Pressure Relief Devices (McGraw-Hill Mechanical Engineering)
By Mohammad A Malek

* Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
* Number Of Pages: 475
* Publication Date: 2005-10-06
* ISBN-10 / ASIN: 007145537X
* ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780071455374

Product Description:

Within the boiler, piping and pressure vessel industry, pressure relief devices are considered one of the most important safety components. These Devices are literally the last line of defense against catastrophic failure or even lose of life. Written in plain language, this fifth book in the ASME Simplified series addresses the various codes and recommended standards of practice for the maintenance and continued operations of pressure relief valves as specified by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Petroleum Institute. Covered in this book are: preventive maintenance procedures, methods for evaluation of mechanical components and accepted methods for cleaning, adjusting and lubricating various components to assure continued operation and speed performance as well as procedures for recording and evaluating these items.

Summary: Pressure Relief Devices - An Introductory Text
Rating: 3

This book is a decent guide for mechanical engineers (and probably operations personnel) and provides a good introduction to relief valves. However, the book lacks important chemical engineering information on how to size 2-phase relief scenarios, runaway reactions, emergency venting and depressuring, etc... Also it doesn't say much about how to estimate fluid properties and how these can change during a relief event (e.g. Joule Thompson cooling during depressuring).