Flange Evaluation as per ASME B16.5 Pressure-Temperature Rating

Standard flanges for the nozzles is having strength identification by a dimensionless number which we called as a class. Class, followed by a dimensionless number, is the designated icon for pressure-temperature ratings:

For Example:  Class   150   300   400   600   900   1500   2500 Pressure-temperature ratings are maximum allowable working pressures in bar units at the temperatures in degrees Celsius shown in ASME B16.5 Tables 2-1.1 through 2-3.19 for the applicable material and class designation. In ASME B16.5 Tables II-2-1.1 through II-2-3.19 of Mandatory Appendix II list pressure-temperature ratings using psi units for pressure at the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit.For intermediate temperatures, linear interpolation is permitted. Interpolation between class designations is not permitted.

For High-temperature application:

In high-temperature application, the creep range will result in decreasing bolt loads as relaxation of flanges, bolts, and gaskets take place during operations. Flange joints might leak due to the reduction in the loads sustain capacities of the flange.

For Low-temperature application:

In low-temperature application, the carbon steel may undergo a decrease in ductility. This will leads to an inability to safely resist shock loading & sudden changes of stress.

For Case Study Example:

WNRF standard nozzle flange: MOC – SA105 Type / Flange Size / Schedule / Design Temperature / Design Pressure. WNRF / 150 NB / 40S / 250 Degree Celsius design temperature / 10 barg design pressure Table: 1 ASME B16.5 Table 1A (List of Material Specification) NOTE: 1. ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section II materials may also be used, provided the requirements of the ASME specification are identical to or more stringent than the corresponding ASTM specification for the Grade, Class, or Type listed. The material of construction A105/SA105 for the flange is in under material group 1.1 thus, select pressure-temperature rating table 2-1.1. Table: 2 ASME B16.5 Table 2-1.1 Pressure-Temperature Rating for Group 1.1 Material From above table, we can conclude that –
  1. For 150 class WNRF A105 flange Allowable working pressure = 12.1 barg @ 250 Degree Celsius. As per Table: 2 (i.e.) ASME B16.5 Table 2-1.1 Pressure-Temperature Rating for Group 1.1 Material.
  2. Design pressure for flange is 10 barg @ 250 Degree Celsius.


Allowable working pressure is greater than Design pressure, therefore we can use the selected flange class 150 WNRF for the current design pressure-temperature rating.

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