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Required testing of PRD's on Positive Displacement Pumps

Required testing of PRD's on Positive Displacement Pumps

Required testing of PRD's on Positive Displacement Pumps

Are there any relevant codes that cover required periodic testing of relief devices on positive displacement pumps? In general talking about Viking brand pumps with the internal relief valves bolted on to the pump itself that relieve from discharge back to suction. General pumping applications, no pressure vessels or complicated process situations, just viscous material transfer i.e. asphalt.

RE: Required testing of PRD's on Positive Displacement Pumps

I would assume they'd fall under the plants general relief device testing/maintenance program.

Note - it's generally a good idea to not rely on the internal relief valves to protect the system. They're there to protect the pump not stop you from damaging your system.

RE: Required testing of PRD's on Positive Displacement Pumps

No codes, just whatever the vendor recommended in his maintenance schedule.

As said these are rarely used as the primary relief path or at least shouldn't be precisely because they are not really "certified" and are sometimes very difficult to get at, never mind test or calibrate.

Asphalt is horrible stuff to pump and maintain a good path for pressure relief purposes due to it tendency to go solid... You need to steam or electric trac heat the proper pressure reliefs, but the pump is often not included.

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