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#1 eng.rizwan


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Posted 07 September 2020 - 09:36 AM

Hello Everyone, 


I need to know if there is any standard to size (capacity)  drain tank connected to APIs vertical pumps (or any pumps).


The tank is supposed to receive the normal drains and other effluents during start-up/maintenance etc. I have designed large drain tanks in my career to take care of the system upsets/surges but for a simple pump drain tank I believe some sort of engineering practice or rule of thumb might be sufficient. Any field experience would worth to be shared.



#2 Chemitofreak


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Posted 08 September 2020 - 02:09 AM



I have never seen a drain vessel for vertical pumps. What I have seen is nitrogen connection for the same, with nitrogen pressure one can displace the residual liquid in the pump and route it to the process drain vessel.



#3 breizh


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Posted 08 September 2020 - 02:52 AM


Can you supply a simple diagram for us to understand and support ?

I suppose that the pump will be operating between LSL (stop)  and LSH (start ) 

To me it depends on how quick you want to drain the tank  and the quantity to pump out . 

Good luck,


Edited by breizh, 08 September 2020 - 02:57 AM.

#4 Sharma Varun

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Posted 08 September 2020 - 10:16 PM

I guess you are looking for a standard size of drain vessel for residual drains, you may consider 40 m3 capacity.

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