49 CFR § 178.65 - Specification 39 non-reusable (non-refillable) cylinders.
(a) Type, size, service pressure, and test pressure. A DOT 39 cylinder is a seamless, welded, or brazed cylinder with a service pressure not to exceed 80 percent of the test pressure. Spherical pressure vessels are authorized and covered by references to cylinders in this specification.
(1) Size limitation. Maximum water capacity may not exceed: (i) 55 pounds (1,526 cubic inches) for a service pressure of 500 p.s.i.g. or less, and (ii) 10 pounds (277 cubic inches) for a service pressure in excess of 500 p.s.i.g.
(2) Test pressure. The minimum test pressure is the maximum pressure of contents at 130 °F or 180 p.s.i.g. whichever is greater.
(3) Pressure of contents. The term “pressure of contents” as used in this specification means the total pressure of all the materials to be shipped in the cylinder.
(b) Material; steel or aluminum. The cylinder must be constructed of either steel or aluminum conforming to the following requirements:
(i) The steel analysis must conform to the following:
|Ladle analysis||Check analysis|
|Carbon, maximum percent||0.12||0.15|
|Phosphorus, maximum percent||.04||.05|
|Sulfur, maximum percent||.05||.06|
(ii) For a cylinder made of seamless steel tubing with integrally formed ends, hot drawn, and finished, content percent for the following may not exceed: Carbon, 0.55; phosphorous, 0.045; sulfur, 0.050.
(iii) For non-heat treated welded steel cylinders, adequately killed deep drawing quality steel is required.
(iv) Longitudinal or helical welded cylinders are not authorized for service pressures in excess of 500 p.s.i.g.
(2) Aluminum. Aluminum is not authorized for service pressures in excess of 500 psig. The analysis of the aluminum must conform to the Aluminum Association standard for alloys 1060, 1100, 1170, 3003, 5052, 5086, 5154, 6061, and 6063, as specified in its publication entitled “Aluminum Standards and Data” (IBR, see § 171.7 of this subchapter).
(3) Material with seams, cracks, laminations, or other injurious defects not permitted.
(4) Material used must be identified by any suitable method.
(1) General manufacturing requirements are as follows:
(i) The surface finish must be uniform and reasonably smooth.
(ii) Inside surfaces must be clean, dry, and free of loose particles.
(iii) No defect of any kind is permitted if it is likely to weaken a finished cylinder.
(2) Requirements for seams:
(i) Brazing is not authorized on aluminum cylinders.
(ii) Brazing material must have a melting point of not lower than 1,000 °F.
(iii) Brazed seams must be assembled with proper fit to ensure complete penetration of the brazing material throughout the brazed joint.
(iv) Minimum width of brazed joints must be at least four times the thickness of the shell wall.
(v) Brazed seams must have design strength equal to or greater than 1.5 times the minimum strength of the shell wall.
(vi) Welded seams must be properly aligned and welded by a method that provides clean, uniform joints with adequate penetration.
(3) Attachments to the cylinder are permitted by any means which will not be detrimental to the integrity of the cylinder. Welding or brazing of attachments to the cylinder must be completed prior to all pressure tests.
(d) Wall thickness. The minimum wall thickness must be such that the wall stress at test pressure does not exceed the yield strength of the material of the finished cylinder wall. Calculations must be made by the following formulas:
(1) Calculation of the stress for cylinders must be made by the following formula:
(2) Calculation of the stress for spheres must be made by the following formula:
(e) Openings and attachments. Openings and attachments must conform to the following:
(1) Openings and attachments are permitted on heads only.
(2) All openings and their reinforcements must be within an imaginary circle, concentric to the axis of the cylinder. The diameter of the circle may not exceed 80 percent of the outside diameter of the cylinder. The plane of the circle must be parallel to the plane of a circumferential weld and normal to the long axis of the cylinder.
(3) Unless a head has adequate thickness, each opening must be reinforced by a securely attached fitting, boss, pad, collar, or other suitable means.
(4) Material used for welded openings and attachments must be of weldable quality and compatible with the material of the cylinder.
(f) Pressure testing.
(1) Each cylinder must be proof pressure tested as prescribed in CGA C-1 (IBR, see § 171.7 of this subchapter). The minimum test pressure must be maintained for the specific timeframe and the testing equipment must be calibrated as prescribed in CGA C-1. All testing equipment and pressure indicating devices must be accurate within the parameters defined in CGA C-1.
(i) The leakage test must be conducted by submersion under water or by some other method that will be equally sensitive.
(2) One cylinder taken from the beginning of each lot, and one from each 1,000 or less successively produced within the lot thereafter, must be hydrostatically tested to destruction. The testing equipment must be calibrated as prescribed in CGA C-1. All testing equipment and pressure indicating devices must be accurate within the parameters defined in CGA C-1. The entire lot must be rejected (see paragraph (h) of this section) if:
(i) A failure occurs at a gage pressure less than 2.0 times the test pressure;
(ii) A failure initiates in a braze or a weld or the heat affected zone thereof;
(iii) A failure is other than in the sidewall of a cylinder longitudinal with its long axis; or
(iv) In a sphere, a failure occurs in any opening, reinforcement, or at a point of attachment.
(3) A “lot” is defined as the quantity of cylinders successively produced per production shift (not exceeding 10 hours) having identical size, design, construction, material, heat treatment, finish, and quality.
(2) A ring taken from a cylinder may be flattened as an alternative to a test on a complete cylinder. The test ring may not include the heat affected zone or any weld. However, for a sphere, the test ring may include the circumferential weld if it is located at a 45 degree angle to the ring, ±5 degrees.
(3) The flattening must be between 60 degrees included-angle, wedge shaped knife edges, rounded to a 0.5 inch radius.
(4) Cylinders and test rings may not crack when flattened so that their outer surfaces are not more than six times wall thickness apart when made of steel or not more than ten times wall thickness apart when made of aluminum.
(h) Rejected cylinders. Rejected cylinders must conform to the following requirements:
(1) If the cause for rejection of a lot is determinable, and if by test or inspection defective cylinders are eliminated from the lot, the remaining cylinders must be qualified as a new lot under paragraphs (f) and (g) of this section.
(3) If a cylinder made from seamless steel tubing fails the flattening test described in paragraph (g) of this section, suitable uniform heat treatment must be used on each cylinder in the lot. All prescribed tests must be performed subsequent to this heat treatment.
(2) Required markings are as follows:
(iii) The service pressure.
(iv) The test pressure.
(v) The registration number (M****) of the manufacturer.
(vi) The lot number.
(viii) With one of the following statements:
(A) For cylinders manufactured prior to October 1, 1996: “Federal law forbids transportation if refilled-penalty up to $25,000 fine and 5 years imprisonment (49 U.S.C. 1809)” or “Federal law forbids transportation if refilled-penalty up to $500,000 fine and 5 years imprisonment (49 U.S.C. 5124).”
(3) The markings required by paragraphs (i)(2)(i) through (i)(2)(v) of this section must be in numbers and letters at least 1/8 inch high and displayed sequentially. For example:
(4) No person may mark any cylinder with the specification identification “DOT-39” unless it was manufactured in compliance with the requirements of this section and its manufacturer has a registration number (M****) from the Associate Administrator.
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