What are Pressure/Vacuum Relief Valves (PVRV)?

Pressure/vacuum relief valves are protection devices which are typically mounted on a nozzle opening on the top of a fixed roof atmospheric storage tank. Their primary purpose is to protect the tank against rupturing or imploding. Without an opening or a controlled opening, a fixed roof atmospheric tank would rupture under increasing pressure caused by pumping liquid into the tank or as a result of vapor pressure changes caused by severe thermal changes. Imploding, or the collapsing of a tank, occurs during the pumping out procedure or thermal changes. As the liquid level lowers, the vapor space pressure is reduced to below atmospheric pressure. This vacuum condition must be controlled by allowing atmospheric air to flow into the tank. In short, the tank needs to breathe in order to eliminate the possibility of rupturing or imploding. Because of its primary function, a pressure/vacuum valve is commonly referred to as a “breather valve.”

For applications requiring low fugitive vapor emissions of the stored liquid and operation near the tank’s Maximum Allowable Working Pressure (MAWP), the Groth 1800A Series “Full Lift” valve is recommended. This valve is a relief valve which attains full capacity at only 10% overpressure. And like all Groth pressure/vacuum relief valves, the Full Lift Type Valve is a modulating valve which offers near zero blow down, meaning it reseats at its set pressure.

Contact your IPEG representative to learn more about which pressure/vacuum relief valve would work best for your application.


Industrial products catalog. (p. 1). Stafford, TX: Groth Corporation Retrieved from http://www.grothcorp.com/uploads/GrothCorporationIndustrialCatalog.pdf



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