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Protectoseal is the leading global manufacturer of vapor and flame control equipment for storage tanks. Since inception in 1925, Protectoseal has manufactured the highest quality products with a continuing commitment to "Safety Without Compromise".

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  • Tank Blanketing Valves
    • Protectoseal’s tank blanketing valves are highly reliable special purpose designs
    • Compact and light weight
    • Series 20 pilot operated works over a very tight band
    • Series 30 designed for low flow requirements
    Type Series Datasheet
    Pilot Operated 20 20 Blanketing Valve
    Spring Operated 30 30 Blanketing Valve

    Tank Blanketing Valves protect your tank products from degradation or vapour loss.

    A blanketing valve maintains a low pressure gas blanket above your tank product.  The gas is usually non-flammable and chemically non-reactive. Nitrogen is very commonly used.  The blanketing pressure is usually very low (less than 5 kPag).

    The primary uses of a tank blanketing valve are:

    • To minimize product degradation and tank corrosion by keeping contaminants and water vapour from entering the tank.
    • To minimize evaporation losses.
    • To eliminate oxygen ensuring flammable vapours do not burn.
    • To maintain a specified pressure in the tank.


    A blanketing valve is typically mounted on top of a storage tank along with a pressure/vacuum conservation vent and an emergency pressure relief vent. Piping from the blanketing gas supply is connected to the valve inlet and the valve outlet is piped to the tank. A sense line runs from a remote location on the tank to the valve's sense port to supply a control pressure for the valve.

    The blanketing valve provides the primary vacuum relief for the tank. It opens and supplies gas to the vapor space when pressure decreases to the valve's set point. When the vapor space pressure increases, the valve reseals.

    The Conservation Pressure Vacuum Relief Vent is then sized to take care of overpressure and vacuum conditions brought about by unforeseen conditions or equipment failures. The pressure setting of the vent is set at a slightly higher setting than the blanketing pressure in the tank but below the maximum pressure the tank can withstand. Similarly, the vacuum setting of the vent is set at a higher vacuum setting than normal operating conditions and below the maximum vacuum pressure the tank could withstand.


    There are two types of Tank Blanketing Valve:

    • Pilot Operated Blanketing Valve
    • Spring Operated Blanketing Valve

    Pilot Operated Blanketing Valves

    Pilot operated blanketing valves provide very accurate control of the tank pressure.

    A pilot operated blanketing valve consists of two separate valves, working together (the main valve and the pilot valve). The main valve inlet connects to the high pressure gas supply source. The valve outlet is piped to the tank vapor space. The piston in the main valve is held in its closed position by the supply line pressure accumulated in the dome volume (the space between the poppet in the pilot valve and the piston in the main valve).

    Opening and closing of the main valve is controlled by the pilot valve. The tank's vapor space pressure is transmitted, via the sense line, to the diaphragm sense chamber. Decreases in the sensed pressure result in movement of the pressure balanced poppet in the pilot valve. The poppet unseats and allows gas to flow out of the dome volume. This results in a reduced pressure in the dome volume and opening of the main valve piston to allow gas to flow into the tank. Increases in tank pressure cause the poppet to reseal, the dome pressure to increase and the main valve piston to reseal.

    Spring Operated Blanketing Valves

    Spring operated blanketing valves are often used on smaller tanks and in applications where the tight control offered by the pilot operated blanketing valve is not considered necessary.

    A spring operated blanketing valve works in a similar way to a spring loaded valve. The valve's inlet is connected to the supply gas and the outlet is connected to the tank. The pressure balanced poppet provides the primary seal. The tank's vapor space pressure is transmitted, via the sense line, to the diaphragm sense chamber. Decreases in the sensed pressure result in movement of the sealing, pressure balanced poppet. This results in flow through the valve, into the tank. Increases in tank pressure cause the poppet to reseal, stopping flow into the tank.

    Cebeco offers a full range of tank blanketing valves.  We are happy to assist you to determine the right solution for your application.  Contact us on 02 9651 4220 or sales@cebeco.com.au.