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INSTRUCTION MANUAL

Installation, Operation and Maintenance

GROTH FLAME ARRESTERS

MODELS 7618 / 7628 / 7638 / 7648

IOM 7618.0 May 94 ©Groth Corporation 1994

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They protect low flash point liquids from externally caused sources of heat and ignition. The Models 7628/7648 are designed for either vertical or horizontal installation. The arresters are NOT rated for full flange pressure and do not require high bolting torque. USA 281-295-6800 (Office) 281-295-6999 (Fax) INSPECTION & INSTALLATION All Groth's flame arresters are bi-directional and the installation on a tank or piping system depends to a great extent on the design of the system. please contact: Groth Corporation 13650 N.Typical Flame Arrester Tables Table 1 . the arrester bases and the flame element housing. Texas 77477. If a Model 7618 is installed in a horizontal line. The housing accommodates the flame element and is instrumental in stopping the flame passage. All Groth flame elements utilize spiral wound. 1 . Depending on the design of the system in which it is used. The flame arresters consist of two main components. These series of flame arresters have 150# ANSI flange drilling compatibility. providing increased fire protection and safety. WARNING Do not pipe both drainage connections to a common line as this can provide a passage for flame to by-pass the flame arrester element.TABLE OF CONTENTS: Description Introduction Inspection & Installation Maintenance Replacement Parts Bills of Material & Drawings Model 7618 Model 7628 Model 7648 Model 7618 with Steam Jacket Model 7618 with Weatherhood Figures Fig. the arrester bases can include optional ports for temperature or pressure monitoring devices. A flame arrester should be treated as a safety device and maintained by a knowledgeable repair technician.Flange Bolt Torque Table 3 . crimped ribbon constructed of corrosion resistant 2 Page 1 1 3 5 6 7 8 9 10 3 2 2 5 5 5 5 materials. Please follow the guidelines listed in Table 2 for flange make-up torque. For information not contained in this manual. The flame element is comprised of small parallel triangular passageways aligned so that an approaching flame front is slowed down and then quenched before it can propagate to the protected side of the device. Promenade Blvd. Recommended torque values are . and are pneumatically tested to 15 PSIG at the factory.Replacement Gaskets INTRODUCTION Groth's flame arresters are designed to inhibit flame propagation in gas piping systems and to protect low pressure tanks containing flammable liquids.Flame Arrester Weight Table 6 . [30” & 36” model 7618 & 7628 have API 650 drilling].Element Housing Weight Table 5 . These devices can activate warning or shutdown systems if abnormal conditions are detected. Groth Corporation offers repair services for all products manufactured by the Tank Protection Division. it should be equipped with drain ports for removal of condensation from the housing. The bases serve as the connecting interface to the piping system.Flame Arrester MAWP Table 2 . Stafford.Housing Bolt Torque Table 4 . to insure the best flame quenching performance with minimum pressure drop. Carefully read and understand this Manual before installing or servicing this product. The Model 7618 is recommended for vertical installation in closed piping systems or venting to atmosphere.

Adjacent piping must have appropriate structural support to prevent excessive loads on the flame arrester flanges. The handles on the arrester housing are to be used for handling the element only during inspection and maintenance. all arresters must be installed within 10 pipe diameters of the open end of the vent pipe or the potential ignition source. The following guidelines should be observed at installation: WARNING Groth Corporation's flame arresters have been tested by Factory Mutual Research. make sure that the material is suitable for the application. Torque values are for reference only and based on a nitrile binder synthetic gasket. 3 5. the eccentric portion of the housing must be positioned upward (See Page 8). 1. free of scratches. Position the lifting handles and jacking nuts to facilitate future removal of the flame arrester housing (See Maintenance Instructions). 2 50 100 150 285 3 50 100 140 285 4 50 100 140 285 6 50 100 140 285 8 50 100 90 200 10 50 100 75 150 12 50 100 75 150 All Model 7618A & 7628A: MAWP = 15 PSIG All Model 7648: MAWP = 285 PSIG Table 2: Flange Bolt Torque (*) Lb. select an anti-seize compound such as moly-disulfide. Set the arrester between its mating flanges or on the nozzle. Inspect flange faces and flame element for damage or contamination. 3. they should only be installed on a mating flat face flange with a full face gasket.WARNING based on pressures [MAWP] in Table 1. To maintain the approval classification. DO NOT use the handles to lift the entire flame arrester assembly. . If the arrester will see high temperature service or if stainless steel fasteners are used. 4. This may result in vapor leakage at the flange connection. Install the studs and tighten nuts hand tight. Lubricate all studs and nuts with an appropriate thread lubricant. 1/16" thick and unlubricated threads Notes: • 6. Remove any flange protectors and discard all packing material. (Nm) Size 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 * Raised Face 60 (82) 60 (82) 60 (82) 105 (143) 105 (143) 140 (190) 140 (190) Flat Face 60 (82) 60 (82) 60 (82) 105 (143) 105 (143) 170 (231) 170 (231) Size 14 16 18 20 24 30 36 Raised Face 240 (326) 240 (326) 340 (462) 340 (462) 460 (626) 105 (143) 105 (143) WARNING Installation of an aluminum arrester in piping with raised face flanges can cause permanent distortion of the base flanges. flat. Ft. In this position condensation will tend to move in the direction of flow and not collect in the element. Center the gasket within the bolt circle. Inspect the gasket. Table 1: Flame Arrester MAWP PSIG (kPa) Size Model 7618 Alum Model 7618 CS/SS Model 7628 Alum Model 7628 CS/SS 2. Consult factory for higher pressure applications. Inspect the gasket seating surface of the tank nozzle or piping. When installing Model 7628 in the horizontal position. corrosion and tool marks. It must be clean. Aluminum flame arresters are furnished with flat face flanges.

alternating pattern to provide an evenly compressed gasket joint. 4 . the flame element housing can be easily removed for inspection and maintenance without removing the arrester from the line. For ease of service. Torque all fasteners to half the value listed in Table 1 in a staggered. The arrester must be removed from the pipeline or tank nozzle for inspection and maintenance. Frequency of inspection and maintenance should be based on the experience gained in each application.Typical Model 7618 Flame Arrester MAINTENANCE For maximum operating efficiency the element of a flame arrester must be inspected for clogging at regular intervals. Purge the line or tank with an inert gas before attempting to remove the arrester for maintenance. Fig. 1. Make up the final torque and check that no further nut rotation occurs at the specified torque value. all connections must be inspected for vapor leakage. or "bubble" test using a liquid leak detector. 8. gas detector. as there may not be sufficient space to insert studs from the flame arrester side. WARNING: After installation. (Models 7618 & 7628). It is recommended that the arrester be removed for inspection of the element at least once per year or any time that one of the following conditions occurs: • • Excessive pressure drop is encountered at a known flow rate. 1. 9. A flame front is detected. Flame arresters equipped with a steam jacket or Model 7648 can not be serviced in-line. This may be accomplished by static pressure test.• Leave space behind mating pipe flange for insertion of studs.

restrict access to the area to prevent injury from blown debris exiting the element. Note that 30” arresters (and larger) use adhesive backed Teflon tape sealant instead of a gasket. the element housing will drop onto the remaining studs when the bases are separated. When the bases are separated sufficiently to remove the housing. 4. Before disassembling arrester consult Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for all products that the arrester was exposed to in service. CAUTION If compressed air. If the flame element is dirty or clogged it can be cleaned by one of the following methods: Compressed air. • • • supporting grids for damage or corrosion buildup from both sides. Solvent wash followed by compressed air. Visually inspect the flame element and 6. Insert the studs and torque all fasteners to half the value listed in Table 3 in a staggered. attach whatever lifting equipment is required to remove the element [see weight table 4]. Be careful to avoid contact with the housing while separating the bases. tighten the housing nuts so the bases form a rigid assembly when the housing is removed. Loosen the housing nuts and remove only those studs or tie rods necessary to withdraw the housing. 1 which illustrates a typical flame arrester with the element removed. Refer to Fig. . Inspect the sealing gasket for damage and replace if necessary. tightening the housing nuts after separating the bases will provide sufficient support for the PVRV valve. If the flame element appears to be damaged. Verify that the element openings are not clogged by viewing a light source through the element passages. 7. 3. On the remaining studs. Install a gasket in the counter bore of each base. Any damage to the integrity of these passages can render the flame arrester ineffective. alternating pattern to provide an evenly compressed gasket joint. Use appropriate personnel safety equipment for the cleaning method used. 2. 5. 5 CAUTION If not supported. 10. Position the element housing to align with the counterbores.CAUTION The connecting pipeline must be free of all hazardous or flammable vapors before inspection procedures begin. 8. apply an anti-seize compound such as moly-disulfide to all threaded components. steam or high pressure water jet is used to clean clogged element passageways. 9. If the arrester is in high temperature service or stainless steel external fasteners are used. If a vertically mounted flame arrester is used to support a pressure/vacuum relief valve or similar equipment. Do not remove studs. High pressure steam or water purge. WARNING WARNING The handles on the arrester housing are to be used for handling the element only during inspection and maintenance. it should be replaced immediately. which have spreader nuts. (See Table 6 for replacement gasket part numbers. WARNING Failure to replace a damaged flame element can render the flame arrester ineffective. Take appropriate safety precautions regarding eye protection. The components should be cleaned according to MSDS procedures. Remove the housing assembly for inspection. loosen the housing nuts incrementally while advancing the spreader nuts to separate the bases. Never try to clean the element by inserting a sharp tool or probe into the orifices. DO NOT use the handles to lift the entire flame arrester assembly. If the flame arrester is in a horizontal line. skin contact & respiration.

For special applications or chemical compatibility please contact factory. 1/16" thick and unlubricated threads Table 4: Element Housing Weight .[Lb. Table 3: Housing Bolt Torque Chart (*) Ft.11. The torque values are based on original gaskets supplied by Groth Corporation and unlubricated studs. Size Part No.[Lb. 80018020 14 80018123 80018030 16 80018126 80018040 18 80018127 80018060 20 80018135 80018080 24 80018136 80018100 30 Teadit 24B 80018120 36 Teadit 24B Consult Factory (+) = Aluminum construction with SS flame element. select the corresponding Part Number for the arrester size from the table below: Size 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 Table 6: Gasket Part Number Part No. (kg)] Models 7618 Size 2" 3" 4" 6" 8" 10" 12" 14 16 18 20 24 30 36 Size 2" 3" 4" 6" 8" 10" 12" 14 16 18 20 24 30 36 Aluminum 15 (7) 25 (11) 40 (18) 80 (36) 130 (59) 200 (91) 285 (130) Alum/SS (+) 20 (9) 30 (14) 45 (20) 100 (45) 155 (70) 245 (111) 345 (157) Steel 45 (70) 75 (34) 105 (48) 225 (102) 360 (164) 555 (252) 795 (361) 1110 (505) 1535 (698) 1765 (802) 2240(1018) 3360(1527) 5730(2605) 9240(4200) Steel 70 (32) 95 (43) 105 (48) 225 (102) 360 (164) 555 (252) 795 (361) 1110 (505) 1535 (698) 1765 (802) 2240(1018) 3360(1527) 5730(2605) 9240(4200) Consult Factory Models 7628 Aluminum 25 (11) 35 (16) 50 (23) 85 (39) 150 (68) 235 (107) 320 (125) Alum/SS (+) 30 (14) 40 (18) 60 (27) 100 (45) 175 (80) 280 (127) 385 (175) * Torque values are for reference only and based on a nitrile binder synthetic gasket. 6 . Make up the final torque and check that no further nut rotation occurs at the specified torque value. (#) = Synthetic Non-Asbestos Fiber sheet material with a nitrile binder. (Nm) Size 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 24 30 36 Model 7618 60 (82) 60 (82) 60 (82) 105 (143) 105 (143) 170 (231) 170 (231) 40 (54) 40 (54) 40 (54) 40 (54) 40 (54) 40 (54) 60 (82) Model 7628 40 (54) 40 (54) 40 (54) 105 (143) 105 (143) 220 (300) 220 (300) 40 (54) 40 (54) 40 (54) 40 (54) 40 (54) 40 (54) 60 (82) Table 5: Flame Arrester Assembly Weight . Lb. (kg)] Models 7618 / 7628 Size 2" 3" 4" 6" 8" 10" 12" 14 16 18 20 24 30 36 Aluminum 5 (2) 10 (5) 15 (7) 30 (14) 45 (20) 70 (32) 95 (43) Alum/SS (+) 10 (5) 10 (5) 20 (9) 45 (20) 70 (32) 110 (50) 160 (73) Steel 15 (7) 20 (9) 35 (16) 75 (34) 115 (52) 175 (80) 250 (114) 575 (261) 745 (339) 890 (405) 1135 (516) 1805 (820) 3095(1407) 4315(1961) Consult Factory To order original Groth general purpose replacement gaskets (#).

Groth Model 7618 Flame Arrester with Steam Jacket Groth Model 7618 Flame Arrester 7 .

CARBON ALUMINUM STAINLESS CS Aluminum 316 SS CS Aluminum 316 SS 304 SS 304 SS 304 SS 304 SS 304 SS 304 SS SS SS 316 SS SS SS 316 SS SS Aluminum 316 SS CS Aluminum 316 SS CS Aluminum 316 SS CS Aluminum 316SS Non-Asbestos Compressed Fiber SS Aluminum 316 SS 8 .Groth Model 7628 Flame Arrester ITEM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DESCRIPTION Base Handle Hex Nut Stud Plug Rod Grid Housing Coupling (optional) Plug (optional) Gasket (*) Flame Element (*)= Spare parts (See Table 6).

Groth Model 7618A Flame Arrester Groth Model 7628A Flame Arrester 9 .

Groth Model 7648 Flame Arrester ITEM 1 2 3 4 5 DESCRIPTION Base Grid Flame Element Plug Rod CARBON CS SS SS SS SS ALUMINUM Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum SS SS STAINLESS 316 SS 316 SS 316SS 316 SS 316 SS 10 .

Groth Model 7618 Flame Arrester w/ Weatherhood ITEM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 DESCRIPTION Base Handle Hex Nut Stud Plug Rod Grid Housing Coupling (optional) Plug (optional) Gasket (*) Flame Element Weatherhood Post Eye Nut Hex Nut Weatherhood Screen Adapter Plate CARBON ALUMINUM STAINLESS CS Aluminum 316 SS CS Aluminum 316 SS 304 SS 304 SS 316 SS 304 SS 304 SS 316 SS SS SS 316 SS SS SS 316 SS SS Aluminum 316 SS CS Aluminum 316 SS CS Aluminum 316 SS CS Aluminum 316SS Non-Asbestos Compressed Fiber SS Aluminum 316 SS 304 SS 304 SS 316 SS CS CS SS 304 SS 304 SS 316 SS CS Aluminum 316 SS SS PVC SS Aluminum CS SS (*)= Spare parts (See Table 6). 11 .

are manufactured in accordance with published specifications and free from defects in materials and/or workmanship for a period of (12) twelve months. Serial Number and additional information about materials of construction and options. for a particular purpose or use. at its option. OR WARRANTIES. supply. development. 316SS flame element winding and no special options. D. if any. merchantability. will repair or replace any products returned intact to the factory. Seller makes no warranties. warranties as to marketability. Seller. The Manufacturer shall be under no obligation to manufacture. THERE ARE NO UNDERSTANDINGS. The original Manufacturer shall be solely responsible for the design. incidental or consequential damages of any nature. PRODUCT LIMITED WARRANTY A. It assumes no responsibility.The nameplate on the flame arrester contains the Model Number. either express or implied. 12 . B. which Seller. (INCLUDING MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE REGARDING PRODUCTS) UNLESS SPECIFIED IN THE SALES CONTRACT. production. or loss of use of any such product. and the protection of its trade name or names. THIS CONTRACT STATES THE ENTIRE OBLIGATION OF SELLER. except as provided herein. REPRESENTATIONS. and performance of its products hereunder. EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. upon inspection. or to continue to manufacture. Seller warrants that products which are manufactured by Seller. shall determine to be defective in material and/or workmanship. or losses or expenses resulting from any defective new product or the use of any such product. inconvenience. Any such modifications or changes to products sold by Seller hereunder shall make the product limited warranty null and void. for products modified or changed in any way by its agent or customer. The following chart will assist in relating the Model Number to the characteristics of your equipment: MODEL -----SIZE -----MATERIAL ------------OPTIONS 7618 7628 7648 02 03 04 06 08 10 12 14 16 18 20 24 30 36 1=Aluminum Element 5=316 SS Element Z=Special Element 1=Aluminum Body 3=Carbon Steel Body 5=316 SS Body Z=Special Body O = No Specials Z = Special Options O = No Jacket J = Steam Jacket F = Flanged Outlet W = Weatherhood EXAMPLE: 7618-02-35-FOO indicates a 2" Model 7618 with Carbon Steel body. including any damages for loss of time. In no event shall Seller be liable for any direct. transportation charges prepaid. sell. AGREEMENTS. C. or against infringement of any patent of products. including without limitation thereof. sell or supply any of the Products. or supply. The foregoing shall constitute the sole remedy for any breach of Seller's warranty.