# How To: Determine The Minimum Required Thickness Of Noncircular Unstayed Flat Heads And Covers

This post we will be covering how to determine the minimum required thickness of noncircular unstayed flat heads and covers. We will review the formula(s), define the various variables in the formulas, and review practice questions to reinforce the material covered. If you haven’t already, make sure you review the following posts as it will help you understand the material below.

How To: Determine The Minimum Required Thickness Of Circular Unstayed Flat Heads And Covers

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All referenced page numbers are from the 2007 ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code

## Formula

PG-31.3.3 page 15 Flat unstayed heads, covers, or blind flanges may be square, rectangular, elliptical, obround, segmental, or otherwise noncircular. There required thickness shall be calculated by the following equation.

Minimum Thickness Formula:

(3)

where

(4)

with the limitation that Z need not be greater then 2.5.

It is important to note that Equation (3) does not apply to noncircular heads, covers, or blind flanges attached by bolts causing a bolt edge moment [Fig. PG-31, illustration (j) and (k)].

Maximum Allowable Working Pressure Formula:

The minimum required thickness formula above can be transposed to determine the MAWP formula for noncircular unstayed flat heads and covers.

The above formula is not provided in the 2007 ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code

## Formula Variables

The variables used in the formulas provided above to determine the minimum required thickness of noncircular unstayed flat heads and covers are defined in PG-31.2 page 15 as follows:

C = A factor depending on the method of attachment of head and on the shell, pipe, or header dimensions, and other items listed in PG-31.4 below, dimensionless. The factors for welded covers also include a factor of 0.667 that effectively increases the allowable stress for such construction to 1.5S.

D = long span of noncircular heads or covers measured perpendicular to short span

d = Diameter, or short span, measured as indicated in Fig. PG-31

P = Maximum allowable working pressure

S = Maximum allowable stress value, psi (kPa), using values given in Table 1A of Sections II, Part D

t = Minimum required thickness of flat head or cover

Z = A factor for noncircular heads and covers that depends on the ratio of short span to long span, as given in PG-31.3, dimensionless.

## How To: Determine The Minimum Required Thickness Of Noncircular Unstayed Flat Heads And Covers Questions

Note: All code questions are to be calculated in (mm) and (MPa) unless otherwise stated. Convert accordingly and properly before the calculation.

## Summary

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