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API STD 520 PART 1 : 2020
Sizing, Selection, and Installation of Pressure-relieving Devices - Part I-Sizing and Selection

Sizing, Selection, and Installation of Pressure-relieving Devices - Part I-Sizing and Selection

Document No. API STD 520 PART 1 Document Year 2020
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This document is published by American Petroleum Institute (API)

Standard Details

This standard applies to the sizing and selection of pressure-relief devices used in refineries and related industries for equipment that has a maximum allowable working pressure of 15 psig (103 kPag) or greater.

The pressure-relief devices covered in this standard are intended to protect unfired pressure vessels and related equipment against overpressure from operating and fire contingencies.

This standard includes basic definitions and information about the operational characteristics and applications of various pressure-relief devices. It also includes sizing procedures and methods based on steady state flow of Newtonian fluids.

Atmospheric and low-pressure storage tanks covered in API 2000 and pressure vessels used for the transportation of products in bulk or shipping containers are not within the scope of this standard. See API 521 for information about appropriate ways of reducing pressure and restricting heat input.

The rules for overpressure protection of fired vessels are provided in ASME Section I and ASME B31.1, and are not within the scope of this standard.

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