Advantages And Disadvantages Of Three Commonly Used Valves

- Sep 19, 2019-


The gate valve refers to a valve in which the closing member (gate) moves in the vertical direction of the channel axis, and is mainly used as a cutting medium in the pipeline, that is, fully open or fully closed. In general, gate valves are not available for regulated flow. It can be applied to low temperature pressure or high temperature and high pressure, and can be made according to different materials of the valve. However, gate valves are generally not used in pipelines for transporting media such as mud.





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1 The fluid resistance is small;

2 The required torque for opening and closing is small;

3 can be used on the ring flow of the medium flowing in both directions, that is to say, the flow direction of the medium is not limited;

4 When fully open, the sealing surface is less affected by the working medium than the shut-off valve;

5 The shape of the body is relatively simple and the manufacturing process is good;

6 Structure lengths are relatively short.

stainless steel Check valve


1 The external dimensions and opening height are large, and the required installation space is also large;

2 During the opening and closing process, the sealing surface is relatively frictional, the friction loss is large, and even the high temperature is likely to cause scratches;

3 General gate valves have two sealing faces, which add some difficulties to processing, grinding and maintenance;

4 The opening and closing time is long.

Butterfly valve

The butterfly valve is a valve that opens and closes and adjusts the fluid passage by reciprocating about 90° with a disc type opening and closing member.


1The structure is simple, the volume is small, the weight is light, the consumables are saved, and it is not used in large-diameter valves;

2 Rapid opening and closing, small flow resistance;

3 It can be used for media with suspended solid particles, and can also be used for powdery and granular media which depending on the strength of the sealing surface. It can be applied to the two-way opening and closing and regulation of ventilation and dust removal pipelines. It is widely used in gas pipelines and waterways of metallurgy, light industry, electric power and petrochemical systems.

Butterfly valve


1 The flow adjustment range is not large. When the opening is up to 30%, the flow rate will be nearly 95% or more;

2 Due to the structure of the butterfly valve and the limitation of the sealing material, it is not suitable for use in high temperature and high pressure piping systems. The general working temperature is below 300 ° C, below PN40;

3 Sealing performances are relatively poor compared to ball valves and globe valves, so it is not used for sealing requirements.

Ball valve

The ball valve is evolved from a plug valve. Its opening and closing member is a ball that is opened and closed by rotating the ball 90° around the axis of the valve stem. The ball valve is mainly used to cut, distribute and change the flow direction of the medium on the pipeline. The ball valve designed as a V-shaped opening also has a good flow regulation function.


1 It has the lowest flow resistance (actually 0);

2 It can be reliably applied to corrosive media and low boiling liquids because it will not get stuck during work (in the absence of lubricant);

3 It can achieve complete sealing within a large pressure and temperature range;

4 It can achieve fast opening and closing, the opening and closing time of some structures is only 0.05~0.1s, to ensure that it can be used in the automation system of the test bench. When the valve is quickly opened and closed, the operation has no impact;

5 Spherical closures can be automatically positioned at the boundary position;

6 Working medium is sealed reliably on both sides;

7 When fully open and fully closed, the sealing surface of the ball and the valve seat is isolated from the medium, so the medium passing through the valve at high speed does not cause erosion of the sealing surface;

8 Compact and lightweight, it can be considered as the most reasonable valve structure for low temperature media systems;

9 The valve body symmetry, especially the welded valve body structure, can well withstand the stress from the pipeline;

10 Closing parts can withstand the high pressure difference when closing. (11) The ball valve of the fully welded valve body can be buried directly in the ground, so that the valve internals are not eroded, and the maximum service life can reach 30 years. It is the most ideal valve for oil and natural gas pipelines.


1 Because the most important seat seal material of the ball valve is PTFE, it is inert to almost all chemicals, and has comprehensive characteristics such as has a small friction coefficient, stable performance, not easy to age, wide temperature range and excellent sealing performance.

. However, the physical properties of Teflon, including higher coefficient of expansion, sensitivity to cold flow, and poor thermal conductivity, require that the design of the seat seal must be centered on these characteristics. Therefore, when the sealing material is hardened, the reliability of the sealing is broken. Moreover, PTFE has a low temperature resistance and can only be used at less than 180 °C. Above this temperature, the sealing material will age. In the case of long-term use, it is generally not used at 120 °C.

2 Its adjustment performance is worse than the shut-off valve, especially the pneumatic valve (or electric valve).