Used to control the flow of liquids and gases in a system, there are many different types of valves available today. One commonly used and reliable valve – crucial when working with combustible gases – is the gas ball valve.
Gas ball valves are one of the best-performing types of valves for many applications. Experts say the ball valve market is currently worth $13,170 million and is expected to rocket further.
How does a gas ball valve work?
A ball valve is one which uses a rotary ball to control the flow of a liquid or gas in a system. While they come in a number of different configurations depending on the application, gas ball valves are designed so that the handwheel or other actuator turns the ball a quarter turn to close or open gas flow. This controls the flow of the gas while also ensuring a tight seal which prevents gas from escaping. They are also able to open and close quickly, so they can be used to control gas in even the most high-pressure of applications.
What are the advantages of a gas ball valve?
Gas ball valves are usually more lightweight and compact than other gas valves, and this also contributes to the speed at which they can be operated. They can be used in a wide variety of applications and create a strong seal which prevents the danger of escaping gases. Gas ball valves can be used in the highest pressure and highest temperature applications, where they offer reliability, strength and durability. Not only this but they are simple to use, install, maintain and repair. They are also one of the more affordable types of gas valves available on the market. However, they struggle in applications with high velocity or throttling, where they may experience early failure.
Where are gas ball valves used?
You can find gas ball valves in many combustible gas applications. They can be found in homes and businesses where gas is delivered to gas equipment and appliances such as water heaters, fireplaces, stoves and boilers.