Metal Seated Ball Valve Testing Facility for Abrasive Fluids

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 12/11/2012, Location: Middle East

JC Fabrica de Valvulas as a leading Spanish based manufacturer of valves for the oil and gas industry and part of the TTV - JC valve group has been manufacturing valves for over 40 years (established in 1968 and have a very wide customer base worldwide. JC Valvulas NE FZC is a fully owned subsidiary of JC Spain, based in Hamriyah Free Zone, Sharjah (UAE).

JC Valves is strongly committed to invest in modern technology and in R&D activity of metals seated ball valves for critical services and design conditions due to temperature, abrasion, erosion, corrosion, etc. in the chemical, petrochemical and power generation industries.

Due to the innumerable range of fluids and working conditions we have been carrying out intensive research on different types of surface hardening of the base material of ball, seat and even the body surfaces in permanent contact with the fluid, participating in research projects like MINAR & KRAFT in collaboration with other companies and institutions like Barcelona University, Tampere University in Finland, Frauhofer Institute in Germany and INASMET in Spain.

As a result of this research activity, we have developed our own technology and built a new state of art testing facility well ahead of other projects for establishing international testing standards for valves to be installed for abrasive service conditions.

The goal of this testing facility is to check the effective life of the metal-seated ball valves in order to guarantee cycling without leakage in severe working conditions (high temperature, pressure and abrasion) with all kind of fluids. The testing facility is fully automated, controlled by PLC with its own software, which can control and obtain data on the following parameters:
- Working pressure
- Working temperature
- Percentage of solids in the fluid
- Operating speed of the valve
- Operating cycles
- Frequency of the cycles
- Control and/or measure the leakage in each operation
- Evolution of the torque figures during opening and closing of valve.

With this testing facility we are able to obtain the parameters required to be able to recommend the most reliable and economical design and hardening to all the end users of metal-seated ball valves.

Our Metal seated Valves DN 15 (1/2) to DN 500 (20), with nominal pressure up to 100bar, are working satisfactorily in prestigious companies worldwide like Cofrentes Nuclear Power Plant and Ecogas combined Cycle Power Plant Spain, Molten Metals in Tennessee USA, Rhone Poulence in Lille France etc to name a few. At JC we are always committed to deliver the best to all our valued clients worldwide.


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