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    In terms of tonnage, carbon steel is the most important material employed in boiler and pressure vessel service. This material, limited in the present context to less than 0.35% carbon, may be referred to as “simple carbon steel”, as it sometimes is, only in a facetious sense, and, in fact, it exhibits complexities of behavior that match those of alloy steels. Carbon steel is employed in a wide variety of applications, and although some progress towards simplifying the specification picture has been made in recent years, the 1968 edition of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code still lists a total of 32 individual specifications pertaining to carbon steel and many of the specifications provide for several grades. (Many engineers believe that the multiplicity of specifications for steel is unwarranted.)

    Committee/Subcommittee: A01.09

    DOI: 10.1520/STP37400S