September 2019, Vol. 246, No. 9

Features

Slam-Shut Technology for Ultra-Low-Pressure Protection

By John Deveau, Baker Hughes, a GE Company Natural gas is an abundant fuel used for both industrial and residential energy and is one of the few energy sources delivered directly into our homes. Because it’s also a flammable, potentially explosive fluid, natural gas utilities and distribution companies are required to prioritize safety and devote focus to their protection systems to prevent over-pressurization accidents, even for systems operating at extremely low-pressure levels (< 1 psi). Every natural gas system is designed and approved for a maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP). This includes feed lines into homes that have active pilot flames to burn continuous low volume fl

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