Industry: Oil and Gas

Oil and Gas Applications

  • 1

    Transportation & Storage

  • 2

    Gas Coolers & Heat Exchangers

  • 3

    De-Oilers

  • 4

    Flare Stacks

  • 5

    Knock-Out Drums

  • 6

    Sulphur Recover Units

  • 7

    Drilling & Casing Protection

1

Transportation & Storage

Industrial containers must meet international safety standards for storing or transporting hazardous liquids or gases. This includes installing a rupture disc. Where there is a risk of overpressurisation, the disc bursts first and prevents the container from exploding.

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2

Gas Coolers & Heat Exchangers

Rupture discs, or burst discs, act as primary valve isolation or secondary pressure relief devices within shell and tube gas coolers and heat exchangers.

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3

De-Oilers

Rupture discs, or bursting discs, help regulate the flow of separated liquids and relieve excess pressure in de-oilers when required.

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4

Flare Stacks

If the pressure in the gas recovery system of a flare stack rises, the rupture disc will burst first, re-establishing the path to the flare, which is ignited to burn the waste gas.

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5

Knock-Out Drums

In most industrial plants, there is a vapour-liquid separator, or knockout drum, upstream of the flare. This is to remove any liquid that may accompany the relieved gases. Rupture discs protect knockout drums from becoming overpressured.

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Sulphur Recover Units

During the recovery of sulphur in modern refineries, high temperatures and pressures coupled with back pressures and potential pipe blockages can lead to catastrophic explosions. Rupture discs are widely used as protection against overpressurisation during the sulphur recovery process.

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Drilling & Casing Protection

Rupture discs are commonly used in drilling applications for both pressure activation and pressure relief.

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