Issue Date:  March 3, 2022

Think Tank Petroleum Service, LLC 

Think Tank Product Line Volumetric Tightness Tester
(for Rigid and Flexible Pipelines)

LINE TIGHTNESS TEST METHOD

Certification

Leak rate of 0.1 gph with PD = 99.9802% and PFA = 0.0198%

Leak Threshold

0.08 gph. 
A pipeline system should not be declared tight if the test result indicates a loss that equals or exceeds this threshold.

Applicability

Gasoline, diesel, aviation fuel, fuel oil #4, fuel oil #6, solvents, waste oil, biodiesel blends and all ethanol blended gasolines.

Specification

Systems tests rigid and flexible piping systems.
Tests are conducted at 150% maximum operation pressure for fuel types and product line configurations.
The safe maximum operating pressure for this method is 325 psi.

Pipeline Capacity

For rigid piping systems a maximum of 165.08 gallons with a bulk modulus of 30,843 psi for combination piping systems.

For Flexible piping systems a maximum of 109.84 gallons with a bulk modulus of 13,858 psi for combination piping systems.

Waiting Time

None between delivery and testing for rigid or flexible piping systems.

None between dispensing and testing for all piping systems.

Test Period

Under ideal conditions, test times can be as little as 30 minutes on a tight line depending on temperature conditions at the site. For a line where a leak is present, the minimum test time is 45 minutes under ideal conditions. Data is collected every 15 minutes. Three consecutive consistent readings are required for a valid test. Test data is acquired and recorded manually. Manual calculations are performed by the operator on site.

Comments

Manufacturer does not required tester certification for operation of this equipment.

 

Think Tank Petroleum Service, LLC

Evaluator:  Ken Wilcox Associates

P.O. Box 172

Tel:  (816) 443-2494

Travelers Rest, SC 29690

Dates of Evaluation: 03/06/2021

Tel: 864-370-0637

 
   
   
 

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