What are Vessel Trims? / Examples and Characteristics of Pressure Vessel Trims

What are Vessel Trims?

Vessel trims are independent piping and instrument items that are directly attached to the pressure vessel. These pressure vessel trims are required for displaying the process parameters inside the vessel and for operation and maintenance purposes. By reading such working process parameters of a horizontal or vertical vessel, the performance and working of the pressure vessel can be known. The vessel trims provide various information like:

  • the utilization capacity of the vessel
  • the working temperature
  • the working pressure
  • fluid flow
  • fluid level

Examples of Vessel Trims

Typical examples of pressure vessel trims are:

  • pressure gauge
  • temperature transmitter,
  • pressure transmitter
  • temperature gauge
  • sparge tubes
  • rotameter
  • dip tubes
  • potential difference transmitter
  • level gauge
  • overflow and vent piping
  • spray ball assemblies, etc.

Characteristics of Vessel Trims

All such pressure vessel trims are linked with the DCS system for control room operation for reading purposes. Few of the vessel trims are considered piping items while a maximum is considered instrumentation items.

Vessel trims are independent items and are not manufactured along with the pressure vessel. However, the exact location of such vessel trims must be informed to the vessel manufacturer prior to the fabrication of the vessel. Usually, the piping engineer is responsible to consider and locate the pressure gauge, potential difference transmitter, level gauge, temperature gauge, level bridal, rotameter, and future connections with valve and blind flanges and inform the vendor of the exact locations. All these items can be removed from the vessel. Vessel trims are usually bolted with a vessel nozzle with a flanged connection.

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All vessel trims must be easily accessible. They should be visible easily to the plant operators and hence, must be installed at a reasonable height. A ladder and access platform must be provided for big-diameter vessels when vessel trims are mounted on the top of the vessel. Usually, a separate vessel trim drawing is prepared to identify all these items. The scope and supply of vessel trims must be decided with the vendor prior to order finalization.

All vessel trims must be indicated in the process P&IDs. Usually, these are added in the detailed engineering phase of any project. All vessel trims are loose items and are generally identified by a trim number (line number). The design and materials of vessel trims are the responsibility of the piping engineer. The vessel trim materials are usually selected according to the designated piping material class.

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Anup Kumar Dey

I am a Mechanical Engineer turned into a Piping Engineer. Currently, I work in a reputed MNC as a Senior Piping Stress Engineer. I am very much passionate about blogging and always tried to do unique things. This website is my first venture into the world of blogging with the aim of connecting with other piping engineers around the world.

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