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5 Valve Manifold Operation

The 5-valve transmitter manifold is shown in the schematic below:
5 Valve manifold

During normal operation, the HP and LP valves are open while the equalizing valves and the bleed valve are closed. However, It is critically important that the equalizing valve(s) never be open while both block valves are open! If the process fluid is dangerously hot or radioactive, a combination of open equalizing and block valves will let that dangerous fluid reach the transmitter and manifold, possibly causing damage or creating a personal hazard.

Operational Sequence for Valving DP Transmitter with a 5-Valve Manifold into Service:

  1. Check all valves HP,LP, the bleed valve and the equalizing valves are closed.
  2. Open the equalizing valves. This ensures that the same pressure will be applied to both sides of the transmitter, i.e. zero differential pressure.
  3. Open the High Pressure block valve slowly, check for leakage from both the high pressure and low-pressure side of the transmitter.
  4. Close the equalizing valves. This locks the pressure on both sides of the transmitter.
  5. Open the low-pressure block valve to apply process pressure to the low-pressure side of the transmitter and establish the working differential pressure.

The transmitter is now in service.

Removing the 5-Valve Manifold DP Transmitter from Service

The DP transmitter with a 5-Valve manifold can easily be removed from service using the steps outlined below:

  1. Close the HP and LP block valves.
  2. Open the equalizing valves.
  3. Open the bleed valve to vent process pressure to the atmosphere

The transmitter is now out of service. As is always the case, the transmitter capsule housing still contains process pressure; this will require bleeding.

Note that the 3-valve and 5-valve DP transmitter manifolds are usually manufactured as monolithic or single units. The schematics above are just for illustration and explanations.

 Also Read: 3 Valve Manifold Operation

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3 comments

Thomas Culp October 24, 2016 at 7:46 pm

The first paragraph is incorrect. If both the block and bleed ports are both open the process will bleed out possibly contacting the operator. Not the manifold and transmitter as stated.

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S Bharadwaj Reddy October 24, 2016 at 8:39 pm

Hi Thomas, Yes, Thats why a Hazard is mentioned in end of the paragraph. Thanks

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Harshil Baxi June 16, 2018 at 7:33 am

In 5 way manifold 1 st paragraph you have mentioned both block and equilization valve should not be opened at the same time but the reason is not proper.

It should not because as If HP and LP are having differnet process fluid then they will mix together in system.

Example
Screw comressor PDI between Seal Oil and Reference Gas.In this case if we open equilization with block valve in opened condition then in compressor gas side Oil will carry forward.

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