Relief System Design Training Course

Course Description:

Smith & Burgess’ Relief System Design Course provides students an in-depth overview of pressure relief system design, their requirements, and current industry-related topics. Students will also learn the guiding principals for evaluating a relief system, as well as, determining the applicability of overpressure scenarios, required relief rates, and relief device capacity. In addition, the course provides relevant updates regarding industry guidelines and standards.  (A background in engineering and process safety is helpful but not required.)


2.5 days


Upon completion, all participants will receive 17 hours of Professional Development Hours.




  • Tuesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Breakfast / Lunch provided)
  • Wednesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Breakfast / Lunch provided)
  • Thursday: 8:00 am – 11:30 am (Breakfast provided)


Develop an understanding of the importance of pressure relief systems and key principles impacting their design. Become familiar with the codes and standards relevant to Process Safety Management (PSM).

Target Audience:

Engineers and others responsible for PSM, who need to perform, apply, or understand pressure relief system requirements.

Course Topics:

  • Introduction to Pressure Relief Valve Design & Operation
  • Codes & Standards
  • Overpressure Scenarios
  • Required Relief Rates
  • Relief Device Types, Sizing & Selection
  • Rupture Disks/Other Devices
  • Overpressure Protections of Atmospheric & Low-Pressure Storage Tanks
  • Overview of Relief Disposal Systems
  • Network Equipment Analysis

Some of the specific topics included in this training course are:

  • Appendix M requirements for isolation valves
  • Effects of back pressure on relief valves
  • Evaluating gas breakthrough

This course is based on the latest editions of the following industry standards:

  • API 520 Sizing, Selection, and Installation of Pressure-Relieving Devices in Refineries
  • API 521 Guide for Pressure-Relieving and Depressuring Systems
  • API 526 Flanged Steel Pressure Relief Valves
  • API 2000 Venting Atmospheric and Low-Pressure Storage Tanks: Nonrefrigerated and Refrigerated
  • ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section I and Section VIII, Div. 1





Cancellation Policy:

Notice of a training candidate's intent to cancel without penalty must be made in writing to Brandon Ring (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 14 days prior to the start of the course.

Smith & Burgess reserves the right to cancel courses, change instructors, or adjust course content. In the event that a course must be canceled, registrants will be informed 14 days prior to the start of the course.

Please do not purchase non-refundable airline tickets more than 21 days before the course. Should a course require cancellation Smith & Burgess is not responsible for non-refundable airline tickets.

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