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Materials System Specification

01-SAMSS-025
30 January 2013
Specification for Heavy Duty Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)
and Perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) Lined Carbon Steel Pipe and Fittings
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Table of Contents
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Scope............................................................. 2
Conflicts and Deviations................................. 2
References..................................................... 3
Definitions...................................................... 5
Materials........................................................ 5
Pipe and Fittings............................................ 6
Welding Procedure and Welder Approval...... 8
Dimensional Requirements............................ 8
Fabrication..................................................... 8
Tolerances for Fabricated Items.................... 9
Weld Quality................................................. 10
Venting......................................................... 10
Workmanship............................................... 12
Performance................................................. 13
Qualification Tests........................................ 13
Production Testing....................................... 15
Finish............................................................ 16
Marking......................................................... 16
Packaging..................................................... 17
Inspection..................................................... 17
Deviation from this Specification.................. 18

Previous Issue: 19 February 2011 Next Planned Update: 30 January 2018


Revised paragraphs are indicated in the right margin
Primary contact: Mehdi Mauyed Sahib on +966-3-8809547
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01-SAMSS-025
Issue Date: 30 January 2013
Specification for Heavy Duty Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)
Next Planned Update: 30 January 2018
and Perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) Lined Carbon Steel Pipe and Fittings

Scope
This Specification covers requirements for materials, fabrication, quality, qualification,
marking and inspection for ASME/ANSI class 150 and 300 heavy duty PTFE and PFA
lined carbon steel flanged pipe and fittings transporting corrosive fluids including acids
and alkaline solutions.
It covers pipe sizes from NPS 1 to 20 inches. For ASME/ANSI Class 150, the maximum
allowable working pressure equals the corresponding ANSI pressure-temperature rating
per the designated metallurgy. For ASME/ANSI Class 300, the maximum allowable
working pressure (accounting for the plastic raised face) is:
-20F to 100F = 475 psi
200F
= 460 psi
300F
= 440 psi
450F
= 400 psi

1.1

All carbon steel parts are grit blasted before lining to obtain a near white surface
according to NACE 2 which is equivalent to Sa 2 per Swedish Standard
SIS 05 59 00.

1.2

Lined pipe and fittings shall have fixed and/or rotating flanges, depending on
their location.

1.3

Lined flanged pipe and fittings shall have full vacuum service at 180C (356F).

1.4

Where it is proposed to use pipe and fittings to this Specification at temperatures


above 200C or below 0C, the Chairman of the Non-Metallic Standards
Committee shall be consulted.

1.5

Solvent based fluids shall not be conveyed through Non-Antistatic Fluorocarbon


Lined Carbon Steel Piping Systems to avoid sparks and potential ignition.

1.6

Every Fluorocarbon lined section shall have at least one vent hole for pressure
tests and as leakage indicator.

1.7

This Specification does not purport to include all the necessary provisions of a
contract.

Conflicts and Deviations


2.1

Any conflicts between this specification and other applicable Saudi Aramco
Materials System Specifications (SAMSSs), Engineering Standards (SAESs),
Standard Drawings (SASDs), or industry standards, codes, and forms shall be
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Next Planned Update: 30 January 2018
and Perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) Lined Carbon Steel Pipe and Fittings

resolved in writing, prior to submission of bids or start of related work, by the


Company or Buyer Representative through the Manager, Consulting Services
Department, Saudi Aramco, Dhahran.

2.2

Direct all requests to deviate from this specification in writing to the Company or
Buyer Representative, who shall follow internal company procedure SAEP-302
and forward such requests to the Manager, Consulting Services Department, Saudi
Aramco, Dhahran.

2.3

Proceed with the requested deviation only after the receipt of the Manager's
approval to deviate from this specification.

References
Material supplied to this specification shall comply with the latest edition of the
references listed below unless otherwise noted:
3.1

Saudi Aramco References


Saudi Aramco Engineering Procedure
SAEP-302

Instructions for Obtaining a Waiver of a Mandatory


Saudi Aramco Engineering Requirement

Saudi Aramco Engineering Standards


SAES-L-105

Piping Material Specifications

SAES-L-132

Material Selection for Piping Systems

Saudi Aramco Inspection and Testing Requirements Form


175-012200

3.2

Specification for Heavy Duty Polytetrafluoroethylene


(PTFE) and Perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) Lined carbon
Steel Pipe and Fittings

Industry Codes and Standards


American Petroleum Institute
API SPEC 5L

Specification for Line Pipe

American Society for Testing and Materials


ASTM A105

Standard Specification for Forgings, Carbon Steel,


for Piping Components

ASTM A106

Standard Specification for Seamless Carbon Steel


Pipe for High-Temperature Service
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and Perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) Lined Carbon Steel Pipe and Fittings

ASTM A216

Standard Specification for Steel Castings, Carbon,


Suitable for Fusion Welding, for High
Temperature Service

ASTM A234

Standard Specification for Piping Fittings of


Wrought Carbon Steel and Alloy Steel for
Moderate and Elevated Temperatures

ASTM A395

Standard Specification for Ferritic Ductile Iron


Pressure Retaining Castings for Use at Elevated
Temperatures

ASTM D792

Test Methods for Specific Gravity, Relative Density


and Density of Plastics by Displacement

ASTM D1505

Test Methods for Density of Plastics by the DensityGradient Technique

ASTM D3307

Standard Specification for PFA-Fluorocarbon


Molding and Extrusion Materials

ASTM D4894

Standard Specification for Polytetrafluoroethylene


(PTFE) Granular Molding and Ram Extrusion
Materials

ASMT D4895

Standard Specification for Polytetrafluoroethylene


(PTFE) Resin Produced from Dispersion

American National Standards Institute


ANSI B16.5

Pipe Flanges and Flanged Fittings Steel, Nickel


Alloy and other Special Alloys

ANSI B16.10

Face-to-Face and End-to-End Dimensions of Valves

ANSI B16.42

Ductile Iron Pipe Flanges and Flanged Fittings,


Class 150 And 300

ASME/ANSI B31.3

Chemical Plant and Petroleum Refinery Piping

American Society of Mechanical Engineers


ASME SEC IX

Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code - Section IX:


Welding and Brazing Qualifications

British Standards
BS 10

Specification for Flanges and Bolting for Pipes,


Valves and Fittings (Obsolescent)

BS 21

Specification for Pipe Threads for Tubes and


Fittings where Pressure-Tight Joints are Made
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and Perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) Lined Carbon Steel Pipe and Fittings

on the Threads (Metric Dimensions)


BS 1501

Steels for Fired and Unfired Pressure Vessels:


Plates. Part 1: Specification for Carbon and
Carbon Manganese Steels

BS 2050

Specification for Electrical Resistance of


Conducting and Anti-Static Products Made from
Flexible Polymeric Material

BS 2633

Specification for Class I Arc Welding of Ferritic


Steel Pipework for Carrying Fluids

BS 2789

Specification for Spheroidal Graphite or Nodular


Graphite Cast Iron

BS EN ISO 15614-1:2004

BS EN 287-1

Specification and Qualification of Welding


Procedures for Metallic Materials-Welding
Procedure Tests

Approval Testing of Welders for Fusion Welding,


Part1, Steels

French Standard
NF A35-501

Aciers de Construction D'usage General: Nuances


et Qualites: Toles Minces, Moyennes et Fortes,
Larges Plats, Lamines Marchands et Poutrelles

German Standard
DIN 1693

Part 1: Cast Iron with Nodular Graphite; Unalloyed


and Low Alloy Grades

Swedish Standard
SIS 05 59 00

Pictorial Surface Preparation Standards for


Painting Steel Surfaces

Definitions
For the purposes of this Specification, the following definitions apply:
Buyer: means the company so named in the Purchase Order.
Seller: means the person, firm or company to whom the Purchase Order is issued.
Contract: means the agreement between the Buyer and the Seller.
Inspecting Engineer: means the representative authorized by the Buyer to carry out
the inspection by this specification.
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Next Planned Update: 30 January 2018
and Perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) Lined Carbon Steel Pipe and Fittings

Materials
5.1

General
Materials shall comply with this Specification unless otherwise specified in the
Purchase Order.

5.2

PTFE Lining
The pipe and fitting lining material shall be made from virgin PTFE material per
ASTM D1457.
5.2.1

Anti-Static PTFE Lining


PTFE lining, with and without Anti-Static agent, shall be made from
virgin resin per ASTM D1457. The virgin PTFE resin shall contain a
maximum antistatic carbon black filler of 2% that is necessary to comply
with the electrical resistance requirements, given in 16.3, for the finished
lining.

5.2.2

The liner wall thickness in relation to the minimum/maximum spool


length is listed in Table 1.
Table 1 - Liner Wall Thickness against Maximum Spool Length
NPS
Nominal
Pipe Size

PTFE
Liner Wall Thickness
in mm 10%

Straight Pipe
Max. Spool Length
in mm

1.0

3.0

6000

1.5

3.0

6000

2.0

3.0

6000

2.5

3.0

6000

3.0

3.5

6000

4.0

4.5

6000

5.0

4.5

6000

6.0

5.0

6000

8.0

6.25

6000

10

6.75

4000

12

8.0

3500

14

9.0

3000

16

10.0

2500

18

7.5

3000

20

6.5

2500
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and Perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) Lined Carbon Steel Pipe and Fittings

The lining face thickness shall be 10% of the liner wall thickness.
5.3

PFA Lining
The PFA lining shall be transfer molded material made from virgin resin per
ASTM D3307 with and without antistatic carbon black filler. The resin shall
contain antistatic filler up to a maximum amount of 2%, when required to
comply with the electrical resistance requirements given in 16.3.
The liner wall thickness shall be 4 mm for pipe diameters of 1 through 3 and
4.5 mm for pipe diameters of 4 and above.

5.4

PTFE/PFA Materials Properties


When PTFE liner is tested per ASTM D4894 and ASMT D4895 while PFA is
tested in accordance to ASTM D3307, the minimum tensile strength and
elongation at break, in the longitudinal direction, shall be 3000 psi (20.7 N/mm)
and 250% respectively for both liners.
5.4.1

Specific Gravity
PTFE lining, without and with antistatic agent, shall have a specific
gravity range between 2.14 to 2.19 when tested in accordance with
ASTM D792 or ASTM D1505. PFA lining shall have a specific gravity
between 2.14 to 2.16, inclusively, per ASTM D3307.

5.4.2

Resistivity
PTFE and PFA shall have sufficiently low volume and surface resistivity
such that the finished lined pipe and fittings satisfy the requirements of
16.2.2.

Pipe and Fittings


6.1

Pipe and Fittings


Pipe, seamless or welded, shall be carbon steel to API SPEC 5L Grade B or
ASTM A106 Grade B.
Fittings shall be carbon steel to ASTM A234, ASTM A53, or ASTM A106.

6.2

Standard Flange Types


Welding-neck, slip-on welding collars, loose flange with collar and rotating
flange on flared end of carbon steel pipe shall be forged steel to ASTM A105,
ASTM A395, ASTM A216 or ASTM A181.
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6.3

Backing Gaskets
The use of a backing gasket, as an alternative to a smooth transition at the
junction of the bore of the pipe or fitting and the flange/collar face, is prohibited.

Welding Procedure and Welder Approval


Qualification of welding procedures, welders and welding operators shall be in
accordance with ASME SEC IX.

Dimensional Requirements
Flanges and fittings dimensions shall comply with the following industry standards,
unless otherwise specified in the Purchase Order.
Metal

Specification

Steel

ANSI B16.50

Ductile iron

ANSI B16.42

Cast iron

ANSI B16.10

Threaded bolt holes are not permitted except for reducing flanges.
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Fabrication
9.1

Flanged Pipe Spools


Each flanged pipe spool shall have a welding neck, slip-on welding or socketwelding type flange at one end and a welding collar with a loose backing flange
at the other end, except for those lengths specified in the Purchase Order to be
field flared. In such cases, threaded flanges may be used when agreed.
A stop shall be provided on all spool lengths greater than 500 mm. The stop is
to prevent the travel of the loose flange and shall be located within 150 mm of
the back of the collar.

9.2

Fabricated Flanged Fittings


Completed fittings shall be one-piece.
Fabricated flanged fittings shall have slip-on welding, socket-welding or
welding neck flanges. Loose flanges without collar are prohibited.
The preparation and assembly of welded branch connections shall, unless
otherwise agreed, comply with the requirements of ASME/ANSI B31.3.
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and Perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) Lined Carbon Steel Pipe and Fittings
Note 1:

9.3

Field flaring should only be used where it is impractical either to specify an


actual flanged pipe length in the enquiry / order or to use a site measured
make-up flanged length.

Attachment of Slip-on Welding/Socket-Welding Flanges and Collars


The attachment of slip-on welding flanges and collars shall be by both back
fillet and front fillet/groove welds. The attachment of socket-welding flanges
and collars shall be by both back fillet and bore welds.

9.4

Radius at the Bore


The transition from the bore to the flange or collar face at the ends of each pipe or
fitting shall be such as to prevent damage to the lining during manufacture or use.

10

Tolerances for Fabricated Items


Tolerances on flanges and fittings shall be in accordance with the relevant standard.
Unless otherwise agreed, pipework fabricated to this Specification shall comply with
the following tolerances:
(a)

Straightness of pipe
Straight sections of pipe shall not deviate from straightness by more than 1/500th
of the length, when measured at the greatest deviation.

(b)

Squareness of flanges/collars
The flange/collar face shall be square with the axis of the pipe or fitting to within
0.05 mm per 25 mm measured across the face of the flange/collar.

(c)

Flange/collar face
The flange/collar face shall not be uneven or concave. Any convexity from the bore
to the periphery shall not exceed 0.4 mm per 25 mm width of flange/collar face.

(d)

Flange drilling tolerances


Where a flange is required to be drilled, the tolerances shall be in accordance with
Table 2 below.

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and Perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) Lined Carbon Steel Pipe and Fittings

Table 2 Flange Drilling Tolerances


Dimension

Tolerances (mm)

Bolt circle diameter

1.5

Center to center of adjacent bolt holes

0.8

Eccentricity between bolts circle diameter


And machined outside diameter of raised face
NPS 2.5 and smaller

0.8

NPS 3.0 and larger

1.5

(e)

Bolt holes
Unless otherwise specified in the Purchase Order, the bolt holes in flanges shall be
off center. The bolt holes shall be equally disposed about the center line of the
fitting to an accuracy of 1.5 mm.
Concentricity of the bolt holes with the bore of the pipe/fitting shall be such that
the measurements between the bore of the pipe/fitting and the bolt holes are
consistent within 1.5 mm.

(f)

Linear and angular dimensions


The tolerances on linear dimensions shall be 1.5 mm.
The tolerances on the angle of bends and branches shall be 0.25.

11

Weld Quality
All welds shall be visually examined. The limitations on imperfections shall comply
with ASME/ANSI B31.3.

12

Venting
12.1

General
Each pipe and fitting including reducing flanges, instrument tees, lined spacers,
etc., shall be provided with a venting system that will release any gas which,
during service, may permeate through the lining and will also indicate any
leakage due to failure of the lining.

12.2

PTFE and PFA Lined Pipe


Flanged pipe spools up to 500 mm shall have one vent at mid-point. Flanged
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and Perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) Lined Carbon Steel Pipe and Fittings

pipe spools above 500 mm and up to 4000 mm shall have two vents; one at each
end within approximately 100 mm of the back of the flange or collar. Flanged
pipe spools above 4000 mm shall additionally have a vent at the mid-point.
The vents shall be on the same longitudinal center line. Unless otherwise
specified in the Purchase Order, each vent shall have a welding boss which shall
be set on and welded using a weld detail per ASME SEC IX.
The welding boss shall be screwed 1/4 BSP parallel. A PTFE and PFA vented
plug screwed 1/4 BSP parallel shall be fitted into the boss. The thread
engagement shall be at least 10 mm. The vent holes in the pipe, boss and plug
shall be 3 mm in diameter. Figure 1 below shows typical details of the vent.

Figure 1 - Typical Details of Vents on Flanged Pipe Lengths


12.3

PTFE Lined Fittings


Each PTFE lined fitting shall have a vent. Unless otherwise specified in the
Purchase Order. The vent shall have a welding boss in accordance with 12.2
except that a tapped hole may be made in the fitting (e.g., reducing flanges, lined
spacers) providing that the metal is thick enough to allow the thread length
required. A PTFE vented plug shall be fitted on each vent to avoid clogging.

12.4

PFA Lined Fittings


Injection bosses on PFA lined fittings shall be provided with a carbon steel vented
plug which shall be screwed with a BSP parallel thread of size appropriate to the
diameter of the hole in the injection boss. The thread engagement shall be at least
10 mm for 1/4 BSP and 12 mm for 3/8 BSP. The vent in the plug shall be 3 mm
diameter. The vented plug shall be screwed into the boss using PTFE thread seal.
Figure 2 below show typical details of PFA vents.
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Figure 2 - Typical Details of PFA Lined Fitting Vents in Injection Bosses


For PFA lined fittings not having injection bosses, each vent shall be provided
with a vent boss fitted with a PTFE vented plug. The boss and vented plug shall
be screwed 1/4 BSP parallel. The thread engagement shall be at least 10 mm.
The vent holes in the fitting and vented plug shall be 3 mm diameter.
12.5

Extended Vented Plugs


Where specified in the Purchase Order extended vented plugs shall be provided.
They shall be of carbon steel, 75 mm overall length and threaded to suit the vent
boss or fitting. The end that screws into the boss or fitting shall have, for at least
a length of 10 mm, a 3 mm diameter vent hole.
Note 2:

13

Extended vented plugs are required for those applications where the pipe and
fittings are to be lagged and the vent is to be extended beyond the lagging.

Workmanship
13.1

Pipe (housing)
The interior surfaces of all carbon steel Pipes (housings), prior to lining, shall be
clean and free of sharp corners, burs, rust, scale or other protrusions that may
affect the integrity or performance of the lining.

13.2

Lining
Lining of straight pipe, including site measured make-up pieces, shall be carried
out using a method that ensures an interference fit.
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Pipe and fittings linings shall show no evidence of pinholes, porosity or cracks.
The linings shall fit snugly inside the pipe and fittings. Any pipe spool or fitting
showing bulges or other obvious indication of poor contact between the liner
and the pipe spool or fittings shall be rejected.
The gasket sealing surface of the linings shall be free of surface defects that could
impair sealing effectiveness. Scratches, dents, nicks or tool marks on the sealing
surface shall be not deeper than 0.15 mm. Radial defects shall be rejected.
14

Performance
Lined pipe and fittings shall be capable of meeting the qualification requirements
specified in 15.

15

Qualification Tests
15.1

Heat and Temperature Tests


Lined pipe and fittings, representing production samples, shall be cycled in an
oven from room temperature to 260C (500F) to determine the ability of the
lined components to resist heat ageing and temperature cycling. Test at least
two pipe spools, tees and 90 elbows for each size.
15.1.1

Test procedure
Install blind flanges, with a center vent hole, at the recommended torque
value and affix a thermocouple to the housing to measure the temperature.
Pipe spools shall be at least 1 meter long. After at least one hour at
260C, as indicated by the thermocouple, air cool the lined component to
50C maximum. Repeat this test for a total of three cycles.

15.1.2

Examination
Lined pipe and fittings shall be visually examined, after each cycle, for
distortion or cracks in the lining. At the completion of the third cycle,
subject tested samples to the hydrostatic pressure test described in 16.2.

The tested pipe and fitting for the heat and temperature tests shall be discarded.
15.2

Vacuum Test
Lined pipe and fittings, representing production samples, shall be tested to
determine the vacuum rating of the lined spools. A minimum of two pipe
spools, equal tees and 90 elbows for each size shall be tested. The tests shall be
conducted at room temperature, at the manufacturer's maximum recommended

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service temperature and at two intermediate temperature levels.

Test procedure
Pipe spools test piece length shall be at least ten pipe diameters. A flange
incorporating a sight glass shall be installed at one end and a blank (blind)
flange having a connection for drawing a vacuum at the other end.
A thermocouple shall be attached to the assembly. The test piece shall be
uniformly heated externally with the sight glass end visible and, after
reaching the desired housing temperature, the test shall begin. A selected
initial vacuum shall be held for a minimum of 8 hours. If no failure occurs
the vacuum shall be increased by 5 inch Hg (17 kPa) up to NPS 4 size and
by 2 inch Hg (6.8 kPa) increments for size NPS 6 in. and larger. At each
stage the selected vacuum shall be held for a minimum period of 8 hours
until failure or full vacuum is reached. Failure is defined as any buckling or
collapse of the liner.
External pressure shall be used to establish the failure threshold when full
vacuum does not produce failure.
The vacuum rating shall be 80% of the failure threshold value. The failure
threshold vacuum is defined as 1 inch Hg (3.4 kPa) below that at which
failure occurs.
At the test completion and after establishing the vacuum/temperature rating,
heat a duplicate specimen to the test temperature. The rated vacuum shall be
applied to the specimen after the desired skin temperature has been reached.
The rated vacuum shall be achieved within 2 minutes and applied
continuously for 48 hours. If the lining does not buckle or collapse, the rated
vacuum shall be accepted.

15.3

Retest
When a test specimen does not meet the requirements of either the heat and
temperature tests or the vacuum test, seek and correct the cause of failure.
The specified test shall then be repeated, doubling the number of test specimens.

15.4

Qualification test Certificate


Original qualification test records shall be retained by the seller. Copies of
qualification test certificates and test results shall, when required, be provided to
the buyer.

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16

Production Testing
16.1

Physical Testing of Anti-Static PTFE Liner


For each sinter batch, the sinter control record shall be checked against the
specified requirements.
At least one representative sample of each nominal size of tube shall be selected
from each sinter batch and tests carried out to determine the mechanical
properties and the specific gravity.
Where the samples do not comply with the specified requirements given in
5.4.1 and 5.4.2 each tube in the batch shall have samples cut from each end.
The samples shall then be subjected to mechanical testing and sinter check.
Any sample not meeting the specified requirements shall be cause for rejection
of the whole tube.
16.1.2

Dimension Check
The outside diameter and wall thickness of each tube shall be
measured. Those tubes not complying with the specified dimensions
shall be rejected.

16.1.3

Tube Flattening Test


Extruded PTFE tube, after sintering, shall be subjected to a flattening
test. Each length of tube shall be passed through a pre-set gap between
two driven rollers. The gap shall be 50% of the outside diameter of the
tube. The tube shall then be rotated, about the longitudinal axis, through
90 and passed back through the gap. The tube shall be examined for
cracks. Any crack shall be cut at least 50 mm away from its each end.

16.2

Hydrostatic Pressure Test


The hydrostatic pressure test shall be carried out at ambient temperature at a
pressure not less than 400 psi (2758 kPa). The pipe or fitting shall be filled with
clean water and the system bled free of all air prior to the application of pressure.
The test pressure shall be reached within 1 minute and maintained for 3 minutes.
The pressure gauge and the venting system in the pipe or fitting shall be
monitored throughout the test. Any evidence of leakage shall be cause for
rejection.
The test pressure shall then be vented for a period of not less than 30 seconds.
A second pressure test shall then be applied for a further period of not less than
3 minutes. Any evidence of leakage shall be cause for rejection.

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16.3

Electrical Resistance Test


The electrical resistance between any point on the inside surface of the lining
and the outside surface of the pipe spool shall be not greater than 107 ohms
when tested in accordance with BS 2050, A4.5, or any agreed alternative.

16.4

Electrostatic test
The electrostatic test shall be carried out using a non-destructive high-voltage
tester at a minimum output voltage of 20 kV. Any visible or audible spark, or
both, that occurs at the probe when electric contact is made, usually a sign of a
defect in the lining which shall be a cause for rejection.

16.5

Final Examination
Following successful examinations of all the tests carried out, each lined pipe
and fitting shall be visually examined before shipment to verify compliance with
the requirements of this Specification and the Purchase Order.

17

Finish
All lined pipework shall be painted, over a properly prepared surface with a corrosionresistant primer. After coating, blocked vents shall be cleared.

18

Marking
18.1

General
Each pipe and fitting shall be legibly marked and remains easily read after
installation. The marking materials shall not have any deleterious effect on the
pipe spool or primer.

18.2

Body Marking
The following information shall be marked on each pipe and fitting:
(a)

Manufacturer's name or trademark.

(b)

Nominal pipe size.

(c)

Lining material identification (PTFE or PFA)

(d)

Length (on pipe only).

(e)

Purchase Order reference.

(f)

Additional marking as specified in the Purchase Order.

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01-SAMSS-025
Issue Date: 30 January 2013
Specification for Heavy Duty Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)
Next Planned Update: 30 January 2018
and Perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) Lined Carbon Steel Pipe and Fittings

18.3

Banding
A band stamped with raised letter of PTFE or PFA shall be used for
identification of liners and be placed near the flange, except where this is
impracticable (e.g., blank flanges, reducing flanges and spacers).

19

Packaging
Plastic or wood covers shall be properly and securely fixed to protect the ends of each
pipe and fitting, the gasket faces, where relevant prevent flare relaxation, and prevent
ingress of dirt.

20

Inspection
20.1

General
Piping and fittings purchased in accordance with this Specification are subject to
the requirements of Saudi Aramco Inspection Requirements Form 175-012200.
This task shall be carried out by Saudi Aramco Inspection Representative,
e.g., Vendor Inspection Division.
In accordance with the Conditions specified in the Contract, the buyer
Inspecting Engineer shall have the right to inspect the manufacture of lining
materials, witness testing and examination and inspect lined carbon steel flanged
piping and fittings at the Sellers works and the works of sub-contractors.
The Inspecting Engineer shall have the right at his sole discretion, to reject
materials that do not comply with this specification.
The Inspecting Engineer shall verify that all examinations required by this
Specification have been carried out by the Seller and shall inspect the pipework
to the extent required by this Specification.

20.2

Inspection Hold Points


The Seller shall inform the Inspecting Engineer at least 48 hours in advance of
the time each hold point will be achieved, so that visits can be planned in order
to carry out the inspection considered appropriate by the Inspection Engineer.
The seller shall not proceed with the next step in the fabrication sequence until
the Inspecting Engineer has completed inspections required at head hold point
and approved the continuation of fabrication.

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01-SAMSS-025
Issue Date: 30 January 2013
Specification for Heavy Duty Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)
Next Planned Update: 30 January 2018
and Perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) Lined Carbon Steel Pipe and Fittings

STAGE
When pipe spools and fittings are
ready for lining.

INSPECTION
Visual inspection shall be sufficient to ensure
compliance with this Specification, including:
dimensional check; weld attachment of slip-on
welding flanges and collars; bore profile at ends of
pipe spools.

When pipe spools and fittings are


lined

Check thickness of lining, lining face diameter and


gasket seating surface.

When the lined pipe and fittings are


pressure tested.

Witness testing.

When the lined pipe and fittings are


tested for electrical resistance.

Witness testing.

When the lined pipe and fittings are


completed.

Check venting system, marking, priming and


protection.

21

Deviation from this Specification


Where a departure from this Specification is proposed it shall be discussed with the
Buyer. Any departure shall be agreed and shall relate only to the specified matter under
discussion as it applies to the Purchase Order.

8 December 2007
19 February 2011
30 January 2013

Revision Summary
New Saudi Aramco Materials System Specification.
Editorial revision to renumber the document from 12-SAMSS-025 to 01-SAMSS-025.
Revised the Next Planned Update. Reaffirmed the content of the document, and
reissued with editorial revision for clarification.

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