American Petroleum Institute 

APIAmerican Petroleum Institute is the national trade association that represents all aspects of America's oil and natural gas industry. It has corporate members which range from multi-national oil companies to the smallest of independents and they cover all aspects of the industry: producers, refiners, suppliers, pipeline operators and marine transporters and service and supply companies.

API maintains more than 500 standards and recommended practices which cover everything from drill bits to environmental protection. Increasingly, these API standards are being applied outside of the United States and some are being adopted by ISO (see the link to the left).

A few of the API standards, codes and recommended practices which have an impact on NDT are:
API RP 580     Risk-Based Inspection
API 510           Pressure Vessel Inspection Code
API 570           Piping Inspection Code
API RP 572     Inspection of Pressure Vessels
API RP 577     Welding, Inspection and Metallurgy
API 653           Tank Inspection: Repair, Alteration and Reconstruction

For more information on API see: www.api.org

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