Your Guide to Selecting the Right High-Pressure Valve

What if your workplace could explode at any moment?

No, we’re not talking about your stern boss. Instead, we’re talking about high-pressure valves.

No matter how cool under pressure you are, it’s important to have a pressure valve that can handle everything you throw at it. Here is our guide to selecting the best one.

Check the Temperature

What kind of high-pressure valve do you need? In order to answer that, you must know the temperature of whatever will be traveling through it.

The gas or liquid traveling through the valve will influence the kind of valve you get. As an example, steel valves are one of the best choices for handling extremely hot temperatures.

Temperature variation means no one valve fits every scenario. 

Making a Connection

It’s tough enough for engineers to make connections outside of work. The last thing you want is difficulties making connections at your workplace!

However, that can easily happen when you buy new valves. To avoid this problem, you must double check the relevant connection size and type.

If the valve you bought does not match the piping for the inlet or outlet, then you have a functionally useless valve. Unless you want to rock a really weird paperweight, you’ll need to return that valve and make another order.

Remember, it’s all about getting a valve the same size as the inlet in question. A quick inspection ahead of time can ultimately save you a lot of time and money.

The Right Stuff

Earlier, we talked about the importance of knowing what will be traveling through the valve. It is equally important to understand the different properties of various valve materials.

For example, stainless steel may not always be your first choice for a valve. But if you remember that stainless steel can shrug off corrosive substances, it becomes the best choice for many different scenarios.

Conversely, making the wrong choice can shorten the valve lifespan and may even put you and everyone else in danger. Once again, it’s worth doing your homework ahead of time.

Pressure and Capacity

Sure, they are all called “high-pressure valves.” But the truth is that some of them can handle more pressure than others.

As you know, each valve comes with a measurement of its maximum allowable working pressure. If you put more pressure than that through the valve, things will go to hell very quickly.

For maximum safety, choose a valve whose MAWP is 10-15% higher than your estimated highest pressure. Better safe than sorry!

Similarly, you need to check the capacity codes for the valve in question. These give you a better idea of the required capacity and can help inform your purchasing decision.

The Pressure Valve: Making the Right Choice

Now you know how to choose the right pressure valve. But do you know who can bring it right to you?

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