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Simplifying the Complexity of


Selecting, Sizing and Troubleshooting
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Cameron Holmes Scott Muddiman


Vice President and General Manager Consultant
Scott Jenkins cholmes@zookdisk.com scott@muddiman.ca
ZOOK ZOOK
Senior Editor,
Chemical Engineering Cameron has over 13 years experience in the engineering Scott Muddiman has over 40 years of pressure relief
expertise and extensive knowledge of rupture disk
and design of rupture disks. Prior to ZOOK, he was the
Magazine General Manager of an Automotive Aftermarket Company, design and development. Scott owned and operated,
Cequent Towing Products. Cameron joined ZOOK in 2005 PROQUIP, a Metal Rupture Disk Company for more
and is the Vice-President and General Manager of ZOOK’s than 20 years. Scott joined ZOOK as President for
Metal Division. In his role he leverages his many years of the Metal Division in 1999 and retired from ZOOK in
engineering and manufacturing expertise to continually 2017. He currently serves as a consultant for ZOOK
lead and develop custom engineered solutions for ZOOK in the R&D of new product development and holds
multiple patents for the design of rupture disks.
customers. Cameron holds a Bachelors Degree in Applied
Science in Systems Design Engineering.
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Simplifying the Complexity of Selecting,


Sizing and Troubleshooting Rupture Disks
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What is a Rupture Disk?


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What Does a Rupture Disk


Actually Do?
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History
Rupture Disk Advantages
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When to Use a
Rupture Disk Over a
Relief Valve
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When to Use a
Relief Valve over a
Rupture Disk
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When to Use a
Rupture Disk in series
with a Relief Valve
Rupture Disk Selection
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Rupture Disk Family Tree
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COLLABORATION
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Maximum
Allowable Working
Pressure (MAWP)

Rupture Specified Burst


Tolerance Pressure

Definitions
Operating Ratio
To Know Marked Burst
Pressure

Operating Manufacturing
Pressure Design Range
(MDR)
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Maximum Allowable Working Pressure (MAWP):

The pressure limit of a vessel as determined by the


manufacturer
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Specified Burst Pressure:

The desired burst pressure of the disk as supplied by


the end user
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Marked Burst Pressure:

The nominal burst pressure of a rupture disk as


'marked' on the tag
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Manufacturing Design Range (MDR):

A range of pressures within which the marked burst


pressure must fall
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Operating Pressure:

The normal system or process pressure


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Operating Ratio:

The ratio of Operating Pressure vs. Lowest Possible


Marked Burst Pressure
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Rupture Tolerance:

The allowable deviation from the marked burst


pressure
Manufacturing Design Range
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Zero Range Example
Manufacturing Design Range
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Sizing a Rupture Disk
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Rupture Disks Are Unique Custom Engineered Solutions

Collaboration is a Must in Selecting and Troubleshooting a Rupture Disk


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