A customer came to us looking for a custom pilot valve that would meet a very specific set of requirements. This pilot valve needed to be designed for severe duty seawater service, and satisfy flow characteristics and pressure drop requirements. It would have to be designed from the ground up to meet the envelope dimensions they used, and we could only work with materials that were approved by them.
Research and development took about 6 months as all angles were explored to provide the best product for this customer. A prototype was created and tested in factory to verify and validate that it would meet all engineering demands of this project. The torque requirement for the rotation of the valve plug was also verified in the factory to ensure that we could satisfy that requirement. Multiple tests were performed to ensure that the valve would also be corrosion resistant, and be able to withstand marine and organic growth.
The Finished Product:
Pictured here is the Severe Service Pilot Valve created to meet the demands of this customer.
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