Capacity and setting of pressure-relief devices
In the case of the loss of vacuum in a vacuum-insulated tank or of loss of 20% of the insulation of a
tank insulated with solid materials, the combined capacity of all pressure-relief devices installed shall
be sufficient so that the pressure (including accumulation) inside the shell does not exceed 120% of
For non-flammable refrigerated liquefied gases (except oxygen) and hydrogen, this capacity may be
achieved by the use of frangible discs in parallel with the required safety-relief devices. Frangible
discs shall rupture at nominal pressure equal to the test pressure of the shell.
Under the circumstances described in 184.108.40.206.1 and 220.127.116.11.2 together with complete fire engulfment
the combined capacity of all pressure-relief devices installed shall be sufficient to limit the pressure in
the shell to the test pressure.
The required capacity of the relief devices shall be calculated in accordance with a well-established
technical code recognized by the competent authority7.
Marking of pressure-relief devices
Every pressure-relief device shall be plainly and permanently marked with the following particulars:
(a) The pressure (in bar or kPa) at which it is set to discharge;
(b) The allowable tolerance at the discharge pressure for spring-loaded devices;
7 See for example CGA S-1.2-2003 "Pressure Relief Device Standards - Part 2 - Cargo and Portable Tanks for
(c) The reference temperature corresponding to the rated pressure for frangible discs;
(d) The rated flow capacity of the device in standard cubic meters of air per second (m3/s); and
(e) The cross sectional flow areas of the spring loaded pressure-relief devices and frangible discs
When practicable, the following information shall also be shown:
(f) The manufacturer’s name and relevant catalogue number of the device.
The rated flow capacity marked on the pressure-relief devices shall be determined according to
ISO 4126-1:2004 and ISO 4126-7:2004.
Connections to pressure-relief devices
Connections to pressure-relief devices shall be of sufficient size to enable the required discharge to
pass unrestricted to the safety device. No stop-valve shall be installed between the shell and the
pressure-relief devices except when duplicate devices are provided for maintenance or other reasons
and the stop-valves serving the devices actually in use are locked open or the stop-valves are
interlocked so that the requirements of 18.104.22.168 are always fulfilled. There shall be no obstruction in an
opening leading to a vent or pressure-relief device which might restrict or cut-off the flow from the
shell to that device. Pipework to vent the vapour or liquid from the outlet of the pressure-relief
devices, when used, shall deliver the relieved vapour or liquid to the atmosphere in conditions of
minimum back-pressure on the relieving device.
Siting of pressure-relief devices
Each pressure-relief device inlet shall be situated on top of the shell in a position as near the
longitudinal and transverse centre of the shell as reasonably practicable. All pressure-relief device
inlets shall under maximum filling conditions be situated in the vapour space of the shell and the
devices shall be so arranged as to ensure that the escaping vapour is discharged unrestrictedly. For
refrigerated liquefied gases, the escaping vapour shall be directed away from the tank and in such a
manner that it cannot impinge upon the tank. Protective devices which deflect the flow of vapour are
permissible provided the required relief-device capacity is not reduced.
Arrangements shall be made to prevent access to the devices by unauthorized persons and to protect
the devices from damage caused by the portable tank overturning.
Unless a portable tank is intended to be filled by weight, it shall be equipped with one or more
gauging devices. Glass level-gauges and gauges made of other fragile material, which are in direct
communication with the contents of the shell shall not be used.