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11/13/2007 BRANCH REINFORCEMENT PER ASME B31.

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ReSB4.xls
TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS FOR LIQUID HYDROCARBONS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

W1
W2
W2
W1

W2

Optional weld,
each end

GENERAL NOTE:
GENERAL NOTE: Provide hole in reinforcement to reveal
Since fluid pressure is exerted leakage in buried welds and to provide
on both sides of pipe metal under tee, venting during welding and heat
the pipe metal does not provide treatment [see para. 404.3.1(d)(8)].
reinforcement. Not required for tee type.
Tee Type Sleeve Type

W4 W1
W3
W2

Branch

Header

Optional weld Optional weld


each end each end
Saddle and Sleeve Type Saddle Type

GENERAL NOTE:
If the encircling member for tee, sleeve, or saddle type is thicker than the header and its ends are to be welded to the
header, the ends shall be chamfered (at approximately 45 deg.) down to a thickness not in excess of the header thickness.

FIG. 404.3.1(c )(1) WELDING DETAILS FOR OPENINGS WITH COMPLETE ENCIRCLEMENT TYPES
OF REINFORCEMENT