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                    Piping Standard

Schedule number
• Pipes were originally classified on the basis of wall thickness
  as standard (extra strong, and double extra strong).
• Because of modern industrial demands for more exact spec,
  pipes are now specified according to wall thickness by a
  standard formula for schedule number designated by the
  American Standards Association.
• Schedule number is defined by ASS as: = 1000 Ps/Ss
  where Ps = safe working pressure
         Ss = safe working fiber stress
                    Piping Standard
Schedule number
• Ten schedule numbers are in use at present.
• These are 10, 20, 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, 140, 160
• For pipe diameters up to 10 in, schedule 40 corresponds to the
  former “standard” pipe and schedule 80 corresponds to the
  former “extra strong” pipe.
                    Piping Standard
Schedule number
How they came up with the formula?
Bursting pressure of a thin walled cylinder may be estimated from
the following equation:

Pb = 2ST tm/Dm   where: Pb = bursting pressure
                        ST = tensile strength
                         tm = minimum wall thickeness
                        Dm = mean diameter
                    Piping Standard
Schedule number
A safe working pressure Ps can be evaluated from equation if the
   tensile strength is replaced by a safe working fiber stress Ss

Ps = 2Sstm/Dm
                         Piping Standard

Nominal pipe diameter
Pipe sizes are based on the approximate diameter and are reported as
nominal pipe sizes. Although the wall thickness varies depending on
the schedule number, the outside diameter of any pipe having a given
nominal size is constant and independent of the schedule number. This
permits the use of standard fittings and treading tools on pipes of
different schedule numbers
                          Piping Standard

Copper tubing, brass tubing are used extensively in industrial
operations. Other metals, such as nicklel and stainless steel, are also
available in the form of tubing.
Although pipe specifications are based on standard nominal sizes,
tubing specs are based on the actual outside diameter with a
designated wall thickness.
Conventional system, such as the Birmingham wire gauge (BWG) are
used to indicate the wall thickness.
                         Piping Standard

Fitting and other piping auxiliaries
• Fittings, flanges, valves, flow meters, steam traps and many other
    auxiliaries are often rated on the basis of the safe operating
    pressure as:
     25 psi – low pressure
    125 psi - standard
     250 psi – extra heavy
     300 to 10,000 - hydraulic
                     Piping: Code and Standards

• The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the
  American Petroleum Institute (API) have established
  dimensional standards for most widely used piping components

• ANSI B31
  - List of those standards can be found in the ANSI B31 code
  - Section also lists specifications for pipe and fitting materials
    and testing methods of the American Society for Testing and
    Materials (ASTM)
  - American Welding Society (AWS) specification
  - Standard of the manufacturers Standardization Society of the
    Valve and Fitting Industry (MSS)
                      Piping: Code and Standards

The design of piping system applied to this project is listed as
ASME B31.3
• ASME stands for American Society of Mechanical Engineer
• ASME 31.3 is actually a section of ANSI B31
• ASME (ANSI) 31.3 is a Standard Number and designation is
  Chemical Plant and Petroleum Refinery Piping
• ASME (ANSI) 31.1 scope and application:
  - For all piping within the property limits of the facilities engaged
    in the processing or handling of chemical, petroleum or related
    product unless specifically excluded by the code
• Information on latest issue can be obtain for ASME. 345 East
  47th st. New York NY 10017

1.   Gate Valves
     – used to minimize pressure drop in the open position and to
       stop flow rather than to regulate it.

2. Globe Valves - offer ease in throttling

3. Diaphragm valves

Diaphragm valves
– limited to 50psi, excellent for fluid containing suspended solids

4.   Plug valve – for throttling service, little likelihood of leakage
     when closed.
5. Ball valves

6. Butterfly valve

7. Needle Valves – offer flow adjustment on small lines
                           8. Check Valves

• Used to prevent reversal of flow
  1. Swing check valve
     - Normal design is for use only in horizontal lines
  2. Lift check valves
     - Vertical lift check valve – for installation in vertical line, where
                                   the flow is normally upward
     - Globe check valve – for use in horizontal lines
     - Angle check valve – used for installation where a vertical line
                              with upward flow turn horizontal
  3. Tilting disk check valve
     - May be installed both horizontally and vertically. Less pressure
       drop at low velocity but greater at high velocity. Arrests
                  Pressure-Relieving Devices

•   The possibilities for development of excess pressure exist in nearly
    every process plant.
•   Excess pressure can develop from:
    1. explosion
    2. chemical reaction
    3. reciprocating pumps or compressors
    4. process upsets
    5. external fire around equipment
•   In addition to the possible injury to personnel, the loss of equipment
    can be serious and an economic setback
•   Most countries have laws specifying the minimum attention required
    in the applications of pressure-relieving equipment in process and
    steam power plants.
         Types of Pressure Relieving Devices

1.   Relief valves
2.   Safety valves
3.   Safety-relief valve
4.   Conventional and balance valves
5.   Frangible disk (rupture disk)
                          Relief Valve

• A relief valve is an automatic pressure-relieving device actuated by
  the static pressure upstream of the valve, and which opens further
  with increase in pressure over the set pressure
• Used primarily for liquid services
• Rated capacity is usually attained at 25 percent over pressure
Relief Valve
Relief Valve
Relief Valve
                            Safety Valve

• A safety valve is an automatic pressure-relieving device actuated by
  the static pressure upstream of the valve and characterized by full
  opening or “pop” action upon opening
• Used for steam, gas or vapor service
• Rated capacity is reached at 3, 10 or 20 percent overpressure,
  depending upon applicable code.
                        Safety relief valve

• Safety relief valve is an automatic pressure relieving device actuated
  by the static pressure upstream of the valve and characterized by an
  adjustment to allow either a “pop” or a “non pop” action and a nozzle
  type entrance
• Used on steam, gas, vapor and liquid (with adjustments) and is
  probably the most general type of valve in petrochemical and
  chemical plants
• Rated capacity is reached at 3 or 10 percent overpressure,
  depending upon code and/or process conditions.
Safety Relief Valve
            Conventional and Balance Safety Valve

• Conventional safety valves operate satisfactorily only when there is
  relatively constant back pressure. Changes in back pressure can
  seriously affect its operational pressure and flow capacity
• Balance valves operate satisfactorily under varying back pressure
  as this has little influence on performance
                  Frangible Disk (Rupture Disk)

• A rupture disk is a thin diaphragm (metal, plastic, non metallic) held
  between flanges and designed to burst at a predetermined pressure.
• Each bursting requires the installation of a new disk
• Used in corrosive service, and for required bursting pressure not
  easily accommodated by the conventional valve.
• Applicable to steam, gas vapor and liquid system
               Definition of Pressure Relief Terms

1.   Set pressure
•    Is the inlet pressure at which the safety or relief valve is adjusted
     to open
•    This pressure is set regardless of any back pressure on the
     discharge of the valve
               Definition of Pressure Relief Terms

2.   Overpressure
•    Pressure increase over the set pressure of the primary relieving
     device is over pressure
•    It is the same as accumulation when the relieving device is set at
     the maximum allowable working pressure of the vessel
              Definition of Pressure Relief Terms

3.   Accumulation
•    Pressure increase over the maximum allowable working pressure
     of the vessel during discharge through the safety or relief valve,
     expressed as a percent of that pressure.
              Definition of Pressure Relief Terms

4.   Maximum allowable working pressure
•    The maximum allowable working pressure of an unfired pressure
     vessel is that pressure determined by code requirements, the
     metal material of construction and its operating temperature,
     above which the vessel may not be operated
•    For a given metal temperature, this pressure is the highest
     pressure at which the safety device may be set to open.
              Definition of Pressure Relief Terms

5.   Operating pressure
•    Pressure (gage), to which the vessel is subjected in service
•    A processing vessel is usually designed for a maximum allowable
     working pressure, which will provide a suitable margin above the
     operating pressure to prevent undesirable operation of the relief
•    Margin is approximately 10 % higher, or 25 psi – which ever is
               Definition of Pressure Relief Terms

6.   Blowdown
•    The reduction in flowing pressure below the set point required for
     a device to close
•    Is the difference between the set pressure and the reseating
     pressure of a safety or relief valve
•    Expressed as percent of the set pressure or psi
              Definition of Pressure Relief Terms

7.   Back pressure
•    Pressure developed on the discharge side of safety valves is back
•    This pressure may be generated by the flowing fluid as it passes
     through the relief discharge piping, or it may be an established
     pressure as a part of a discharge vent system into which the valve
     is discharging
•    It may be combination of these two.
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