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Globe valve vs plug valve

Author: Site Editor     Publish Time: 2018-10-08      Origin: Site

Plug valves are best suited for use as a globe and closing medium as well as for shutting, but can sometimes be used for throttling depending on the nature of the application and the erosion resistance of the sealing surface. 

plug valve          flange globe valve

Plug valve is also commonly used for media with suspended particles due to the wiping action between the sealing surfaces of the plug valve and the complete contact with the flowing medium during the full opening.


Another important feature of the plug valve is that it is easy to accommodate multi-channel construction so that one valve can achieve two, three, or even four different flow paths. This simplifies the piping system design, reduces valve usage, and some of the connection accessories needed in the equipment.

Plug valves are widely used in oilfield mining, transportation and refining equipment, and are also widely used in petrochemical, chemical, gas, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, HVAC industry, food industry, and pharmaceutical industry systems.


Plug valve's advantages: Face seal structure, sealing performance is better than other valves, no cavity inside will not accumulate materials. For easy-to-crystal materials such as urea, phthalic anhydride, etc., it is the first choice, can be repaired online, because the disc is plug-shaped, the inner bolt only need to tighten the top bolt. Also suitable for strong corrosive media or highly toxic media.


The plug valve is the valve type with the largest sealing area in the valve. The main advantages are: no cavity and dead angle, especially suitable for mediums with easy polymerization or solid particle solution, such as PVC, nylon, catalyst liquid, polymerization intermediate, urea, Asphalt and other media; good sealing performance, sealing can be maintained at VI level for a long time, suitable for flammable, explosive and highly toxic medium such as phosgene, acetylene, pure ketone, HF, chlorine. The disadvantage is that the price is higher than the soft seated ball valve and the torque is larger.


Globe valve: one of the common shut-off valves, the opening and closing torque is small, the metal seal and the adjustment performance are good, but at the same time, there are also shortcomings such as uneven flow path, many dead angles and small circulation capacity.


The globe valve is a forced-sealed valve, so when the valve is closed, pressure must be applied to the valve flap to force the sealing surface to leak. When the medium enters the valve six from below the valve flap, the resistance to be overcome by the operating force is the friction force of the valve stem and the packing and the thrust generated by the pressure of the medium. The force of closing the valve is greater than the force of opening the valve, so the diameter of the valve rod is large, otherwise the valve stem will be bent.


In recent years, after the appearance of the self-sealing valve, the medium flow direction of the globe valve is changed into the valve chamber from above the valve flap. At this time, under the action of the medium pressure, the force of closing the valve is small, and the force of opening the valve is large. At the same time, this type of valve is also tight under the action of the medium.

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