ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Part II-D, Materials

What is it?
An authoritative source of property data relating to materials for power plants (nuclear and conventional) and the process industries (chemical, oil, and gas).
What is in it?
Mechanical and physical properties for more than 3,758 combinations of material specification, grade and form. Includes design stress values, tensile and yield strength values, tables and charts of material properties, and design fatigue curves. You can choose either the US Customary or Metric unit versions, or use both in parallel for different projects.
What is it used for?
Facilitates selection of materials for high performance applications. Enables quantitative design and analysis. Fast, shared access to the right data ensures fewer delays in projects and helps you to optimize materials and design choices based on confidence in the data that you are using.
Where does it come from?
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
How can I access it?
Via the GRANTA MI materials information system as a standalone database that can be used alongside other aerospace & energy data. In the CES Selector software as a standalone database. Access within CAD or CAE software using MI:Materials Gateway or GRANTA MI export capabilities


ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code - in book formThe American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) maintains the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC), a leading source of standards information and specifications relating to materials for use in boilers, pressure vessel, and power plant components. Section II: Materials - Part D: Properties provides tables of design stress values, tensile and yield strength values, and tables and charts of material properties. Section VIII (Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessel), Division 2, Annex 3-F (Design Fatigue Curves) provides fatigue data. This data module provides data from both of these sections.

The ASME BPV Code data is available in both Customary and Metric unit versions and is revised approximately every two years. Use of a specific version and year is often mandated for projects. It can be important to have the exact data from the specified unit version because the material forms described in the data often vary between the versions, and to ensure consistency with the methodology used for rounding data values. The GRANTA MI data module is available in both US Customary and Metric versions, and is up-to-date to the latest 2015 version, with prior versions available if required.

This information can facilitate selection of materials for high performance applications in industries including nuclear power, chemical processing, and oil and gas. It enables quantitative design and analysis. However, in its traditional handbook form, it is hard to share, impossible to search, and time-consuming to use. Online versions may be limited in their ease-of-use, integration with other data and design tools, and traceability back to the source document.

Granta offers a data module that provides the ASME BPV Code Part II-D information in electronic form. You can:

  • Access materials data from the Customary and Metric unit versions of the ASME BPV Code via the simple browser-based user interface of GRANTA MI, making it easy to search and view
  • Access both PDF copies of the ASME service book pages and a structured 'live' database providing the property data for search, comparison, analysis, and export to CAE/CAD.
  • Get property values as a function of temperature, allowing you to quickly extract the data they require for the operating environment you are studying.
  • Link directly from items of data to the relevant PDF pages, providing full traceability back to the source document for all information.

CES Selector homepage

ASME data in GRANTA MI—easy to search and browse.


Materials property chart

Datasheet shows temperature-dependent properties in an interactive graph.

What data is included?

The latest version of the database contains more than 3,758 combinations of material specification, grade and form, providing:

  • Fatigue data
  • Maximum allowable stress data, graphed against temperature
  • Design stress intensity
  • Tensile and yield strengths
  • Thermal expansion and conductivity
  • Poisson's ratio, and
  • Typical physical properties such as density, melting range, and specific heat.

Advantages of the Granta module

Advantages of accessing this data via the GRANTA MI system include:

  • Data can be rapidly searched, manipulated, and applied in analysis and design—fewer delays.
  • Property-based search— i.e., locate materials that have desired properties (or combinations of properties) rather than simply look up properties for a known material. Supports optimal design choices.
  • Materials comparison—compare materials quickly and easily, select the most suitable for your application. Helps you make the right decisions with confidence.
  • Access the version of the data (unit system and year) that you need for your project—support multiple projects with different requirements.
  • Export data directly to computer aided engineering and design packages - including Abaqus, ANSYS Workbench, CATIA, Pro/ENGINEER, Creo Elements/Pro, and the MatML format—save time and ensure accuracy in delpoying data when and where you need it.
  • Ensure that all of your engineers see the same, up-to-date, version of the data—guarantee consistency and eliminate errors.

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How do I get this data?

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