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Process Instrumentation in Oil and Gas

Process Instrumentation in Oil and Gas

Process instrumentation is an integral p...

Check Valves in LNG Cryogenic Service

Check Valves in LNG Cryogenic Service

Because natural gas is currently conside...

Will Smart Machines Obsolete Human Resources?

Will Smart Machines Obsolete Human Resources?

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Is Valve Live Loading an Option?

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Construction and Mining: Is 2018 The Year for Growth?

Construction and Mining: Is 2018 The Year for Growth?

Tuesday, 12 December 2017  |  Kate Kunkel

While there is a degree of optimism in the mining industry that hasn’t been seen for some years, much uncertainty still exists in this sector. A...

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Emerson to Modernize Controls for Phoenix-Area Hydro Fleet

12 HOURS AGO

Arizona-based Salt River Project (SRP), one of the nation’s largest public power utilities, has selected Emerson to modernize the controls of multiple hydropower units and its central service center. SRP provides electricity to 1 million customers in the metropolitan Phoenix area and is also one...

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CIRCOR Completes Acquisition of Colfax Fluid Handling

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CIRCOR International has completed the previously announced acquisition of Fluid Handling (FH) from Colfax Corporation for approximately $693 million of cash and newly issued CIRCOR shares, and $150 million related to the assumption of pension plan liabilities linked to the FH business. FH will become...

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Chemical Industry Growth Rate Surpasses 20-Year Average

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The U.S. chemical industry is riding a global wave of growth as the world’s major economies experience an upswing for the first time in a decade. Increased output and accelerating growth rates that surpass the previous twenty-year average will help cement the business of American chemistry as ...

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Shale Boom Leading to Record Oil Exports

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“Americans are expected to end the year pumping oil out of the ground at rates unseen since the early 1970s. More and more of it is going overseas, giving OPEC a headache as the group restrains its own output,” Bloomberg  reports .

“Last year the U.S. tested the export waters afte...

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U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 6.3%

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Orders for manufacturing technology kept their momentum in October 2017, gaining 6.3% over September to a total value of $428.32 million, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Report from The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT). Year to date, orders are up 7.6% comp...

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NAM Survey: Manufacturers’ Optimism Reaches Record High

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The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released the results of the Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey for the fourth quarter of 2017, showing manufacturers’ optimism has risen to unprecedented heights amid the legislative progress made on tax reform. With 94.6% of respondents saying ...

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Safety-Relief Valve FAQ

Our company routinely receives inquiries from end users about their safety-relief valves.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions...


Q:  What is the proper way to install a safety or safety-relief valve?

A: Safety and safety-relief valves should be installed vertically with the drain holes open or piped to a convenient location. All piping must be fully supported.

 

Q:  How often should I test/ inspect my valve?

A: Maintenance should be performed on a regular basis. An initial inspection interval of no longer than 12 months is recommended. The user must establish an appropriate inspection interval depending on the service conditions, the condition of the valve and the level of performance desired.

The ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code does not require nor address testing installed valves. The only thing the code states are design and installation requirements, such as some valves must have a lifting lever. For instance for Section VIII:

“Each pressure relief valve on air, water over 140° F, or steam service shall have a substantial lifting device which when activated will release the seating force on the disk when the pressure relief valve is subjected to a pressure of at least 75% of the set pressure of the valve.”

Q: What mounting orientation should be used to install a safety valve?

A: Installing a safety valve in any position other than with the spindle vertical and upright may adversely affect performance and lifetime.

Q:  Why is there a hole in the valve body?

A: This drain hole is required on some models by the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. It is intended to prevent any condensate from accumulating in the body that may freeze or corrode internal valve parts and prevent the valve from opening. The drain hole should be piped away to safely dispose of any discharge or condensate.

Q: Which end should be connected for vacuum valves?

A: This is often a confusing topic. The correct installation often looks backwards from what appears to be correct. A paper instruction tag illustrating the proper connection is attached to each valve. Vacuum valves should have the NPT threads that are cast integral to the body attached to the vacuum source. See the assembly drawing for additional clarification.

Q:  What set pressure should the valve be set to open?

A: Typically, the valve should be nameplate set to open at the MAWP (Maximum Allowable Working Pressure) of the vessel the valve is intended to protect. There is a tolerance to actual set pressure, which means a valve set at 100 psig nameplate may open slightly above or below 100 psig. Consult the current ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code for tolerance classes and special situations when the set pressure may be different than the MAWP.

Q:  Why is my valve leaking?

A: It is normal for spring-operated safety valves to exhibit leakage or simmer/warn, as the system operating pressure approaches the nameplate set pressure, typically in the 80%-90% range of nameplate set pressure. The ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code does not require a specific seat tightness requirement. A certain level of leakage is allowed per manufacturers’ literature and API-527 Seat Tightness Performance Standards, both of which can be found in the Technical Reference Catalog and in the Data Supplement, summarized as follows:

  • Factory Standard Seat Tightness Performance: No visible (no audible for air service) leakage for 15 seconds (30 seconds for liquid or Section IV steam service) at 20% below nameplate set, or 5 psig below nameplate set, whichever is greater. EXCEPTION: Section IV steam service is checked at 12 psig.
  • API-527 Standard Seat Tightness Performance: A Functional Test Report (FTR) is automatically provided for valves ordered to API-527. See API 527 for complete details.

At very low set pressures, the ratio of the downward spring force as compared to the upward pressure force is very small. In these cases it may be impossible to achieve seat tightness.

Use soft seats for superior seat tightness, assuming the application falls within the soft seat temperature limitations. Although soft seats will typically provide a higher degree of seat tightness than metal seats, Factory Standard does not ensure bubble-tight seats, regardless of seat material.

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