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NBIC 2021 Edition Changes


The 2021 NBIC has been published and is available for purchase. The list below highlights major changes found in the 2021 edition.

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Summary of Major Changes:

Part 1:

  • Revisions to 1.6.10 to add additional details/specifications for Testing and Final Acceptance.
  • New requirements to remove covers, caps, plugs, wires, or restraining devices used for shipping/transporting pressure relief valves prior to a valve’s installation [paragraph 2.9.1 g) and h), 3.9.1 a) and b)]. These requirements are also included in Part 4, 2.2.1 g) and h) and 2.4.1 a) and b).
  • New rating requirements for discharge piping and fittings [paragraph 3.9.1.5 c), d), and e)].
  • Revised carbon dioxide gas detection system requirements for Liquid Carbon Dioxide storage vessels (section S3.4).
  • Updated overpressure protection requirements for Thermal Fluid Heaters (section S5.7).
  • New Supplement 8 for Installation of Pressure Vessels for Human Occupancy (PVHOs)
  • New Supplement 9 for High-Temperature Water Boilers

Part 2:

  • New requirements for remote visual inspection for confined space entry [paragraph 1.4.1 c), 4.2.1 c)].
  • Several revisions/updates to the inspection requirements for PVHOs (section 2.3.6.8).
  • New inspection requirements to ensure all shipping caps, plugs, covers, wires, and or restraining devices were removed during the installation process [paragraph 2.5.4 a)]. These requirements are also included in Part 4, 3.2.3 a).
  • Part 2, 2.5.8 has been restructured into a tabular format.
  • New requirements to allow for long NDE cycles for Historical Boilers [paragraph S2.7.3.2 c)].
  • New MAWP requirements for Return Flue Boilers (section S2.10.3.1).
  • Several updates and revisions to Supplement 10 (S10.5 c), S10.7 c), Table S10.7-a, Table S10.7-b, S10.8 c) 5) and 8), S10.10.5, and Figure S10.10.5).
  • Revised carbon dioxide gas detection system requirements for Liquid Carbon Dioxide storage vessels (section S12.5).

Part 3:

  • R-Forms and directions for completing them have been moved to a new Supplement 9.
  • Revised language to clarify Quality Assurance Program requirements [paragraph 1.6.3 a) and b)].
  • Several revisions to Table 2.3 to only show the most recent edition of an SWPS. New language is included in Section 2.3 c) to allow the use of previous versions of the SWPSs listed in Table 2.3.
  • New section detailing requirements on Welding Method 7 (section 2.5.3.7).
  • New language specifying that routine repairs are not permitted for ASME Section VIII, Div.2 or Div. 3 vessels [paragraph 3.3.2 a)].
  • New requirements for flush patches in stayed and unstayed areas of tubesheets [paragraph 3.3.4.6 a)].
  • New Section 3.3.6 for Pressure Vessel Impact Testing.
  • New language that allows for the engineer review and certification process for alteration plans to be waived [paragraph 3.4.5.1 a)]. This change applies to ASME Section VIII, Div. 2, Class 1 vessels.
  • New requirements allowing for R-Certificate Holders to maintain their R-form logs using only the National Board EDT system (section 5.6).
  • Several revisions to Supplement 4 [S4.2 section title, b) and c); S4.3 h) and i); S4.5; S4.18.2.1 b) 2) d. 2. and 4.; S4.18.2.2 a) 2)]
  • New section S4.19 for the Repair of High Pressure Filament Wound Vessels.

Part 4:

  • New pressure relief device requirements for boilers up to 4,000 lb/hr (section 2.2.2).
  • New overpressure protection requirements for Thermal Fluid Heaters (section 2.3).
  • New rating requirements for discharge piping and fittings [paragraph 2.4.4.7 d), e), and f)].
  • Section 3.2.6 has been restructured into a tabular format.
  • New language requiring the manufacturer’s correction factor used in pressure testing be recorded on the valve repair document in paragraph 4.8.5.4 i).
  • Language to Section 4.7.4 has been simplified for clarity.
  • Section 4.7.5 has been deleted as it is a duplicate of section 4.7.4.
  • With the addition of the “T/O” program in the 2019 NBIC, the old Supplement 3 has been deleted for the 2021 edition.
  • A new Supplement for Pressure Relief and Pilot Valve Storage and Shelf Life.

Glossary (all four parts):

  • New definitions for Brazing, Fusing, Verify, Welding, and Witness (section 9.1).