Accumulator Requirements General

8.A.1 Accumulator bottles are containers which store hydraulic fluid under pressure for use in effecting blowout preventer closure. Through use of compressed nitrogen gas, these containers store energy which can be used to effect rapid preventer closure. There are two types of accumulator bottles in common usage, separator and float types. The separator type uses a flexible diaphragm to effect positive separation of the nitrogen gas from the hydraulic fluid. The float type utilises a floating piston to effect separation of the nitrogen gas from the hydraulic fluid.

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