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Facilities for Corrosion Monitoring IP 19-6-1

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PRACTICE
Rev. 1 March 1998

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SCOPE
I  1.1 This practice covers the procurement and installation of corrosion monitoring facilities using electrical
resistance corrosion probes.
I 1.2 An asterisk () indicates that a decision by the Purchaser is required or that additional information is
furnished by the Purchaser.

SUMMARY OF ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS


I 2.1 Table 1 lists the practices and standard which shall be used with this International Practice for the
installation of corrosion probes.

TABLE 1

PRACTICES

IP 15-10-1 Instrument Transmission Systems


IP 15-12-1 Instrument Wire and Cable

STANDARD

ASME
B16.5 Pipe Flanges and Flanged Fittings

I  2.2 The Owner's Engineer shall select and specify the probes to be installed, the location where the probes
are to be installed and the system requirements.
I  2.3 The contractor(s) responsible for installing the probe system shall obtain all fittings, valves, probes and
other necessary items. The contractor(s) shall install the probes after hydrostatic testing or line flushing,
and then field test the wiring and connections.

DEFINITIONS
I 3.1 An electrical resistance corrosion probe includes a corrosion sensing element, a probe body with
appropriate fittings for insertion into the system and an end connector for attachment to a meter, or wiring
to a multiplexor, which electronically monitors the progress of corrosion.
I 3.2 Probe retractor tools are special devices which provide mechanical advantage to the onstream
installation or retraction of corrosion probes or hydrogen probes. Generally, they are suitable for use with
pipe and pressure vessels up to 1000 psi (68 bar).
I 3.3 The term Inspector, as used in this practice, refers to the Owner's Representative.
I 3.4 Meggers" are clip-on devices for checking the integrity of wire insulation, and can generate voltages
beyond what is required to test the integrity of the wire's electrical insulation.

DESIGN
I  4.1 The type of corrosion monitoring equipment and the system requirements shall be specified by the
Owner's Engineer.
I  4.2 Final layout details of the installation shall be reviewed with the Owner's Engineer. Arrangement
drawings shall be prepared detailing connection locations and orientation, location of monitoring
equipment, and routing of wiring.
S 4.3 Intrinsically safe apparatus is required for automated corrosion monitoring systems.
 Additionally, an intrinsic safety barrier is required where the probe measuring element may be exposed
to an ignitable gas mixture during startup or shutdown operations.
R   4.4 All wire type electrical resistance probes shall be furnished with a shield to protect the measuring
element. The stem shall be a specific grade of austenitic stainless steel when specified by the Owners
Engineer. All other corrosion probes shall be furnished with a shield only when specified by the Owner's
Engineer.

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S,R 4.5 All probe assembly components shall be suitable for the line service classification when installed in
piping systems, or for the specified pressure-temperature requirements when installed in pressure
vessels. Also, any polymeric sealants or adhesive resins in the probe assembly should be resistant to the
process environment in the pipe or pressure vessel.
I 4.6 Flanged connections. Flange rating and type of facing will be specified by the Owner's Engineer. Flange
facing finish shall be per ASME B16.5. Bolting shall be of the same material specification as that used for
connections to the piping (or vessel). Flange fitting assemblies shall be supplied with mating flanges.

RETRACTABLE CORROSION PROBES


I 4.7 Connections for installation of retractable corrosion probes and coupons shall be per Figures 1, 2,
or 3, as applicable.
S,O 4.8 The design of retractable type probes and coupons shall incorporate features to:
a. Prevent accidental blowout of the assembly from a pressurized system, as shown in Figure 4.
b. Indicate probe assembly withdrawal limits (i.e., when the probe has cleared the access valve).
c. Minimize the risk of accidental closure of the access valve while the probe is inserted.
The corrosion probe body shall include a velocity shield or stop ring that is sized to prevent the probe from
being accidentally withdrawn through the packing gland. The velocity shield or stop ring shall be welded to
the probe body as determined by the Owner's Engineer. See Figure 4.
M 4.9 The installation of retractable-type probes and coupons shall be such that retraction of the corrosion probe
is not in the vertically downwards direction.
M 4.10 Consideration should be given to ease of handling of the retracting tool (i.e., the pressure rating of the
probe system should not be disproportionately high).
O,R 4.11 A probe retractor device shall be used for temperatures greater than 150F (66C) or pressures greater
than 150 psi (10.2 bar).

NONRETRACTABLE PROBES
M 4.12 Nonretractable probes should only be installed when the operating pressure of the pipe or pressure vessel
is greater than 1000 psi (68 bar), or when specified by the Owner's Engineer.
I 4.13 a. Connections for installation of nonretractable probes, including hydrogen finger probes, shall be with
flanged fittings unless otherwise specified.
b. Flange fitting assemblies shall be supplied with mating flanges.

ACCESS
M  4.14 Where probe retractor tools are required, the layout of adjacent equipment and piping, and platform
clearances (clear width and length) shall take into account the space to use these devices.
M  4.15 Corrosion probe assemblies shall be accessible from grade or permanent platforms. The location of
the assembly above grade or platform shall not be less than 1 ft (300 mm) and not more than 6 ft (1800
mm) unless otherwise approved by the Owner's Engineer. The exact locations (positions, orientation and
penetration) of the probe assemblies will be specified by, or shall be determined in conjunction with, the
Owner's Engineer.

FIELD WIRING PRACTICE


I 4.16 Installation of signal wire for probe installations shall conform to field wiring practices for instrumentation
except as follows:
a. The type of instrument cable between probes and junction boxes and multiplexors shall be as
specified by the probe supplier.
b. If probe wiring is run in rigid steel conduit, 4 ft (1200 mm) of PVC covered flexible metallic tubing
shall be supplied between the probe and the conduit.
c. For electrical readout corrosion monitoring probes, wiring shall be brought to grade or permanent
platforms to junction boxes or multiplexors, as specified.
d. Junction boxes and multiplexors shall be installed in areas which are classified as Class I Division 2
locations, unless instructed otherwise by the Owner.

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IDENTIFICATION OF FACILITIES
I 4.17 Each probe installation shall be identified with an engraved nameplate fastened with stainless steel wire
or other suitable means to the assembly (see Figures 1-4). Nameplates shall be constructed of
permanent or weather resistant material. Nameplates shall be stamped with the probe identification
number and type, i.e., CPR or Electric Resistance Probe.
I  4.18 The probe identification number will be specified by the Owner. For devices connecting to an automated
monitoring system, a number system compatible with the Owner's instrument numbering and identification
system will be specified.
R 4.19 The following caution sign shall be installed at the block valve of each retractable probe assembly in
the local language of the plant/installation. The sign shall be approximately 7 in. x 10 in. (175 x 250 mm)
with black letters on a yellow background.
CAUTION
DO NOT CLOSE VALVE
UNLESS PROBE
HAS BEEN RETRACTED

I 4.20 Each junction box, field transmitter, and multiplexor enclosure shall have the following information
on a nameplate permanently fastened to the box. Adhesive fastening is not acceptable:
a. Specific corrosion probes served by the junction box, transmitter or multiplexor.
b. Identification of any field mounted instruments, transmitters or multiplexors connected.
c. Identification of line voltage disconnect switch.

FIELD TESTING
R,M 5.1 The contractor shall ensure that all corrosion monitoring equipment and wiring is in satisfactory
working condition and will operate as intended, specifically:
a. Instrument wiring shall be checked for insulation integrity. Test voltage shall not exceed 300 V
peak. Meggers shall not be used.
b. Instrument wiring shall be tested for continuity.
c. Instruments and recording devices shall be tested in situ for proper functioning using dummy
probes.
d. Each probe and coupon assembly shall be checked for easy insertion through their respective
access fittings and valves. (See Figures 1, 2 and 3, Notes.)

Revision Memo
9/68 Original Issue of Basic Practice 6/80 Revision 4
6/72 Revision 1 1/81 Revision 5
1/74 Revision 2 6/86 Revision 6
1/76 Revision 3 12/90 Revision 7
6/96 Revision 0 - Original Issue of International Practice
3/98 Revision 1
Removed reference to hydrogen finger and patch probes (old Pars. 3.3 and 4.7 to 4.15 and old Figures 4, 5A and 5B). Added
option for stainless steel stems for electrical resistance probes. Revised Par. 1.1 to limit scope to electrical resistance corrosion
probes. Revised Par. 4.4 requirements for shielding the measuring element.

Exxon Research and Engineering Company, 1996, 1998

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FIGURE 1
INSTALLATION DETAIL FOR CORROSION PROBES SIZES LESS THAN 1-1/4 IN. DIAMETER

Sealweld (Typical) Pipe or Vessel Wall


A Note (1)
1-1/2 in. Diam. Hole
Note (3) Concentric with
D H B
C Coupling

CL Note (2)
Note (5)

E F
G

6 In.

Note (4)

Legend:

A 1-1/2 in. NPS full port gate valve


B 1-1/2 in. NPS half coupling
C 1-1/2 in. NPS nipple, max. wall
thickness schd 160 (0.281) in.
D 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 x 1/2 in. NPS reducing tee

E 1/2 in. NPS bleed valve

F Two plane gusseting approx. 90 apart

G Identification tag

H 1-1/2 in. NPS nipple, Max. wall thickness


190601F1
schd 160 (0.281 in.) x 2 in. length

Notes:
(1) All joints to be sealwelded.
(2) Alignment must be checked by passing a rod through the competed installation:
Figure 1 rod size 1-1/4 in. diameter; Figure 2 rod size 1-5/8 in. diameter.
(3) Type and size of termination to suit specific installation.
(4) An extended body type valve may be substituted for the coupling-nipple-valve arrangement shown, with
appropriate body size increase to accommodate rod size per Note (2) above. The deviation to the overall 6 in.
dimension shall be reviewed with the Owner's Engineer.
(5) 1 in. full port valves can be used for corrosion probes whose maximum OD dimension is less than 1 in.

ACCEPTABLE METRIC EQUIVALENT DIMENSIONS FOR FIGURES 1, 2, 3, 4

PIPING AND TUBE SIZES DIAMETERS PIPE AND TUBE OTHER LINEAR
(NPS, NPT, OD) (MACHINED OR DRILLED) WALL THICKNESS DIMENSIONS

in. mm in. mm in. mm in. mm


1/8 NPS or NPT 6 1/16 1.6 0.049 1.25 0.005 0.001 0.127 0.025
1/4 NPS or NPT 8 1 25.4 0.065 1.5 1/2 13
1/2 NPS or NPT 15 1-1/4 32 0.281 7.14 2 50
1/2 OD 12 1-1/2 38 0.344 8.74 4.7 120
3/4 OD 20 1-5/8 41 6 150
1 NPS or NPT 25 1-7/8 48 7 178
1-1/2 NPS 40 Alignment Rods
2 NPS 50 1-1/4 31 11 sq in. 7079 mm2
1-5/8 40

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FIGURE 2
INSTALLATION DETAIL FOR CORROSION PROBES SIZES 1-1/4 IN. TO 1-5/8 IN. DIAMETER

Sealweld (Typical) Pipe or Vessel Wall


A Note (1)
1-7/8 in. Diam. Hole
Note (3) Concentric with
D H B
C Coupling
CL Note (2)
Note (5)

E F
G

6 In.

Note (4)

Legend:

A 2 in. NPS full port gate valve


B 2 in. NPS half coupling
C 2 in. NPS nipple, max. wall
thickness schd 160 (0.344 in.)
D 2 x 2 x 1/2 in. NPS reducing tee

E 1/2 in. NPS bleed valve

F Two plane gusseting approx. 90 apart


G Identification tag

H 2 in. NPS nipple, Max. wall thickness


schd 160 (0.344 in.) x 2 in. length 190601F2

Notes:
(1) All joints to be sealwelded.
(2) Alignment must be checked by passing a rod through the competed installation:
Figure 1 rod size 1-1/4 in. diameter; Figure 2 rod size 1-5/8 in. diameter.
(3) Type and size of termination to suit specific installation.
(4) An extended body type valve may be substituted for the coupling-nipple-valve arrangement shown, with
appropriate body size increase to accommodate rod size per Note (2) above. The deviation to the overall 6 in.
dimension shall be reviewed with the Owner's Engineer.
(5) 1 in. full port valves can be used for corrosion probes whose maximum OD dimension is less than 1

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FIGURE 3
PREFERRED INSTALLATION DETAIL FOR ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE CORROSION PROBES

1 1/2" Hole Concentric


With Extended Body Valve
Opening

1" NPS Threaded End

E C B A

Or

D F

6" Min. 1 1/2" Threaded


Extend body Valve
16" 1/2"
Note 1 1 1/2" Threadolet

Integrally Reinforced Extended Body Valv e Thr eaded Ex t ended Body Valv e

Legend:
A 1-1/2 inch NPS extend body gate valve, integrally reinforced or threaded
B 1-1/2 inch NPS nipple, wall thickness, schedule 160
C 1-1/2 x 1 x 1/2 inch reducing tee
D 1-1/2 inch NPS bleed valve
E 1 inch NPS nipple, Maximum wall thickness, schedule 160
F Identification tag 190601F3

Notes:
(1) Deviation from this dimension requires approval of the Owner's Engineer.
(2) Alignment must be checked by passing a one-inch diameter rod through the completed installation if installation
is made with equipment out of service.

FIGURE 4
RETRACTABLE PROBE ASSEMBLY WITH ACCEPTABLE BLOWOUT PREVENTER

190601F4a

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