note on boiler design code:
Australian codes have long been
promoted, not least by their originators,
as suitable codes for use in the
UK. They are professionally drafted
and rather reminiscent of British Standards in style.
Having said that, there have been teething troubles along the way.
The early issues outlawed the Briggs pattern boiler which is very popular
in the antipodes because it is easy to make, and a letter in Australian Model
Engineer more recently drew attention to the difficulty of obtaining copper to
the Australian specifications quoted in the standard, even in Australia!
editor has read the codes and has attended the MEANZ* general meetings in recent
years where they have been discussed. (MEANZ adopted these codes in 2004).
He has built half a dozen boilers and is fairly well versed in the issues
involved. He would certainly
support the Aussie codes as a basis for our own, provided some of the more
dubious requirements are either taken out or reduced to advisory status, with
the clear understanding that ‘advisory’ does
mean ‘advisory’. The Aussie
code was drafted to cover all the requirements of seven state authorities as
well as the federal government. We
have to satisfy only our insurers and the HSE, both of whom are fairly relaxed
given half a chance. There
would be no problem with copyright, the Aussies would be delighted for us to do
We should also make sure that anyone drawing up codes for mandatory use in the UK has sound practical and theoretical knowledge as well as experience of model boiler design and construction. They must also be able to resist the temptation to adorn their creation with all manner of requirements that serve no useful purpose, just to ‘cover themselves’. As we have said before in the newsletter pages, the hobby has an excellent safety record so far as boilers are concerned. This is based on years of well established, well documented, and well policed practice. It does not need or deserve yet more pointless bureaucracy which can only inhibit and damage it.
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