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Guide for sizing and selection of pressure relief

devices used in petroleum related industries for
equipments with maximum allowable working

Part I

Sizing, Selection, and

pressure of 15 psig greater. The document is

Installation of Pressure-

intended for protection of unfired pressure

Relieving Devices in

vessels and equipments against overpressure

RefineriesPart I, Sizing

from operation or fire.

and Selection

Pressure relief valves or rupture disks may be

used independently or in combination with each
other to provide the required protection against
excessive pressure accumulation

Sizing, Selection, and

Part II

Installation of PressureRelieving Devices in

RefineriesPart II,


Guide for installation of pressure relief devices

used in petroleum related industries for
equipments with maximum allowable working
pressure of 15 psig greater.

Guide for Pressure-

This API standard specifies requirements and

relieving and

gives guidelines for determining overpressure

Depressuring Systems

causes, relieving rates for pressure relieving and


vapor depressurizing systems in petroleum

petrochemical and

related industries. The standard also discusses

natural gas industries

selection and design of disposal systems,

Pressure relieving and

including such component parts as piping,

depressuring systems

vessels, flares, and vent stacks.

The standard covers specifications for flanged

steel pressure relief valves (PRVs) by presenting

Flanged Steel Pressure-

basic requirements such as orifice designation

relief Valves

and area, valve size, pressure rating, materials

etc. for direct spring-loaded pressure relief
valves and pilot-operated pressure relief valves.

Describes methods of determining the seat


Seat Tightness of
Pressure Relief Valves

tightness of metal- and soft-seated pressure

relief valves (PRVs), including those of
conventional, bellows, and pilot-operated

Describes the inspection and repair practices

for automatic pressure relieving devices
commonly used in the oil and petrochemical

Inspection of Pressure-

industries. This API standard covers pressure

relieving Devices

relief valves, pilot-operated pressure relief

valves, rupture disks, and weight-loaded
pressure-vacuum vents, with regards to
inspection and repair.


Venting Atmospheric

Guide for normal and emergency vapor venting

and Low-pressure

requirements for above ground petroleum and

Storage Tanks

petroleum product storage tanks, above ground


and underground refrigerated storage tanks.

petrochemical and

The tanks discussed in the document are

natural gas industries

designed for low pressures ranging from full

Venting of atmospheric

vacuum through 15 psig. This API standard

and low-pressure

discusses causes of overpressure and vacuum,

venting requirements, means of venting,

storage tanks

and installation of venting devices and testing

and marking of relief devices etc for storage