4885 4.0713 2.1522
6  Modified
B31.G Method 
B31.G surface
correction, exact
area, AGA Folias
factor
1.0 3.2714 0.5141 4.2812 2.2617
169
Table 20 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME Section VIII, Division 2 and B31.3
(Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.5803 0.6894 3.9345 1.2260
0.75 2.6556 0.7179 4.0657 1.2455
0.8 2.7424 0.7529 4.2213 1.2635
0.85 2.8539 0.7929 4.4114 1.2964
0.9 2.9787 0.8376 4.6238 1.3335
0.95 3.1200 0.8851 4.8585 1.3815
7 Original B31.G
Method B31.G
surface correction,
parabolic area,
B31G Folias
factor
1.0 3.2799 0.9320 5.1106 1.4493
0.7 3.5734 0.8530 5.2490 1.8978
0.75 3.5734 0.8530 5.2490 1.8978
0.8 3.5734 0.8530 5.2490 1.8978
0.85 3.5734 0.8530 5.2490 1.8978
0.9 3.5734 0.8530 5.2490 1.8978
0.95 3.5734 0.8530 5.2490 1.8978
8 Thickness
Averaging API
510, 8
th
Edition
1.0 3.5734 0.8530 5.2490 1.8978
0.7 3.8726 0.9652 5.7686 1.9767
0.75 3.8726 0.9652 5.7686 1.9767
0.8 3.8726 0.9652 5.7686 1.9767
0.85 3.8726 0.9652 5.7686 1.9767
0.9 3.8726 0.9652 5.7686 1.9767
0.95 3.8726 0.9652 5.7686 1.9767
9 Thickness
Averaging API
653, 2
nd
Edition
1.0 3.8726 0.9652 5.7686 1.9767
0.7 2.6527 0.5520 3.7370 1.5684
0.75 2.7489 0.5714 3.8713 1.6265
0.8 2.8565 0.6008 4.0367 1.6763
0.85 2.9758 0.6385 4.2300 1.7216
0.9 3.1118 0.6802 4.4479 1.7756
0.95 3.2617 0.7235 4.6827 1.8406
10 British Gas
Single Defect
Method B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 3.4276 0.7633 4.9268 1.9283
0.7 2.7056 0.4400 3.5699 1.8412
0.75 2.8001 0.4596 3.7029 1.8972
0.8 2.9048 0.4911 3.8695 1.9401
0.85 3.0252 0.5314 4.0690 1.9813
0.9 3.1635 0.5761 4.2951 2.0320
0.95 3.3165 0.6192 4.5328 2.1002
11 British Gas
Complex Defect
Method B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 3.4856 0.6546 4.7715 2.1998
0.7 2.4839 0.5546 3.5732 1.3946
0.75 2.5656 0.5478 3.6416 1.4896
0.8 2.6628 0.5527 3.7485 1.5771
0.85 2.7793 0.5712 3.9012 1.6574
0.9 2.9168 0.6011 4.0974 1.7361
0.95 3.0647 0.6372 4.3163 1.8132
12 Chell Method
Chell surface
correction, exact
area, B31G
Folias factor
1.0 3.2247 0.6712 4.5431 1.9063
170
Table 20 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME Section VIII, Division 2 and B31.3
(Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.3763 0.5594 3.4751 1.2774
0.75 2.4298 0.5286 3.4682 1.3915
0.8 2.4969 0.5041 3.4872 1.5067
0.85 2.5824 0.4912 3.5473 1.6175
0.9 2.6959 0.4998 3.6776 1.7142
0.95 2.8296 0.5228 3.8565 1.8027
13  Osage
Method  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, D/t
dependent Folias
factor
1.0 2.9780 0.5501 4.0585 1.8975
0.7 2.4826 0.5550 3.5728 1.3924
0.75 2.5639 0.5480 3.6404 1.4874
0.8 2.6607 0.5528 3.7466 1.5748
0.85 2.7768 0.5711 3.8986 1.6551
0.9 2.9140 0.6009 4.0943 1.7338
0.95 3.0618 0.6369 4.3128 1.8107
14  API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 1
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias
factor
1.0 3.2215 0.6709 4.5394 1.9036
0.7 2.3648 0.5716 3.4875 1.2420
0.75 2.4135 0.5420 3.4781 1.3489
0.8 2.4743 0.5183 3.4924 1.4562
0.85 2.5533 0.5044 3.5441 1.5625
0.9 2.6587 0.5115 3.6633 1.6541
0.95 2.7846 0.5341 3.8337 1.7355
15  API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 1
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 2.9280 0.5620 4.0318 1.8241
0.7 2.4237 0.5789 3.5608 1.2866
0.75 2.4883 0.5653 3.5987 1.3779
0.8 2.5660 0.5622 3.6704 1.4616
0.85 2.6639 0.5720 3.7873 1.5404
0.9 2.7853 0.5961 3.9561 1.6144
0.95 2.9219 0.6284 4.1561 1.6876
16  API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 2
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 3.0709 0.6624 4.3721 1.7698
0.7 2.3584 0.5806 3.4988 1.2180
0.75 2.4040 0.5528 3.4898 1.3182
0.8 2.4601 0.5302 3.5015 1.4186
0.85 2.5324 0.5175 3.5489 1.5159
0.9 2.6301 0.5228 3.6570 1.6033
0.95 2.7501 0.5439 3.8184 1.6817
17  API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 2
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 2.8883 0.5724 4.0126 1.7640
0.7 2.3688 0.5948 3.5370 1.2005
0.75 2.4195 0.5708 3.5407 1.2983
0.8 2.4828 0.5522 3.5675 1.3982
0.85 2.5607 0.5413 3.6240 1.4973
0.9 2.6524 0.5402 3.7134 1.5914
0.95 2.7554 0.5488 3.8333 1.6774
18  API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 3
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
JO Folias factor
1.0 2.8718 0.5660 3.9836 1.7600
171
Table 20 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME Section VIII, Division 2 and B31.3
(Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.3225 0.6062 3.5133 1.1317
0.75 2.3536 0.5745 3.4820 1.2252
0.8 2.3961 0.5415 3.4596 1.3325
0.85 2.4521 0.5112 3.4564 1.4479
0.9 2.5250 0.4880 3.4837 1.5664
0.95 2.6156 0.4772 3.5531 1.6782
19  API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 3
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, JO
Folias factor
1.0 2.7228 0.4793 3.6643 1.7812
0.7 2.6386 0.5660 3.7504 1.5268
0.75 2.7315 0.5854 3.8813 1.5817
0.8 2.8384 0.6135 4.0434 1.6334
0.85 2.9606 0.6491 4.2357 1.6856
0.9 3.1001 0.6884 4.4523 1.7480
0.95 3.2573 0.7278 4.6869 1.8278
20  Battelle
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
rectangular area,
Battelle Folias
factor
1.0 3.4270 0.7663 4.9322 1.9218
0.7 2.6527 0.5520 3.7370 1.5684
0.75 2.7489 0.5714 3.8713 1.6265
0.8 2.8565 0.6008 4.0367 1.6763
0.85 2.9758 0.6385 4.2300 1.7216
0.9 3.1118 0.6802 4.4479 1.7756
0.95 3.2617 0.7235 4.6827 1.8406
21  BS 7910,
Appendix G
(Isolated Defect) 
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 3.4276 0.7633 4.9268 1.9283
0.7 2.5542 0.4994 3.5351 1.5734
0.75 2.6319 0.4931 3.6004 1.6634
0.8 2.7205 0.4978 3.6982 1.7428
0.85 2.8186 0.5138 3.8278 1.8093
0.9 2.9326 0.5388 3.9909 1.8742
0.95 3.0620 0.5701 4.1819 1.9422
22  BS 7910,
Appendix G
(Grouped Defects)
 B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 3.2117 0.6016 4.3934 2.0300
0.7 3.2635 1.1038 5.4317 1.0953
0.75 3.4245 1.2085 5.7982 1.0508
0.8 3.5948 1.3136 6.1750 1.0146
0.85 3.7795 1.4145 6.5579 1.0010
0.9 3.9754 1.5113 6.9439 1.0069
0.95 4.1837 1.6020 7.3304 1.0369
23  Kanninen
Equivalent Stress
 B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
shell theory Folias
factor
1.0 4.4018 1.6875 7.7165 1.0870
0.7 2.8709 0.6405 4.1290 1.6128
0.75 2.9778 0.7010 4.3547 1.6009
0.8 3.0941 0.7672 4.6011 1.5871
0.85 3.2251 0.8341 4.8635 1.5867
0.9 3.3714 0.8987 5.1367 1.6062
0.95 3.5331 0.9591 5.4170 1.6492
24  Shell Theory
Method  Chell
surface correction,
exact area, shell
theory Folias
factor
1.0 3.7138 1.0118 5.7013 1.7264
172
Table 20 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME Section VIII, Division 2 and B31.3
(Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 3.6225 1.1879 5.9559 1.2891
0.75 3.7880 1.3406 6.4214 1.1547
0.8 3.9801 1.5463 7.0174 0.9427
0.85 4.2631 1.7529 7.7062 0.8200
0.9 4.6082 2.0136 8.5634 0.6530
0.95 5.0061 2.2395 9.4051 0.6071
25  Thickness
Averaging  API
579, Level 1
1.0 5.5755 2.4643 10.4161 0.7349
0.7 2.7687 0.8018 4.3436 1.1937
0.75 2.9875 0.9639 4.8809 1.0941
0.8 3.2793 1.1949 5.6264 0.9322
0.85 3.6505 1.4729 6.5437 0.7574
0.9 4.1477 1.8082 7.6994 0.5960
0.95 4.7533 2.1272 8.9316 0.5750
26  Thickness
Averaging  API
579, Level 2
1.0 5.5755 2.4643 10.4161 0.7349
0.7 2.8292 0.6260 4.0588 1.5995
0.75 2.9575 0.6699 4.2733 1.6416
0.8 3.0958 0.7216 4.5133 1.6784
0.85 3.2453 0.7774 4.7724 1.7182
0.9 3.4103 0.8328 5.0460 1.7746
0.95 3.5895 0.8834 5.3247 1.8543
27  Modified API
579 Section 5,
Level 1 Analysis 
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
Modified API
Folias factor
1.0 3.7767 0.9308 5.6050 1.9484
0.7 2.5837 0.4283 3.4251 1.7424
0.75 2.6658 0.4171 3.4852 1.8464
0.8 2.7615 0.4179 3.5824 1.9406
0.85 2.8699 0.4324 3.7192 2.0205
0.9 3.0001 0.4572 3.8981 2.1021
0.95 3.1492 0.4846 4.1011 2.1973
28  Modified API
579 Section 5,
Level 2 Analysis 
B31.G surface
correction,
effective area,
Modified API
Folias factor
1.0 3.3120 0.5105 4.3147 2.3093
0.7 2.6481 0.5404 3.7095 1.5866
0.75 2.7633 0.5525 3.8485 1.6781
0.8 2.8911 0.5767 4.0238 1.7583
0.85 3.0345 0.6100 4.2327 1.8364
0.9 3.1981 0.6447 4.4645 1.9318
0.95 3.3722 0.6809 4.7097 2.0348
29  Janelle
Method, Level 1 
rectangular area
1.0 3.5497 0.7167 4.9575 2.1418
0.7 2.4869 0.4679 3.4060 1.5678
0.75 2.5638 0.4395 3.4271 1.7005
0.8 2.6570 0.4223 3.4864 1.8275
0.85 2.7682 0.4212 3.5956 1.9408
0.9 2.9071 0.4342 3.7600 2.0542
0.95 3.0612 0.4552 3.9554 2.1670
30  Janelle
Method, Level 1 
effective area
1.0 3.2220 0.4792 4.1632 2.2808
173
Table 21 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for New Proposed ASME Section VIII, Division 2
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.3183 0.5265 3.3525 1.2842
0.75 2.4269 0.5676 3.5419 1.3119
0.8 2.5434 0.6139 3.7492 1.3375
0.85 2.6687 0.6626 3.9703 1.3671
0.9 2.8066 0.7099 4.2010 1.4122
0.95 2.9553 0.7528 4.4340 1.4766
1  API 579
Section 5, Level 1
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias
factor
1.0 3.1096 0.7932 4.6675 1.5516
0.7 2.0729 0.3419 2.7445 1.4012
0.75 2.1385 0.3321 2.7908 1.4862
0.8 2.2150 0.3316 2.8664 1.5635
0.85 2.3015 0.3422 2.9736 1.6293
0.9 2.4059 0.3614 3.1158 1.6961
0.95 2.5256 0.3828 3.2775 1.7737
2  API 579
Section 5, Level 2
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
effective area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 2.6561 0.4031 3.4480 1.8643
0.7 2.0338 0.3613 2.7435 1.3241
0.75 2.0946 0.3465 2.7752 1.4140
0.8 2.1667 0.3396 2.8337 1.4997
0.85 2.2493 0.3436 2.9241 1.5744
0.9 2.3493 0.3584 3.0533 1.6453
0.95 2.4657 0.3775 3.2072 1.7242
3  API579
Section 5, Level 2
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 2.5931 0.3972 3.3733 1.8129
0.7 2.0368 0.4561 2.9327 1.1408
0.75 2.1024 0.4462 2.9789 1.2258
0.8 2.1815 0.4443 3.0541 1.3088
0.85 2.2702 0.4525 3.1590 1.3814
0.9 2.3727 0.4692 3.2943 1.4511
0.95 2.4889 0.4931 3.4575 1.5204
4  Modified
B31.G Method 
B31.G surface
correction, 0.85dl
area, AGA Folias
factor
1.0 2.6173 0.5186 3.6360 1.5986
0.7 2.1087 0.3575 2.8108 1.4065
0.75 2.1728 0.3458 2.8521 1.4935
0.8 2.2476 0.3427 2.9207 1.5745
0.85 2.3332 0.3507 3.0221 1.6442
0.9 2.4361 0.3684 3.1596 1.7125
0.95 2.5543 0.3903 3.3210 1.7876
5  Modified
B31.G Method
(RSTRENG) 
B31.G surface
correction,
effective area,
AGA Folias factor
1.0 2.6855 0.4111 3.4931 1.8779
0.7 2.0720 0.3777 2.8139 1.3300
0.75 2.1317 0.3618 2.8423 1.4211
0.8 2.2026 0.3529 2.8958 1.5093
0.85 2.2843 0.3550 2.9815 1.5871
0.9 2.3834 0.3682 3.1066 1.6601
0.95 2.4985 0.3878 3.2602 1.7369
6  Modified
B31.G Method 
B31.G surface
correction, exact
area, AGA Folias
factor
1.0 2.6268 0.4080 3.4282 1.8254
174
Table 21 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for New Proposed ASME Section VIII, Division 2
(Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.0717 0.5516 3.1553 0.9882
0.75 2.1322 0.5742 3.2602 1.0042
0.8 2.2019 0.6021 3.3845 1.0192
0.85 2.2913 0.6339 3.5366 1.0461
0.9 2.3914 0.6694 3.7063 1.0766
0.95 2.5049 0.7073 3.8942 1.1156
7 Original B31.G
Method B31.G
surface correction,
parabolic area,
B31G Folias
factor
1.0 2.6333 0.7447 4.0961 1.1704
0.7 2.8688 0.6792 4.2030 1.5346
0.75 2.8688 0.6792 4.2030 1.5346
0.8 2.8688 0.6792 4.2030 1.5346
0.85 2.8688 0.6792 4.2030 1.5346
0.9 2.8688 0.6792 4.2030 1.5346
0.95 2.8688 0.6792 4.2030 1.5346
8 Thickness
Averaging API
510, 8
th
Edition
1.0 2.8688 0.6792 4.2030 1.5346
0.7 3.1096 0.7721 4.6263 1.5930
0.75 3.1096 0.7721 4.6263 1.5930
0.8 3.1096 0.7721 4.6263 1.5930
0.85 3.1096 0.7721 4.6263 1.5930
0.9 3.1096 0.7721 4.6263 1.5930
0.95 3.1096 0.7721 4.6263 1.5930
9 Thickness
Averaging API
653, 2
nd
Edition
1.0 3.1096 0.7721 4.6263 1.5930
0.7 2.1300 0.4410 2.9962 1.2639
0.75 2.2072 0.4561 3.1032 1.3113
0.8 2.2935 0.4793 3.2351 1.3520
0.85 2.3893 0.5091 3.3893 1.3893
0.9 2.4984 0.5422 3.5634 1.4333
0.95 2.6187 0.5767 3.7514 1.4860
10 British Gas
Single Defect
Method B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 2.7519 0.6084 3.9469 1.5569
0.7 2.1726 0.3509 2.8619 1.4833
0.75 2.2485 0.3663 2.9679 1.5290
0.8 2.3325 0.3911 3.1008 1.5642
0.85 2.4291 0.4231 3.2603 1.5979
0.9 2.5402 0.4589 3.4415 1.6388
0.95 2.6630 0.4934 3.6321 1.6939
11 British Gas
Complex Defect
Method B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 2.7988 0.5216 3.8233 1.7743
0.7 1.9943 0.4432 2.8649 1.1237
0.75 2.0598 0.4372 2.9186 1.2010
0.8 2.1378 0.4405 3.0030 1.2725
0.85 2.2312 0.4547 3.1243 1.3381
0.9 2.3416 0.4783 3.2811 1.4020
0.95 2.4603 0.5069 3.4561 1.4646
12 Chell Method
Chell surface
correction, exact
area, B31G
Folias factor
1.0 2.5887 0.5340 3.6376 1.5399
175
Table 21 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for New Proposed ASME Section VIII, Division 2
(Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 1.9079 0.4477 2.7874 1.0285
0.75 1.9509 0.4226 2.7809 1.1208
0.8 2.0047 0.4023 2.7949 1.2145
0.85 2.0732 0.3913 2.8418 1.3046
0.9 2.1644 0.3978 2.9458 1.3830
0.95 2.2717 0.4160 3.0888 1.4547
13  Osage
Method  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, D/t
dependent Folias
factor
1.0 2.3909 0.4376 3.2505 1.5312
0.7 1.9932 0.4436 2.8645 1.1219
0.75 2.0584 0.4374 2.9177 1.1992
0.8 2.1361 0.4406 3.0015 1.2706
0.85 2.2293 0.4546 3.1223 1.3363
0.9 2.3394 0.4782 3.2786 1.4001
0.95 2.4580 0.5067 3.4533 1.4626
14  API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 1
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias
factor
1.0 2.5862 0.5338 3.6346 1.5377
0.7 1.8987 0.4576 2.7975 0.9999
0.75 1.9378 0.4334 2.7892 1.0864
0.8 1.9865 0.4139 2.7995 1.1736
0.85 2.0499 0.4021 2.8397 1.2601
0.9 2.1345 0.4075 2.9349 1.3342
0.95 2.2356 0.4253 3.0710 1.4001
15  API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 1
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 2.3507 0.4475 3.2296 1.4717
0.7 1.9459 0.4631 2.8555 1.0364
0.75 1.9978 0.4517 2.8850 1.1105
0.8 2.0601 0.4487 2.9414 1.1787
0.85 2.1386 0.4559 3.0340 1.2431
0.9 2.2360 0.4749 3.1689 1.3032
0.95 2.3457 0.5005 3.3288 1.3626
16  API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 2
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 2.4653 0.5275 3.5015 1.4291
0.7 1.8936 0.4648 2.8066 0.9805
0.75 1.9301 0.4422 2.7987 1.0616
0.8 1.9751 0.4236 2.8071 1.1431
0.85 2.0331 0.4128 2.8440 1.2223
0.9 2.1116 0.4168 2.9302 1.2930
0.95 2.2079 0.4335 3.0593 1.3564
17  API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 2
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 2.3188 0.4561 3.2147 1.4229
0.7 1.9019 0.4763 2.8374 0.9664
0.75 1.9427 0.4568 2.8399 1.0454
0.8 1.9935 0.4415 2.8607 1.1263
0.85 2.0559 0.4323 2.9051 1.2067
0.9 2.1295 0.4308 2.9757 1.2834
0.95 2.2121 0.4370 3.0705 1.3537
18  API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 3
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
JO Folias factor
1.0 2.3055 0.4502 3.1899 1.4211
176
Table 21 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for New Proposed ASME Section VIII, Division 2
(Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 1.8648 0.4857 2.8187 0.9108
0.75 1.8898 0.4600 2.7933 0.9863
0.8 1.9238 0.4332 2.7748 1.0729
0.85 1.9688 0.4086 2.7713 1.1663
0.9 2.0273 0.3893 2.7921 1.2625
0.95 2.1000 0.3799 2.8463 1.3537
19 API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 3
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
effective area, JO
Folias factor
1.0 2.1860 0.3809 2.9341 1.4378
0.7 2.1186 0.4520 3.0065 1.2308
0.75 2.1932 0.4672 3.1108 1.2756
0.8 2.2790 0.4893 3.2400 1.3180
0.85 2.3771 0.5174 3.3933 1.3608
0.9 2.4890 0.5485 3.5663 1.4117
0.95 2.6152 0.5798 3.7540 1.4764
20 Battelle
Method B31.G
surface correction,
rectangular area,
Battelle Folias
factor
1.0 2.7514 0.6104 3.9505 1.5523
0.7 2.1300 0.4410 2.9962 1.2639
0.75 2.2072 0.4561 3.1032 1.3113
0.8 2.2935 0.4793 3.2351 1.3520
0.85 2.3893 0.5091 3.3893 1.3893
0.9 2.4984 0.5422 3.5634 1.4333
0.95 2.6187 0.5767 3.7514 1.4860
21 BS 7910,
Appendix G
(Isolated Defect)
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 2.7519 0.6084 3.9469 1.5569
0.7 2.0512 0.3995 2.8360 1.2664
0.75 2.1136 0.3943 2.8881 1.3391
0.8 2.1847 0.3978 2.9661 1.4033
0.85 2.2634 0.4104 3.0695 1.4573
0.9 2.3549 0.4302 3.2000 1.5099
0.95 2.4589 0.4553 3.3532 1.5646
22 BS 7910,
Appendix G
(Grouped Defects)
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 2.5791 0.4805 3.5228 1.6353
0.7 2.6207 0.8841 4.3573 0.8840
0.75 2.7498 0.9679 4.6511 0.8485
0.8 2.8865 1.0521 4.9532 0.8198
0.85 3.0347 1.1329 5.2601 0.8093
0.9 3.1919 1.2105 5.5696 0.8143
0.95 3.3591 1.2831 5.8796 0.8387
23 Kanninen
Equivalent Stress
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
shell theory Folias
factor
1.0 3.5343 1.3517 6.1893 0.8793
0.7 2.3057 0.5139 3.3152 1.2962
0.75 2.3916 0.5625 3.4965 1.2867
0.8 2.4849 0.6156 3.6941 1.2757
0.85 2.5901 0.6692 3.9047 1.2755
0.9 2.7076 0.7210 4.1239 1.2913
0.95 2.8374 0.7695 4.3489 1.3259
24 Shell Theory
Method Chell
surface correction,
exact area, shell
theory Folias
factor
1.0 2.9825 0.8118 4.5770 1.3880
177
Table 21 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for New Proposed ASME Section VIII, Division 2
(Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.9078 0.9486 4.7711 1.0445
0.75 3.0406 1.0709 5.1441 0.9370
0.8 3.1947 1.2358 5.6221 0.7673
0.85 3.4221 1.4017 6.1754 0.6688
0.9 3.6994 1.6118 6.8655 0.5334
0.95 4.0191 1.7939 7.5428 0.4954
25  Thickness
Averaging  API
579, Level 1
1.0 4.4766 1.9753 8.3567 0.5965
0.7 2.2228 0.6408 3.4814 0.9641
0.75 2.3983 0.7703 3.9114 0.8853
0.8 2.6325 0.9550 4.5084 0.7566
0.85 2.9305 1.1779 5.2441 0.6169
0.9 3.3298 1.4474 6.1729 0.4866
0.95 3.8161 1.7039 7.1631 0.4692
26  Thickness
Averaging  API
579, Level 2
1.0 4.4766 1.9753 8.3567 0.5965
0.7 2.2717 0.4999 3.2537 1.2897
0.75 2.3746 0.5347 3.4250 1.3243
0.8 2.4857 0.5758 3.6167 1.3546
0.85 2.6056 0.6202 3.8239 1.3873
0.9 2.7380 0.6643 4.0429 1.4331
0.95 2.8819 0.7047 4.2661 1.4977
27  Modified API
579 Section 5,
Level 1 Analysis 
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
Modified API
Folias factor
1.0 3.0322 0.7425 4.4907 1.5737
0.7 2.0747 0.3416 2.7458 1.4037
0.75 2.1406 0.3321 2.7930 1.4882
0.8 2.2174 0.3321 2.8697 1.5651
0.85 2.3043 0.3430 2.9781 1.6305
0.9 2.4089 0.3626 3.1211 1.6967
0.95 2.5286 0.3843 3.2835 1.7737
28  Modified API
579 Section 5,
Level 2 Analysis 
B31.G surface
correction,
effective area,
Modified API
Folias factor
1.0 2.6593 0.4048 3.4544 1.8642
0.7 2.1261 0.4310 2.9728 1.2795
0.75 2.2186 0.4400 3.0829 1.3542
0.8 2.3210 0.4587 3.2221 1.4200
0.85 2.4361 0.4848 3.3885 1.4838
0.9 2.5674 0.5123 3.5737 1.5612
0.95 2.7072 0.5410 3.7698 1.6446
29  Janelle
Method, Level 1 
rectangular area
1.0 2.8497 0.5695 3.9682 1.7311
0.7 1.9968 0.3735 2.7304 1.2633
0.75 2.0585 0.3500 2.7459 1.3711
0.8 2.1332 0.3352 2.7916 1.4749
0.85 2.2225 0.3335 2.8775 1.5674
0.9 2.3340 0.3434 3.0084 1.6595
0.95 2.4577 0.3599 3.1645 1.7509
30  Janelle
Method, Level 1 
effective area
1.0 2.5868 0.3788 3.3308 1.8428
178
Table 22 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for CODAP
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.8872 0.6591 4.1819 1.5926
0.75 3.0225 0.7109 4.4189 1.6262
0.8 3.1677 0.7690 4.6782 1.6572
0.85 3.3239 0.8302 4.9546 1.6932
0.9 3.4957 0.8894 5.2427 1.7488
0.95 3.6809 0.9431 5.5335 1.8284
1  API 579
Section 5, Level 1
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias
factor
1.0 3.8731 0.9937 5.8250 1.9212
0.7 2.5814 0.4287 3.4235 1.7394
0.75 2.6632 0.4170 3.4823 1.8440
0.8 2.7585 0.4173 3.5782 1.9387
0.85 2.8663 0.4313 3.7135 2.0191
0.9 2.9964 0.4556 3.8914 2.1014
0.95 3.1455 0.4827 4.0935 2.1974
2  API 579
Section 5, Level 2
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
effective area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 3.3081 0.5084 4.3066 2.3095
0.7 2.5327 0.4523 3.4211 1.6443
0.75 2.6085 0.4344 3.4618 1.7552
0.8 2.6983 0.4266 3.5362 1.8605
0.85 2.8012 0.4324 3.6506 1.9518
0.9 2.9258 0.4513 3.8122 2.0394
0.95 3.0708 0.4754 4.0047 2.1369
3  API579
Section 5, Level 2
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 3.2295 0.5003 4.2122 2.2467
0.7 2.5367 0.5704 3.6571 1.4162
0.75 2.6184 0.5587 3.7158 1.5211
0.8 2.7170 0.5569 3.8109 1.6231
0.85 2.8276 0.5680 3.9434 1.7119
0.9 2.9554 0.5896 4.1135 1.7973
0.95 3.1002 0.6198 4.3176 1.8828
4  Modified
B31.G Method 
B31.G surface
correction, 0.85dl
area, AGA Folias
factor
1.0 3.2601 0.6519 4.5407 1.9795
0.7 2.6260 0.4482 3.5065 1.7456
0.75 2.7059 0.4344 3.5591 1.8528
0.8 2.7992 0.4312 3.6462 1.9521
0.85 2.9058 0.4422 3.7743 2.0373
0.9 3.0340 0.4646 3.9465 2.1215
0.95 3.1812 0.4923 4.1482 2.2143
5  Modified
B31.G Method
(RSTRENG) 
B31.G surface
correction,
effective area,
AGA Folias factor
1.0 3.3446 0.5186 4.3633 2.3259
0.7 2.5803 0.4730 3.5093 1.6512
0.75 2.6547 0.4536 3.5458 1.7636
0.8 2.7430 0.4434 3.6140 1.8721
0.85 2.8449 0.4468 3.7226 1.9673
0.9 2.9683 0.4638 3.8793 2.0573
0.95 3.1117 0.4885 4.0713 2.1522
6  Modified
B31.G Method 
B31.G surface
correction, exact
area, AGA Folias
factor
1.0 3.2714 0.5141 4.2812 2.2617
179
Table 22 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for CODAP (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.5803 0.6894 3.9345 1.2260
0.75 2.6556 0.7179 4.0657 1.2455
0.8 2.7424 0.7529 4.2213 1.2635
0.85 2.8539 0.7929 4.4114 1.2964
0.9 2.9787 0.8376 4.6238 1.3335
0.95 3.1200 0.8851 4.8585 1.3815
7  Original B31.G
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
parabolic area,
B31G Folias
factor
1.0 3.2799 0.9320 5.1106 1.4493
0.7 3.5734 0.8530 5.2490 1.8978
0.75 3.5734 0.8530 5.2490 1.8978
0.8 3.5734 0.8530 5.2490 1.8978
0.85 3.5734 0.8530 5.2490 1.8978
0.9 3.5734 0.8530 5.2490 1.8978
0.95 3.5734 0.8530 5.2490 1.8978
8  Thickness
Averaging  API
510, 8
th
Edition
1.0 3.5734 0.8530 5.2490 1.8978
0.7 3.8726 0.9652 5.7686 1.9767
0.75 3.8726 0.9652 5.7686 1.9767
0.8 3.8726 0.9652 5.7686 1.9767
0.85 3.8726 0.9652 5.7686 1.9767
0.9 3.8726 0.9652 5.7686 1.9767
0.95 3.8726 0.9652 5.7686 1.9767
9  Thickness
Averaging  API
653, 2
nd
Edition
1.0 3.8726 0.9652 5.7686 1.9767
0.7 2.6527 0.5520 3.7370 1.5684
0.75 2.7489 0.5714 3.8713 1.6265
0.8 2.8565 0.6008 4.0367 1.6763
0.85 2.9758 0.6385 4.2300 1.7216
0.9 3.1118 0.6802 4.4479 1.7756
0.95 3.2617 0.7235 4.6827 1.8406
10  British Gas
Single Defect
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 3.4276 0.7633 4.9268 1.9283
0.7 2.7056 0.4400 3.5699 1.8412
0.75 2.8001 0.4596 3.7029 1.8972
0.8 2.9048 0.4911 3.8695 1.9401
0.85 3.0252 0.5314 4.0690 1.9813
0.9 3.1635 0.5761 4.2951 2.0320
0.95 3.3165 0.6192 4.5328 2.1002
11  British Gas
Complex Defect
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 3.4856 0.6546 4.7715 2.1998
0.7 2.4839 0.5546 3.5732 1.3946
0.75 2.5656 0.5478 3.6416 1.4896
0.8 2.6628 0.5527 3.7485 1.5771
0.85 2.7793 0.5712 3.9012 1.6574
0.9 2.9168 0.6011 4.0974 1.7361
0.95 3.0647 0.6372 4.3163 1.8132
12  Chell Method
 Chell surface
correction, exact
area, B31G
Folias factor
1.0 3.2247 0.6712 4.5431 1.9063
180
Table 22 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for CODAP (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.3763 0.5594 3.4751 1.2774
0.75 2.4298 0.5286 3.4682 1.3915
0.8 2.4969 0.5041 3.4872 1.5067
0.85 2.5824 0.4912 3.5473 1.6175
0.9 2.6959 0.4998 3.6776 1.7142
0.95 2.8296 0.5228 3.8565 1.8027
13  Osage
Method  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, D/t
dependent Folias
factor
1.0 2.9780 0.5501 4.0585 1.8975
0.7 2.4826 0.5550 3.5728 1.3924
0.75 2.5639 0.5480 3.6404 1.4874
0.8 2.6607 0.5528 3.7466 1.5748
0.85 2.7768 0.5711 3.8986 1.6551
0.9 2.9140 0.6009 4.0943 1.7338
0.95 3.0618 0.6369 4.3128 1.8107
14  API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 1
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias
factor
1.0 3.2215 0.6709 4.5394 1.9036
0.7 2.3648 0.5716 3.4875 1.2420
0.75 2.4135 0.5420 3.4781 1.3489
0.8 2.4743 0.5183 3.4924 1.4562
0.85 2.5533 0.5044 3.5441 1.5625
0.9 2.6587 0.5115 3.6633 1.6541
0.95 2.7846 0.5341 3.8337 1.7355
15  API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 1
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 2.9280 0.5620 4.0318 1.8241
0.7 2.4237 0.5789 3.5608 1.2866
0.75 2.4883 0.5653 3.5987 1.3779
0.8 2.5660 0.5622 3.6704 1.4616
0.85 2.6639 0.5720 3.7873 1.5404
0.9 2.7853 0.5961 3.9561 1.6144
0.95 2.9219 0.6284 4.1561 1.6876
16  API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 2
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 3.0709 0.6624 4.3721 1.7698
0.7 2.3584 0.5806 3.4988 1.2180
0.75 2.4040 0.5528 3.4898 1.3182
0.8 2.4601 0.5302 3.5015 1.4186
0.85 2.5324 0.5175 3.5489 1.5159
0.9 2.6301 0.5228 3.6570 1.6033
0.95 2.7501 0.5439 3.8184 1.6817
17  API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 2
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 2.8883 0.5724 4.0126 1.7640
0.7 2.3688 0.5948 3.5370 1.2005
0.75 2.4195 0.5708 3.5407 1.2983
0.8 2.4828 0.5522 3.5675 1.3982
0.85 2.5607 0.5413 3.6240 1.4973
0.9 2.6524 0.5402 3.7134 1.5914
0.95 2.7554 0.5488 3.8333 1.6774
18  API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 3
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
JO Folias factor
1.0 2.8718 0.5660 3.9836 1.7600
181
Table 22 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for CODAP (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.3225 0.6062 3.5133 1.1317
0.75 2.3536 0.5745 3.4820 1.2252
0.8 2.3961 0.5415 3.4596 1.3325
0.85 2.4521 0.5112 3.4564 1.4479
0.9 2.5250 0.4880 3.4837 1.5664
0.95 2.6156 0.4772 3.5531 1.6782
19 API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 3
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
effective area, JO
Folias factor
1.0 2.7228 0.4793 3.6643 1.7812
0.7 2.6386 0.5660 3.7504 1.5268
0.75 2.7315 0.5854 3.8813 1.5817
0.8 2.8384 0.6135 4.0434 1.6334
0.85 2.9606 0.6491 4.2357 1.6856
0.9 3.1001 0.6884 4.4523 1.7480
0.95 3.2573 0.7278 4.6869 1.8278
20 Battelle
Method B31.G
surface correction,
rectangular area,
Battelle Folias
factor
1.0 3.4270 0.7663 4.9322 1.9218
0.7 2.6527 0.5520 3.7370 1.5684
0.75 2.7489 0.5714 3.8713 1.6265
0.8 2.8565 0.6008 4.0367 1.6763
0.85 2.9758 0.6385 4.2300 1.7216
0.9 3.1118 0.6802 4.4479 1.7756
0.95 3.2617 0.7235 4.6827 1.8406
21 BS 7910,
Appendix G
(Isolated Defect)
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 3.4276 0.7633 4.9268 1.9283
0.7 2.5542 0.4994 3.5351 1.5734
0.75 2.6319 0.4931 3.6004 1.6634
0.8 2.7205 0.4978 3.6982 1.7428
0.85 2.8186 0.5138 3.8278 1.8093
0.9 2.9326 0.5388 3.9909 1.8742
0.95 3.0620 0.5701 4.1819 1.9422
22 BS 7910,
Appendix G
(Grouped Defects)
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 3.2117 0.6016 4.3934 2.0300
0.7 3.2635 1.1038 5.4317 1.0953
0.75 3.4245 1.2085 5.7982 1.0508
0.8 3.5948 1.3136 6.1750 1.0146
0.85 3.7795 1.4145 6.5579 1.0010
0.9 3.9754 1.5113 6.9439 1.0069
0.95 4.1837 1.6020 7.3304 1.0369
23 Kanninen
Equivalent Stress
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
shell theory Folias
factor
1.0 4.4018 1.6875 7.7165 1.0870
0.7 2.8709 0.6405 4.1290 1.6128
0.75 2.9778 0.7010 4.3547 1.6009
0.8 3.0941 0.7672 4.6011 1.5871
0.85 3.2251 0.8341 4.8635 1.5867
0.9 3.3714 0.8987 5.1367 1.6062
0.95 3.5331 0.9591 5.4170 1.6492
24 Shell Theory
Method Chell
surface correction,
exact area, shell
theory Folias
factor
1.0 3.7138 1.0118 5.7013 1.7264
182
Table 22 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for CODAP (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 3.6225 1.1879 5.9559 1.2891
0.75 3.7880 1.3406 6.4214 1.1547
0.8 3.9801 1.5463 7.0174 0.9427
0.85 4.2631 1.7529 7.7062 0.8200
0.9 4.6082 2.0136 8.5634 0.6530
0.95 5.0061 2.2395 9.4051 0.6071
25  Thickness
Averaging  API
579, Level 1
1.0 5.5755 2.4643 10.4161 0.7349
0.7 2.7687 0.8018 4.3436 1.1937
0.75 2.9875 0.9639 4.8809 1.0941
0.8 3.2793 1.1949 5.6264 0.9322
0.85 3.6505 1.4729 6.5437 0.7574
0.9 4.1477 1.8082 7.6994 0.5960
0.95 4.7533 2.1272 8.9316 0.5750
26  Thickness
Averaging  API
579, Level 2
1.0 5.5755 2.4643 10.4161 0.7349
0.7 2.8292 0.6260 4.0588 1.5995
0.75 2.9575 0.6699 4.2733 1.6416
0.8 3.0958 0.7216 4.5133 1.6784
0.85 3.2453 0.7774 4.7724 1.7182
0.9 3.4103 0.8328 5.0460 1.7746
0.95 3.5895 0.8834 5.3247 1.8543
27  Modified API
579 Section 5,
Level 1 Analysis 
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
Modified API
Folias factor
1.0 3.7767 0.9308 5.6050 1.9484
0.7 2.5837 0.4283 3.4251 1.7424
0.75 2.6658 0.4171 3.4852 1.8464
0.8 2.7615 0.4179 3.5824 1.9406
0.85 2.8699 0.4324 3.7192 2.0205
0.9 3.0001 0.4572 3.8981 2.1021
0.95 3.1492 0.4846 4.1011 2.1973
28  Modified API
579 Section 5,
Level 2 Analysis 
B31.G surface
correction,
effective area,
Modified API
Folias factor
1.0 3.3120 0.5105 4.3147 2.3093
0.7 2.6481 0.5404 3.7095 1.5866
0.75 2.7633 0.5525 3.8485 1.6781
0.8 2.8911 0.5767 4.0238 1.7583
0.85 3.0345 0.6100 4.2327 1.8364
0.9 3.1981 0.6447 4.4645 1.9318
0.95 3.3722 0.6809 4.7097 2.0348
29  Janelle
Method, Level 1 
rectangular area
1.0 3.5497 0.7167 4.9575 2.1418
0.7 2.4869 0.4679 3.4060 1.5678
0.75 2.5638 0.4395 3.4271 1.7005
0.8 2.6570 0.4223 3.4864 1.8275
0.85 2.7682 0.4212 3.5956 1.9408
0.9 2.9071 0.4342 3.7600 2.0542
0.95 3.0612 0.4552 3.9554 2.1670
30  Janelle
Method, Level 1 
effective area
1.0 3.2220 0.4792 4.1632 2.2808
183
Table 23 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for AS 1210 and BS5500
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.2726 0.5170 3.2880 1.2571
0.75 2.3790 0.5574 3.4738 1.2842
0.8 2.4931 0.6027 3.6770 1.3092
0.85 2.6160 0.6505 3.8939 1.3382
0.9 2.7512 0.6969 4.1201 1.3823
0.95 2.8969 0.7390 4.3486 1.4453
1  API 579
Section 5, Level 1
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias
factor
1.0 3.0482 0.7786 4.5776 1.5187
0.7 2.0318 0.3346 2.6890 1.3745
0.75 2.0961 0.3248 2.7340 1.4582
0.8 2.1710 0.3242 2.8077 1.5343
0.85 2.2558 0.3343 2.9125 1.5991
0.9 2.3582 0.3530 3.0516 1.6647
0.95 2.4755 0.3739 3.2100 1.7409
2  API 579
Section 5, Level 2
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
effective area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 2.6034 0.3938 3.3769 1.8299
0.7 1.9935 0.3537 2.6882 1.2987
0.75 2.0531 0.3390 2.7191 1.3871
0.8 2.1237 0.3321 2.7760 1.4715
0.85 2.2046 0.3358 2.8642 1.5450
0.9 2.3027 0.3502 2.9906 1.6148
0.95 2.4168 0.3688 3.1413 1.6923
3  API579
Section 5, Level 2
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 2.5416 0.3881 3.3039 1.7794
0.7 1.9965 0.4472 2.8749 1.1180
0.75 2.0608 0.4376 2.9204 1.2012
0.8 2.1383 0.4357 2.9941 1.2825
0.85 2.2253 0.4437 3.0969 1.3537
0.9 2.3258 0.4601 3.2296 1.4219
0.95 2.4397 0.4836 3.3895 1.4898
4  Modified
B31.G Method 
B31.G surface
correction, 0.85dl
area, AGA Folias
factor
1.0 2.5655 0.5086 3.5645 1.5665
0.7 2.0668 0.3498 2.7539 1.3798
0.75 2.1297 0.3382 2.7940 1.4654
0.8 2.2030 0.3349 2.8608 1.5452
0.85 2.2868 0.3426 2.9599 1.6138
0.9 2.3877 0.3598 3.0944 1.6810
0.95 2.5036 0.3812 3.2525 1.7547
5  Modified
B31.G Method
(RSTRENG) 
B31.G surface
correction,
effective area,
AGA Folias factor
1.0 2.6321 0.4016 3.4209 1.8433
0.7 2.0309 0.3697 2.7571 1.3046
0.75 2.0894 0.3539 2.7847 1.3942
0.8 2.1589 0.3451 2.8368 1.4810
0.85 2.2390 0.3469 2.9204 1.5576
0.9 2.3360 0.3598 3.0427 1.6294
0.95 2.4489 0.3789 3.1931 1.7048
6  Modified
B31.G Method 
B31.G surface
correction, exact
area, AGA Folias
factor
1.0 2.5746 0.3986 3.3575 1.7917
184
Table 23 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for AS 1210 and BS5500 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.0307 0.5405 3.0923 0.9691
0.75 2.0899 0.5626 3.1950 0.9848
0.8 2.1582 0.5899 3.3169 0.9995
0.85 2.2459 0.6211 3.4659 1.0260
0.9 2.3440 0.6558 3.6322 1.0558
0.95 2.4552 0.6929 3.8163 1.0941
7 Original B31.G
Method B31.G
surface correction,
parabolic area,
B31G Folias
factor
1.0 2.5811 0.7296 4.0142 1.1479
0.7 2.8117 0.6641 4.1162 1.5072
0.75 2.8117 0.6641 4.1162 1.5072
0.8 2.8117 0.6641 4.1162 1.5072
0.85 2.8117 0.6641 4.1162 1.5072
0.9 2.8117 0.6641 4.1162 1.5072
0.95 2.8117 0.6641 4.1162 1.5072
8 Thickness
Averaging API
510, 8
th
Edition
1.0 2.8117 0.6641 4.1162 1.5072
0.7 3.0479 0.7559 4.5327 1.5632
0.75 3.0479 0.7559 4.5327 1.5632
0.8 3.0479 0.7559 4.5327 1.5632
0.85 3.0479 0.7559 4.5327 1.5632
0.9 3.0479 0.7559 4.5327 1.5632
0.95 3.0479 0.7559 4.5327 1.5632
9 Thickness
Averaging API
653, 2
nd
Edition
1.0 3.0479 0.7559 4.5327 1.5632
0.7 2.0879 0.4328 2.9382 1.2377
0.75 2.1636 0.4478 3.0433 1.2840
0.8 2.2482 0.4707 3.1727 1.3237
0.85 2.3421 0.4999 3.3240 1.3602
0.9 2.4490 0.5324 3.4947 1.4033
0.95 2.5670 0.5662 3.6791 1.4549
10 British Gas
Single Defect
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 2.6975 0.5973 3.8707 1.5243
0.7 2.1295 0.3432 2.8037 1.4553
0.75 2.2038 0.3581 2.9073 1.5003
0.8 2.2862 0.3824 3.0373 1.5351
0.85 2.3808 0.4136 3.1933 1.5683
0.9 2.4897 0.4486 3.3709 1.6085
0.95 2.6101 0.4823 3.5576 1.6627
11  British Gas
Complex Defect
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 2.7432 0.5099 3.7448 1.7416
0.7 1.9548 0.4344 2.8081 1.1015
0.75 2.0190 0.4285 2.8607 1.1773
0.8 2.0954 0.4317 2.9434 1.2474
0.85 2.1870 0.4456 3.0623 1.3118
0.9 2.2952 0.4687 3.2159 1.3745
0.95 2.4116 0.4968 3.3873 1.4358
12  Chell Method
 Chell surface
correction, exact
area, B31G
Folias factor
1.0 2.5374 0.5233 3.5652 1.5096
185
Table 23 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for AS 1210 and BS5500 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 1.8701 0.4386 2.7315 1.0086
0.75 1.9122 0.4138 2.7250 1.0994
0.8 1.9649 0.3938 2.7384 1.1915
0.85 2.0321 0.3828 2.7840 1.2801
0.9 2.1214 0.3891 2.8857 1.3571
0.95 2.2266 0.4068 3.0257 1.4276
13 Osage
Method Chell
surface correction,
effective area, D/t
dependent Folias
factor
1.0 2.3434 0.4280 3.1841 1.5027
0.7 1.9538 0.4347 2.8077 1.0998
0.75 2.0177 0.4287 2.8598 1.1756
0.8 2.0938 0.4318 2.9419 1.2456
0.85 2.1851 0.4455 3.0602 1.3100
0.9 2.2930 0.4686 3.2134 1.3726
0.95 2.4092 0.4966 3.3846 1.4339
14 API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 1
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias
factor
1.0 2.5349 0.5231 3.5623 1.5075
0.7 1.8610 0.4482 2.7415 0.9806
0.75 1.8993 0.4245 2.7331 1.0655
0.8 1.9471 0.4052 2.7429 1.1513
0.85 2.0092 0.3935 2.7820 1.2364
0.9 2.0921 0.3986 2.8751 1.3091
0.95 2.1912 0.4160 3.0084 1.3740
15 API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 1
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
effective area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 2.3040 0.4377 3.1637 1.4443
0.7 1.9074 0.4538 2.7987 1.0161
0.75 1.9582 0.4426 2.8276 1.0888
0.8 2.0193 0.4397 2.8828 1.1557
0.85 2.0962 0.4467 2.9735 1.2188
0.9 2.1917 0.4653 3.1057 1.2777
0.95 2.2992 0.4903 3.2623 1.3360
16 API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 2
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 2.4164 0.5168 3.4316 1.4012
0.7 1.8560 0.4554 2.7505 0.9616
0.75 1.8919 0.4331 2.7425 1.0412
0.8 1.9359 0.4147 2.7505 1.1213
0.85 1.9928 0.4040 2.7863 1.1993
0.9 2.0697 0.4078 2.8706 1.2687
0.95 2.1640 0.4241 2.9970 1.3310
17 API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 2
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
effective area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 2.2727 0.4462 3.1492 1.3963
0.7 1.8643 0.4668 2.7812 0.9474
0.75 1.9042 0.4477 2.7836 1.0248
0.8 1.9540 0.4328 2.8041 1.1039
0.85 2.0152 0.4238 2.8477 1.1828
0.9 2.0874 0.4223 2.9169 1.2579
0.95 2.1683 0.4284 3.0098 1.3269
18 API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 3
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
JO Folias factor
1.0 2.2599 0.4413 3.1268 1.3930
186
Table 23 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for AS 1210 and BS5500 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 1.8278 0.4758 2.7625 0.8932
0.75 1.8523 0.4506 2.7375 0.9672
0.8 1.8857 0.4243 2.7192 1.0522
0.85 1.9298 0.4001 2.7156 1.1440
0.9 1.9871 0.3811 2.7358 1.2385
0.95 2.0583 0.3718 2.7886 1.3281
19  API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 3
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, JO
Folias factor
1.0 2.1426 0.3726 2.8745 1.4107
0.7 2.0768 0.4434 2.9478 1.2057
0.75 2.1498 0.4584 3.0502 1.2495
0.8 2.2339 0.4801 3.1769 1.2910
0.85 2.3300 0.5076 3.3272 1.3329
0.9 2.4398 0.5381 3.4968 1.3827
0.95 2.5635 0.5688 3.6808 1.4461
20  Battelle
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
rectangular area,
Battelle Folias
factor
1.0 2.6970 0.5989 3.8735 1.5205
0.7 2.0879 0.4328 2.9382 1.2377
0.75 2.1636 0.4478 3.0433 1.2840
0.8 2.2482 0.4707 3.1727 1.3237
0.85 2.3421 0.4999 3.3240 1.3602
0.9 2.4490 0.5324 3.4947 1.4033
0.95 2.5670 0.5662 3.6791 1.4549
21  BS 7910,
Appendix G
(Isolated Defect) 
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 2.6975 0.5973 3.8707 1.5243
0.7 2.0106 0.3916 2.7798 1.2414
0.75 2.0718 0.3865 2.8309 1.3126
0.8 2.1415 0.3899 2.9074 1.3755
0.85 2.2186 0.4023 3.0088 1.4285
0.9 2.3084 0.4217 3.1367 1.4800
0.95 2.4103 0.4463 3.2870 1.5335
22  BS 7910,
Appendix G
(Grouped Defects)
 B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 2.5281 0.4710 3.4533 1.6029
0.7 2.5691 0.8680 4.2741 0.8641
0.75 2.6957 0.9503 4.5623 0.8292
0.8 2.8297 1.0329 4.8585 0.8009
0.85 2.9750 1.1121 5.1595 0.7904
0.9 3.1291 1.1882 5.4631 0.7952
0.95 3.2931 1.2595 5.7671 0.8190
23  Kanninen
Equivalent Stress
 B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
shell theory Folias
factor
1.0 3.4647 1.3268 6.0709 0.8586
0.7 2.2601 0.5035 3.2491 1.2710
0.75 2.3442 0.5511 3.4268 1.2617
0.8 2.4357 0.6032 3.6205 1.2510
0.85 2.5388 0.6557 3.8268 1.2508
0.9 2.6540 0.7065 4.0417 1.2663
0.95 2.7812 0.7540 4.2622 1.3002
24  Shell Theory
Method  Chell
surface correction,
exact area, shell
theory Folias
factor
1.0 2.9234 0.7954 4.4858 1.3611
187
Table 23 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for AS 1210 and BS5500 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.8502 0.9296 4.6761 1.0243
0.75 2.9804 1.0493 5.0415 0.9192
0.8 3.1314 1.2108 5.5097 0.7532
0.85 3.3544 1.3734 6.0521 0.6567
0.9 3.6263 1.5795 6.7288 0.5238
0.95 3.9397 1.7582 7.3934 0.4861
25  Thickness
Averaging  API
579, Level 1
1.0 4.3884 1.9370 8.1932 0.5836
0.7 2.1788 0.6280 3.4122 0.9453
0.75 2.3509 0.7548 3.8335 0.8683
0.8 2.5804 0.9357 4.4185 0.7424
0.85 2.8725 1.1541 5.1394 0.6056
0.9 3.2639 1.4184 6.0500 0.4779
0.95 3.7408 1.6700 7.0211 0.4604
26  Thickness
Averaging  API
579, Level 2
1.0 4.3884 1.9370 8.1932 0.5836
0.7 2.2269 0.4908 3.1910 1.2627
0.75 2.3278 0.5250 3.3590 1.2965
0.8 2.4366 0.5653 3.5470 1.3262
0.85 2.5541 0.6089 3.7501 1.3582
0.9 2.6839 0.6521 3.9649 1.4030
0.95 2.8250 0.6918 4.1838 1.4662
27  Modified API
579 Section 5,
Level 1 Analysis 
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
Modified API
Folias factor
1.0 2.9723 0.7289 4.4040 1.5406
0.7 2.0336 0.3343 2.6902 1.3770
0.75 2.0981 0.3248 2.7362 1.4601
0.8 2.1734 0.3246 2.8109 1.5358
0.85 2.2586 0.3351 2.9169 1.6003
0.9 2.3610 0.3542 3.0567 1.6654
0.95 2.4784 0.3754 3.2158 1.7410
28  Modified API
579 Section 5,
Level 2 Analysis 
B31.G surface
correction,
effective area,
Modified API
Folias factor
1.0 2.6065 0.3954 3.3831 1.8298
0.7 2.0841 0.4227 2.9143 1.2538
0.75 2.1747 0.4315 3.0223 1.3270
0.8 2.2751 0.4498 3.1587 1.3915
0.85 2.3879 0.4754 3.3217 1.4541
0.9 2.5166 0.5023 3.5033 1.5300
0.95 2.6536 0.5304 3.6955 1.6117
29  Janelle
Method, Level 1 
rectangular area
1.0 2.7932 0.5584 3.8900 1.6965
0.7 1.9572 0.3656 2.6753 1.2392
0.75 2.0176 0.3423 2.6901 1.3452
0.8 2.0909 0.3276 2.7344 1.4474
0.85 2.1784 0.3258 2.8183 1.5385
0.9 2.2876 0.3353 2.9462 1.6290
0.95 2.4089 0.3514 3.0991 1.7187
30  Janelle
Method, Level 1 
effective area
1.0 2.5354 0.3698 3.2619 1.8090
188
Table 24 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME B31.4 and ASME B31.8, Class 1, Division
2
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 1.7305 0.4190 2.5535 0.9075
0.75 1.8117 0.4520 2.6995 0.9238
0.8 1.8987 0.4885 2.8582 0.9391
0.85 1.9923 0.5265 3.0265 0.9581
0.9 2.0953 0.5633 3.2017 0.9889
0.95 2.2063 0.5971 3.3792 1.0334
1  API 579
Section 5, Level 1
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias
factor
1.0 2.3215 0.6290 3.5571 1.0859
0.7 1.5437 0.2525 2.0396 1.0478
0.75 1.5922 0.2429 2.0693 1.1151
0.8 1.6488 0.2404 2.1210 1.1766
0.85 1.7129 0.2461 2.1963 1.2294
0.9 1.7904 0.2590 2.2991 1.2817
0.95 1.8794 0.2744 2.4185 1.3403
2  API 579
Section 5, Level 2
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
effective area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 1.9766 0.2890 2.5443 1.4088
0.7 1.5152 0.2694 2.0442 0.9861
0.75 1.5601 0.2567 2.0643 1.0559
0.8 1.6134 0.2496 2.1036 1.1232
0.85 1.6745 0.2505 2.1665 1.1825
0.9 1.7487 0.2601 2.2596 1.2379
0.95 1.8354 0.2739 2.3733 1.2974
3  API579
Section 5, Level 2
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 1.9302 0.2882 2.4962 1.3641
0.7 1.5196 0.3523 2.2117 0.8275
0.75 1.5686 0.3478 2.2518 0.8854
0.8 1.6277 0.3493 2.3137 0.9416
0.85 1.6939 0.3579 2.3969 0.9909
0.9 1.7704 0.3721 2.5014 1.0394
0.95 1.8571 0.3913 2.6257 1.0885
4  Modified
B31.G Method 
B31.G surface
correction, 0.85dl
area, AGA Folias
factor
1.0 1.9529 0.4116 2.7614 1.1444
0.7 1.5703 0.2634 2.0876 1.0529
0.75 1.6176 0.2525 2.1136 1.1217
0.8 1.6730 0.2479 2.1600 1.1860
0.85 1.7364 0.2519 2.2311 1.2416
0.9 1.8127 0.2635 2.3302 1.2952
0.95 1.9006 0.2791 2.4488 1.3523
5  Modified
B31.G Method
(RSTRENG) 
B31.G surface
correction,
effective area,
AGA Folias factor
1.0 1.9981 0.2940 2.5757 1.4206
0.7 1.5435 0.2807 2.0949 0.9920
0.75 1.5876 0.2671 2.1123 1.0628
0.8 1.6400 0.2587 2.1480 1.1319
0.85 1.7005 0.2582 2.2076 1.1934
0.9 1.7739 0.2666 2.2976 1.2503
0.95 1.8596 0.2805 2.4105 1.3087
6  Modified
B31.G Method 
B31.G surface
correction, exact
area, AGA Folias
factor
1.0 1.9550 0.2951 2.5347 1.3754
189
Table 24 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME B31.4 and ASME B31.8, Class 1, Division
2 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 1.5451 0.4249 2.3797 0.7105
0.75 1.5903 0.4438 2.4619 0.7186
0.8 1.6422 0.4662 2.5581 0.7264
0.85 1.7089 0.4914 2.6742 0.7436
0.9 1.7835 0.5190 2.8030 0.7639
0.95 1.8681 0.5484 2.9452 0.7909
7  Original B31.G
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
parabolic area,
B31G Folias
factor
1.0 1.9638 0.5774 3.0980 0.8297
0.7 2.1327 0.4910 3.0971 1.1682
0.75 2.1327 0.4910 3.0971 1.1682
0.8 2.1327 0.4910 3.0971 1.1682
0.85 2.1327 0.4910 3.0971 1.1682
0.9 2.1327 0.4910 3.0971 1.1682
0.95 2.1327 0.4910 3.0971 1.1682
8  Thickness
Averaging  API
510, 8
th
Edition
1.0 2.1327 0.4910 3.0971 1.1682
0.7 2.3134 0.5638 3.4208 1.2059
0.75 2.3134 0.5638 3.4208 1.2059
0.8 2.3134 0.5638 3.4208 1.2059
0.85 2.3134 0.5638 3.4208 1.2059
0.9 2.3134 0.5638 3.4208 1.2059
0.95 2.3134 0.5638 3.4208 1.2059
9  Thickness
Averaging  API
653, 2
nd
Edition
1.0 2.3134 0.5638 3.4208 1.2059
0.7 1.5895 0.3519 2.2808 0.8983
0.75 1.6471 0.3662 2.3665 0.9277
0.8 1.7116 0.3864 2.4705 0.9527
0.85 1.7831 0.4108 2.5901 0.9761
0.9 1.8645 0.4373 2.7234 1.0055
0.95 1.9542 0.4646 2.8669 1.0416
10  British Gas
Single Defect
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 2.0536 0.4900 3.0162 1.0911
0.7 1.6172 0.2550 2.1181 1.1162
0.75 1.6732 0.2638 2.1914 1.1549
0.8 1.7353 0.2803 2.2859 1.1847
0.85 1.8068 0.3023 2.4006 1.2130
0.9 1.8891 0.3275 2.5324 1.2457
0.95 1.9803 0.3524 2.6725 1.2881
11  British Gas
Complex Defect
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 2.0812 0.3726 2.8132 1.3492
0.7 1.4877 0.3427 2.1608 0.8146
0.75 1.5365 0.3407 2.2058 0.8673
0.8 1.5946 0.3453 2.2729 0.9163
0.85 1.6641 0.3571 2.3656 0.9627
0.9 1.7463 0.3755 2.4839 1.0086
0.95 1.8347 0.3974 2.6153 1.0541
12  Chell Method
 Chell surface
correction, exact
area, B31G
Folias factor
1.0 1.9305 0.4185 2.7525 1.1084
190
Table 24 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME B31.4 and ASME B31.8, Class 1, Division
2 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 1.4222 0.3361 2.0823 0.7620
0.75 1.4538 0.3164 2.0753 0.8323
0.8 1.4936 0.3002 2.0833 0.9038
0.85 1.5443 0.2910 2.1160 0.9727
0.9 1.6119 0.2948 2.1911 1.0328
0.95 1.6917 0.3077 2.2962 1.0873
13 Osage
Method Chell
surface correction,
effective area, D/t
dependent Folias
factor
1.0 1.7805 0.3237 2.4164 1.1446
0.7 1.4869 0.3429 2.1603 0.8134
0.75 1.5355 0.3408 2.2049 0.8661
0.8 1.5933 0.3453 2.2716 0.9151
0.85 1.6627 0.3570 2.3638 0.9615
0.9 1.7446 0.3753 2.4819 1.0073
0.95 1.8329 0.3971 2.6130 1.0528
14 API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 1
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias
factor
1.0 1.9285 0.4183 2.7501 1.1070
0.7 1.4153 0.3434 2.0899 0.7408
0.75 1.4441 0.3245 2.0816 0.8066
0.8 1.4800 0.3087 2.0864 0.8737
0.85 1.5269 0.2988 2.1138 0.9400
0.9 1.5896 0.3016 2.1820 0.9972
0.95 1.6646 0.3138 2.2810 1.0483
15 API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 1
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
effective area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 1.7503 0.3300 2.3984 1.1022
0.7 1.4514 0.3539 2.1467 0.7562
0.75 1.4901 0.3475 2.1727 0.8074
0.8 1.5365 0.3474 2.2188 0.8542
0.85 1.5949 0.3540 2.2902 0.8996
0.9 1.6673 0.3688 2.3918 0.9429
0.95 1.7489 0.3882 2.5115 0.9863
16 API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 2
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 1.8381 0.4089 2.6414 1.0348
0.7 1.4116 0.3489 2.0969 0.7263
0.75 1.4385 0.3312 2.0890 0.7879
0.8 1.4716 0.3161 2.0924 0.8507
0.85 1.5145 0.3069 2.1172 0.9117
0.9 1.5726 0.3087 2.1790 0.9661
0.95 1.6440 0.3201 2.2726 1.0153
17 API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 2
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
effective area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 1.7265 0.3363 2.3872 1.0658
0.7 1.4188 0.3623 2.1305 0.7071
0.75 1.4493 0.3498 2.1363 0.7622
0.8 1.4872 0.3406 2.1562 0.8182
0.85 1.5339 0.3364 2.1947 0.8732
0.9 1.5889 0.3377 2.2523 0.9255
0.95 1.6507 0.3444 2.3273 0.9741
18 API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 3
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
JO Folias factor
1.0 1.7204 0.3560 2.4197 1.0211
191
Table 24 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME B31.4 and ASME B31.8, Class 1, Division
2 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 1.3905 0.3651 2.1077 0.6734
0.75 1.4089 0.3456 2.0878 0.7300
0.8 1.4340 0.3250 2.0724 0.7956
0.85 1.4673 0.3062 2.0688 0.8658
0.9 1.5108 0.2919 2.0840 0.9375
0.95 1.5649 0.2851 2.1249 1.0049
19  API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 3
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, JO
Folias factor
1.0 1.6290 0.2863 2.1913 1.0667
0.7 1.5808 0.3580 2.2840 0.8776
0.75 1.6364 0.3721 2.3673 0.9055
0.8 1.7005 0.3913 2.4692 0.9318
0.85 1.7737 0.4145 2.5878 0.9596
0.9 1.8572 0.4394 2.7204 0.9941
0.95 1.9514 0.4646 2.8641 1.0388
20  Battelle
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
rectangular area,
Battelle Folias
factor
1.0 2.0531 0.4892 3.0140 1.0922
0.7 1.5895 0.3519 2.2808 0.8983
0.75 1.6471 0.3662 2.3665 0.9277
0.8 1.7116 0.3864 2.4705 0.9527
0.85 1.7831 0.4108 2.5901 0.9761
0.9 1.8645 0.4373 2.7234 1.0055
0.95 1.9542 0.4646 2.8669 1.0416
21  BS 7910,
Appendix G
(Isolated Defect) 
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 2.0536 0.4900 3.0162 1.0911
0.7 1.5310 0.3169 2.1535 0.9085
0.75 1.5777 0.3169 2.2002 0.9552
0.8 1.6309 0.3235 2.2663 0.9954
0.85 1.6898 0.3365 2.3507 1.0289
0.9 1.7582 0.3540 2.4536 1.0628
0.95 1.8359 0.3750 2.5725 1.0993
22  BS 7910,
Appendix G
(Grouped Defects)
 B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 1.9257 0.3957 2.7030 1.1484
0.7 1.9615 0.7017 3.3399 0.5832
0.75 2.0587 0.7674 3.5661 0.5514
0.8 2.1616 0.8332 3.7982 0.5249
0.85 2.2729 0.8964 4.0336 0.5121
0.9 2.3909 0.9572 4.2710 0.5108
0.95 2.5163 1.0143 4.5087 0.5238
23  Kanninen
Equivalent Stress
 B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
shell theory Folias
factor
1.0 2.6475 1.0684 4.7461 0.5488
0.7 1.7185 0.3879 2.4805 0.9566
0.75 1.7827 0.4251 2.6178 0.9476
0.8 1.8524 0.4655 2.7667 0.9380
0.85 1.9308 0.5061 2.9250 0.9366
0.9 2.0185 0.5456 3.0903 0.9468
0.95 2.1155 0.5826 3.2598 0.9711
24  Shell Theory
Method  Chell
surface correction,
exact area, shell
theory Folias
factor
1.0 2.2237 0.6146 3.4310 1.0164
192
Table 24 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME B31.4 and ASME B31.8, Class 1, Division
2 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.1720 0.7237 3.5936 0.7504
0.75 2.2715 0.8131 3.8686 0.6744
0.8 2.3869 0.9321 4.2178 0.5559
0.85 2.5570 1.0532 4.6258 0.4882
0.9 2.7652 1.2119 5.1456 0.3848
0.95 3.0044 1.3501 5.6564 0.3524
25  Thickness
Averaging  API
579, Level 1
1.0 3.3496 1.5034 6.3027 0.3964
0.7 1.6590 0.4864 2.6145 0.7035
0.75 1.7908 0.5838 2.9376 0.6439
0.8 1.9662 0.7201 3.3806 0.5518
0.85 2.1894 0.8849 3.9276 0.4513
0.9 2.4889 1.0882 4.6265 0.3513
0.95 2.8527 1.2824 5.3716 0.3337
26  Thickness
Averaging  API
579, Level 2
1.0 3.3496 1.5034 6.3027 0.3964
0.7 1.6955 0.3976 2.4765 0.9145
0.75 1.7724 0.4261 2.6093 0.9355
0.8 1.8554 0.4588 2.7566 0.9542
0.85 1.9450 0.4936 2.9145 0.9755
0.9 2.0438 0.5280 3.0809 1.0068
0.95 2.1513 0.5598 3.2510 1.0516
27  Modified API
579 Section 5,
Level 1 Analysis 
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
Modified API
Folias factor
1.0 2.2635 0.5898 3.4220 1.1050
0.7 1.5451 0.2521 2.0402 1.0499
0.75 1.5937 0.2428 2.0706 1.1168
0.8 1.6506 0.2405 2.1230 1.1781
0.85 1.7150 0.2465 2.1993 1.2307
0.9 1.7925 0.2596 2.3025 1.2826
0.95 1.8816 0.2753 2.4223 1.3408
28  Modified API
579 Section 5,
Level 2 Analysis 
B31.G surface
correction,
effective area,
Modified API
Folias factor
1.0 1.9788 0.2900 2.5484 1.4093
0.7 1.5863 0.3405 2.2550 0.9175
0.75 1.6553 0.3503 2.3434 0.9672
0.8 1.7319 0.3668 2.4523 1.0115
0.85 1.8178 0.3879 2.5798 1.0558
0.9 1.9158 0.4103 2.7219 1.1098
0.95 2.0202 0.4334 2.8715 1.1688
29  Janelle
Method, Level 1 
rectangular area
1.0 2.1265 0.4562 3.0226 1.2303
0.7 1.4876 0.2783 2.0343 0.9409
0.75 1.5332 0.2592 2.0424 1.0239
0.8 1.5885 0.2464 2.0726 1.1045
0.85 1.6548 0.2436 2.1332 1.1763
0.9 1.7377 0.2505 2.2297 1.2458
0.95 1.8299 0.2628 2.3461 1.3137
30  Janelle
Method, Level 1 
effective area
1.0 1.9260 0.2766 2.4693 1.3828
193
Table 25 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME B31.8, Class 1, Division 1
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 1.5562 0.3768 2.2963 0.8161
0.75 1.6292 0.4065 2.4276 0.8307
0.8 1.7075 0.4393 2.5704 0.8445
0.85 1.7917 0.4735 2.7217 0.8616
0.9 1.8842 0.5065 2.8792 0.8893
0.95 1.9841 0.5370 3.0389 0.9294
1  API 579
Section 5, Level 1
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias
factor
1.0 2.0877 0.5657 3.1988 0.9765
0.7 1.3882 0.2270 1.8342 0.9423
0.75 1.4318 0.2184 1.8609 1.0027
0.8 1.4827 0.2162 1.9074 1.0581
0.85 1.5404 0.2213 1.9751 1.1056
0.9 1.6101 0.2329 2.0675 1.1526
0.95 1.6901 0.2468 2.1749 1.2053
2  API 579
Section 5, Level 2
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
effective area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 1.7775 0.2599 2.2880 1.2669
0.7 1.3625 0.2422 1.8383 0.8868
0.75 1.4029 0.2308 1.8564 0.9495
0.8 1.4509 0.2244 1.8917 1.0101
0.85 1.5059 0.2253 1.9483 1.0634
0.9 1.5726 0.2339 2.0320 1.1132
0.95 1.6505 0.2463 2.1343 1.1667
3  API579
Section 5, Level 2
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 1.7358 0.2592 2.2448 1.2267
0.7 1.3665 0.3169 1.9889 0.7441
0.75 1.4106 0.3128 2.0250 0.7962
0.8 1.4637 0.3141 2.0807 0.8468
0.85 1.5233 0.3218 2.1555 0.8911
0.9 1.5921 0.3347 2.2494 0.9347
0.95 1.6701 0.3519 2.3613 0.9789
4  Modified
B31.G Method 
B31.G surface
correction, 0.85dl
area, AGA Folias
factor
1.0 1.7562 0.3702 2.4833 1.0291
0.7 1.4121 0.2369 1.8774 0.9469
0.75 1.4547 0.2271 1.9007 1.0087
0.8 1.5045 0.2230 1.9424 1.0665
0.85 1.5615 0.2265 2.0064 1.1166
0.9 1.6301 0.2369 2.0955 1.1647
0.95 1.7091 0.2510 2.2021 1.2161
5  Modified
B31.G Method
(RSTRENG) 
B31.G surface
correction,
effective area,
AGA Folias factor
1.0 1.7969 0.2644 2.3163 1.2775
0.7 1.3880 0.2525 1.8839 0.8921
0.75 1.4277 0.2402 1.8996 0.9558
0.8 1.4748 0.2326 1.9317 1.0179
0.85 1.5292 0.2322 1.9852 1.0732
0.9 1.5953 0.2397 2.0662 1.1244
0.95 1.6723 0.2522 2.1677 1.1769
6  Modified
B31.G Method 
B31.G surface
correction, exact
area, AGA Folias
factor
1.0 1.7581 0.2654 2.2794 1.2368
194
Table 25 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME B31.8, Class 1, Division 1 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 1.3895 0.3821 2.1400 0.6389
0.75 1.4301 0.3991 2.2139 0.6462
0.8 1.4768 0.4193 2.3004 0.6532
0.85 1.5368 0.4419 2.4048 0.6687
0.9 1.6039 0.4668 2.5207 0.6870
0.95 1.6799 0.4931 2.6486 0.7113
7  Original B31.G
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
parabolic area,
B31G Folias
factor
1.0 1.7660 0.5192 2.7859 0.7461
0.7 1.9179 0.4415 2.7852 1.0506
0.75 1.9179 0.4415 2.7852 1.0506
0.8 1.9179 0.4415 2.7852 1.0506
0.85 1.9179 0.4415 2.7852 1.0506
0.9 1.9179 0.4415 2.7852 1.0506
0.95 1.9179 0.4415 2.7852 1.0506
8  Thickness
Averaging  API
510, 8
th
Edition
1.0 1.9179 0.4415 2.7852 1.0506
0.7 2.0804 0.5070 3.0763 1.0844
0.75 2.0804 0.5070 3.0763 1.0844
0.8 2.0804 0.5070 3.0763 1.0844
0.85 2.0804 0.5070 3.0763 1.0844
0.9 2.0804 0.5070 3.0763 1.0844
0.95 2.0804 0.5070 3.0763 1.0844
9  Thickness
Averaging  API
653, 2
nd
Edition
1.0 2.0804 0.5070 3.0763 1.0844
0.7 1.4294 0.3165 2.0510 0.8078
0.75 1.4812 0.3294 2.1282 0.8343
0.8 1.5392 0.3475 2.2217 0.8567
0.85 1.6035 0.3695 2.3292 0.8778
0.9 1.6767 0.3932 2.4491 0.9042
0.95 1.7574 0.4178 2.5781 0.9367
10  British Gas
Single Defect
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 1.8468 0.4407 2.7124 0.9812
0.7 1.4543 0.2294 1.9048 1.0038
0.75 1.5047 0.2373 1.9707 1.0386
0.8 1.5605 0.2521 2.0556 1.0654
0.85 1.6248 0.2718 2.1588 1.0908
0.9 1.6988 0.2945 2.2773 1.1203
0.95 1.7808 0.3169 2.4033 1.1583
11  British Gas
Complex Defect
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 1.8716 0.3351 2.5299 1.2133
0.7 1.3379 0.3082 1.9432 0.7326
0.75 1.3818 0.3064 1.9836 0.7799
0.8 1.4340 0.3105 2.0440 0.8240
0.85 1.4965 0.3211 2.1273 0.8658
0.9 1.5704 0.3377 2.2337 0.9070
0.95 1.6499 0.3574 2.3519 0.9480
12  Chell Method
 Chell surface
correction, exact
area, B31G
Folias factor
1.0 1.7360 0.3764 2.4753 0.9968
195
Table 25 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME B31.8, Class 1, Division 1 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 1.2789 0.3022 1.8726 0.6853
0.75 1.3074 0.2845 1.8663 0.7485
0.8 1.3431 0.2700 1.8735 0.8128
0.85 1.3888 0.2617 1.9029 0.8747
0.9 1.4496 0.2652 1.9704 0.9288
0.95 1.5214 0.2767 2.0649 0.9778
13  Osage
Method  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, D/t
dependent Folias
factor
1.0 1.6011 0.2911 2.1730 1.0293
0.7 1.3371 0.3083 1.9428 0.7315
0.75 1.3808 0.3065 1.9828 0.7789
0.8 1.4329 0.3105 2.0428 0.8229
0.85 1.4952 0.3210 2.1258 0.8647
0.9 1.5689 0.3375 2.2319 0.9059
0.95 1.6483 0.3571 2.3499 0.9468
14  API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 1
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias
factor
1.0 1.7343 0.3761 2.4731 0.9955
0.7 1.2728 0.3088 1.8794 0.6662
0.75 1.2986 0.2919 1.8719 0.7254
0.8 1.3309 0.2776 1.8762 0.7857
0.85 1.3731 0.2687 1.9009 0.8454
0.9 1.4295 0.2712 1.9622 0.8968
0.95 1.4970 0.2822 2.0512 0.9427
15  API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 1
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 1.5740 0.2967 2.1569 0.9912
0.7 1.3052 0.3183 1.9305 0.6800
0.75 1.3400 0.3125 1.9539 0.7261
0.8 1.3817 0.3124 1.9953 0.7682
0.85 1.4343 0.3183 2.0595 0.8090
0.9 1.4994 0.3317 2.1509 0.8479
0.95 1.5728 0.3491 2.2586 0.8870
16  API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 2
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 1.6530 0.3678 2.3753 0.9306
0.7 1.2694 0.3137 1.8857 0.6531
0.75 1.2936 0.2978 1.8786 0.7086
0.8 1.3233 0.2842 1.8816 0.7651
0.85 1.3619 0.2760 1.9040 0.8198
0.9 1.4142 0.2776 1.9595 0.8688
0.95 1.4784 0.2878 2.0437 0.9130
17  API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 2
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 1.5526 0.3025 2.1467 0.9585
0.7 1.2759 0.3258 1.9160 0.6359
0.75 1.3033 0.3145 1.9211 0.6855
0.8 1.3374 0.3063 1.9391 0.7358
0.85 1.3794 0.3025 1.9736 0.7852
0.9 1.4289 0.3037 2.0255 0.8323
0.95 1.4844 0.3098 2.0929 0.8760
18  API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 3
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
JO Folias factor
1.0 1.5471 0.3201 2.1760 0.9183
196
Table 25 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME B31.8, Class 1, Division 1 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 1.2505 0.3283 1.8954 0.6056
0.75 1.2670 0.3108 1.8775 0.6565
0.8 1.2896 0.2923 1.8637 0.7154
0.85 1.3195 0.2754 1.8604 0.7786
0.9 1.3586 0.2625 1.8741 0.8431
0.95 1.4073 0.2564 1.9109 0.9037
19  API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 3
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, JO
Folias factor
1.0 1.4649 0.2574 1.9706 0.9592
0.7 1.4216 0.3219 2.0539 0.7892
0.75 1.4716 0.3346 2.1289 0.8143
0.8 1.5292 0.3519 2.2205 0.8379
0.85 1.5950 0.3727 2.3271 0.8629
0.9 1.6702 0.3952 2.4464 0.8940
0.95 1.7549 0.4178 2.5756 0.9342
20  Battelle
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
rectangular area,
Battelle Folias
factor
1.0 1.8463 0.4399 2.7105 0.9822
0.7 1.4294 0.3165 2.0510 0.8078
0.75 1.4812 0.3294 2.1282 0.8343
0.8 1.5392 0.3475 2.2217 0.8567
0.85 1.6035 0.3695 2.3292 0.8778
0.9 1.6767 0.3932 2.4491 0.9042
0.95 1.7574 0.4178 2.5781 0.9367
21  BS 7910,
Appendix G
(Isolated Defect) 
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 1.8468 0.4407 2.7124 0.9812
0.7 1.3768 0.2850 1.9366 0.8170
0.75 1.4188 0.2850 1.9786 0.8590
0.8 1.4666 0.2909 2.0380 0.8952
0.85 1.5196 0.3026 2.1139 0.9253
0.9 1.5811 0.3184 2.2065 0.9558
0.95 1.6510 0.3372 2.3134 0.9886
22  BS 7910,
Appendix G
(Grouped Defects)
 B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 1.7318 0.3559 2.4308 1.0327
0.7 1.7640 0.6310 3.0035 0.5245
0.75 1.8514 0.6901 3.2069 0.4959
0.8 1.9438 0.7493 3.4157 0.4720
0.85 2.0439 0.8061 3.6273 0.4605
0.9 2.1501 0.8607 3.8408 0.4593
0.95 2.2628 0.9122 4.0546 0.4711
23  Kanninen
Equivalent Stress
 B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
shell theory Folias
factor
1.0 2.3808 0.9608 4.2681 0.4935
0.7 1.5454 0.3488 2.2307 0.8602
0.75 1.6031 0.3823 2.3541 0.8522
0.8 1.6658 0.4186 2.4880 0.8435
0.85 1.7364 0.4552 2.6304 0.8423
0.9 1.8152 0.4907 2.7791 0.8514
0.95 1.9024 0.5239 2.9315 0.8733
24  Shell Theory
Method  Chell
surface correction,
exact area, shell
theory Folias
factor
1.0 1.9997 0.5527 3.0854 0.9140
197
Table 25 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME B31.8, Class 1, Division 1 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 1.9532 0.6508 3.2316 0.6748
0.75 2.0427 0.7312 3.4790 0.6065
0.8 2.1465 0.8382 3.7930 0.4999
0.85 2.2995 0.9472 4.1599 0.4390
0.9 2.4867 1.0898 4.6274 0.3461
0.95 2.7018 1.2141 5.0867 0.3169
25 Thickness
Averaging API
579, Level 1
1.0 3.0122 1.3520 5.6679 0.3565
0.7 1.4919 0.4375 2.3511 0.6326
0.75 1.6104 0.5250 2.6417 0.5791
0.8 1.7682 0.6475 3.0401 0.4963
0.85 1.9689 0.7958 3.5320 0.4058
0.9 2.2382 0.9786 4.1605 0.3159
0.95 2.5653 1.1532 4.8306 0.3001
26 Thickness
Averaging API
579, Level 2
1.0 3.0122 1.3520 5.6679 0.3565
0.7 1.5247 0.3575 2.2270 0.8224
0.75 1.5939 0.3831 2.3465 0.8413
0.8 1.6685 0.4126 2.4790 0.8581
0.85 1.7491 0.4439 2.6210 0.8772
0.9 1.8380 0.4748 2.7706 0.9054
0.95 1.9346 0.5035 2.9235 0.9457
27 Modified API
579 Section 5,
Level 1 Analysis
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
Modified API
Folias factor
1.0 2.0355 0.5304 3.0773 0.9937
0.7 1.3895 0.2267 1.8347 0.9442
0.75 1.4332 0.2183 1.8621 1.0044
0.8 1.4843 0.2163 1.9092 1.0594
0.85 1.5423 0.2217 1.9777 1.1068
0.9 1.6120 0.2335 2.0706 1.1534
0.95 1.6921 0.2476 2.1784 1.2058
28 Modified API
579 Section 5,
Level 2 Analysis
B31.G surface
correction,
effective area,
Modified API
Folias factor
1.0 1.7795 0.2608 2.2917 1.2673
0.7 1.4265 0.3062 2.0279 0.8251
0.75 1.4886 0.3150 2.1074 0.8698
0.8 1.5574 0.3298 2.2053 0.9096
0.85 1.6347 0.3489 2.3199 0.9495
0.9 1.7229 0.3690 2.4477 0.9980
0.95 1.8167 0.3898 2.5823 1.0511
29 Janelle
Method, Level 1
rectangular area
1.0 1.9123 0.4103 2.7182 1.1064
0.7 1.3378 0.2503 1.8294 0.8461
0.75 1.3787 0.2331 1.8367 0.9208
0.8 1.4285 0.2216 1.8639 0.9932
0.85 1.4881 0.2191 1.9184 1.0578
0.9 1.5627 0.2252 2.0051 1.1203
0.95 1.6456 0.2363 2.1098 1.1814
30 Janelle
Method, Level 1
effective area
1.0 1.7321 0.2487 2.2206 1.2435
198
Table 26 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME B31.8, Class 2
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.0791 0.5034 3.0678 1.0903
0.75 2.1766 0.5431 3.2433 1.1098
0.8 2.2812 0.5869 3.4340 1.1283
0.85 2.3937 0.6326 3.6362 1.1512
0.9 2.5173 0.6767 3.8466 1.1881
0.95 2.6508 0.7174 4.0599 1.2416
1 API 579
Section 5, Level 1
Analysis B31.G
surface correction,
rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias
factor
1.0 2.7891 0.7558 4.2736 1.3046
0.7 1.8547 0.3033 2.4504 1.2589
0.75 1.9129 0.2918 2.4862 1.3397
0.8 1.9809 0.2888 2.5482 1.4136
0.85 2.0579 0.2957 2.6388 1.4771
0.9 2.1510 0.3111 2.7622 1.5399
0.95 2.2580 0.3297 2.9057 1.6103
2 API 579
Section 5, Level 2
Analysis B31.G
surface correction,
effective area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 2.3747 0.3473 3.0568 1.6926
0.7 1.8204 0.3236 2.4560 1.1847
0.75 1.8743 0.3084 2.4801 1.2686
0.8 1.9384 0.2998 2.5274 1.3494
0.85 2.0118 0.3009 2.6030 1.4207
0.9 2.1010 0.3125 2.7148 1.4872
0.95 2.2051 0.3291 2.8514 1.5587
3 API579
Section 5, Level 2
Analysis B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 2.3190 0.3462 2.9991 1.6389
0.7 1.8257 0.4233 2.6572 0.9942
0.75 1.8846 0.4179 2.7054 1.0637
0.8 1.9555 0.4196 2.7798 1.1313
0.85 2.0351 0.4300 2.8798 1.1905
0.9 2.1270 0.4471 3.0052 1.2488
0.95 2.2312 0.4701 3.1547 1.3077
4 Modified
B31.G Method
B31.G surface
correction, 0.85dl
area, AGA Folias
factor
1.0 2.3463 0.4945 3.3177 1.3749
0.7 1.8866 0.3164 2.5082 1.2651
0.75 1.9435 0.3034 2.5394 1.3476
0.8 2.0100 0.2979 2.5951 1.4249
0.85 2.0861 0.3026 2.6805 1.4917
0.9 2.1778 0.3165 2.7996 1.5561
0.95 2.2834 0.3353 2.9420 1.6248
5 Modified
B31.G Method
(RSTRENG)
B31.G surface
correction,
effective area,
AGA Folias factor
1.0 2.4007 0.3532 3.0945 1.7068
0.7 1.8544 0.3373 2.5169 1.1918
0.75 1.9074 0.3210 2.5378 1.2769
0.8 1.9703 0.3108 2.5807 1.3599
0.85 2.0430 0.3102 2.6523 1.4338
0.9 2.1313 0.3203 2.7604 1.5022
0.95 2.2342 0.3369 2.8960 1.5723
6 Modified
B31.G Method
B31.G surface
correction, exact
area, AGA Folias
factor
1.0 2.3488 0.3545 3.0452 1.6524
199
Table 26 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME B31.8, Class 2 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 1.8564 0.5105 2.8591 0.8536
0.75 1.9106 0.5331 2.9578 0.8634
0.8 1.9730 0.5602 3.0733 0.8727
0.85 2.0531 0.5904 3.2129 0.8934
0.9 2.1428 0.6236 3.3677 0.9178
0.95 2.2444 0.6588 3.5385 0.9503
7  Original B31.G
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
parabolic area,
B31G Folias
factor
1.0 2.3594 0.6937 3.7220 0.9968
0.7 2.5623 0.5899 3.7210 1.4035
0.75 2.5623 0.5899 3.7210 1.4035
0.8 2.5623 0.5899 3.7210 1.4035
0.85 2.5623 0.5899 3.7210 1.4035
0.9 2.5623 0.5899 3.7210 1.4035
0.95 2.5623 0.5899 3.7210 1.4035
8  Thickness
Averaging  API
510, 8
th
Edition
1.0 2.5623 0.5899 3.7210 1.4035
0.7 2.7794 0.6774 4.1099 1.4488
0.75 2.7794 0.6774 4.1099 1.4488
0.8 2.7794 0.6774 4.1099 1.4488
0.85 2.7794 0.6774 4.1099 1.4488
0.9 2.7794 0.6774 4.1099 1.4488
0.95 2.7794 0.6774 4.1099 1.4488
9  Thickness
Averaging  API
653, 2
nd
Edition
1.0 2.7794 0.6774 4.1099 1.4488
0.7 1.9097 0.4228 2.7402 1.0792
0.75 1.9789 0.4400 2.8432 1.1146
0.8 2.0564 0.4642 2.9682 1.1446
0.85 2.1423 0.4936 3.1119 1.1727
0.9 2.2400 0.5254 3.2720 1.2080
0.95 2.3479 0.5582 3.4444 1.2514
10  British Gas
Single Defect
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 2.4673 0.5887 3.6238 1.3109
0.7 1.9429 0.3064 2.5448 1.3411
0.75 2.0102 0.3170 2.6328 1.3876
0.8 2.0848 0.3368 2.7463 1.4234
0.85 2.1707 0.3632 2.8841 1.4573
0.9 2.2696 0.3935 3.0425 1.4967
0.95 2.3792 0.4234 3.2108 1.5475
11  British Gas
Complex Defect
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 2.5005 0.4477 3.3799 1.6210
0.7 1.7874 0.4117 2.5961 0.9787
0.75 1.8460 0.4093 2.6501 1.0420
0.8 1.9158 0.4149 2.7307 1.1009
0.85 1.9994 0.4290 2.8421 1.1566
0.9 2.0980 0.4512 2.9843 1.2118
0.95 2.2043 0.4774 3.1421 1.2665
12  Chell Method
 Chell surface
correction, exact
area, B31G
Folias factor
1.0 2.3193 0.5028 3.3070 1.3317
200
Table 26 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME B31.8, Class 2 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 1.7087 0.4038 2.5018 0.9155
0.75 1.7467 0.3801 2.4933 1.0000
0.8 1.7944 0.3607 2.5030 1.0859
0.85 1.8554 0.3497 2.5422 1.1686
0.9 1.9366 0.3542 2.6325 1.2408
0.95 2.0325 0.3697 2.7587 1.3064
13  Osage
Method  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, D/t
dependent Folias
factor
1.0 2.1391 0.3890 2.9031 1.3751
0.7 1.7864 0.4119 2.5955 0.9773
0.75 1.8448 0.4094 2.6490 1.0406
0.8 1.9143 0.4148 2.7292 1.0994
0.85 1.9976 0.4289 2.8400 1.1552
0.9 2.0960 0.4509 2.9818 1.2103
0.95 2.2022 0.4771 3.1394 1.2649
14  API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 1
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias
factor
1.0 2.3170 0.5025 3.3041 1.3300
0.7 1.7005 0.4126 2.5109 0.8900
0.75 1.7350 0.3899 2.5009 0.9691
0.8 1.7781 0.3709 2.5066 1.0497
0.85 1.8345 0.3590 2.5396 1.1294
0.9 1.9098 0.3623 2.6215 1.1981
0.95 2.0000 0.3770 2.7405 1.2594
15  API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 1
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 2.1029 0.3964 2.8816 1.3242
0.7 1.7438 0.4252 2.5791 0.9085
0.75 1.7902 0.4176 2.6104 0.9700
0.8 1.8460 0.4173 2.6657 1.0263
0.85 1.9162 0.4253 2.7515 1.0808
0.9 2.0032 0.4431 2.8736 1.1328
0.95 2.1012 0.4664 3.0174 1.1850
16  API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 2
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 2.2084 0.4913 3.1734 1.2433
0.7 1.6959 0.4192 2.5192 0.8726
0.75 1.7282 0.3979 2.5098 0.9467
0.8 1.7680 0.3797 2.5139 1.0221
0.85 1.8195 0.3687 2.5437 1.0953
0.9 1.8894 0.3709 2.6179 1.1608
0.95 1.9751 0.3845 2.7304 1.2198
17  API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 2
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 2.0743 0.4041 2.8680 1.2806
0.7 1.7046 0.4353 2.5597 0.8496
0.75 1.7412 0.4202 2.5666 0.9158
0.8 1.7868 0.4092 2.5906 0.9830
0.85 1.8429 0.4041 2.6367 1.0490
0.9 1.9090 0.4058 2.7060 1.1120
0.95 1.9832 0.4138 2.7961 1.1703
18  API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 3
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
JO Folias factor
1.0 2.0670 0.4277 2.9071 1.2268
201
Table 26 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME B31.8, Class 2 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 1.6707 0.4386 2.5322 0.8091
0.75 1.6927 0.4153 2.5084 0.8771
0.8 1.7229 0.3905 2.4899 0.9558
0.85 1.7629 0.3679 2.4855 1.0402
0.9 1.8151 0.3506 2.5039 1.1263
0.95 1.8801 0.3425 2.5529 1.2073
19 API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 3
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
effective area, JO
Folias factor
1.0 1.9572 0.3439 2.6328 1.2816
0.7 1.8992 0.4301 2.7441 1.0543
0.75 1.9660 0.4471 2.8441 1.0879
0.8 2.0430 0.4702 2.9666 1.1195
0.85 2.1310 0.4979 3.1091 1.1529
0.9 2.2313 0.5279 3.2683 1.1943
0.95 2.3445 0.5582 3.4410 1.2481
20 Battelle
Method B31.G
surface correction,
rectangular area,
Battelle Folias
factor
1.0 2.4667 0.5878 3.6212 1.3122
0.7 1.9097 0.4228 2.7402 1.0792
0.75 1.9789 0.4400 2.8432 1.1146
0.8 2.0564 0.4642 2.9682 1.1446
0.85 2.1423 0.4936 3.1119 1.1727
0.9 2.2400 0.5254 3.2720 1.2080
0.95 2.3479 0.5582 3.4444 1.2514
21 BS 7910,
Appendix G
(Isolated Defect)
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 2.4673 0.5887 3.6238 1.3109
0.7 1.8394 0.3807 2.5873 1.0915
0.75 1.8955 0.3807 2.6433 1.1476
0.8 1.9594 0.3887 2.7228 1.1959
0.85 2.0302 0.4042 2.8242 1.2362
0.9 2.1124 0.4254 2.9479 1.2769
0.95 2.2057 0.4505 3.0907 1.3208
22 BS 7910,
Appendix G
(Grouped Defects)
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 2.3136 0.4755 3.2475 1.3797
0.7 2.3567 0.8430 4.0126 0.7007
0.75 2.4734 0.9220 4.2844 0.6625
0.8 2.5970 1.0011 4.5633 0.6306
0.85 2.7307 1.0770 4.8461 0.6153
0.9 2.8725 1.1500 5.1313 0.6137
0.95 3.0231 1.2187 5.4169 0.6293
23 Kanninen
Equivalent Stress
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
shell theory Folias
factor
1.0 3.1808 1.2837 5.7022 0.6593
0.7 2.0647 0.4661 2.9802 1.1493
0.75 2.1418 0.5108 3.1451 1.1385
0.8 2.2255 0.5593 3.3240 1.1270
0.85 2.3198 0.6081 3.5142 1.1253
0.9 2.4252 0.6556 3.7128 1.1375
0.95 2.5416 0.7000 3.9165 1.1667
24 Shell Theory
Method Chell
surface correction,
exact area, shell
theory Folias
factor
1.0 2.6716 0.7384 4.1221 1.2212
202
Table 26 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME B31.8, Class 2 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.6095 0.8695 4.3174 0.9016
0.75 2.7291 0.9769 4.6479 0.8103
0.8 2.8677 1.1199 5.0675 0.6679
0.85 3.0721 1.2654 5.5577 0.5865
0.9 3.3223 1.4560 6.1822 0.4624
0.95 3.6096 1.6221 6.7958 0.4234
25  Thickness
Averaging  API
579, Level 1
1.0 4.0243 1.8063 7.5723 0.4762
0.7 1.9931 0.5844 3.1411 0.8452
0.75 2.1515 0.7015 3.5293 0.7737
0.8 2.3623 0.8651 4.0615 0.6630
0.85 2.6304 1.0631 4.7187 0.5422
0.9 2.9902 1.3075 5.5584 0.4220
0.95 3.4273 1.5407 6.4537 0.4009
26  Thickness
Averaging  API
579, Level 2
1.0 4.0243 1.8063 7.5723 0.4762
0.7 2.0370 0.4777 2.9753 1.0987
0.75 2.1295 0.5119 3.1349 1.1240
0.8 2.2292 0.5512 3.3119 1.1464
0.85 2.3368 0.5930 3.5016 1.1720
0.9 2.4556 0.6343 3.7015 1.2096
0.95 2.5846 0.6726 3.9058 1.2634
27  Modified API
579 Section 5,
Level 1 Analysis 
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
Modified API
Folias factor
1.0 2.7194 0.7086 4.1113 1.3276
0.7 1.8563 0.3029 2.4512 1.2614
0.75 1.9148 0.2917 2.4877 1.3418
0.8 1.9831 0.2890 2.5507 1.4154
0.85 2.0604 0.2962 2.6423 1.4786
0.9 2.1536 0.3119 2.7663 1.5409
0.95 2.2606 0.3308 2.9103 1.6109
28  Modified API
579 Section 5,
Level 2 Analysis 
B31.G surface
correction,
effective area,
Modified API
Folias factor
1.0 2.3775 0.3484 3.0617 1.6932
0.7 1.9058 0.4091 2.7093 1.1023
0.75 1.9888 0.4209 2.8154 1.1621
0.8 2.0807 0.4406 2.9463 1.2152
0.85 2.1840 0.4661 3.0994 1.2685
0.9 2.3018 0.4930 3.2702 1.3334
0.95 2.4271 0.5207 3.4499 1.4043
29  Janelle
Method, Level 1 
rectangular area
1.0 2.5548 0.5481 3.6315 1.4782
0.7 1.7873 0.3344 2.4441 1.1304
0.75 1.8420 0.3115 2.4538 1.2302
0.8 1.9085 0.2961 2.4901 1.3269
0.85 1.9881 0.2927 2.5630 1.4132
0.9 2.0878 0.3009 2.6789 1.4967
0.95 2.1985 0.3157 2.8187 1.5784
30  Janelle
Method, Level 1 
effective area
1.0 2.3140 0.3323 2.9667 1.6613
203
Table 27 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME B31.8, Class 3
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.4899 0.6028 3.6741 1.3058
0.75 2.6067 0.6504 3.8842 1.3291
0.8 2.7319 0.7029 4.1126 1.3513
0.85 2.8667 0.7576 4.3547 1.3786
0.9 3.0148 0.8105 4.6068 1.4228
0.95 3.1746 0.8592 4.8622 1.4870
1  API 579
Section 5, Level 1
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias
factor
1.0 3.3403 0.9051 5.1181 1.5624
0.7 2.2212 0.3632 2.9347 1.5077
0.75 2.2909 0.3495 2.9774 1.6044
0.8 2.3724 0.3459 3.0518 1.6929
0.85 2.4646 0.3541 3.1602 1.7690
0.9 2.5761 0.3726 3.3080 1.8441
0.95 2.7042 0.3949 3.4798 1.9285
2  API 579
Section 5, Level 2
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
effective area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 2.8440 0.4159 3.6609 2.0270
0.7 2.1801 0.3876 2.9413 1.4188
0.75 2.2447 0.3693 2.9702 1.5193
0.8 2.3214 0.3591 3.0268 1.6161
0.85 2.4094 0.3604 3.1173 1.7014
0.9 2.5162 0.3742 3.2513 1.7811
0.95 2.6408 0.3941 3.4149 1.8667
3  API579
Section 5, Level 2
Analysis  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 2.7772 0.4146 3.5917 1.9628
0.7 2.1865 0.5070 3.1823 1.1906
0.75 2.2570 0.5005 3.2400 1.2739
0.8 2.3420 0.5025 3.3291 1.3549
0.85 2.4373 0.5150 3.4488 1.4258
0.9 2.5473 0.5354 3.5991 1.4956
0.95 2.6721 0.5630 3.7780 1.5662
4  Modified
B31.G Method 
B31.G surface
correction, 0.85dl
area, AGA Folias
factor
1.0 2.8099 0.5923 3.9733 1.6466
0.7 2.2594 0.3790 3.0038 1.5150
0.75 2.3275 0.3633 3.0412 1.6139
0.8 2.4072 0.3567 3.1079 1.7064
0.85 2.4983 0.3624 3.2102 1.7865
0.9 2.6082 0.3791 3.3528 1.8636
0.95 2.7346 0.4016 3.5234 1.9458
5  Modified
B31.G Method
(RSTRENG) 
B31.G surface
correction,
effective area,
AGA Folias factor
1.0 2.8750 0.4230 3.7060 2.0441
0.7 2.2208 0.4040 3.0143 1.4273
0.75 2.2843 0.3844 3.0393 1.5292
0.8 2.3597 0.3722 3.0907 1.6287
0.85 2.4468 0.3715 3.1764 1.7171
0.9 2.5524 0.3836 3.3058 1.7990
0.95 2.6757 0.4035 3.4683 1.8830
6  Modified
B31.G Method 
B31.G surface
correction, exact
area, AGA Folias
factor
1.0 2.8130 0.4246 3.6470 1.9789
204
Table 27 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME B31.8, Class 3 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.2232 0.6114 3.4241 1.0223
0.75 2.2881 0.6385 3.5423 1.0340
0.8 2.3629 0.6709 3.6806 1.0452
0.85 2.4589 0.7071 3.8477 1.0700
0.9 2.5662 0.7468 4.0331 1.0992
0.95 2.6879 0.7890 4.2377 1.1380
7  Original B31.G
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
parabolic area,
B31G Folias
factor
1.0 2.8256 0.8308 4.4575 1.1938
0.7 3.0686 0.7065 4.4563 1.6809
0.75 3.0686 0.7065 4.4563 1.6809
0.8 3.0686 0.7065 4.4563 1.6809
0.85 3.0686 0.7065 4.4563 1.6809
0.9 3.0686 0.7065 4.4563 1.6809
0.95 3.0686 0.7065 4.4563 1.6809
8  Thickness
Averaging  API
510, 8
th
Edition
1.0 3.0686 0.7065 4.4563 1.6809
0.7 3.3286 0.8112 4.9221 1.7351
0.75 3.3286 0.8112 4.9221 1.7351
0.8 3.3286 0.8112 4.9221 1.7351
0.85 3.3286 0.8112 4.9221 1.7351
0.9 3.3286 0.8112 4.9221 1.7351
0.95 3.3286 0.8112 4.9221 1.7351
9  Thickness
Averaging  API
653, 2
nd
Edition
1.0 3.3286 0.8112 4.9221 1.7351
0.7 2.2871 0.5063 3.2817 1.2925
0.75 2.3700 0.5270 3.4051 1.3349
0.8 2.4627 0.5559 3.5547 1.3707
0.85 2.5656 0.5911 3.7268 1.4044
0.9 2.6827 0.6292 3.9186 1.4468
0.95 2.8119 0.6685 4.1250 1.4987
10  British Gas
Single Defect
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 2.9549 0.7051 4.3398 1.5699
0.7 2.3269 0.3670 3.0477 1.6061
0.75 2.4074 0.3796 3.1531 1.6618
0.8 2.4968 0.4033 3.2890 1.7046
0.85 2.5997 0.4350 3.4541 1.7453
0.9 2.7181 0.4713 3.6438 1.7924
0.95 2.8493 0.5070 3.8453 1.8533
11  British Gas
Complex Defect
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 2.9946 0.5362 4.0478 1.9414
0.7 2.1406 0.4930 3.1090 1.1721
0.75 2.2108 0.4902 3.1737 1.2479
0.8 2.2944 0.4969 3.2703 1.3185
0.85 2.3944 0.5138 3.4037 1.3852
0.9 2.5126 0.5403 3.5740 1.4512
0.95 2.6399 0.5718 3.7630 1.5168
12  Chell Method
 Chell surface
correction, exact
area, B31G
Folias factor
1.0 2.7776 0.6022 3.9605 1.5948
205
Table 27 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME B31.8, Class 3 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.0463 0.4836 2.9962 1.0964
0.75 2.0918 0.4553 2.9860 1.1976
0.8 2.1490 0.4320 2.9976 1.3005
0.85 2.2220 0.4187 3.0446 1.3995
0.9 2.3193 0.4242 3.1527 1.4860
0.95 2.4342 0.4427 3.3038 1.5645
13 Osage
Method Chell
surface correction,
effective area, D/t
dependent Folias
factor
1.0 2.5618 0.4658 3.4768 1.6468
0.7 2.1394 0.4933 3.1084 1.1704
0.75 2.2094 0.4903 3.1725 1.2462
0.8 2.2926 0.4968 3.2685 1.3167
0.85 2.3923 0.5136 3.4012 1.3834
0.9 2.5102 0.5401 3.5710 1.4494
0.95 2.6373 0.5714 3.7598 1.5149
14 API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 1
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias
factor
1.0 2.7749 0.6018 3.9570 1.5928
0.7 2.0365 0.4941 3.0071 1.0659
0.75 2.0778 0.4670 2.9951 1.1606
0.8 2.1295 0.4442 3.0020 1.2571
0.85 2.1970 0.4299 3.0414 1.3526
0.9 2.2872 0.4339 3.1396 1.4349
0.95 2.3952 0.4515 3.2820 1.5083
15 API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 1
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
effective area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 2.5184 0.4748 3.4510 1.5859
0.7 2.0884 0.5093 3.0887 1.0881
0.75 2.1440 0.5001 3.1262 1.1617
0.8 2.2108 0.4998 3.1925 1.2291
0.85 2.2948 0.5093 3.2952 1.2944
0.9 2.3991 0.5307 3.4414 1.3567
0.95 2.5164 0.5586 3.6137 1.4192
16 API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 2
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 2.6447 0.5884 3.8005 1.4890
0.7 2.0310 0.5020 3.0171 1.0450
0.75 2.0697 0.4765 3.0057 1.1337
0.8 2.1173 0.4548 3.0106 1.2241
0.85 2.1791 0.4415 3.0464 1.3118
0.9 2.2627 0.4442 3.1353 1.3901
0.95 2.3654 0.4605 3.2700 1.4609
17 API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 2
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
effective area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 2.4842 0.4839 3.4348 1.5336
0.7 2.0415 0.5213 3.0655 1.0174
0.75 2.0853 0.5033 3.0738 1.0967
0.8 2.1398 0.4901 3.1025 1.1772
0.85 2.2071 0.4840 3.1578 1.2563
0.9 2.2862 0.4860 3.2408 1.3317
0.95 2.3751 0.4956 3.3486 1.4016
18 API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 3
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
JO Folias factor
1.0 2.4754 0.5122 3.4816 1.4693
206
Table 27 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME B31.8, Class 3 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.0008 0.5253 3.0326 0.9690
0.75 2.0272 0.4973 3.0041 1.0504
0.8 2.0633 0.4677 2.9819 1.1447
0.85 2.1112 0.4406 2.9767 1.2458
0.9 2.1738 0.4199 2.9986 1.3489
0.95 2.2517 0.4102 3.0574 1.4459
19  API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 3
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, JO
Folias factor
1.0 2.3439 0.4119 3.1530 1.5348
0.7 2.2745 0.5151 3.2863 1.2627
0.75 2.3545 0.5354 3.4062 1.3029
0.8 2.4467 0.5631 3.5528 1.3407
0.85 2.5521 0.5963 3.7234 1.3807
0.9 2.6723 0.6323 3.9142 1.4304
0.95 2.8078 0.6685 4.1210 1.4947
20  Battelle
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
rectangular area,
Battelle Folias
factor
1.0 2.9541 0.7039 4.3367 1.5715
0.7 2.2871 0.5063 3.2817 1.2925
0.75 2.3700 0.5270 3.4051 1.3349
0.8 2.4627 0.5559 3.5547 1.3707
0.85 2.5656 0.5911 3.7268 1.4044
0.9 2.6827 0.6292 3.9186 1.4468
0.95 2.8119 0.6685 4.1250 1.4987
21  BS 7910,
Appendix G
(Isolated Defect) 
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 2.9549 0.7051 4.3398 1.5699
0.7 2.2029 0.4560 3.0985 1.3072
0.75 2.2700 0.4560 3.1657 1.3743
0.8 2.3466 0.4655 3.2609 1.4323
0.85 2.4314 0.4841 3.3823 1.4804
0.9 2.5298 0.5094 3.5304 1.5292
0.95 2.6416 0.5396 3.7015 1.5818
22  BS 7910,
Appendix G
(Grouped Defects)
 B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 2.7708 0.5694 3.8893 1.6523
0.7 2.8223 1.0096 4.8055 0.8392
0.75 2.9622 1.1041 5.1310 0.7934
0.8 3.1101 1.1989 5.4651 0.7552
0.85 3.2703 1.2898 5.8037 0.7368
0.9 3.4401 1.3772 6.1453 0.7349
0.95 3.6205 1.4595 6.4873 0.7537
23  Kanninen
Equivalent Stress
 B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
shell theory Folias
factor
1.0 3.8093 1.5373 6.8290 0.7896
0.7 2.4727 0.5581 3.5691 1.3764
0.75 2.5650 0.6117 3.7666 1.3635
0.8 2.6653 0.6698 3.9809 1.3497
0.85 2.7782 0.7282 4.2086 1.3477
0.9 2.9044 0.7851 4.4465 1.3622
0.95 3.0438 0.8383 4.6904 1.3973
24  Shell Theory
Method  Chell
surface correction,
exact area, shell
theory Folias
factor
1.0 3.1996 0.8844 4.9367 1.4625
207
Table 27 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME B31.8, Class 3 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 3.1251 1.0413 5.1706 1.0797
0.75 3.2684 1.1699 5.5663 0.9704
0.8 3.4344 1.3412 6.0688 0.7999
0.85 3.6791 1.5155 6.6559 0.7024
0.9 3.9788 1.7437 7.4038 0.5537
0.95 4.3228 1.9426 8.1386 0.5070
25 Thickness
Averaging API
579, Level 1
1.0 4.8195 2.1632 9.0687 0.5704
0.7 2.3870 0.6999 3.7618 1.0122
0.75 2.5766 0.8401 4.2268 0.9265
0.8 2.8291 1.0360 4.8641 0.7940
0.85 3.1502 1.2732 5.6512 0.6493
0.9 3.5811 1.5658 6.6568 0.5054
0.95 4.1045 1.8452 7.7290 0.4801
26 Thickness
Averaging API
579, Level 2
1.0 4.8195 2.1632 9.0687 0.5704
0.7 2.4396 0.5721 3.5633 1.3159
0.75 2.5503 0.6130 3.7544 1.3461
0.8 2.6697 0.6601 3.9664 1.3730
0.85 2.7986 0.7102 4.1936 1.4036
0.9 2.9408 0.7596 4.4329 1.4486
0.95 3.0954 0.8055 4.6777 1.5131
27 Modified API
579 Section 5,
Level 1 Analysis
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
Modified API
Folias factor
1.0 3.2568 0.8486 4.9237 1.5899
0.7 2.2231 0.3627 2.9356 1.5107
0.75 2.2931 0.3493 2.9793 1.6070
0.8 2.3749 0.3461 3.0547 1.6951
0.85 2.4676 0.3547 3.1644 1.7708
0.9 2.5792 0.3736 3.3130 1.8454
0.95 2.7073 0.3961 3.4854 1.9293
28 Modified API
579 Section 5,
Level 2 Analysis
B31.G surface
correction,
effective area,
Modified API
Folias factor
1.0 2.8472 0.4172 3.6668 2.0277
0.7 2.2824 0.4899 3.2446 1.3201
0.75 2.3818 0.5040 3.3718 1.3917
0.8 2.4919 0.5277 3.5285 1.4553
0.85 2.6155 0.5582 3.7119 1.5191
0.9 2.7566 0.5904 3.9164 1.5968
0.95 2.9067 0.6236 4.1316 1.6818
29 Janelle
Method, Level 1
rectangular area
1.0 3.0597 0.6564 4.3491 1.7702
0.7 2.1404 0.4005 2.9271 1.3538
0.75 2.2060 0.3730 2.9387 1.4733
0.8 2.2857 0.3546 2.9822 1.5891
0.85 2.3809 0.3505 3.0694 1.6925
0.9 2.5003 0.3604 3.2082 1.7925
0.95 2.6330 0.3781 3.3757 1.8903
30 Janelle
Method, Level 1
effective area
1.0 2.7713 0.3980 3.5530 1.9896
208
Table 28 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME B31.8, Class 4
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 3.1124 0.7536 4.5926 1.6322
0.75 3.2584 0.8130 4.8553 1.6614
0.8 3.4149 0.8786 5.1407 1.6891
0.85 3.5833 0.9469 5.4434 1.7233
0.9 3.7685 1.0131 5.7584 1.7785
0.95 3.9682 1.0739 6.0777 1.8587
1 API 579
Section 5, Level 1
Analysis B31.G
surface correction,
rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias
factor
1.0 4.1753 1.1314 6.3976 1.9530
0.7 2.7765 0.4541 3.6683 1.8846
0.75 2.8637 0.4369 3.7218 2.0055
0.8 2.9655 0.4324 3.8147 2.1162
0.85 3.0807 0.4427 3.9502 2.2112
0.9 3.2201 0.4658 4.1350 2.3052
0.95 3.3802 0.4936 4.3498 2.4106
2 API 579
Section 5, Level 2
Analysis B31.G
surface correction,
effective area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 3.5549 0.5199 4.5761 2.5338
0.7 2.7251 0.4845 3.6767 1.7735
0.75 2.8059 0.4617 3.7127 1.8991
0.8 2.9018 0.4489 3.7835 2.0201
0.85 3.0117 0.4505 3.8967 2.1268
0.9 3.1452 0.4678 4.0641 2.2264
0.95 3.3010 0.4926 4.2686 2.3334
3 API579
Section 5, Level 2
Analysis B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 3.4716 0.5183 4.4896 2.4535
0.7 2.7331 0.6337 3.9779 1.4883
0.75 2.8212 0.6256 4.0501 1.5924
0.8 2.9275 0.6282 4.1613 1.6936
0.85 3.0466 0.6437 4.3110 1.7823
0.9 3.1842 0.6693 4.4988 1.8695
0.95 3.3401 0.7038 4.7226 1.9577
4 Modified
B31.G Method
B31.G surface
correction, 0.85dl
area, AGA Folias
factor
1.0 3.5124 0.7403 4.9666 2.0582
0.7 2.8243 0.4737 3.7547 1.8938
0.75 2.9094 0.4541 3.8015 2.0174
0.8 3.0090 0.4459 3.8849 2.1331
0.85 3.1229 0.4530 4.0127 2.2331
0.9 3.2602 0.4738 4.1910 2.3295
0.95 3.4183 0.5020 4.4043 2.4323
5 Modified
B31.G Method
(RSTRENG)
B31.G surface
correction,
effective area,
AGA Folias factor
1.0 3.5938 0.5288 4.6325 2.5551
0.7 2.7760 0.5049 3.7678 1.7842
0.75 2.8553 0.4805 3.7991 1.9115
0.8 2.9496 0.4652 3.8634 2.0358
0.85 3.0584 0.4643 3.9705 2.1464
0.9 3.1905 0.4795 4.1323 2.2488
0.95 3.3446 0.5044 4.3354 2.3538
6 Modified
B31.G Method
B31.G surface
correction, exact
area, AGA Folias
factor
1.0 3.5162 0.5307 4.5587 2.4737
209
Table 28 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME B31.8, Class 4 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.7790 0.7642 4.2801 1.2779
0.75 2.8602 0.7981 4.4279 1.2925
0.8 2.9536 0.8386 4.6008 1.3064
0.85 3.0736 0.8839 4.8097 1.3374
0.9 3.2077 0.9335 5.0414 1.3740
0.95 3.3598 0.9863 5.2971 1.4225
7  Original B31.G
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
parabolic area,
B31G Folias
factor
1.0 3.5321 1.0385 5.5719 1.4923
0.7 3.8357 0.8831 5.5703 2.1011
0.75 3.8357 0.8831 5.5703 2.1011
0.8 3.8357 0.8831 5.5703 2.1011
0.85 3.8357 0.8831 5.5703 2.1011
0.9 3.8357 0.8831 5.5703 2.1011
0.95 3.8357 0.8831 5.5703 2.1011
8  Thickness
Averaging  API
510, 8
th
Edition
1.0 3.8357 0.8831 5.5703 2.1011
0.7 4.1607 1.0141 6.1526 2.1689
0.75 4.1607 1.0141 6.1526 2.1689
0.8 4.1607 1.0141 6.1526 2.1689
0.85 4.1607 1.0141 6.1526 2.1689
0.9 4.1607 1.0141 6.1526 2.1689
0.95 4.1607 1.0141 6.1526 2.1689
9  Thickness
Averaging  API
653, 2
nd
Edition
1.0 4.1607 1.0141 6.1526 2.1689
0.7 2.8589 0.6329 4.1021 1.6156
0.75 2.9625 0.6587 4.2563 1.6686
0.8 3.0784 0.6949 4.4434 1.7134
0.85 3.2070 0.7389 4.6585 1.7555
0.9 3.3533 0.7865 4.8982 1.8085
0.95 3.5148 0.8356 5.1563 1.8734
10  British Gas
Single Defect
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 3.6936 0.8813 5.4248 1.9624
0.7 2.9086 0.4587 3.8096 2.0076
0.75 3.0093 0.4745 3.9414 2.0772
0.8 3.1210 0.5041 4.1113 2.1308
0.85 3.2496 0.5437 4.3176 2.1816
0.9 3.3976 0.5891 4.5547 2.2405
0.95 3.5616 0.6338 4.8066 2.3167
11  British Gas
Complex Defect
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 3.7432 0.6702 5.0597 2.4267
0.7 2.6757 0.6163 3.8863 1.4651
0.75 2.7635 0.6128 3.9672 1.5599
0.8 2.8680 0.6211 4.0879 1.6481
0.85 2.9931 0.6422 4.2546 1.7315
0.9 3.1407 0.6754 4.4675 1.8140
0.95 3.2999 0.7147 4.7038 1.8959
12  Chell Method
 Chell surface
correction, exact
area, B31G
Folias factor
1.0 3.4721 0.7527 4.9506 1.9935
210
Table 28 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME B31.8, Class 4 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.5579 0.6045 3.7452 1.3705
0.75 2.6148 0.5691 3.7325 1.4970
0.8 2.6863 0.5400 3.7470 1.6256
0.85 2.7775 0.5234 3.8057 1.7494
0.9 2.8992 0.5303 3.9408 1.8575
0.95 3.0427 0.5534 4.1298 1.9556
13 Osage
Method Chell
surface correction,
effective area, D/t
dependent Folias
factor
1.0 3.2023 0.5823 4.3460 2.0586
0.7 2.6743 0.6166 3.8855 1.4630
0.75 2.7617 0.6129 3.9656 1.5578
0.8 2.8657 0.6210 4.0856 1.6459
0.85 2.9904 0.6420 4.2515 1.7293
0.9 3.1378 0.6751 4.4638 1.8118
0.95 3.2967 0.7143 4.6997 1.8936
14 API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 1
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias
factor
1.0 3.4686 0.7523 4.9463 1.9910
0.7 2.5456 0.6176 3.7588 1.3324
0.75 2.5973 0.5837 3.7438 1.4507
0.8 2.6619 0.5552 3.7525 1.5713
0.85 2.7463 0.5374 3.8018 1.6907
0.9 2.8590 0.5424 3.9245 1.7936
0.95 2.9939 0.5644 4.1025 1.8854
15 API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 1
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
effective area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 3.1480 0.5934 4.3137 1.9824
0.7 2.6105 0.6366 3.8609 1.3601
0.75 2.6800 0.6251 3.9078 1.4521
0.8 2.7635 0.6247 3.9906 1.5363
0.85 2.8685 0.6366 4.1190 1.6180
0.9 2.9988 0.6633 4.3018 1.6959
0.95 3.1456 0.6983 4.5171 1.7740
16 API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 2
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 3.3059 0.7355 4.7507 1.8612
0.7 2.5388 0.6275 3.7713 1.3063
0.75 2.5872 0.5956 3.7572 1.4172
0.8 2.6467 0.5684 3.7633 1.5301
0.85 2.7238 0.5519 3.8080 1.6397
0.9 2.8284 0.5553 3.9191 1.7377
0.95 2.9568 0.5756 4.0875 1.8261
17 API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 2
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
effective area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 3.1052 0.6049 4.2934 1.9170
0.7 2.5519 0.6517 3.8319 1.2718
0.75 2.6066 0.6291 3.8422 1.3709
0.8 2.6748 0.6126 3.8781 1.4715
0.85 2.7588 0.6050 3.9472 1.5704
0.9 2.8578 0.6074 4.0510 1.6646
0.95 2.9688 0.6195 4.1857 1.7519
18 API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 3
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
JO Folias factor
1.0 3.0943 0.6403 4.3520 1.8366
211
Table 28 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME B31.8, Class 4 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.5010 0.6566 3.7907 1.2112
0.75 2.5340 0.6216 3.7551 1.3130
0.8 2.5791 0.5846 3.7274 1.4308
0.85 2.6390 0.5507 3.7208 1.5572
0.9 2.7172 0.5249 3.7483 1.6861
0.95 2.8146 0.5128 3.8218 1.8074
19  API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 3
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, JO
Folias factor
1.0 2.9299 0.5149 3.9412 1.9185
0.7 2.8431 0.6439 4.1079 1.5783
0.75 2.9431 0.6692 4.2577 1.6286
0.8 3.0584 0.7039 4.4410 1.6759
0.85 3.1901 0.7454 4.6543 1.7259
0.9 3.3403 0.7903 4.8927 1.7879
0.95 3.5098 0.8356 5.1512 1.8684
20  Battelle
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
rectangular area,
Battelle Folias
factor
1.0 3.6926 0.8799 5.4209 1.9643
0.7 2.8589 0.6329 4.1021 1.6156
0.75 2.9625 0.6587 4.2563 1.6686
0.8 3.0784 0.6949 4.4434 1.7134
0.85 3.2070 0.7389 4.6585 1.7555
0.9 3.3533 0.7865 4.8982 1.8085
0.95 3.5148 0.8356 5.1563 1.8734
21  BS 7910,
Appendix G
(Isolated Defect) 
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 3.6936 0.8813 5.4248 1.9624
0.7 2.7536 0.5700 3.8732 1.6341
0.75 2.8375 0.5700 3.9571 1.7179
0.8 2.9332 0.5818 4.0761 1.7903
0.85 3.0392 0.6051 4.2278 1.8506
0.9 3.1623 0.6368 4.4130 1.9115
0.95 3.3020 0.6745 4.6268 1.9772
22  BS 7910,
Appendix G
(Grouped Defects)
 B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 3.4635 0.7118 4.8616 2.0654
0.7 3.5279 1.2621 6.0069 1.0489
0.75 3.7028 1.3802 6.4138 0.9918
0.8 3.8877 1.4986 6.8313 0.9440
0.85 4.0879 1.6122 7.2547 0.9211
0.9 4.3001 1.7215 7.6816 0.9187
0.95 4.5257 1.8244 8.1092 0.9421
23  Kanninen
Equivalent Stress
 B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
shell theory Folias
factor
1.0 4.7616 1.9217 8.5362 0.9870
0.7 3.0909 0.6977 4.4613 1.7205
0.75 3.2063 0.7646 4.7082 1.7044
0.8 3.3316 0.8372 4.9761 1.6871
0.85 3.4727 0.9103 5.2608 1.6846
0.9 3.6305 0.9814 5.5581 1.7028
0.95 3.8048 1.0478 5.8630 1.7466
24  Shell Theory
Method  Chell
surface correction,
exact area, shell
theory Folias
factor
1.0 3.9995 1.1055 6.1709 1.8281
212
Table 28 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for ASME B31.8, Class 4 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 3.9064 1.3017 6.4632 1.3496
0.75 4.0855 1.4624 6.9579 1.2130
0.8 4.2929 1.6765 7.5860 0.9999
0.85 4.5989 1.8943 8.3199 0.8780
0.9 4.9734 2.1796 9.2547 0.6922
0.95 5.4035 2.4283 10.1733 0.6338
25 Thickness
Averaging API
579, Level 1
1.0 6.0244 2.7040 11.3358 0.7130
0.7 2.9837 0.8749 4.7023 1.2652
0.75 3.2208 1.0501 5.2835 1.1582
0.8 3.5363 1.2951 6.0802 0.9925
0.85 3.9378 1.5915 7.0640 0.8116
0.9 4.4764 1.9573 8.3210 0.6318
0.95 5.1307 2.3065 9.6612 0.6001
26 Thickness
Averaging API
579, Level 2
1.0 6.0244 2.7040 11.3358 0.7130
0.7 3.0495 0.7151 4.4541 1.6448
0.75 3.1878 0.7663 4.6930 1.6826
0.8 3.3371 0.8252 4.9579 1.7162
0.85 3.4982 0.8877 5.2420 1.7545
0.9 3.6760 0.9496 5.5412 1.8108
0.95 3.8692 1.0069 5.8471 1.8914
27 Modified API
579 Section 5,
Level 1 Analysis
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
Modified API
Folias factor
1.0 4.0710 1.0608 6.1547 1.9874
0.7 2.7789 0.4534 3.6695 1.8884
0.75 2.8664 0.4367 3.7242 2.0087
0.8 2.9687 0.4326 3.8184 2.1189
0.85 3.0845 0.4434 3.9555 2.2135
0.9 3.2240 0.4670 4.1412 2.3068
0.95 3.3842 0.4951 4.3567 2.4116
28 Modified API
579 Section 5,
Level 2 Analysis
B31.G surface
correction,
effective area,
Modified API
Folias factor
1.0 3.5591 0.5215 4.5835 2.5347
0.7 2.8530 0.6124 4.0558 1.6502
0.75 2.9772 0.6300 4.2147 1.7396
0.8 3.1149 0.6596 4.4106 1.8192
0.85 3.2694 0.6977 4.6399 1.8989
0.9 3.4458 0.7380 4.8955 1.9961
0.95 3.6334 0.7795 5.1645 2.1022
29 Janelle
Method, Level 1
rectangular area
1.0 3.8246 0.8205 5.4363 2.2128
0.7 2.6755 0.5006 3.6589 1.6922
0.75 2.7575 0.4663 3.6734 1.8416
0.8 2.8571 0.4433 3.7277 1.9864
0.85 2.9762 0.4381 3.8368 2.1156
0.9 3.1254 0.4505 4.0103 2.2406
0.95 3.2912 0.4726 4.2196 2.3628
30 Janelle
Method, Level 1
effective area
1.0 3.4641 0.4974 4.4412 2.4870
213
Table 29 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for API 620
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 3.2048 0.7316 4.6419 1.7678
0.75 3.3550 0.7891 4.9050 1.8051
0.8 3.5161 0.8536 5.1928 1.8395
0.85 3.6895 0.9215 5.4996 1.8795
0.9 3.8802 0.9872 5.8193 1.9412
0.95 4.0858 1.0469 6.1422 2.0295
1 API 579
Section 5, Level 1
Analysis B31.G
surface correction,
rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias
factor
1.0 4.2991 1.1030 6.4657 2.1325
0.7 2.8654 0.4758 3.8000 1.9307
0.75 2.9561 0.4629 3.8653 2.0469
0.8 3.0619 0.4632 3.9718 2.1520
0.85 3.1816 0.4787 4.1220 2.2412
0.9 3.3260 0.5057 4.3194 2.3326
0.95 3.4915 0.5358 4.5438 2.4391
2 API 579
Section 5, Level 2
Analysis B31.G
surface correction,
effective area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 3.6719 0.5643 4.7804 2.5635
0.7 2.8113 0.5020 3.7974 1.8252
0.75 2.8954 0.4822 3.8425 1.9483
0.8 2.9952 0.4735 3.9252 2.0651
0.85 3.1093 0.4800 4.0522 2.1665
0.9 3.2477 0.5009 4.2316 2.2637
0.95 3.4086 0.5277 4.4452 2.3720
3 API579
Section 5, Level 2
Analysis B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 3.5847 0.5553 4.6756 2.4939
0.7 2.8157 0.6332 4.0594 1.5720
0.75 2.9065 0.6201 4.1245 1.6884
0.8 3.0159 0.6182 4.2301 1.8016
0.85 3.1387 0.6305 4.3771 1.9002
0.9 3.2805 0.6544 4.5660 1.9950
0.95 3.4412 0.6880 4.7925 2.0899
4 Modified
B31.G Method
B31.G surface
correction, 0.85dl
area, AGA Folias
factor
1.0 3.6187 0.7237 5.0402 2.1972
0.7 2.9149 0.4975 3.8922 1.9376
0.75 3.0036 0.4821 3.9506 2.0566
0.8 3.1071 0.4787 4.0473 2.1669
0.85 3.2254 0.4908 4.1895 2.2614
0.9 3.3677 0.5157 4.3807 2.3548
0.95 3.5312 0.5464 4.6045 2.4578
5 Modified
B31.G Method
(RSTRENG)
B31.G surface
correction,
effective area,
AGA Folias factor
1.0 3.7125 0.5757 4.8432 2.5818
0.7 2.8641 0.5250 3.8953 1.8329
0.75 2.9467 0.5035 3.9358 1.9576
0.8 3.0448 0.4922 4.0116 2.0780
0.85 3.1579 0.4960 4.1321 2.1837
0.9 3.2948 0.5148 4.3060 2.2836
0.95 3.4540 0.5423 4.5192 2.3889
6 Modified
B31.G Method
B31.G surface
correction, exact
area, AGA Folias
factor
1.0 3.6313 0.5706 4.7521 2.5105
214
Table 29 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for API 620 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.8641 0.7653 4.3673 1.3609
0.75 2.9477 0.7968 4.5129 1.3825
0.8 3.0441 0.8357 4.6857 1.4025
0.85 3.1678 0.8802 4.8967 1.4390
0.9 3.3063 0.9297 5.1325 1.4801
0.95 3.4632 0.9824 5.3930 1.5334
7  Original B31.G
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
parabolic area,
B31G Folias
factor
1.0 3.6407 1.0345 5.6728 1.6087
0.7 3.9665 0.9469 5.8264 2.1065
0.75 3.9665 0.9469 5.8264 2.1065
0.8 3.9665 0.9469 5.8264 2.1065
0.85 3.9665 0.9469 5.8264 2.1065
0.9 3.9665 0.9469 5.8264 2.1065
0.95 3.9665 0.9469 5.8264 2.1065
8  Thickness
Averaging  API
510, 8
th
Edition
1.0 3.9665 0.9469 5.8264 2.1065
0.7 4.2986 1.0714 6.4032 2.1941
0.75 4.2986 1.0714 6.4032 2.1941
0.8 4.2986 1.0714 6.4032 2.1941
0.85 4.2986 1.0714 6.4032 2.1941
0.9 4.2986 1.0714 6.4032 2.1941
0.95 4.2986 1.0714 6.4032 2.1941
9  Thickness
Averaging  API
653, 2
nd
Edition
1.0 4.2986 1.0714 6.4032 2.1941
0.7 2.9445 0.6128 4.1481 1.7409
0.75 3.0513 0.6343 4.2972 1.8054
0.8 3.1707 0.6669 4.4807 1.8606
0.85 3.3032 0.7087 4.6953 1.9110
0.9 3.4541 0.7551 4.9372 1.9709
0.95 3.6204 0.8030 5.1978 2.0430
10  British Gas
Single Defect
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 3.8046 0.8472 5.4688 2.1404
0.7 3.0032 0.4884 3.9626 2.0438
0.75 3.1081 0.5102 4.1103 2.1059
0.8 3.2243 0.5452 4.2952 2.1535
0.85 3.3579 0.5899 4.5166 2.1993
0.9 3.5115 0.6394 4.7675 2.2555
0.95 3.6813 0.6873 5.0314 2.3312
11  British Gas
Complex Defect
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 3.8691 0.7266 5.2964 2.4417
0.7 2.7572 0.6156 3.9663 1.5480
0.75 2.8478 0.6080 4.0422 1.6534
0.8 2.9557 0.6135 4.1608 1.7506
0.85 3.0850 0.6340 4.3303 1.8397
0.9 3.2376 0.6672 4.5481 1.9271
0.95 3.4019 0.7073 4.7911 2.0126
12  Chell Method
 Chell surface
correction, exact
area, B31G
Folias factor
1.0 3.5794 0.7450 5.0428 2.1160
215
Table 29 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for API 620 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.6377 0.6210 3.8574 1.4179
0.75 2.6971 0.5868 3.8497 1.5445
0.8 2.7716 0.5596 3.8708 1.6724
0.85 2.8664 0.5453 3.9375 1.7954
0.9 2.9925 0.5548 4.0822 1.9028
0.95 3.1409 0.5803 4.2808 2.0010
13 Osage
Method Chell
surface correction,
effective area, D/t
dependent Folias
factor
1.0 3.3056 0.6106 4.5050 2.1062
0.7 2.7557 0.6160 3.9658 1.5456
0.75 2.8459 0.6083 4.0408 1.6510
0.8 2.9534 0.6136 4.1587 1.7480
0.85 3.0823 0.6339 4.3274 1.8372
0.9 3.2346 0.6670 4.5446 1.9245
0.95 3.3986 0.7070 4.7872 2.0099
14 API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 1
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias
factor
1.0 3.5759 0.7447 5.0387 2.1130
0.7 2.6249 0.6345 3.8711 1.3787
0.75 2.6790 0.6016 3.8607 1.4972
0.8 2.7464 0.5753 3.8765 1.6164
0.85 2.8342 0.5599 3.9340 1.7344
0.9 2.9511 0.5677 4.0663 1.8360
0.95 3.0909 0.5928 4.2554 1.9264
15 API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 1
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
effective area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 3.2501 0.6238 4.4753 2.0248
0.7 2.6903 0.6426 3.9525 1.4282
0.75 2.7620 0.6275 3.9946 1.5295
0.8 2.8483 0.6241 4.0741 1.6224
0.85 2.9569 0.6349 4.2039 1.7098
0.9 3.0916 0.6617 4.3913 1.7920
0.95 3.2433 0.6975 4.6133 1.8732
16 API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 2
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 3.4087 0.7353 4.8530 1.9645
0.7 2.6178 0.6445 3.8837 1.3519
0.75 2.6684 0.6136 3.8737 1.4632
0.8 2.7307 0.5885 3.8867 1.5746
0.85 2.8110 0.5744 3.9393 1.6827
0.9 2.9195 0.5803 4.0593 1.7796
0.95 3.0526 0.6037 4.2384 1.8667
17 API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 2
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
effective area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 3.2060 0.6354 4.4540 1.9580
0.7 2.6293 0.6602 3.9261 1.3326
0.75 2.6856 0.6336 3.9302 1.4411
0.8 2.7559 0.6129 3.9599 1.5520
0.85 2.8423 0.6009 4.0226 1.6620
0.9 2.9442 0.5996 4.1219 1.7664
0.95 3.0585 0.6091 4.2550 1.8620
18 API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 3
Analysis Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
JO Folias factor
1.0 3.1877 0.6283 4.4218 1.9536
216
Table 29 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for API 620 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.5780 0.6729 3.8997 1.2562
0.75 2.6125 0.6377 3.8651 1.3600
0.8 2.6596 0.6010 3.8402 1.4791
0.85 2.7219 0.5675 3.8366 1.6072
0.9 2.8028 0.5417 3.8669 1.7387
0.95 2.9033 0.5297 3.9439 1.8628
19  API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 3
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, JO
Folias factor
1.0 3.0223 0.5321 4.0674 1.9772
0.7 2.9288 0.6283 4.1630 1.6947
0.75 3.0320 0.6498 4.3082 1.7557
0.8 3.1506 0.6809 4.4882 1.8131
0.85 3.2863 0.7205 4.7016 1.8710
0.9 3.4411 0.7641 4.9420 1.9403
0.95 3.6156 0.8078 5.2024 2.0289
20  Battelle
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
rectangular area,
Battelle Folias
factor
1.0 3.8040 0.8506 5.4748 2.1332
0.7 2.9445 0.6128 4.1481 1.7409
0.75 3.0513 0.6343 4.2972 1.8054
0.8 3.1707 0.6669 4.4807 1.8606
0.85 3.3032 0.7087 4.6953 1.9110
0.9 3.4541 0.7551 4.9372 1.9709
0.95 3.6204 0.8030 5.1978 2.0430
21  BS 7910,
Appendix G
(Isolated Defect) 
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 3.8046 0.8472 5.4688 2.1404
0.7 2.8352 0.5543 3.9240 1.7464
0.75 2.9214 0.5473 3.9965 1.8464
0.8 3.0197 0.5525 4.1050 1.9345
0.85 3.1286 0.5703 4.2489 2.0083
0.9 3.2552 0.5981 4.4299 2.0804
0.95 3.3989 0.6328 4.6419 2.1558
22  BS 7910,
Appendix G
(Grouped Defects)
 B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 3.5650 0.6678 4.8767 2.2533
0.7 3.6225 1.2252 6.0292 1.2158
0.75 3.8012 1.3414 6.4360 1.1663
0.8 3.9902 1.4581 6.8543 1.1262
0.85 4.1952 1.5701 7.2793 1.1112
0.9 4.4127 1.6775 7.7077 1.1176
0.95 4.6439 1.7782 8.1368 1.1510
23  Kanninen
Equivalent Stress
 B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
shell theory Folias
factor
1.0 4.8860 1.8732 8.5654 1.2066
0.7 3.1867 0.7110 4.5832 1.7902
0.75 3.3054 0.7781 4.8338 1.7770
0.8 3.4344 0.8516 5.1072 1.7617
0.85 3.5799 0.9259 5.3985 1.7613
0.9 3.7423 0.9975 5.7017 1.7829
0.95 3.9218 1.0646 6.0129 1.8306
24  Shell Theory
Method  Chell
surface correction,
exact area, shell
theory Folias
factor
1.0 4.1223 1.1231 6.3284 1.9163
217
Table 29 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for API 620 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 4.0210 1.3186 6.6111 1.4309
0.75 4.2047 1.4881 7.1277 1.2817
0.8 4.4179 1.7164 7.7894 1.0464
0.85 4.7320 1.9457 8.5538 0.9102
0.9 5.1151 2.2351 9.5053 0.7249
0.95 5.5568 2.4859 10.4396 0.6739
25 Thickness
Averaging API
579, Level 1
1.0 6.1888 2.7354 11.5619 0.8157
0.7 3.0732 0.8900 4.8214 1.3251
0.75 3.3161 1.0699 5.4178 1.2145
0.8 3.6400 1.3263 6.2453 1.0348
0.85 4.0521 1.6349 7.2635 0.8407
0.9 4.6040 2.0071 8.5464 0.6615
0.95 5.2761 2.3611 9.9140 0.6382
26 Thickness
Averaging API
579, Level 2
1.0 6.1888 2.7354 11.5619 0.8157
0.7 3.1404 0.6949 4.5053 1.7755
0.75 3.2828 0.7436 4.7434 1.8222
0.8 3.4364 0.8010 5.0097 1.8630
0.85 3.6023 0.8630 5.2974 1.9072
0.9 3.7854 0.9244 5.6011 1.9698
0.95 3.9844 0.9806 5.9104 2.0583
27 Modified API
579 Section 5,
Level 1 Analysis
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
Modified API
Folias factor
1.0 4.1922 1.0332 6.2216 2.1628
0.7 2.8680 0.4754 3.8019 1.9341
0.75 2.9590 0.4630 3.8686 2.0495
0.8 3.0653 0.4639 3.9765 2.1540
0.85 3.1856 0.4800 4.1284 2.2428
0.9 3.3301 0.5075 4.3269 2.3333
0.95 3.4956 0.5379 4.5522 2.4390
28 Modified API
579 Section 5,
Level 2 Analysis
B31.G surface
correction,
effective area,
Modified API
Folias factor
1.0 3.6763 0.5666 4.7893 2.5633
0.7 2.9394 0.5998 4.1176 1.7612
0.75 3.0673 0.6132 4.2718 1.8627
0.8 3.2091 0.6401 4.4664 1.9517
0.85 3.3684 0.6771 4.6983 2.0384
0.9 3.5499 0.7156 4.9556 2.1443
0.95 3.7432 0.7558 5.2277 2.2586
29 Janelle
Method, Level 1
rectangular area
1.0 3.9402 0.7956 5.5029 2.3774
0.7 2.7605 0.5194 3.7807 1.7403
0.75 2.8458 0.4878 3.8040 1.8876
0.8 2.9493 0.4687 3.8699 2.0286
0.85 3.0727 0.4676 3.9912 2.1542
0.9 3.2269 0.4820 4.1736 2.2801
0.95 3.3979 0.5053 4.3905 2.4054
30 Janelle
Method, Level 1
effective area
1.0 3.5765 0.5319 4.6212 2.5317
218
Table 30 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for API 650
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.4111 0.5474 3.4864 1.3358
0.75 2.5240 0.5903 3.6835 1.3646
0.8 2.6451 0.6384 3.8992 1.3911
0.85 2.7755 0.6892 4.1293 1.4218
0.9 2.9190 0.7384 4.3693 1.4686
0.95 3.0736 0.7830 4.6117 1.5355
1 API 579
Section 5, Level 1
Analysis B31.G
surface correction,
rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias
factor
1.0 3.2341 0.8250 4.8546 1.6135
0.7 2.1560 0.3564 2.8561 1.4558
0.75 2.2242 0.3464 2.9046 1.5439
0.8 2.3038 0.3462 2.9837 1.6238
0.85 2.3938 0.3574 3.0958 1.6918
0.9 2.5024 0.3775 3.2439 1.7610
0.95 2.6269 0.3999 3.4123 1.8415
2 API 579
Section 5, Level 2
Analysis B31.G
surface correction,
effective area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 2.7627 0.4211 3.5899 1.9355
0.7 2.1153 0.3764 2.8546 1.3760
0.75 2.1786 0.3612 2.8880 1.4692
0.8 2.2536 0.3542 2.9494 1.5578
0.85 2.3395 0.3587 3.0440 1.6350
0.9 2.4435 0.3742 3.1785 1.7085
0.95 2.5646 0.3942 3.3388 1.7904
3 API579
Section 5, Level 2
Analysis B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 2.6971 0.4147 3.5118 1.8825
0.7 2.1184 0.4747 3.0507 1.1860
0.75 2.1866 0.4644 3.0989 1.2744
0.8 2.2689 0.4624 3.1773 1.3605
0.85 2.3612 0.4712 3.2867 1.4357
0.9 2.4678 0.4887 3.4277 1.5079
0.95 2.5887 0.5136 3.5976 1.5799
4 Modified
B31.G Method
B31.G surface
correction, 0.85dl
area, AGA Folias
factor
1.0 2.7222 0.5402 3.7833 1.6611
0.7 2.1932 0.3726 2.9252 1.4612
0.75 2.2599 0.3607 2.9685 1.5514
0.8 2.3378 0.3577 3.0404 1.6352
0.85 2.4268 0.3664 3.1464 1.7071
0.9 2.5338 0.3848 3.2897 1.7779
0.95 2.6568 0.4078 3.4578 1.8558
5 Modified
B31.G Method
(RSTRENG)
B31.G surface
correction,
effective area,
AGA Folias factor
1.0 2.7932 0.4296 3.6369 1.9494
0.7 2.1550 0.3936 2.9281 1.3820
0.75 2.2172 0.3771 2.9580 1.4764
0.8 2.2909 0.3682 3.0142 1.5677
0.85 2.3760 0.3706 3.1039 1.6480
0.9 2.4790 0.3845 3.2342 1.7237
0.95 2.5988 0.4050 3.3942 1.8033
6 Modified
B31.G Method
B31.G surface
correction, exact
area, AGA Folias
factor
1.0 2.7321 0.4261 3.5691 1.8952
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Table 30 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for API 650 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 2.1548 0.5742 3.2826 1.0269
0.75 2.2177 0.5977 3.3918 1.0436
0.8 2.2901 0.6267 3.5212 1.0591
0.85 2.3832 0.6599 3.6795 1.0870
0.9 2.4873 0.6969 3.8562 1.1184
0.95 2.6053 0.7364 4.0518 1.1589
7  Original B31.G
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
parabolic area,
B31G Folias
factor
1.0 2.7389 0.7754 4.2619 1.2158
0.7 2.9841 0.7088 4.3763 1.5919
0.75 2.9841 0.7088 4.3763 1.5919
0.8 2.9841 0.7088 4.3763 1.5919
0.85 2.9841 0.7088 4.3763 1.5919
0.9 2.9841 0.7088 4.3763 1.5919
0.95 2.9841 0.7088 4.3763 1.5919
8  Thickness
Averaging  API
510, 8
th
Edition
1.0 2.9841 0.7088 4.3763 1.5919
0.7 3.2343 0.8041 4.8137 1.6549
0.75 3.2343 0.8041 4.8137 1.6549
0.8 3.2343 0.8041 4.8137 1.6549
0.85 3.2343 0.8041 4.8137 1.6549
0.9 3.2343 0.8041 4.8137 1.6549
0.95 3.2343 0.8041 4.8137 1.6549
9  Thickness
Averaging  API
653, 2
nd
Edition
1.0 3.2343 0.8041 4.8137 1.6549
0.7 2.2153 0.4586 3.1162 1.3144
0.75 2.2956 0.4744 3.2275 1.3637
0.8 2.3854 0.4986 3.3648 1.4060
0.85 2.4850 0.5296 3.5253 1.4446
0.9 2.5984 0.5641 3.7066 1.4903
0.95 2.7236 0.6000 3.9021 1.5450
10  British Gas
Single Defect
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 2.8621 0.6330 4.1055 1.6187
0.7 2.2597 0.3658 2.9783 1.5411
0.75 2.3386 0.3820 3.0890 1.5883
0.8 2.4260 0.4080 3.2275 1.6245
0.85 2.5265 0.4415 3.3937 1.6594
0.9 2.6421 0.4787 3.5823 1.7018
0.95 2.7699 0.5146 3.7807 1.7590
11  British Gas
Complex Defect
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
exact area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 2.9111 0.5440 3.9797 1.8424
0.7 2.0743 0.4615 2.9807 1.1679
0.75 2.1424 0.4553 3.0368 1.2480
0.8 2.2235 0.4589 3.1250 1.3221
0.85 2.3208 0.4738 3.2515 1.3900
0.9 2.4355 0.4985 3.4147 1.4563
0.95 2.5591 0.5284 3.5969 1.5212
12  Chell Method
 Chell surface
correction, exact
area, B31G
Folias factor
1.0 2.6926 0.5566 3.7859 1.5994
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Table 30 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for API 650 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 1.9845 0.4661 2.9001 1.0688
0.75 2.0292 0.4401 2.8937 1.1646
0.8 2.0852 0.4193 2.9088 1.2616
0.85 2.1565 0.4081 2.9581 1.3549
0.9 2.2513 0.4150 3.0665 1.4361
0.95 2.3630 0.4340 3.2154 1.5105
13  Osage
Method  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, D/t
dependent Folias
factor
1.0 2.4869 0.4566 3.3838 1.5899
0.7 2.0732 0.4618 2.9803 1.1660
0.75 2.1410 0.4556 3.0358 1.2462
0.8 2.2218 0.4590 3.1234 1.3201
0.85 2.3187 0.4738 3.2493 1.3881
0.9 2.4332 0.4983 3.4121 1.4544
0.95 2.5566 0.5282 3.5940 1.5191
14  API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 1
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
API level 1 Folias
factor
1.0 2.6900 0.5564 3.7828 1.5971
0.7 1.9749 0.4763 2.9105 1.0392
0.75 2.0155 0.4514 2.9022 1.1288
0.8 2.0663 0.4313 2.9134 1.2191
0.85 2.1322 0.4193 2.9558 1.3087
0.9 2.2202 0.4249 3.0549 1.3855
0.95 2.3254 0.4436 3.1968 1.4539
15  API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 1
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, API
level 2 Folias
factor
1.0 2.4451 0.4668 3.3619 1.5282
0.7 2.0240 0.4821 2.9710 1.0771
0.75 2.0779 0.4704 3.0019 1.1539
0.8 2.1427 0.4674 3.0608 1.2246
0.85 2.2244 0.4750 3.1575 1.2913
0.9 2.3258 0.4949 3.2979 1.3536
0.95 2.4398 0.5216 3.4644 1.4152
16  API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 2
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 2.5643 0.5498 3.6443 1.4842
0.7 1.9695 0.4839 2.9200 1.0190
0.75 2.0076 0.4605 2.9121 1.1031
0.8 2.0544 0.4413 2.9212 1.1875
0.85 2.1148 0.4303 2.9600 1.2695
0.9 2.1964 0.4346 3.0500 1.3428
0.95 2.2965 0.4520 3.1844 1.4086
17  API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 2
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, BG
Folias factor
1.0 2.4119 0.4756 3.3462 1.4776
0.7 1.9782 0.4956 2.9517 1.0046
0.75 2.0205 0.4754 2.9543 1.0868
0.8 2.0734 0.4595 2.9760 1.1708
0.85 2.1383 0.4501 3.0223 1.2543
0.9 2.2149 0.4486 3.0960 1.3338
0.95 2.3008 0.4552 3.1950 1.4066
18  API 579,
Level 1, Hybrid 3
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
rectangular area,
JO Folias factor
1.0 2.3980 0.4692 3.3196 1.4764
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Table 30 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for API 650 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 1.9396 0.5055 2.9324 0.9467
0.75 1.9656 0.4788 2.9061 1.0250
0.8 2.0010 0.4511 2.8870 1.1150
0.85 2.0478 0.4256 2.8837 1.2119
0.9 2.1087 0.4058 2.9057 1.3116
0.95 2.1843 0.3962 2.9626 1.4060
19  API 579,
Level 2, Hybrid 3
Analysis  Chell
surface correction,
effective area, JO
Folias factor
1.0 2.2737 0.3975 3.0544 1.4930
0.7 2.2035 0.4704 3.1275 1.2796
0.75 2.2810 0.4861 3.2360 1.3261
0.8 2.3703 0.5092 3.3705 1.3701
0.85 2.4723 0.5385 3.5301 1.4145
0.9 2.5887 0.5710 3.7102 1.4672
0.95 2.7200 0.6036 3.9056 1.5344
20  Battelle
Method  B31.G
surface correction,
rectangular area,
Battelle Folias
factor
1.0 2.8617 0.6355 4.1100 1.6133
0.7 2.2153 0.4586 3.1162 1.3144
0.75 2.2956 0.4744 3.2275 1.3637
0.8 2.3854 0.4986 3.3648 1.4060
0.85 2.485 0.5296 3.5253 1.4446
0.9 2.5984 0.5641 3.7066 1.4903
0.95 2.7236 0.6000 3.9021 1.5450
21  BS 7910,
Appendix G
(Isolated Defect) 
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 2.8621 0.6330 4.1055 1.6187
0.7 2.1332 0.4155 2.9495 1.3170
0.75 2.1981 0.4100 3.0035 1.3927
0.8 2.2721 0.4136 3.0845 1.4596
0.85 2.3539 0.4267 3.1921 1.5158
0.9 2.4491 0.4473 3.3278 1.5704
0.95 2.5572 0.4734 3.4871 1.6274
22  BS 7910,
Appendix G
(Grouped Defects)
 B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
BG Folias factor
1.0 2.6823 0.4995 3.6635 1.7010
0.7 2.7253 0.9187 4.5298 0.9207
0.75 2.8596 1.0058 4.8353 0.8839
0.8 3.0018 1.0934 5.1494 0.8541
0.85 3.1559 1.1774 5.4686 0.8432
0.9 3.3194 1.2580 5.7904 0.8484
0.95 3.4933 1.3335 6.1128 0.8739
23  Kanninen
Equivalent Stress
 B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
shell theory Folias
factor
1.0 3.6755 1.4047 6.4347 0.9162
0.7 2.3979 0.5345 3.4478 1.3481
0.75 2.4872 0.5850 3.6363 1.3382
0.8 2.5843 0.6402 3.8419 1.3268
0.85 2.6937 0.6960 4.0609 1.3266
0.9 2.8159 0.7499 4.2889 1.3430
0.95 2.9509 0.8003 4.5229 1.3790
24  Shell Theory
Method  Chell
surface correction,
exact area, shell
theory Folias
factor
1.0 3.1019 0.8443 4.7602 1.4435
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Table 30 MAWP Ratio vs. Allowable RSF for API 650 (Continued)
Method
Allowable
RSF
Mean
MAWP
Ratio
MAWP
Ratio
Standard
Deviation
MAWP Ratio
Upper 95%
Prediction
Limit
MAWP Ratio
Lower 95%
Prediction
Limit
0.7 3.0244 0.9876 4.9644 1.0844
0.75 3.1626 1.1150 5.3528 0.9724
0.8 3.3229 1.2867 5.8503 0.7955
0.85 3.5594 1.4593 6.4258 0.6929
0.9 3.8477 1.6776 7.1430 0.5525
0.95 4.1801 1.8667 7.8467 0.5135
25  Thickness
Averaging  API
579, Level 1
1.0 4.6557 2.0546 8.6915 0.6200
0.7 2.3118 0.6670 3.6220 1.0017
0.75 2.4945 0.8019 4.0696 0.9194
0.8 2.7381 0.9943 4.6911 0.7850
0.85 3.0480 1.2262 5.4566 0.6393
0.9 3.4632 1.5065 6.4224 0.5041
0.95 3.9690 1.7730 7.4517 0.4863
26  Thickness
Averaging  API
579, Level 2
1.0 4.6557 2.0546 8.6915 0.6200
0.7 2.3626 0.5199 3.3838 1.3414
0.75 2.4697 0.5561 3.5621 1.3773
0.8 2.5852 0.5989 3.7616 1.4087
0.85 2.7099 0.6452 3.9772 1.4426
0.9 2.8477 0.6911 4.2052 1.4901
0.95 2.9973 0.7331 4.4374 1.5572
27  Modified API
579 Section 5,
Level 1 Analysis 
B31.G surface
correction,
rectangular area,
Modified API
Folias factor
1.0 3.1536 0.7725 4.6709 1.6363
0.7 2.1579 0.3561 2.8574 1.4584
0.75 2.2264 0.3464 2.9069 1.5459
0.8 2.3063 0.3466 2.9872 1.6254
0.85 2.3968 0.3583 3.1005 1.6930
0.9 2.5055 0.3787 3.2494 1.7616
0.95 2.6300 0.4014 3.4186 1.8415
28  Modified API
579 Section 5,
Level 2 Analysis 
B31.G surface
correction,
effective area,
Modified API
Folias factor
1.0 2.7659 0.4228 3.5965 1.9354
0.7 2.2113 0.4487 3.0928 1.3299
0.75 2.3075 0.4582 3.2076 1.4074
0.8 2.4141 0.4779 3.3528 1.4754
0.85 2.5338 0.5052 3.5261 1.5415
0.9 2.6704 0.5338 3.7190 1.6218
0.95 2.8158 0.5638 3.9232 1.7084
29  Janelle
Method, Level 1 
rectangular area
1.0 2.9640 0.5934 4.1296 1.7983
0.7 2.0769 0.3892 2.8414 1.3124
0.75 2.1411 0.3650 2.8580 1.4241
0.8 2.2189 0.3500 2.9063 1.5314
0.85 2.3117 0.3485 2.9963 1.6271
0.9 2.4277 0.3590 3.1329 1.7225
0.95 2.5564 0.3763 3.2955 1.8172
30  Janelle
Method, Level 1 
effective area
1.0 2.6907 0.3961 3.4686 1.9127
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Table 31 Geometry Parameters for the Circumferential Extent Validation Cases
Case Pipe OD (in)
Pipe
thickness
(in)
Axial extent
of the flaw
(in)
Circumferential
extent of the
flaw (in)
Flaw depth (%
of wall
thickness)
1 48 0.48 18 12 25%
2 48 0.48 6 30 50%
3 48 0.48 18 12 50%
4 48 0.48 30 6 50%
5 48 0.48 6 30 50%
Table 32 Circumferential Extent Validation Results
Case
Pressure
at Failure
(psi)
Moment at
Failure
(inlb)
Failure Side
Material
Ultimate
Strength
(psi)
Tension
Side
Equivalent
Stress (psi)
Compression
Side
Equivalent
Stress (psi)
Error in
calculated
stress
1 1480 34440000 Compression 100000 88790 92570 7.4%
2 950 28956000 Tension 100000 103080 74810 3.1%
3 980 36600000 Compression 100000 88030 97340 2.7%
4 840 39144000 Compression 100000 75620 92600 7.4%
5 950 31032000 Tension 100000 107440 78440 7.4%
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CHAPTER XIV
FIGURES
Determine tmin
(see Appendix A)
Locate Regions of Metal
Loss on the Equipment
Assessment Using
Thickness Profiles?
Take Point Thickness
Readings and Use
Additional NDE to Confirm
General Corrosion
Determine tmm, tamand COV
fromthe Thickness Data
Determine Inspection
Plane(s) and Take
Thickness Profile Data
Determine CTP's in the
Longitudinal and
Circumferential Directions
Determine tmmand L
Determine s, c, and tam
for the CTP's
Determine Average
Thickness, tam, within
the Zone for Thickness
Averaging, see
Paragraph 4.4.3.3
Type B or C
Component?
Evaluate the
MAWP Using a
Section 4 Level 2
or 3 Assessment
Assessment Using
Thickness Profiles?
Is s<=L?
COV > 10%?
Longitudinal or
Meridonal Extent of
Metal Loss is
Acceptable
Levell 3
Assessment?
Cylinder, Cone
or Elbow?
Obtain
Thickness
Profiles?
Assessment
Complete
Evaluate
Circumferential
Extent of Metal
Loss Using
Section 5, Level 1
Evaluation
Option:
Conservative
Approach
Localized
Metal Loss
Stress
Analysis
Thickness
Averaging
Evaluate Using
Section 5
Evaluate Using
a Level 3
Assessment
Determine tamUsing
Thickness Data
Within Length L
Use tam=tmmfor
Calculations
Evaluate Using
Section 4, Level
1 or Level 2
Assessment
Use tamfor
Calculations
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No No
Figure 4.2  Assessment Procedure To Evaluate A Component
With Metal Loss Using Part 4 and Part 5
Figure 1 Logic Diagram for the Assessment of General or Local Metal Loss in API 579
225
Obtain
Equipment Data
Perform Level 1
Assessment?
Equipment Is
Acceptable per
Level 1 Criteria?
Remaining Life
Acceptable per
Level 1 Criteria?
Perform a Level 2
Assessment?
Rerate
Equipment?
Perform Rerate per Level
1 Criteria to Reduce
Pressure and/or
Temperature
Equipment is
Acceptable per
Level 2 Criteria?
Remaining Life
Acceptable per
Level 2 Criteria?
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
Rerate Equipment?
Perform a Level 3
Assessment?
Equipment Acceptable
per Level 3 Assessment?
Remaining Life
Acceptable per Level 3
Criteria?
Yes
Repair,
Replace, or
Retire
Equipment
Return the
Equpiment to
Service
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Perform Rerate per Level
3 Criteria to Reduce
Pressure and/or
Temperature
Perform Rerate per Level
2 Criteria to Reduce
Pressure and/or
Temperature
Rerate Equipment?
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Figure 2 Logic Diagram for the Assessment of Local Thin Areas in API 579
226
Uniform Metal Loss
t
t
avg
Thickness t
avg
t
sd
t
sd
COV = t
sd
/t
avg
(a) Small Variability in Thickness Profiles and the COV
Uniform Metal Loss
t
t
avg
Thickness t
avg
t
sd
t
sd
COV = t
sd
/t
avg
(b) Large Variability in Thickness Profiles and the COV
Figure 3 Coefficient of Variation for Thickness Reading Data
227
C1
C2
C3
M3
C3
C2
C1
Cylindrical Shell Conical Shell
C
L
C
L
Elbow or Pipe Bend
C
L
M1 M2 M3
Metal
Loss Metal
Loss
M1
M1 M2 M3
Intrados
Extrados
Metal Loss
C3
C2
C1
M1
M3
M2
Figure 4 Examples of an Inspection Grid to Define the Extent of Metal Loss Damage
228
M1
M5
C1
C
L
Cylindrical Shell
Line C  path of minimum
thickness
readings in the
circumferential direction
Line M  path of
minimum thickness
readings in the
longitudinal direction
(a) Inspection Planes and the Critical Thickness Profile
(b) Critical Thickness Profile (CTP)  Longitudinal Plane (Projection of Line M)
(c) Critical Thickness Profile (CTP)  Circumferential Plane (Projection of Line C)
c
t
t
min
t
C6 C7
S
C2 C3 C4 C5
M2
M3
M4
C
t
mm
t
mm
t
c
Figure 5 Establishing Longitudinal and Circumferential Critical Thickness Profiles from an
Inspection Grid
229
(a) Isolated Flaw
(b) Network Of Flaws
t
t
Flaw
Path of Maximum
Metal Loss
Flaw 1
Flaw 2
t
min
Thickness Profile
Thickness Profile
S
t
mm
t
min
S
Figure 6 Critical Thickness Profiles for Isolated and Multiple LTAs
230
L
v
L
v
L
ni
L
no
t
n
C
L
Nozzle with a Reinforcement Element
d
i
t
e
Reinforcement
Zone
Nozzle
Reinforcing Pad
Shell
t
v
Notes:
1. ( ) max , 2
v i i n v
L d d t t ( = + +
(zone for thickness averaging in the horizontal direction).
2. ( ) min 2.5 , 2.5
no v n e
L t t t ( = +
(zone for thickness averaging in the vertical direction on the
outside of the shell).
3.   min 2.5 , 2.5
ni v n
L t t = (zone for thickness averaging in the vertical direction on the inside of
the shell).
4. , ,
v n e
t t t are the furnished vessel, nozzle and reinforcing pad thicknesses, respectively.
5.
RSFa
0.70 0.75 0.80 0.85 0.90 0.95 1.00
Lower 95% Ratio  Calculated
MAWP to Actual Failure
2.3
2.4
2.5
2.6
2.7
2.8
2.9
3.0
3.1
is the current inside diameter.
Figure 7 Zone for Thickness Averaging in A Nozzle
231
L
1
msd
L
4
msd
L
2
msd
L
3
msd
Stiffening Ring
Nozzle
Conical
Transition
Pipe Support
Flaw
Notes:
1. For the example shown above, the minimum distance to a major structural discontinuity is:
1 2 3 4
min , , ,
msd msd msd msd msd
L L L L L (
2. Typical major structural discontinues associated with vertical vessels are shown in this figure.
3. For horizontal drums, the saddle supports would constitute a major structural discontinuity and
for a spherical storage vessel, the support locations (shelltoleg junction) would constitute a
major structural discontinuity. The location of the flaw from these support locations would
need to be considered in determining
msd
L as well as the distances from the nearest nozzle,
piping/platform support, conical transition, and stiffening ring.
4. The measure of the minimum distances defined in this figure is from the nearest edge of the
region of local metal loss to the nearest weld of the structural discontinuity.
Figure 8 LTA to Major Structural Discontinuity Spacing Requirements in API 579
232
L
v
L
v
R
S
R
L
t
L
t
C
t
S
L
v
L
v
C
L
Small End
Cylinder
Cone
Zones for
Thickness
Averaging  Small
End
Large End
Cylinder
Zones for Thickness
Averaging  Large End
Notes:
1. 0.78
v S S
L R t = (thickness averaging zone for the small end cylinder).
2. 0.78
v S C
L R t = (thickness averaging zone for the small end cone).
3. 1.0
v L C
L R t = (thickness averaging zone for the large end cone).
4. 1.0
v L L
L R t = (thickness averaging zone for the large end cylinder).
5. , ,
S C L
t t t are the furnished small end vessel, cone, and large end vessel thicknesses,
respectively.
6. ,
S L
R R are the small end and large end vessel inside radii, respectively.
Figure 9 Example of a Zone for Thickness Averaging at a Major Structural Discontinuity
233
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
R
t
0.0
0.1
0.2
0.3
0.4
0.5
0.6
0.7
0.8
0.9
1.0
UNACCEPTABLE
ACCEPTABLE
Figure 10 Level 1 Assessment Procedure for Local Metal Loss in Cylindrical Shells
(Circumferential Stress)
234
A
i
o
 Area Within Box
Cross Hatched Area  A
i
t
min
t
s
1
s
2
s
i
s
i+1
s
i+2
s
i+3
(a) Subsection for the Effective Area Procedure
Minimum RSF
S
i
RSF
i
(b) Minimum RSF Determination
Figure 11 Determination of the RSF for the Effective Area Procedure
235
t
l
i
l
s
i
l
e
i
d(x)
dx
Figure 12 Exact Area Integration Bounds
236
t
Ri
F
p
F
t
Di
Region Of Local Metal Loss
c
Circumferential Plane
A
A
Section AA
F
M
x
2
Di
2
P
M
T
M
T M
T
M
y
M
y
M
x
V
V
M
y
M
x
Figure 13 Supplemental Loads for a Longitudinal Stress Assessment
237
(a) Region Of Local Metal Loss Located on the Inside Surface
(b) Region Of Local Metal Loss Located on the Outside Surface
x x
x
y
x
x
Metal Loss
Metal Loss
t
mm
t
mm
t
t
Do
2
Di
2
Df
2
x
x
A
Df
2
Do
2
A
B
y
Lx
x
y
y,y
B
Df
2
Di
2
y,y
y
Lx
Figure 14 Assessment Locations and Parameters for a Longitudinal Stress Assessment
238
Circumferential LTA Screening Curve
RSF
a
=0.9
c/D
m
0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5
t
m
m
/
t
n
o
m
0.0
0.2
0.4
0.6
0.8
1.0
Figure 15 Longitudinal Stress, Level 1 Screening Curve
Current Depth Increment, d
j
l
total
d
patch
d
i
d
e,i
d
j
t
e
l
i
s
i
Figure 16 BG Depth Increment Approach
239
Figure 17 Table Curve 3D Fit of the Shell Theory Folias Factor
Lambda,
0 5 10 15 20 25 30
R
S
F
0.5
0.6
0.7
0.8
0.9
1.0
3D Solid FEA
Axisymmetric FEA
Current API 579 Level 1
Current API 579 Level 2
Modified API 579 Level 1&2
Figure 18 Comparison Between Analysis Methods and FEA Trends for a Cylinder with a LTA
240
Figure 19 3D Solid FEA Model Geometry of a Cylinder for = 5
Figure 20 Axisymmetric FEA Model Geometry of a Cylinder for = 5
241
folias
Rank 17 Eqn 6007 y=a+bx+cx^2+dx^3+ex^4+fx^5+gx^6+hx^7+ix^8+jx^9+kx^(10)
r^2=1 DF Adj r^2=1 FitStdErr=4.7721507e08 Fstat=2.152902e+19
a=1.00101 b=0.014196003 c=0.29089777 d=0.096419915 e=0.020889797 f=0.0030539593
g=0.00029570201 h=1.8462059e05 i=7.1552833e07 j=1.5631239e08 k=1.4655864e10
0 10 20 30
lam
0
50
100
150
200
250
300
350
400
450
500
0
50
100
150
200
250
300
350
400
450
500
Figure 21 Table Curve 2D Fit of the Modified API 579 Folias Factor
Lambda,
0 5 10 15 20
F
o
l
i
a
s
F
a
c
t
o
r
,
M
t
0
5
10
15
20
Current API 579 Level 2
RSTRENG
Original Folias Data
Proposed API 579 Level 1&2
Figure 22 Comparison of the Old API 579 Folias Factor to the Modified Folias Factor and the
Original Folias Data
242
l
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
R
t
0.0
0.1
0.2
0.3
0.4
0.5
0.6
0.7
0.8
0.9
1.0
Screening Curve Equations
0.2 0.354
t
R for =
1
1.0 0.354 20.0
a a
t a
t t
RSF RSF
R RSF for
M M
  
= < <
 
\ .\ .
0.90 20.0
t
R for =
Figure 23 Screening Curve for the Circumferential Extent of an LTA
243
l
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
R
t
0.0
0.1
0.2
0.3
0.4
0.5
0.6
0.7
0.8
0.9
1.0
Proposed Level 1&2 Remaining Strength Factor
Current Level 2 Remaining Strength Factor
Figure 24 Comparison of the Old API 579 Level 1 Screening Curve to the Modified Folias
Factor Level 1 Screening Curve
244
Figure 25 Axisymmetric FEA Model Geometry of a Sphere for = 5
Lambda,
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45
R
S
F
0.5
0.6
0.7
0.8
0.9
1.0
Axisymmetric FEA
Current API 579
Figure 26 Comparison Between Analysis Methods and FEA Trends for a Sphere with a LTA
245
Figure 27 Table Curve 3D Plot of the Janelle Method
246
RSF
a
0.70 0.75 0.80 0.85 0.90 0.95 1.00
M
A
W
P
M
a
r
g
i
n
o
n
F
a
i
l
u
r
e
2.0
2.5
3.0
3.5
4.0
4.5
5.0
5.5
6.0
Mean Mawp Margin
Upper 95% Prediction Interval
Lower 95% Prediction Interval
Figure 28 RSFA vs. MAWP Ratio for ASME Section VIII, Division 1 (pre 1999) and ASME
B31.1 (pre 1999) for the Modified API 579 Level 2 Assessment (Method 28)
RSF
a
0.70 0.75 0.80 0.85 0.90 0.95 1.00
M
A
W
P
M
a
r
g
i
n
o
n
F
a
i
l
u
r
e
1.5
2.0
2.5
3.0
3.5
4.0
4.5
5.0
5.5
Mean Mawp Margin
Upper 95% Prediction Interval
Lower 95% Prediction Interval
Figure 29 RSFA vs. MAWP Ratio for ASME Section VIII, Division 1 (post 1999) and ASME
B31.1 (post 1999) for the Modified API 579 Level 2 Assessment (Method 28)
247
RSF
a
0.70 0.75 0.80 0.85 0.90 0.95 1.00
M
A
W
P
M
a
r
g
i
n
o
n
F
a
i
l
u
r
e
1.5
2.0
2.5
3.0
3.5
4.0
4.5
Mean Mawp Margin
Upper 95% Prediction Interval
Lower 95% Prediction Interval
Figure 30 RSFA vs. MAWP Ratio for ASME Section VIII, Division 2 and B31.3 for the Modified
API 579 Level 2 Assessment (Method 28)
RSF
a
0.70 0.75 0.80 0.85 0.90 0.95 1.00
M
A
W
P
M
a
r
g
i
n
o
n
F
a
i
l
u
r
e
1.0
1.5
2.0
2.5
3.0
3.5
4.0
Mean Mawp Margin
Upper 95% Prediction Interval
Lower 95% Prediction Interval
Figure 31 RSFA vs. MAWP Ratio for the New Proposed ASME Section VIII, Division 2 for the
Modified API 579 Level 2 Assessment (Method 28)
248
RSF
a
0.70 0.75 0.80 0.85 0.90 0.95 1.00
M
A
W
P
M
a
r
g
i
n
o
n
F
a
i
l
u
r
e
1.5
2.0
2.5
3.0
3.5
4.0
4.5
Mean Mawp Margin
Upper 95% Prediction Interval
Lower 95% Prediction Interval
Figure 32 RSFA vs. MAWP Ratio for CODAP for the Modified API 579 Level 2 Assessment
(Method 28)
RSF
a
0.70 0.75 0.80 0.85 0.90 0.95 1.00
M
A
W
P
M
a
r
g
i
n
o
n
F
a
i
l
u
r
e
1.0
1.5
2.0
2.5
3.0
3.5
Mean Mawp Margin
Upper 95% Prediction Interval
Lower 95% Prediction Interval
Figure 33 RSFA vs. MAWP Ratio for AS 1210 and BS 5500 for the Modified API 579 Level 2
Assessment (Method 28)
249
RSF
a
0.70 0.75 0.80 0.85 0.90 0.95 1.00
M
A
W
P
M
a
r
g
i
n
o
n
F
a
i
l
u
r
e
0.8
1.0
1.2
1.4
1.6
1.8
2.0
2.2
2.4
2.6
2.8
Mean Mawp Margin
Upper 95% Prediction Interval
Lower 95% Prediction Interval
Figure 34 RSFA vs. MAWP Ratio for ASME B31.4 and B31.8, Class 1, Division 2 for the
Modified API 579 Level 2 Assessment (Method 28)
RSF
a
0.70 0.75 0.80 0.85 0.90 0.95 1.00
M
A
W
P
M
a
r
g
i
n
o
n
F
a
i
l
u
r
e
0.8
1.0
1.2
1.4
1.6
1.8
2.0
2.2
2.4
Mean Mawp Margin
Upper 95% Prediction Interval
Lower 95% Prediction Interval
Figure 35 RSFA vs. MAWP Ratio for B31.8, Class 1, Division 1 for the Modified API 579 Level
2 Assessment (Method 28)
250
RSF
a
0.70 0.75 0.80 0.85 0.90 0.95 1.00
M
A
W
P
M
a
r
g
i
n
o
n
F
a
i
l
u
r
e
1.0
1.2
1.4
1.6
1.8
2.0
2.2
2.4
2.6
2.8
3.0
3.2
Mean Mawp Margin
Upper 95% Prediction Interval
Lower 95% Prediction Interval
Figure 36 RSFA vs. MAWP Ratio for B31.8, Class 2 for the Modified API 579 Level 2
Assessment (Method 28)
RSF
a
0.70 0.75 0.80 0.85 0.90 0.95 1.00
M
A
W
P
M
a
r
g
i
n
o
n
F
a
i
l
u
r
e
1.0
1.5
2.0
2.5
3.0
3.5
4.0
Mean Mawp Margin
Upper 95% Prediction Interval
Lower 95% Prediction Interval
Figure 37 RSFA vs. MAWP Ratio for B31.8, Class 3 for the Modified API 579 Level 2
Assessment (Method 28)
251
RSF
a
0.70 0.75 0.80 0.85 0.90 0.95 1.00
M
A
W
P
M
a
r
g
i
n
o
n
F
a
i
l
u
r
e
1.5
2.0
2.5
3.0
3.5
4.0
4.5
5.0
Mean Mawp Margin
Upper 95% Prediction Interval
Lower 95% Prediction Interval
Figure 38 RSFA vs. MAWP Ratio for B31.8, Class 4 for the Modified API 579 Level 2
Assessment (Method 28)
RSF
a
0.70 0.75 0.80 0.85 0.90 0.95 1.00
M
A
W
P
M
a
r
g
i
n
o
n
F
a
i
l
u
r
e
1.5
2.0
2.5
3.0
3.5
4.0
4.5
5.0
Mean Mawp Margin
Upper 95% Prediction Interval
Lower 95% Prediction Interval
Figure 39 RSFA vs. MAWP Ratio for API 620 for the Modified API 579 Level 2 Assessment
(Method 28)
252
RSF
a
0.70 0.75 0.80 0.85 0.90 0.95 1.00
M
A
W
P
M
a
r
g
i
n
o
n
F
a
i
l
u
r
e
1.5
2.0
2.5
3.0
3.5
4.0
4.5
5.0
Mean Mawp Margin
Upper 95% Prediction Interval
Lower 95% Prediction Interval
Figure 40 RSFA vs. MAWP Ratio for API 650 for the Modified API 579 Level 2 Assessment
(Method 28)
ROT
0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 1000
A
c
c
e
p
t
a
b
l
e
B
e
n
d
i
n
g
F
a
c
t
o
r
0.40
0.41
0.42
0.43
0.44
0.45
0.46
0.47
0.48
0.49
0.50
Figure 41 Maximum Bending Factor as a Function of the Radius to Thickness Ratio
253
Lambda
0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18
R
t
0.1
0.2
0.3
0.4
0.5
0.6
0.7
0.8
0.9
1.0
Maximum Bending Moment
No Bending Moment
Screening Curve Equation (Maximum Bending Moment)
1.285
c
Dt
=
2
2
0.2 0.818
0.6999 1.1178 0.3014
0.818
1.0 1.1139 0.3453
t
t
R
R
=
+ +
= >
+ +
Screening Curve Equation (No Bending Moment)
2
2
0.2 2.514
0.2498 0.2092 0.001312
2.514
1.0 0.1492 0.008318
t
t
R
R
=
+ +
= >
+ +
Figure 42 Screening Curve for the Circumferential Extent of an LTA
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Folias Factor for
Longitudinal Stress
Lambda
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
F
o
l
i
a
s
F
a
c
t
o
r
0.00
0.25
0.50
0.75
1.00
1.25
1.50
1.75
2.00
Figure 43 Longitudinal Stress Folias Factor
255
a.) Subsurface HIC Damage Actual Area
b.) Subsurface HIC Damage Area Modeled as an Equivalent Rectangle
Figure 44 Subsurface HIC Damage
256
t
s L
H
L
H
w
H
t
s L
H
L
H
w
H
A) Surface Breaking HIC Damage  Actual Area
B) Surface Breaking HIC Damage  Area Modeled as an Equivalent Rectangle
A
H
 Area Of HIC Damage with Reduced
Strength Characterized by D
H
A
H
 Area Of HIC Damage with Reduced Strength
Characterized by D
H
t
mm
t
mm
Figure 45 Surface Breaking HIC Damage
257
L
1
L
2
L
3
L
4
L
T
t
1
t
2
t
3
t
4
Actual Cylindrical Shell
Idealized Cylindrical Shell
Stiffening Rings
Figure 46 Idealized Geometry for a LTA Subject to External Pressure
258
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