API STD 527 Seat Tightness of Pressure Relief Valves

API
ISBN/PUB: C52704
Pub Date: 2014
4th Edition


API STD 527 Seat Tightness of Pressure Relief Valves

This standard describes methods of determining the seat tightness of metal- and soft-seated pressure relief valves, including those of conventional, bellows, and pilot-operated designs.

The maximum acceptable leakage rates are defined for pressure relief valves with set pressures from 103 kPa gauge (15 psig) to 41,379 kPa gauge (6000 psig). If greater seat tightness is required, the purchaser shall specify it in the purchase order.

The test medium for determining the seat tightness-air, steam, or water-shall be the same as that used for determining the set pressure of the valve.

For dual-service valves, the test medium-air, steam, or water-shall be the same as the primary relieving medium. To ensure safety, the procedures outlined in this standard shall be performed by persons experienced in the use and functions of pressure relief valves.

Caution-When looking for leakage, the observer shall use a mirror or some other indirect means of observation so that the observer's face is not in line with the outlet of the valve, in case the valve accidentally pops

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