A ball valve is a stopped valve that controls the progression of a fluid or gas through a rotating ball having a drag. By pivoting the ball a quarter-turn (90 degrees) around its hub, the medium can course through or is obstructed.
Uses of Ball Valves in various industry
Ball Valves are used for flow and pressure control and shut off for corrosive fluids, slurries, normal liquid, and gases. They are used in the oil and natural gas industry, but also find a place in many manufacturing sectors, chemical storage, and even residential uses.
Advantages of Ball Valves
- They contain a compact and low-maintenance design that requires no lubrication
- They are cost-effective among all the valves
- The biggest advantage of ball valves is that they have poor throttling characteristics that can cause the seat of a ball valve to easily erode.
- They provide leak-proof service.
- They open and close quickly.
- Ball valves have multi-way design flexibility.
Disadvantages of Ball Valves
- Ball valves are not suitable for permanent throttling.
- In residual fluids, the particles in the fluid collide with the surfaces and stick to them. This may cause leakage, abrasion, and other problems.