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  1. 1. Pressure Relief Devices Om Pratap Singh
  2. 2. Why Pressure relieving Devices ? <ul><li>The possibilities for development of excess pressure exists in nearly every process plants. It is important to understand the source of over pressure and what might be the eventual results. </li></ul><ul><li>The mere solving of formula to obtain an orifice area is secondary to an analysis and understanding of the pressure system. </li></ul><ul><li>Excess pressure can develop from explosion, chemical reaction, reciprocating pumps or compressors, external fire around equipment, and an endless list of related and unrelated situations. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition to the possible injury to personnel, the loss of equipment can be serious and an economic setback. </li></ul><ul><li>Most countries have laws specifying the requirements regarding application of pressure relieving devices in process and steam power plants. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Standards for design and Installation <ul><li>The publications of the American Petroleum Institute are helpful in evaluation and design. </li></ul><ul><li>API-RP-520 (10), Design and Installation of pressure relieving systems in refineries; Part I – Design; Part II – Installation. Applies to the equipment that has a MAWP of 15 psig or greater. </li></ul><ul><li>API-RP-521 (13), Guide for pressure relief and Depressurizing systems. </li></ul><ul><li>The rules for over pressure protection of fired vessels are provided in section 1 of the ASME boiler & pressure vessel code and ASME B31.1. </li></ul><ul><li>Atmospheric & low pressure storage tanks covered in API std. 2000. </li></ul><ul><li>The best practice in industrial design recommends that (a) all pressure vessels of any pressure be designed, fabricated, tested and code stamped per the applicable ASME code (1) or API codes and standards, Ref. (33) and (b) that pressure relieving devices be installed for pressure relief and venting as per codes (1, 10, 13) (33). </li></ul>
  4. 4. Positive Pressure relieving devices <ul><li>Relief Valve : An automatic spring loaded pressure relieving device actuated by the static pressure upstream of the valve. Used primarily for liquid service (1,10). Rated capacity is attained at 25 % over-pressure. </li></ul><ul><li>Safety Valve : It is characterized by rapid full opening or pop action. Normally used with comprisable fluids. Rated capacity is reached at 3%, 10%, or 20% over pressure as per code. </li></ul><ul><li>Safety-Relief valve : It is characterized by an adjustment to allow reclosure action. It reseats as pressure drops. Used on steam gas, vapor and liquid. Most general type of valve in petrochemical and chemical plants. Rated capacity is reached at 3% or 10% over-pressure. </li></ul><ul><li>Conventional PRV : Operational characteristics are directly affected by changes in the back pressure. </li></ul><ul><li>Balanced PRV : that incorporates a bellows or other means for minimizing the effect of back pressure. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Pilot operated PRV : In which a main valve is combined with and controlled by a self actuated auxiliary pressure relief valve (Pilot). </li></ul><ul><li>Provide accurate pressure relief when operating near to the design pressure of the tank. </li></ul><ul><li>Overcome the problem of back pressure generated at the discharge of the valve due to pipe work and scrubber etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Rupture Disc : A rupture disc is a non-reclosing thin diaphragm (metal, plastic, carbon/graphite (non metallic)) held between flanges and design to burst at a predetermined internal pressure. Mostly used for corrosive service or leak-proof applications and for required bursting pressures not easily accommodated by the conventional valve such as explosions. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Definition of Pressure Relief Terms <ul><li>Set Pressure: It is the Inlet pressure or upstream pressure at which the safety or relief valve is adjusted to open. </li></ul><ul><li>Overpressure: Pressure increase over the set pressure of the primary relieving device allowed to achieve rated flow. </li></ul><ul><li>Accumulation: Pressure increase over the maximum allowable working pressure of the vessel during discharge through the pressure relieving device. </li></ul><ul><li>Back Pressure: Pressure existing at the outlet connection of pressure relieving device, resulting from the pressure in the discharge system of the installed device. </li></ul><ul><li>Maximum Allowable Working Pressure (MAWP): The maximum pressure permissible at the top of an unfired pressure vessel is that determined by code requirement, the metal MOC and its operating temperature above which the vessel may not be operated. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Pressure Relief Valve Operation for Gases & Vapors
  8. 8. Pressure Relief Valve Operation for Liquids
  9. 9. General Code Requirements <ul><li>The ASME code requires that all pressure vessel be protected by a pressure relieving device that shell prevent the internal pressure from increasing more than 10% above the maximum allowable working pressure of the vessel (MAWP), except when the excess pressure is developed by external fire or other unforeseen heat source. </li></ul><ul><li>When a pressure vessel is exposed to external heat or fire, supplemental pressure-Relieving Devices are required for this excessive pressure. These devices must have capacity to limit the overpressure to not more than 21% above the maximum allowable working pressure of the vessel. </li></ul><ul><li>Liquid relief valves should be used for vessels that operate full of liquid. </li></ul><ul><li>The set pressure tolerance of PRVs are not to exceed + 2 % for pressure up to 70psig and + 3% for pressure above 70 psig. </li></ul><ul><li>Rupture disc may be used in the cases of corrosion and polymer formations, which might make the safety relief valve inoperative, or where small leakage by a safety valve cannot be tolerated. They are particularly helpful for internal explosion pressure release. </li></ul><ul><li>RD must have a specified bursting pressure at a specified temperature. The disc must be guaranteed by the manufacturer to burst within 5%( + ) of the specified bursting pressure at the rated temperature. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Rupture Disk <ul><li>Temperature sensitive device. </li></ul><ul><li>Burst pressure can very significantly with the temperature of rupture disk. </li></ul><ul><li>As the temp. increases , the burst pressure usually decreases. </li></ul><ul><li>Since the effect of temperature depends on the RD design & material, the manufacturer should be consulted for specific application. </li></ul><ul><li>RD must be specified at the pressure and temp. the disk is expected to burst. </li></ul><ul><li>RD at the inlet of a Pressure Relief Valve </li></ul><ul><li>To seal the system to meet emission standard. </li></ul><ul><li>To provide corrosion protection for the valve </li></ul><ul><li>To reduce valve maintenance. </li></ul><ul><li>The space between the RD & PRV shell have a free vent, pressure gauge and suitable telltale indicator. </li></ul><ul><li>RD at the outlet of a pressure Relief Valve </li></ul><ul><li>To protect the valve from atmospheric or downstream fluids. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Combined PRV & RD
  12. 12. Effect of Back pressure on PRV Operation & Flow capacity <ul><li>Conventional PRV shows unsatisfactory performance when excessive back pressure develops during a relief. </li></ul><ul><li>Tends to reduce the lifting force which is holding the valve open. </li></ul><ul><li>Excessive built-up BP can cause the valve to operate in an unstable manner. </li></ul><ul><li>Built-up back pressure should not exceed 10% of the SP at the 10% allowable overpressure. </li></ul><ul><li>A balanced PRV is suitable where the built-up BP is too high for conventional PRV. Or where the superimposed BP varies widely compared to the SP. </li></ul><ul><li>This valve can be applied where total BP does not exceed 50% of the SP. </li></ul><ul><li>High back pressure tends to produce a closing force on the unbalanced portion of the disk, results in reduction in flow capacity </li></ul><ul><li>A capacity correction factor are provided to account for this reduction in flow. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Conventional Pressure Relief Valve
  14. 14. Balanced-Bellows pressure Relief Valve
  15. 15. PRV Sizing for Critical Flow <ul><li>For back pressure less than critical pressure, the effective discharge area, A </li></ul><ul><li>US Customary Units: </li></ul><ul><li>A = W (T*Z)^0.5 </li></ul><ul><li>C*Kd*P1*Kb*Kc*(M)^0.5 </li></ul><ul><li>SI Units: </li></ul><ul><li>A = 13160 * W TZ </li></ul><ul><li>C*Kd*P1*Kb*Kc M </li></ul><ul><li>Where, </li></ul><ul><li>A = Required effective discharge area of the device, in2. (mm2) </li></ul><ul><li>W = Required flow through the device, lb/hr (kg/hr) </li></ul><ul><li>C = Coefficient determined from an expression of the ratio of Sp. Heats (k = Cp/Cv) </li></ul><ul><li>Kd = Coefficient of discharge, Consider the following values for design, </li></ul><ul><li>0.975 when PRV is installed with or without RD </li></ul><ul><li>0.62 for rupture disk </li></ul><ul><li>P1 = Upstream relieving pressure, psia (Kpaa). This is the set press plus the allowable overpressure plus atm pressure </li></ul><ul><li>Kb = Capacity correction factor due to back pressure. Applies to balanced bellows valve only. For conventional & pilot operated valves use Kb equal to 1. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Kc = Combination correction factor for installation with a RD upstream of the PRV. = 1 when a RD is not installed. = 0.9 when a RD is installed in combination with a PRV. T = Relieving temp. of the gas or vapor, R, (K) Z = Compressibility factor at inlet relieving condition M = Mol. Wt.
  17. 17. PRV Sizing for Sub critical Flow: <ul><li>When the ratio of back pressure to inlet pressure exceeds the critical pressure ratio Pcf/P1, the flow through the PRV is sub critical </li></ul><ul><li>SI Units: </li></ul><ul><li>A = 17.9 * W ZT </li></ul><ul><li>F2*Kd*Kc MP1(P1-P2) </li></ul><ul><li>Where, </li></ul>
  18. 19. Sizing for Steam Relief <ul><li>SI Units: </li></ul><ul><li>Where, </li></ul>
  19. 20. Sizing for Liquid Relief
  20. 21. Sizing for External Fire Condition <ul><li>Heat Absorbed: The amount of heat absorbed by a vessel exposed to an open fire is, </li></ul><ul><li>Q = 21000 * F *a w ^ 0.82 </li></ul><ul><li>Where, </li></ul><ul><li>Q = total heat absorption to the wetted surface, in BTU per hour. </li></ul><ul><li>A w = total wetted surface area in square foot. </li></ul><ul><li>F = Environment factor, for bare vessel F=1. </li></ul><ul><li>Relief Capacity for Fire Exposure: </li></ul><ul><li>W = Q/L </li></ul><ul><li>W = Rate of flow of vapor, lb/h </li></ul><ul><li>L = Latent heat at allowable pressure, BTU/lb </li></ul><ul><li>Q = Total heat absorption from external fire </li></ul>
  21. 22. Emergency Relief Valve
  22. 23. Breather Valve <ul><li>Design as per API code 2000. </li></ul><ul><li>Used for pressure and vacuum relief services. </li></ul><ul><li>Designed to protect low pressure storage tanks from excessive pressure (or Vacuum) created by thermal expansion (and Contraction) and product movement into (out of) the tank. </li></ul><ul><li>Minimizing costly product evaporation/loss. </li></ul><ul><li>Excesses in pressure or vacuum may also cause permanent deformation to the tank. </li></ul><ul><li>Intake the air under constant pressure during unloading. </li></ul><ul><li>Discharge the overpressure generated during pouring the fluid in to storage tank. </li></ul><ul><li>The safe valve to control the deflation (Vacuum) or Inflation (pressure) of several storage tanks. </li></ul>
  23. 24. Breather Valve
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