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Selection and Sizing of Pressure Relief Valves

Randall W. Whitesides, PE

Students of this three-hour course will be provided with an introduction to the types and styles of pressure relief valves, the requirements for their placement and use, and the methods to determine the correct size of valve to use. This course summarizes reference data and technical recommendations based on many years of industry experience in sizing, selecting, testing, installing, and operating pressure relief valves. Sufficient data is supplied to properly size and select pressure relief valves for specific applications. Information covering terminology, standards, codes, basic design, sizing, and selection information, including examples, are presented. The student is responsible for the correct determination of service conditions and the suitability of any of the presented information for a specific application.

The majority of the material in this course is reproduced or excerpted from publications developed by valve manufacturers, code organizations, and academia. The information contained in this course is offered as a guide. Students who use the general information presented here are reminded that there is no substitute for a case specific qualified engineering analysis. When in doubt as to the proper application of any particular data, the student is advised to contact a pressure relief valve manufacturer.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end.

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