Constructing a petroleum processing plant takes expert design and skill. It also takes a lot of large industrial pipes and different valves to channel and separate crude oil. The following is the short list of industrial valves you may need as you move ahead with your processing plant design and construction.
Check valves sound odd, but they should probably be called checkpoint valves instead. They operate as one-direction flow elbows for fluid material, and act as a checkpoint to deter fluids from flowing backward in the direction they came. They are vital in the crude oil process because they can force the crude oil onward to the next step in the separation process.
Ball valves have an interior hollow sphere that has two sides cut away and an attached handle to pivot it inside the outer valve casing. You need ball valves to control the flow of every petroleum product your plant produces, from the movement of crude oil into and out of a tank, to the flow of propane and natural gas, if you process these gases as well as liquids. They are their own switch for the pipe line on which they are installed.
Rather than a "type" of valve, CPVC is the type of material from which the valves are constructed. CPVC stands for "chlorinated polyvinyl chloride." It is an extremely tough, thick, durable plastic pipe material made especially for commercial fluid transport systems. With regards to petroleum products, it is favored over other materials because of its ability to resist the corrosive properties of petroleum.
Out of all the valves listed here, you may use a gate valve several times over in the petroleum processing business. These large, almost cumbersome valves are comprised of a heavy, corrosive- and rust-free material that has an inner gate and a wheel outside to control the up/down motion of the gate. They are also frequently called sluice gates because of the numerous liquid mixtures that are allowed to sluice through the gate.
You may use them for crude oil, gasoline, motor oil, and even water to flush an area covered in highly flammable and toxic petroleum spills. Gate valves may be used in conjunction with filling hoses on the docks of your processing plant to fill tankers with various petroleum products. The gate valves may require some slight modifications during installation to accomplish this feature. For more information, contact companies like Monumental Supply Company.
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