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Brass Forging for Ball Valve Body

A ball valve is a one type of valves providing on/off control of flow with a spherical closure unit. There is a port or bore through the center in the sphere . Ball valve can work and is in open status when the bore is aligned in the same direction as the pipeline and the fluid can flow through it. But if you want to close the valve and the fluid can not pass through just rotating 90 degrees, and the bore becomes perpendicular to the flow path.

The ball valve, along with butterfly and plug valves, is part of the quarter-turn valve family. Ball valves are known for reliable, bubble-tight sealing. Thus, they are a great choice for gas applications where tight shutoff is necessary. Due to the potential of constant wearing on the seats, ball valves are not ideal for throttling applications. The body of a ball valve usually is made of steel and can be made more durable with nickel plating. 

Ball valves can be used in a variety of applications and markets, such as transmission and storage, gas processing, industrial, and many more. Jeffery Joseph, product manager for the CAMERON ball valves, explains that ball valves provide reliable leak protection which is especially beneficial in gas applications. Ball valves have low pressure drop and can open and close quickly. 

A variety of construction materials, trim options and designs make these valves extremely versatile. Ball valves, such as RING-O subsea ball valves, are commonly utilized in subsea applications on manifolds that require long service life at high pressures. Ball valves, including the Cameron TBV line of ball valves, also are used in cryogenic applications where compressed gas must be kept at a stable temperature in order to be moved efficiently.

Brass Forging for Ball Valve Body

brass forging for ball valve body

Brass ball valve bodies are created using a closed die forging method that involves shaping metals and alloys while they’re in their solid form. Heat and industrial-size tools deliver compressive forces to bend the metals and alloys, and dies are used to cut and shape the materials to create specific valves. Forging can be performed in most temperatures depending on the brass used.

Forging ball valve bodies presents many benefits for industrial companies. For example, companies don’t have to worry about wasted materials. Since forged ball valve bodies are shaped into one solid piece, little effort is needed to rework the material to achieve the proper shape and size.

Forged ball valve bodies have a reputation for being strong, which make them ideal for handling high-pressure and high-temperature systems. During the brass forging process, the metal’s grain structure becomes more refined. This leads to an increase in impact and overall strength. Also, forging boosts its resistance to common issues such as cracks, shrinkage, and porosity.

On top of that, brass forging can create ball valve bodies with less wall thickness. This helps to reduce the likelihood of thermal fatigue during valve operation. This also means that forged brass ball valve bodies can be heated and cooled more quickly, which allows them to adequately handle the stresses of systems that continuously cycle through start-up and phase-down processes.

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