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Selecting a Brass Ball Valve

Brass is a popular choice for the construction of valves due to its corrosion resistance and machinability. It is also versatile and durable, allowing it to be used in a wide range of applications. In particular, this material is ideal for use with corrosive media and high temperatures. However, it is important to understand the specific requirements of an application before selecting a specific valve type. A little upfront research can save time and money down the road by ensuring that the valve is suitable for the project at hand.

The primary function of a valve is to open and close the flow of liquids or gases in a pipe system. Brass ball valves are commonly used in a variety of industrial applications, including HVAC, power generation, food and beverage processing, oil & gas and pharmaceutical industries. They are also often found in residential applications as well.
A ball valve consists of a hollow spherical ball with a hole, or port, through it. When the port is aligned with the fluid path, the valve opens and allows fluid to flow through. When the port is perpendicular to the fluid path, the valve shuts off the flow. The valve is controlled by a handle that is turned clockwise to open the valve and counterclockwise to shut it.
Valve size is the first thing to consider when selecting a brass valve for an application. The larger the valve, the more flow rate it can accommodate. This is especially true if the valve is being used in an application with high pressure or gas flows. The size of the valve can be determined by the system specifications or by consulting the technical data sheet of the individual valve model.
The pressure and temperature of the application is another factor to keep in mind when selecting a brass ball valve. For example, if the application requires the valve to be used in conjunction with combustible gases it is important to select a valve that has been tested and approved for such applications.
There are many different types of ball valves available for sale, so it is important to know the specific needs of an individual application before making a purchase decision. When in doubt, a trusted wholesale supplier can provide the product information and recommendations necessary to ensure that the valve is the right fit for an application.