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Pressure Relief Valves for Oil and Gas

The Safest Valves for the Harshest Environments

Whether downhole or subsea, safety can be hard to achieve in the oil and gas industry. Sudden pressure spikes can ruin equipment, leading to production stoppages and worse. Protection starts at the component level, which is where Lee Pressure Relief Valves come into play.

Our relief valves come in three main varieties. Safety relief valves are designed to be exercised for intermittent “pop-off” applications. Pressure-regulating valves are intended to operate more continuously with stable performance throughout the operating range. Thermal relief valves relieve a few droplets of fluid from a trapped volume expanding due to rising temperatures. Each type of valve plays an essential role in downhole oil tool applications, and each is manufactured to the exacting tolerances that this role requires.

Like all products from The Lee Company, pressure relief valves are small, lightweight, and incredibly durable – enough to serve out the entire lifespan of an oil tool. In addition, these products are available in a range of sizes and cracking pressures.

We offer sizes from 0.187 inch diameter relief valves up to the 0.812 inch threaded line removable units (LRUs) to offer the proper flow and precise opening pressures to meet the specific needs of an application. Zero leak options are available for applications in which eliminating any leakage is critical.

Over half of the products we offer are designed for the unique needs of a specific application. Pressure relief valves can be created in custom envelopes and configurations with unique cracking pressures, flow rates, leakage specifications, materials, and more. Contact your local Lee Sales Engineer to discuss your specific needs.

For an unbiased look at relief valve configurations, critical performance characteristics, design challenges, trade-offs, and common failure modes, check out our eBook, An Engineer’s Guide to Selecting a Pressure Relief Valve.

Safety Relief Valves

Safety relief valves are designed to be fast-acting components that protect systems with the potential for sudden pressure spikes. These valves may sit dormant for indeterminate amounts of time before needing to be used, so it’s crucial that they always work as intended. Our safety relief valves are available in low-leak and tight hysteresis configurations. To ensure reliable operation, we 100% test each component for crack, flow point and reseat pressure.

Our safety relief valves are available in 0.187, 0.250, 0.281, and 0.375 inch insert diameters and 0.687 inch threaded configurations. They are constructed entirely of stainless steel and are available screened and unscreened. Built-in damping ensures quiet operation. Cracking pressures range from 20 to 5900 psid.

NACE Compliant Relief Valves

The 0.281 inch diameter NACE Compliant PRI® (Pressure Relief Insert) is constructed of materials specifically chosen for optimal performance in harsh environments, such as those in the oil and gas industry. This high-speed, direct-acting valve is made entirely of corrosion-resistant materials compliant with NACE specification MR0175/ISO 15156. A screened and unscreened model is available for system pressures up to 3000 psi. A high-pressure screened model is also available for system pressures up to 5000 psi.

Pressure Regulating Relief Valves

Unlike safety relief valves, pressure regulating valves operate more frequently. The Lee Company offers a “momentum-free” design concept for these applications. These valves compensate for momentum forces that upset the normal force balance of typical direct acting valves. The result is a valve that is stable throughout the operating range. These valves are available in 0.375 and 0.500 inch diameters with cracking pressures from 50-500 psid.

Thermal Relief Valves

When oil tools travel from ground level to thousands of feet below the surface, rapid temperature change can cause thermal expansion of fluids and potential damage within the system. Thermal relief valves are designed to relieve small volumes of fluid to protect against thermal expansion. Two models are available, the Lee TRI® (Thermal Relief Insert) at 0.187 inch diameter and the High Pressure Lee TRI at 0.250 inch diameter. Due to the small passage size of thermal relief valves, they include an integral CRES low micron filter upstream of the valve seat to prevent internal silting due to ingested contamination.

Zero Leak Relief Valves

Instead of relying on a metal-to-metal seal, these valves incorporate an elastomeric or polymeric seal for a zero leak design, perfect for situations where eliminating leakage is a critical requirement of hydraulic or pneumatic applications. Zero Leak Relief Valves are available in a 0.187 inch diameter for low-pressure applications and a 0.281 inch diameter for cracking pressures ranging from 800 to 4700 psid.

High Pressure Safety Relief Valves

These 0.281 and 0.375 inch diameter relief valves are designed for applications where operating pressures and pressure spikes are too severe for conventional relief valves. Such conditions can lead to instability, erosion, and structural damage of conventional relief valves. High Pressure Safety Relief Valve sizes are available in a range of cracking pressures for system pressures up to 5000 psi.

High Flow Pressure Relief Valves

The Hi-Q PRV is designed for applications that require both a high relief pressure and a high flow rate in a line removable unit (LRU). The valve can relieve pressures up to 5400 psid and flow rates over 19 GPM, and uses a side inlet flow path to minimize the installation boss size and weight.

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Partner with The Lee Company and get much more than just a supplier of top-quality fluid control products. Our reliable technical support team is available every step of the way to help you find solutions, maximize productivity, and drive efficiency across your operations. Check out these resources tailored to the oil and gas industry to learn more.