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Document ID (ISN)108413
CIS number 08-921
Year 2006
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report 485
Author(s) Ho E.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Elastomeric seals for rapid gas decompression applications in high-pressure services
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2006. viii, 63p. Illus. 19 ref.
Internet access http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr485.pdf [in English]
Abstract Seal damage and gas leaks caused by rapid gas decompression have been reported in many types of equipment in the oil and gas industry. These failures have had costly financial, safety and environmental implications for the operators and equipment suppliers. The aim of this report is to provide designers, engineers and plant managers with a systematic approach for the prevention of decompression damage in elastomeric seals, to provide advice on the selection of equipment and materials; advise the oil and gas industry on methods and procedures available to protect against decompression damage, to make production engineers aware of operating scenarios where damage may have occurred even though its effects are hidden, and finally to raise awareness of rapid gas decompression in the industry in general.
Descriptors (primary) decompression; petroleum and natural gas industry; explosion hazards; gaskets
Descriptors (secondary) description of equipment; safety engineering; elastomers; safety by design; report; selection of equipment; United Kingdom
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Mines and quarries
Fire and explosions
Broad subject area(s) Fires, explosions and major hazards
Browse category(ies) Explosions
Petroleum and natural gas industry
Compressed gases and pressure vessels