Ball valves use a metal ball with a hole bored through the center, sandwiched between two seats to control flow. Used in many hydrocarbon process applications, ball valves are capable of throttling gases and vapors and are especially useful for low flow situations.
What Is a Ball Valve Used For?
A ball valve is a valve with a spherical disc that controls the flow of fluid through it. The ball is usually connected to a lever that allows the user to open or close the valve with ease.
Ball valves are often used in applications where a tight seal is required, such as in plumbing and industrial piping. Ball valves are one of the most versatile valves available on the market today.
They can be used for a wide range of applications, such as controlling the flow of water, gas, or oil. Ball valves are also commonly used in commercial and industrial settings, such as in food and beverage processing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and petrochemical plants.
There are two main types of ball valves: floating ball valves and trunnion ball valves. Floating ball valves have a ball that is free to move within the valve body.
Trunnion ball valves have a ball that is attached to a shaft, known as a trunnion. Ball valves are available in a variety of sizes, from small valves that are only a few inches in diameter to large valves that are several feet in diameter.
Ball valves can also be customized to meet the specific needs of an application. Ball valves are typically made from metals such as brass, bronze,