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RR485 - Elastomeric seals for rapid gas decompression applications in high-pressure services

Seal damage and observed gas leaks to atmosphere caused by Rapid Gas Decompression (also known as Explosive Decompression) in elastomeric seals have been reported in many types of equipment in the oil and gas industry. These failures have had costly financial, safety and environmental implications for the operators and equipment suppliers. The aim of this document is to:

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Updated 2010-03-19