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Piping Acronyms and Abbreviations


Piping acronyms and abbreviations are essential for every piping engineer to know as theses abbreviations are commonly used. Listed below are some abbreviations and acronyms which are associated with activities related to piping.

  • AAE American Association of Engineers

  • ACI American Concrete Institute

  • ACRI Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute

  • A-E Architect-engineer

  • AEC American Engineering Council

  • AESC American Engineering Standards Committee

  • AFFFA American Forged Fitting and Flange Association

  • AIDD American Institute of Design and Drafting

  • AIME American Institute of Mechanical Engineers

  • AISC American Institute of Steel Construction

  • AISE Association of Iron and Steel Engineers AISI American Iron and Steel Institute

  • AMAA Adhesives Manufacturers Association of America

  • AMCA Air Moving and Conditioning Association

  • AMFIE Association of Mutual Fire Insurance Engineers

  • AMICE Associate Member of Institute of Civil Engineers ANS American Nuclear Society

  • ANSI American National Standards Institute

  • API American Petroleum Institute

  • ARI Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute ASBC American Standard Building Code

  • ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers

  • ASCEA American Society of Civil Engineers and Architects ASCHE American Society of Chemical Engineers

  • ASE Amalgamated Society of Engineers

  • ASEA American Society of Engineers and Architects

  • ASEE American Society of Engineering Education

  • ASHACE American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers

  • ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers

  • ASME American Society of Mechanical Engineers

  • ASNE American Society of Naval Engineers

  • ASRE American Society of Refrigeration Engineers

  • ASSE American Society of Safety Engineers; American Society of Sanitary Engineers

  • ASTM American Society for Testing and Materials ASWG American steel and wire gauge

  • AWG American wire gauge

  • AWS American Welding Society

  • AWWA American Water Works Association BHN Brinell hardness number

  • CAD Computer-aided design

  • CADD Computer-aided design drafting db Dry bulb

  • DCCP Design change control program

  • DCEA Directory of Civil Engineering Abbreviations

  • DCN Design/drawing change notice

  • DIN Deutsches Institu fu¨ r Normung; German Standards Institute

  • DIPRA Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association

  • DIS Ductile Iron Society

  • EJMA Expansion Joint Manufacturers Association

  • FCI Fluid Controls Institute

  • FMA Forging Manufacturers Association

  • gpm Gallons per minute

  • gps Gallons per second

  • HI Hydraulic Institute

  • HVAC Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning

  • IAEE International Association of Earthquake Engineers

  • IFHTM International Federation for the Heat Treatment of Materials IFI Industrial Fasteners Institute

  • IGSCC Intergranular stress corrosion cracking

  • ISA International Standards Association; Instrument Society of America NACE National Association of Corrosion Engineers

  • NAPE National Association of Power Engineers

  • NASE National Association of Stationary Engineers

  • NASPD National Association of Steel Pipe Distributors

  • NCPI National Clay Pipe Institute

  • NFPA National Fire Protection Association

  • NIMA National Insulation Manufacturers Association

  • NPT National Pipe Taper

  • NSPE National Society of Professional Engineers NSSS Nuclear steam system supplier

  • OBE Operating-basis earthquake

  • OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Act, or Administration

  • PACE Professional Association of Consulting Engineers

  • PFI Pipe Fabrication Institute

  • PJA Pipe Jacking Association

  • PLCA Pipe Line Contractors Association ppb Parts per billion

  • PFMA Pipe Fittings Manufacturers Association

  • PPI Plastic Pipe Institute

  • ppm Parts per million

  • PPMS Plastic Pipe Manufacturers’ Society

  • PRI Plastics and Rubber Institute

  • RWMA Resistance Welding Manufacturers’ Association

  • SAE Society of Automotive Engineers

  • SCC Stress corrosion cracking

  • SMA Solder Markers’ Association; Steel Manufacturers’ Association

  • VMA Valve Manufacturers’ Association

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