For more than 85 years, the rupture disk has served as an effective passive safety mechanism to protect against overpressure or potentially damaging vacuum conditions in tanks and other enclosed vessels. However, as these pressure relief devices become increasingly miniaturized to sizes as small as 1/8-inch to meet the demands of a new generation of smaller, lighter applications, the industry is running squarely into design and raw material challenges that often require reengineering the product itself.

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