Riser-Relief Valve Dynamic Interactions

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K. K. Botros

NOVA Research & Technology Corporation, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

G. H. Dunn, J. A. Hrycyk

NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd., Calgary, Alberta, Canada

J. Fluids Eng 119(3), 671-679 (Sep 01, 1997) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2819297 History: Received March 16, 1996; Revised February 12, 1997; Online December 04, 2007


The dynamic stability behavior of a typical pilot-operated relief valve has been investigated both numerically and experimentally. The valve piston equation of motion has been solved in connection with the conservation equations of the oscillating flow in the attached riser. The boundary condition at the riser tip is of a choked flow type and had to be given special attention in oscillatory flows. Pertinent quasi-steady flow equations have been formulated to describe the different phases of relief along the piston lift. A model describing the process of pressure relief is described briefly, followed by a parametric study of the effects of various factors on the oscillation levels and characters. Field measurements were taken on an NFS 8 pilot-operated dual-outlet relief valve mounted on a riser assembly of L/D = 15 in a natural gas compressor station.

Copyright © 1997 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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