Keeping a sharp eye on Naphta Storage Tanks
Published: 27 February, 2015
Spectrex SharpEye 20/20MI flame detectors have recently been installed to protect dome type naphtha storage tanks.
While regular hydrocarbon fuels don't pose any problems for flame detectors when stored in dome tanks, naphtha can present a serious problem with any apparatus that doesn't contain naphtha resistant gaskets and o-rings, since naphtha affects these gaskets and o-rings causing the flame detectors to malfunction.
The SharpEye 20/20MI-C is an intrinsically safe, zone 0, ATEX EExia triple IR flame detector specifically for applications where naptha is being stored, using Vitton, fluorocarbon FKM o-rings and gaskets, overcoming this problem. It is an economical and compact Triple IR (IR3) Flame Detector with the highest immunity to false alarms, in a rugged stainless steel housing.
Spectrex is manufacturer of optical flame and open path gas detection (OPGD). ‘Our patented optical UV/IR and IR3 Flame Detector designs, and pioneering patented Xenon Flash designs in OPGD detectors are now the standard for oil and gas projects. A wide range of flame detectors are available, from ultra fast (msec) detection time to high sensitivity hydrocarbon and hydrogen flame detection, alongside the equally large OPGD range that can detect hazardous gases, from flammable hydrocarbons to toxic Ammonia and Hydrogen Sulfide. All Spectrex products can operate in the toughest conditions, from African deserts to Alaskan waters and are fully approved to meet relevant third-party Ex hazardous area, performance and reliability standards to the wide range of application challenges, worldwide, concluded Sybil Bates from Spectrex.