A study was required of the methods of protecting
chemical reactors against overpressure. At present the use of
bursting discs, or pressure relief valves is not only normal
but virtually mandatory. There are, however, some
uncertainties and difficulties in the design of venting
systems based on bursting discs and pressure relief valves and
some evidence of failures of such systems. There is also some
pressure to permit alternative means of protection based on
control systems, including trip and interlock systems.
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.