EN 14276-1:2020

Pressure equipment for refrigerating systems and heat pumps - Part 1: Vessels - General requirements

Publication date:   Jul 15, 2020

General information

60.60 Standard published   Feb 26, 2020


CEN/TC 182 Refrigerating systems, safety and environmental requirements

European Norm

23.020.30   Pressure vessels | 27.080   Heat pumps | 27.200   Refrigerating technology



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This document specifies the requirements for material, design, manufacturing, testing and documentation for stationary pressure vessels intended for use in refrigerating systems and heat pumps. These systems are referenced in this document as refrigerating systems as defined in EN 378-1:2016.
The term "refrigerating system" used in this document includes heat pumps.
This document applies to vessels, including welded or brazed attachments up to and including the nozzle flanges, screwed, welded or brazed connectors, or to the edge to be welded or brazed at the first circumferential joint connecting piping or other elements.
This document applies to pressure vessels with an internal pressure down to -1 bar, to account for the evacuation of the vessel prior to charging with refrigerant.
This document applies to both the mechanical loading conditions and thermal conditions as defined in EN 13445-3:2014 associated with refrigerating systems. It applies to pressure vessels subject to the maximum allowable temperatures for which nominal design stresses for materials are derived using EN 13445-2:2014 and EN 13445-3:20141 or as specified in this document. In addition, vessels designed to this document can have a maximum allowable temperature not exceeding 200 °C and a maximum design pressure not exceeding 160 bar. Outside of these limits, it is important that the EN 13445 series be used for the design, construction and inspection of the vessel. Under these circumstances, it is important that the unique nature of refrigerating plant, as indicated in the introduction to this document, also be taken into account.
It is important that pressure vessels used in refrigerating systems and heat pumps of category less than II as defined in Annex H comply with other relevant clauses of EN 378-2:2016 for vessels.
This document applies to pressure vessels where the main pressure bearing parts are manufactured from metallic ductile materials as defined in Clause 4 and Annex I of this document.
This document does not apply to vessels of the following types:
- vessels of riveted construction;
- multi-layered, autofrettaged or prestressed vessels;
- vessels directly heated by a flame;
- "roll bond" heat exchangers.

Related legislation

Legislation related to this standard


Directive 2014/68/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of pressure equipment


Life cycle


EN 14276-1:2006+A1:2011


EN 14276-1:2020
60.60 Standard published
Feb 26, 2020


EN 14276-1:2020/prA1