15 April 2016

Practice Note: Seismic Resistance of Pressure Equipment

This Practice Note provides guidance for engineering designers and design verifiers to:
  • make sure pressurised fluids and gases remain contained during and after the design earthquake
  • derive seismic loads on mechanical parts
  • make sure structures and foundations supporting pressure equipment are designed in accordance with the needs of the pressure equipment
  • make sure rotating equipment continues to function or safely stop during or after the design earthquake
  • integrate new equipment into existing plant, and repair or modify existing plant, according to the law
  • provide design statements templates for the certifying of supports and foundations for pressure equipment.

The guidance analyses potential seismic forces on a variety of structures and vessels, and considers foundation and supporting structure design in order to comply with Pressure Equipment Regulations (PECPR) and the Building Code.

This updated version has been issued following the publication of AS/NZS 1200:2015. All version changes have been annotated in the margin. A new Appendix D has been added and Appendix F clarified.

Seismic Resistance of Pressure Equipment (2016) (PDF 2.6MB)