Pt. 154, App. B
Appendix B to Part 154
—Standard Specification for Tank Vent Flame Arresters
1.1This standard provides the minimum requirements for design, construction, performance and testing of tank vent flame arresters.
2.1This standard is intended for flame arresters protecting systems containing vapors of flammable or combustible liquids with a flashpoint that does not exceed 60 °C. The test media defined in 14.1.1 can be used except where arresters protect systems handling vapors with a maximum experimental safe gap (MESG) below 0.9 millimeters. Flame arresters protecting such systems must be tested with appropriate media (the same vapor or a media having a MESG no greater than the vapor). Various gases and their respective MESG are listed in Attachment 1.
Flame arresters meeting this standard also comply with the minimum requirements of the International Maritime Organization, Maritime Safety Committee Circular No. 373 (MSC/Circ. 373/Rev. 1).
3. Applicable Documents
3.1ASTM Standards 1 F722 Welded Joints for Shipboard Piping Systems; F1155 Standard Practice for Selection and Application of Piping System Materials
1 Footnotes appear at the end of this article.
3.2ANSI Standards 2 B16.5 Pipe Flanges and Flanged Fittings.
3.3.1ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code 2 section VIII, Division 1, Pressure Vessels; section IX, Welding and Brazing Qualifications.
3.3.2International Maritime Organization, Maritime Safety Committee 3 MSC/Circ. 373/Rev. 1—Revised Standards for the Design, Testing and Locating of Devices to Prevent the Passage of Flame into Cargo Tanks in Tankers.
3.3.3International Electrotechnical Commission 4 Publication 79.1—Electrical Apparatus for Explosive Gas Atmospheres.
4.1Flame arrester—A device to prevent the passage of flame in accordance with a specified performance standard. Its flame arresting element is based on the principle of quenching.
4.2Flame speed—The speed at which a flame propagates along a pipe or other system.
4.3Flame Passage—The transmission of a flame through a flame arrester.
4.4Gasoline Vapors—A non-leaded petroleum distillate consisting essentially of aliphatic hydrocarbon compounds with a boiling range approximating 65 °C/75 °C.
5.1The two types of flame arresters covered in this specification are classified as follows:
5.1.1Type I—Flame arresters acceptable for end-of-line applications.
5.1.2Type II—Flame arresters acceptable for in-line applications.
6. Ordering Information
6.1Orders for flame arresters under this specification shall include the following information as applicable:
6.1.1Type (I or II).
6.1.2Nominal pipe size.
6.1.3Each gas or vapor in the tank being protected by the flame arrester, and the corresponding MESG.
6.1.4Inspection and tests other than specified by this standard.
6.1.5Anticipated ambient air temperature range.
6.1.6Purchaser's inspection requirements (see section 10.1
6.1.7Description of installation (distance and configuration of pipe between the arrester, and the atmosphere or potential ignition source) (see section 9.2
6.1.8Materials of construction (see section 7).
6.1.9Maximum flow rate and the design pressure drop for that maximum flow rate.
7.1The flame arrester housing, and other parts or bolting used for pressure retention, shall be constructed of materials listed in ASTM F 1155 (incorporated by reference, see § 154.106
), or section VIII, Division 1 of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.
7.1.1Arresters, elements, gaskets, and seals must be of materials resistant to attack by seawater and the liquids and vapors contained in the tank being protected (see section 6.1
7.2Nonmetallic materials, other than gaskets and seals, shall not be used in the construction of pressure retaining components of the flame arrester.
7.2.1Nonmetallic gaskets and seals shall be non-combustible and suitable for the service intended.
7.3Bolting materials, other than that of Section 7.1
, shall be at least equal to those listed in Table 1 of ANSI B16.5.
7.4The possibility of galvanic corrosion shall be considered in the selection of materials.
7.5All other parts shall be constructed of materials suitable for the service intended.
8. Other Requirements
8.1Flame arrester housings shall be gas tight to prevent the escape of vapors.
8.2Flame arrester elements shall fit in the housing in a manner that will insure tightness of metal-to-metal contacts in such a way that flame cannot pass between the element and the housing.
8.2.1The net free area through flame arrester elements shall be at least 1.5 times the cross-sectional area of the arrester inlet.
8.3Housings and elements shall be of substantial construction and designed for the mechanical and other loads intended during service. In addition, they shall be capable of withstanding the maximum and minimum pressures and temperatures to which the device may be exposed under both normal and the specified fire test conditions in section 14.
8.4Threaded or flanged pipe connections shall comply with the applicable B16 standards in ASTM F 1155 (incorporated by reference, see § 154.106
). Welded joints shall comply with ASTM F 722 (incorporated by reference, see § 154.106
8.5All flat joints of the housing shall be machined true and shall provide for a joint having adequate metal-to-metal contact.
8.6Where welded construction is used for pressure retaining components, welded joint design details, welding and non-destructive testing shall be in accordance with section VIII, Division 1, of the ASME Code and ASTM F 722 (incorporated by reference, see § 154.106
). Welders and weld procedures shall be qualified in accordance with section IX of the ASME Code.
8.7The design of flame arresters shall allow for ease of inspection and removal of internal elements for replacement, cleaning or repair without removal of the entire device from the system.
8.8Flame arresters shall allow for efficient drainage of condensate without impairing their efficiency to prevent the passage of flame.
8.9All fastenings shall be protected against loosening.
8.10Flame arresters shall be designed and constructed to minimize the effect of fouling under normal operating conditions.
8.11Flame arresters shall be capable of operating over the full range of ambient air temperatures anticipated.
8.12End-of-line flame arresters shall be so constructed as to direct the efflux vertically upward.
8.13Flame arresters shall be of first class workmanship and free from imperfections which may affect their intended purpose.
8.14Tank vent flame arresters shall show no flame passage when subjected to the tests in 9.2.4.
9. Prototype Tests
9.1Tests shall be conducted by an independent laboratory capable of performing the tests. The manufacturer, in choosing a laboratory, accepts that it is a qualified independent laboratory by determining that it has (or has access to) the apparatus, facilities, personnel, and calibrated instruments that are necessary to test flame arresters in accordance with this standard.
9.1.1A test report shall be prepared by the laboratory which shall include:
22.214.171.124Detailed drawings of the flame arrester and its components (including a parts list identifying the materials of construction).
126.96.36.199Types of tests conducted and results obtained.
188.8.131.52Specific advice on approved attachments (see section 9.2
184.108.40.206Types of gases or vapors for which the flame arrester is approved (see section 6.1
220.127.116.11Drawings of the test rig.
18.104.22.168Record of all markings found on the tested flame arrester.
22.214.171.124A report number.
9.2One of each model Type I and Type II flame arrester shall be tested. Where approval of more than one size of a flame arrester model is desired, the largest and smallest sizes shall be tested. A change of design, material, or construction which may affect the corrosion resistance, endurance burn, or flashback capabilities of the flame arrester shall be considered a change of model for the purpose of this paragraph.
9.2.1The flame arrester shall have the same dimensions, configuration, and the most unfavorable clearances expected in production units.
9.2.2A corrosion test shall be conducted. In this test, a complete arrester, including a section of pipe similar to that to which it will be fitted, shall be exposed to a 20% sodium chloride solution spray at a temperature of 25 degrees C for a period of 240 hours, and allowed to dry for 48 hours. Following this exposure, all movable parts shall operate properly and there shall be no corrosion deposits which cannot be washed off.
9.2.3Performance characteristics as declared by the manufacturer, such as flow rates under both positive and negative pressure, operating sensitivity, flow resistance, and velocity, shall be demonstrated by appropriate tests.
9.2.4Tank vent flame arresters shall be tested for endurance burn and flashback in accordance with the test procedures in section 14. The following constraints apply:
126.96.36.199Where a Type I flame arrester is provided with cowls, weather hoods and deflectors, etc., it shall be tested in each configuration in which it is provided.
188.8.131.52Type II arresters shall be specifically tested with the inclusion of all pipes, tees, bends, cowls, weather hoods, etc., which may be fitted between the arrester and the atmosphere.
9.2.5Devices which are provided with a heating arrangement shall pass the required tests at the heated temperature.
9.2.6After all tests are completed, the device shall be disassembled and examined, and no part of the device shall be damaged or show permanent deformation.
10.1The manufacturer shall afford the purchaser's inspector all reasonable facilities necessary to assure that the material is being furnished in accordance with this standard. All examinations and inspections shall be made at the place of manufacture, unless otherwise agreed upon.
10.2Each finished flame arrester shall be visually and dimensionally checked to ensure that the device corresponds to this standard, is certified in accordance with section 11 and is marked in accordance with section 12. Special attention shall be given to checking the proper fit-up of joints (see sections 8.5
11.1Manufacturer's certification that a flame arrester has been constructed in accordance with this standard shall be provided in an instruction manual. The manual shall include as applicable:
11.1.1Installation instructions and a description of all configurations tested (reference paragraph 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11). Installation instructions to include manufacturer's recommended limitations based on all configurations tested.
18.104.22.168Instructions on how to determine when flame arrester cleaning is required and the method of cleaning.
11.1.4Copy of test report (see section 9.1
11.1.5Flow test data, including flow rates under both positive and negative pressures, operating sensitivity, flow resistance, and velocity.
11.1.6The ambient air temperature range over which the device will effectively prevent the passage of flame. (Note: Other factors such as condensation and freezing of vapors should be evaluated at the time of equipment specification.)
12.1Each flame arrester shall be permanently marked indicating:
12.1.1Manufacturer's name or trademark.
12.1.2Style, type, model or other manufacturer's designation for the flame arrester.
12.1.3Size of the inlet and outlet.
12.1.4Type of device (Type I or II).
12.1.5Direction of flow through the flame arrester.
12.1.6Test laboratory and report number.
12.1.7Lowest MESG of gases for which the flame arrester is suitable for.
12.1.8Ambient air operating temperature range.
12.1.9ASTM designation of this standard.
13. Quality Assurance
13.1Flame arresters shall be designed, manufactured and tested in a manner that ensures they meet the characteristics of the unit tested in accordance with this standard.
13.2The flame arrester manufacturer shall maintain the quality of the flame arresters that are designed, tested and marked in accordance with this standard. At no time shall a flame arrester be sold with this standard designation that does not meet the requirements herein.
14. Test Procedures for Flame Arresters
14.1.1For vapors from flammable or combustible liquids with a MESG greater than or equal to 0.9 mm, technical grade hexane or gasoline vapors shall be used for all tests in this section except technical grade propane may be used for the flashback test in Section 14.2
. For vapors with a MESG less than 0.9 mm, the specific vapor (or alternatively, a media with a MESG less than or equal to the MESG of the vapor) must be used as the test medium in all section 14 tests.
14.1.2Hexane, propane, gasoline and chemical vapors shall be mixed with air to form the most easily ignitable mixture. 5
14.2.1A flashback test shall be carried out as follows:
22.214.171.124The test rig shall consist of an apparatus producing an explosive mixture, a small tank with a diaphragm, a prototype of the flame arrester, a plastic bag 6 and a firing source in three positions (see Figure 1). 7
126.96.36.199The tank, flame arrester assembly and the plastic bag enveloping the prototype flame arrester shall be filled so that this volume contains the most easily ignitable vapor/air mixture. 8 The concentration of the mixture should be verified by appropriate testing of the gas composition in the plastic bag. Three ignition sources shall be installed along the axis of the bag, one close to the flame arrester, another as far away as possible therefrom, and the third at the midpoint between these two. These three sources shall be fired in succession, one during each of the three tests. Flame passage shall not occur during this test.
188.8.131.52If flame passage occurs, the tank diaphragm will burst and this will be audible and visible to the operator by the emission of a flame. Flame, heat and pressure sensors may be used as an alternative to a bursting diaphragm.
14.3Endurance Burn Test
14.3.1An endurance burning test shall be carried out as follows:
184.108.40.206The test rig as referred to in 14.2 may be used, without the plastic bag. The flame arrester shall be so installed that the mixture emission is vertical. In this position the mixture shall be ignited.
220.127.116.11Endurance burning shall be achieved by using the most easily ignitable test vapor/air mixture with the aid of a pilot flame or a spark igniter at the outlet. By varying the proportions of the flammable mixture and the flow rate, the arrester shall be heated until the highest obtainable temperature on the cargo tank side of the arrester is reached. The highest attainable temperature may be considered to have been reached when the rate of rise of temperature does not exceed 0.5 °C per minute over a ten minute period. This temperature shall be maintained for a period of ten minutes, after which the flow shall be stopped and the conditions observed. If difficulty arises in establishing the highest attainable temperature, the following criteria shall apply. When the temperature appears to be approaching the maximum temperature, using the most severe conditions of flammable mixtures and flow rate, but increases at a rate in excess of 0.5 °C per minute over a ten minute period, endurance burning shall be continued for a period of two hours after which the flow shall be stopped and the conditions observed. Flame passage shall not occur during this test.
1 American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), 100 Barr Harbor Dr., West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959.
2 Available from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International, Three Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016-5990.
3 Available from the International Maritime Organization, 4 Albert Embankment, London SEl 7SR, England.
4 Available from the International Electrotechnical Commission, 1 rue de Varembe, Geneva, Switzerland
5 See IEC Publication 79-1.
6 The dimensions of the plastic bag are dependent on those of the flame arrester. The plastic bag may have a circumference of 2 m, a length of 2.5 m and a wall thickness of -.05 m.
7 In order to avoid remnants of the plastic bag from falling back on to the flame arrester being tested after ignition of the fuel/air mixture, it may be useful to mount a coarse wire frame across the flame arrester within the plastic bag. The frame should be constructed so as not to interfere with the test result.
8 See IEC Publication 79-1.
|Inflammable gas or vapor
||Experimental maximum safe gap
|Blast furnace gas
|Coal gas (H2 57%)
|Blue water gas (H2 53% CO 47%)
[CGD 88-102, 55 FR 25441, June 21, 1990, as amended by USCG-1999-5832, 64 FR 34715, June 29, 1999; USCG-2000-7223, 65 FR 40058, June 29, 2000]