Experienced plant and maintenance engineers know that designing a high-pressure water hydraulic system takes time and advance planning. During the design and planning phase, you must specify the system parameters and analyze the additives flowing through the hydraulic circuit. Then, you can begin the high-pressure water valve selection process, considering common valve configurations and popular materials of construction. To optimize a military or industrial application, steps should also be taken to minimize leakage and implement a preventive valve maintenance program.
To help you do a better job of choosing reliable valve designs and industrial valve materials, Hunt Valve published "High-pressure water valve selection & maintenance, Part 1" in Flow Control. Part 1 of this article series will focus on high-pressure water valve selection and the characteristics of industrial valve materials and components.
Read the article to learn how to:
1. Select the right high-pressure water valves by
o Establishing the system parameters o Choosing the appropriate valve design and configuration
2. Choose the proper materials of construction by
o Considering material incompatibilities, the cleanliness of the flow media and temperature o Selecting the materials of construction for valve bodies, seats and spools as well as valve seals, gaskets and packing
After selecting the optimal valve and materials of construction, steps should be taken to minimize leakage and ensure the reliable performance of the high-pressure hydraulic system. Stay tuned for Part 2 in this article series, which will discuss best practices for managing industrial valve leakage and preventive maintenance.