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API RP 572, Inspection of Pressure Vessels, is a recommended practice developed and published by the American Petroleum Institute (API) that covers the inspection of pressure vessels, including those with a design pressure under 15 psig, and the standards for their construction and maintenance. In addition, API RP 572 also discusses, with relation to pressure vessels, the reasons for inspection, causes of deterioration, the frequency and methods of inspection, methods of repair, and preparation of records and reports.

This recommended practice covers a large variety of topics related to the inspection of pressure vessels including safety precautions, thickness measurements, both internal and external inspections, and special methods of detecting mechanical damage. API RP 572 was originally published in 1992, with the most recent 4th Edition published in December of 2016.

To be most effective, this recommended practice requires knowledge of other API standards and practices. Some of these standards include, but are not limited to:

  • API 510, Pressure Vessel Inspection Code,

  • API RP 571, Damage Mechanisms Affecting Fixed Equipment in the Refining Industry, and

  • API RP 574, Inspection Practices for Piping System Components.

It is also helpful to have a general familiarity with the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section VIII: Pressure Vessels when using API RP 572.

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