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Rupture Discs

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These are thin diaphragms held between flanges and calibrated to burst at a specified static inlet pressure. Unlike relief valves, rapture discs cannot reseal when the pressure declines. Once the disc ruptures, any flow into the vessel will exit through the disc, and the disc must be replaced before the pressure vessel, can be placed …

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Pilot Operated Relief Valves

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Pilot Operated Relief Valves

Pilot-operated relief valves use the pressure in the vessel rather than a spring to seal the valve and a pilot to activate the mechanism. Figure 13-6 is a schematic of a typical pilot-operated valve. A piece of tubing communicates pressure between the relief valve inlet and pilot. When this pressure is below the set pressure …

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Balanced Bellows Relief Valves

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Balanced Bellows Relief Valves

Balanced relief valves are spring-loaded valves that contain a bellows arrangement to keep back-pressure from affecting the set point. Figure 13-4 shows a cross section of a balanced relief valve, and Figure 13-5 is a schematic that shows how the valve operates. The bonnet is vented to atmosphere and a bellows is installed so that …

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Conventional Relief Valves

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Conventional Relief Valves

Figure 13-2 shows a cross section of a conventional relief valve and Figure 13-3 is a schematic that shows the valve’s operation. Convention al relief valves can be used anywhere that back-pressure in the relief header is low. They are common onshore where relief valves are fitted with individual tail pipes. On offshore platforms, they …

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Vessel Relief Requirements

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Vessel Relief Requirements

A vessel may be subject to more than one condition under different failure scenarios. For example, a low pressure separator may be subject to blocked discharge, gas blowby from the high pressure separator, and fire. Only one of these failures is assumed to happen at any time. The relief valve size needs to be calculated …

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Process Relief Requirements

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The ASME code requires every pressure vessel that can be blocked In to have a relief valve to alleviate pressure build up due to thermal expansion of trapped gases or liquids. In addition, the American Petroleum Institute Recommended Practice (API RP) 14C, “Analysis, Design, Installation and Testing of Basic Surface Safety Systems on Offshore Production …

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Pressure Relief Valves

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The most important safety devices in a production facility are the pressure relief valves, which ensure that pipes, valves, fittings, and pressure vessels can never be subjected to pressures higher than their design pressures. Relief valves must be designed to open rapidly and fully, and be adequately sized to handle the total flow of gas …

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