Burst disk material


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A bit of info scrounged from the forums on burst disks, not particularly well layed out here but (hopefully) better than nothing.

  • In general the burst pressure of a disk is a function of the disk's material, thickness and diameter.
  • Larger diameter disks will burst at lower pressure than a smaller disk of the same material.
  • Burst disk tend to be variable so solid numbers concerning burst pressures are hard to find.
  • There is often disagreement as to what pressure a particular disk (material and dimension) ruptures at.
Burst Disk Materials
Material
(single layer unless otherwise specified)
Approx. Burst
Pressure (PSIG)
Diameter
(inch)
link
Aluminum Foil 5 1.25 [1]
Aluminum Foil 0.001" 15 2 [2]
Aluminum Foil 28 1 [3]
Aluminum Foil, 1 layer 7 0.75 [4]
Aluminum Foil, 2 layer 19 0.75 [5]
Aluminum Foil, 3 layer 44 0.75 [6]
Aluminum Foil, 4 layer 76 0.75 [7]
Aluminum Foil, 5 layer 130 0.75 [8]
. . . .
Wax Paper, 1 layer 19 0.75 [9]
Wax Paper, 2 layer 32 0.75 [10]
Wax Paper, 3 layer 44 0.75 [11]
Wax Paper, 4 layer 59 0.75 [12]
Wax Paper, 5 layer 80 0.75 [13]
Wax Paper, 6 layer 86 0.75 [14]
Wax Paper, 7 layer 90 0.75 [15]
Wax Paper, 8 layer 102 0.75 [16]
Wax Paper, 9 layer 123 0.75 [17]
. . . .
Plastic Grocery Bags- save on food brand, 1 layer 7 0.75 [18]
Plastic Grocery Bags- save on food brand, 2 layer 18 0.75 [19]
Plastic Grocery Bags- save on food brand, 3 layer 22 0.75 [20]
Plastic Grocery Bags- save on food brand, 4 layer 25 0.75 [21]
Plastic Grocery Bags- save on food brand, 5 layer 29 0.75 [22]
Plastic Grocery Bags- save on food brand, 6 layer 33 0.75 [23]
Plastic Grocery Bags- save on food brand, 7 layer 40 0.75 [24]
Plastic Grocery Bags- save on food brand, 8 layer 48 0.75 [25]
Plastic Grocery Bags- save on food brand, 9 layer 51 0.75 [26]
Plastic Grocery Bags- save on food brand, 10 layer 58 0.75 [27]
Plastic Grocery Bags- save on food brand, 11 layer 68 0.75 [28]
Plastic Grocery Bags- save on food brand, 12 layer 76 0.75 [29]
. . . .
Potato Chip Bag 85-110 1 [30]
Plastic Milk Jug (HDPE) 150  ? [31]
Stiff Plastic packaging ("clam shell packaging") 180 0.5 [32]
Aluminum Soda Can 200 0.5 [33]
Duct Tape 5 1 [34]
Styrene (0.01") 45  ? [35]
Styrene (0.015") 75  ? [36]
Plastic disposable plates, red, Dollar General 60 2 [37]
. . . .

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