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How does pressure relief valve work?

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How does pressure relief valve work?

Unread postAuthor: badkarma » Thu Mar 15, 2007 12:35 am

I know the basics of it. What I don't know is does it completely drain the air out or does it drain down to the specify psi? Example: 100psi pressure relief valve when over filled will pop off to release pressure. Does it close up when it reaches back down below 100psi or does it completely drain out all the air out of the pressure chamber?
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Unread postAuthor: pyromanic13 » Thu Mar 15, 2007 12:37 am

mine close up below "pop" pressure
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Unread postAuthor: Hotwired » Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:21 am

Its just a sprung poppet valve.

Pressure goes over its set limit, poppet valve cracks open and lets air out until pressure is within limits again.

It doesn't drain the chamber.
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Unread postAuthor: badkarma » Thu Mar 15, 2007 6:44 am

Thanks!!! :D
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Thu Mar 15, 2007 6:48 am

The relief valve on my air compressor wont close back on it's own until it gets down to around 50psi. It pops open at around 130psi. It says 115psi on it, i guess that check balls and springs can't be intirely accurate.
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Unread postAuthor: BC Pneumatics » Thu Mar 15, 2007 8:46 am

How old is the compressor? Perhaps the spring will fatigue down to 150psi with some use. (Or maybe it is just a cheapo valve... who knows!)
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:18 pm

BC Pneumatics wrote:How old is the compressor? Perhaps the spring will fatigue down to 150psi with some use. (Or maybe it is just a cheapo valve... who knows!)

2 years old this spring. I've never seen the numbers jive with these things, wheather it be the guages a little off or the pop valves. They more commenly pop on the gas engine driven portable compressors then stationary one's. The engine vibration tends to set them off.
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Unread postAuthor: spudthug » Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:57 pm

my aircompressers *pop* thing broke one day....it got stuck then just like blew up....idk if that was the pop thing u guys were talking about but mines not there anymore
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