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Author: Site Editor     Publish Time: 2018-10-09      Origin: Site


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The plug valve is a closing or plunger-shaped rotary valve that opens or closes by rotating the passage port on the valve plug 90° degrees or the same as the passage port on the valve body.Plug valve is difference from knife gate valve. The plug of the plug valve may be cylindrical or conical shape.

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l  Plug valve application

l  The main advantages of the plug valve


Plug valve application

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 and general industry.


In a cylindrical valve plug, the passage is generally rectangular; in a tapered valve plug, the passage is trapezoidal. These shapes make the structure of the plug valve light, but at the same time cause some loss. Plug valves are best suited for use as a shut-off and closing medium as well as for shunting, but can sometimes be used for throttling depending on the nature of the application and the erosion resistance of the sealing surface. It 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 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.For long time use of plug valve,the globe valve is developed depend on plug valve for more widely use in difference fields.


The main advantages of the plug valve

Suitable for frequent operation, quick and easy opening and closing.The fluid resistance is small.The utility model has the advantages of simple structure, relatively small volume, light weight and convenient maintenance.Good sealing performance,The flow direction of the medium can be arbitrary regardless of the installation direction.No vibration, low noise.


The opening and closing part of the knife gate valve is a gate. Knife gate valve is kind of gate valve with difference gate shape.The moving direction of the gate is perpendicular to the direction of the fluid. The blade is cut by a blade-shaped shutter that can cut the fiber material. The valve body does not actually have a chamber, and the gate is in the side guiding groove. The inner lift is lifted and pressed by the bottom lug on the valve seat. For higher media tightness, an O-ring seat can be used for two-way sealing. The knife gate valve has a small installation space, low working pressure, is not easy to accumulate debris, and has a low price.


When the knife gate valve is closed, the sealing surface can be sealed only by the medium pressure, that is, the sealing surface of the gate is pressed against the valve seat on the other side by the medium pressure to ensure the sealing of the sealing surface, which is self-sealing, and most of the gate valves are use of forced sealing, that is, when the valve is closed, it is necessary to force the ram to the valve seat by external force to ensure the sealing of the sealing surface. This type of valve should generally be installed vertically in the pipeline.


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