Oil and Natural Gas

Webinar: Managing Tube Rupture Failure Risks in Pressure Relief Systems

Webinar: Managing Tube Rupture Failure Risks in Pressure Relief Systems
  • Date From 27th October 2023
  • Date To 27th October 2023
  • Price Free of charge, open to all.
  • Location Online: 12:00 BST. Duration: 1 hour.


In API Standard 521, Pressure Relieving and Depressuring Systems, if the operational pressure on one side of a shell and tube heat exchanger exceeds
the corrected hydrostatic pressure of the other side, it is necessary to size the overpressure protection system of the low-pressure side considering the
possibility of a tube rupture scenario.

Sizing for the tube rupture scenario leads to increased costs, whether it involves a new design or retrofitting existing systems. However, API 521 permits HX users to consider the tube rupture scenario as non-credible following a comprehensive assessment known as the Tube Rupture Credibility Assessment (TRCA). This assessment encompasses various critical aspects related to the potential of tubes to withstand an instant full-bore rupture, such as vibration phenomena, required wall thickness, susceptibility to erosion, corrosion, or credible degradation mechanisms.

Often, the TRCA results indicate that implementing a tube inspection program is a fundamental measure to mitigate and address damage mechanisms that could
lead to a sudden tube break.


Philip A Henry, Process Technology Team Leader, The Equity Engineering Group

Philip is responsible for engineering consulting services in the areas of pressure relief, heat transfer, and fluid flow. He is a specialist in the design, installation, sizing, and selection of pressure relief devices and relieving systems and has been the Chairman and Master Editor of the API Pressure Relieving System Subcommittee’s Task Force on API 520 for the last 26 years. He conducts audits of pressure relieving systems to ensure compliance with OSHA, PSM legislation, and ASME, API, and DIERs Standards, Codes, and Publications. He also teaches the official API Pressure Relieving Systems course.

Philip is actively involved in the development of technology for the API Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) methodology and was the lead investigator of the re-write of API 581 RBI Technology and is responsible for the development and implementation of RBI programs. He has developed a rigorous consequence analysis model to assess the impact of loss of containment from refinery and petrochemical fixed equipment and has also developed industry guidelines on performing risk-based assessments of process equipment, including pressure relief devices, heat exchanger and fired heaters.

The material presented in this webinar has not been peer-reviewed. Any opinions are the presenter's own and do not necessarily represent those of IChemE or the Oil and Natural Gas Special Interest Group. The information is given in good faith but without any liability on the part of IChemE. 


12:00–13:00 BST.


The presentation will be delivered via Microsoft Teams. We recommend downloading the app from the Microsoft website, rather than using the web portal.

You are advised to join the webinar at least ten minutes before the scheduled start time, to allow for your computer to connect.

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