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Valve Selection Guide


An applications guide for selecting valves
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The suitability of a valve for a particular application is decided by the materials used in relation to the conveyed fluid as
well as its mechanical design. The table below can be used as a valve selection guide.

Conveyed Fluid Nature of Fluid Valve Function Type of Disc


Gate
Rotary ball
Plug
On/Off
Diaphragm
Butterfly
Neutral
Plug gate
(Water, Oil, etc)
Globe
Butterfly
Control valve,
Plug gate
modulating
Diaphragm
Needle
Gate
Plug gate
Rotary ball
On/Off
Plug
Corrosive Diaphragm
(Acid, alkaline etc.) Butterfly
Globe
Control valve, Diaphragm
Liquid modulating Butterfly
Plug gate
Butterfly
On/Off
Diaphragm
Hygienic Butterfly
(Food, beverages,
drugs etc) Control valve, Diaphragm
modulating Squeeze
Pinch
Rotary ball
Butterfly
Diaphragm
On/Off
Plug
Pinch
Slurry Squeeze
Butterfly
Diaphragm

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On/Off, Diaphragm
Fibrous Suspensions Control valve, Squeeze
modulating Pinch
Gate
Globe
On/Off Rotary ball
Plug
Neutral Diaphragm
(Air, Steam etc) Globe
Needle
Control valve,
Butterfly
modulating
Diaphragm
Gate
Butterfly
Gas
Rotary ball
On/Off
Diaphragm
Corrosive Plug
(Acid vapors, chlorine
etc.) Butterfly
Control valve, Globe
modulating Needle
Diaphragm
Gate
Globe
Vacuum On/Off
Rotary ball
Butterfly

On/Off, Pinch
Abrasive Powder
Control valve, Squeeze
(Silica, etc)
modulating Spiral sock
Solids Pinch
On/Off, Gate
Lubricating powder
Control valve,
(graphite, talcum, etc Spiral sock
modulating
Squeeze
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