Brittle fracture assessments (BFAs) of pressure vessels based on API 579-1/ASME FFS-1, Section 3 procedures are frequently easier and more straightforward to implement in comparison to the BFAs on piping systems. Specifically, the development of the MSOT curves. This is due to the complexities involved in the piping systems due to the branch piping interactions, end conditions of piping systems such as nozzle flexibilities at the pressure vessel connections, temperature changes in the length of piping especially when the piping is significantly long as seen in flare header piping systems. MSOT curves that are alternatively used for MAT curves provide a better picture to the plant personnel in understanding the safe operating envelope. Development of MSOT curves is an iterative process and therefore involves significant number of piping stress analyses during their development. In this paper, an approach to develop the MSOT curves is discussed with two case studies that are of relevance to olefin plants.

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