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10 Valve Design Simulation Projects in the SimScale Library

Last week the post entitled 7 latest trends in valve design revealed how simulation software can contribute to the development of high-quality valves.

This week I wanted to focus more on how the SaaS-based SimScale platform can help businesses remove the large upfront investment of traditional simulation software by scaling to their needs. The 90-day money back guarantee ensures the simulation software is risk-free.

Considering the wide range of valve types available on the market, the SimScale platform has been optimized to meet all the simulation requirements for valve design.

Here are some examples of valve design simulation projects that can be created to improve valve design:

1. Water Flow through a Gate Valve

Gave valve design simulation with SimScale

The project simulates the internal flow of water through a Gate valve via steady state turbulent flow analysis with the K-Omega SST model. The results include the velocity and pressure distribution across the valve and a 3D visualization of the streamlines.

2. Flow Analysis of a Double-Flanged Check Valve

Check valve design simulation with SimScale

After creating a 1.8 million cell mesh, the internal flow of water through a double flanged check valve was simulated in this project. The study shows improvement and optimization potential of the valve design, as well as insight into the pressure distribution changes across the valve.

3. Stress Analysis of a Pressure Relief Valve (PRV)

 Stress Analysis of a Pressure Relief Valve with SimScale

Pressure Relief Valves (PRV) are used to increase the safety of thermal-hydraulic plants. For the analysis, a nonlinear static structural option was selected and two pressure boundary conditions were applied.

4. Thermostructural Analysis of a Steam Stop Valve

Thermostructural Analysis of a Steam Stop Valve - simulation with SimScale

Steam stop valves are generally used in steam boiler plants to regulate the flow of steam from the boiler to the main steam pipe with the help of a movable plug. The results include the temperature and heat flux in the valve as well as the Von Mises stress and strain magnitude in the whole body and seal.

5. Butterfly Valve Design Simulation – Flow Analysis

Valve Simulation - butterfly valve flow analysis with SimScale

This simulation was set up using the steady-state, incompressible flow simulation type applying a k-epsilon turbulence model. A velocity-inlet at the inlet patch and a pressure-outlet boundary condition at the outlet patch was used.

6. Ball Valve Simulation – Flow Analysis

Flow Simulation of a Ball Valve with SimScale

Creating a 1.5 million cell mesh with the automatic hex-dominant mesh operation for internal flow and applying a k-epsilon turbulence model for the simulation, this project took around 45 minutes on an 8 core machine.

7. Compressible Valve Fluid Flow Analysis

Compressible Valve Fluid Flow simulation with SimScale

Using the compressible fluid flow analysis type and a k-Omega-SST turbulence model to account for the turbulent effects of the flow, this simulation’s results were obtained in 1 hour on a 4-core machine. With the automatic report generation of the SimScale platform, the documentation of the simulation setup with all the details ― including boundary and initial conditions as well as automatically generated screenshots of the result fields  ― was generated.

8. Valve under Internal Pressure

Valve under internal pressure - valve simulation with SimScale

This is an analysis of a pneumatic valve under an internal pressure load. Its focus was on the structural response of the valve housing to the pressure present in the inlet part of the valve. The results show the faults of the design and delivers important information for its optimization.

9. Optimization of a Globe Valve

Globe valve simulation with SimScale

The objective of this project was to reduce the pressure loss of a globe valve. Taking into account the requirements of manufacturing and the opening and closing processes, four design changes were made and the new flow channel was simulated again in order to better understand the resulting changes in the flow behaviour.

10. Flow Simulation of a Regulator Valve

Regulator valve simulation with SimScale - fluid flow

A turbulent flow simulation of a regulator valve is demonstrated in this project. The automatic hex-dominant mesh operation for the internal flow was used to create two meshes of different fineness, aiming to see this characteristic’s impact on the simulation results.


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If you want to read more about valve design simulation and how you can use the SimScale platform for your projects and improve your valve design, here you can find more information.

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Want to read about other successful applications of simulation in valve design? This case study shows how to minimize the pressure loss in a globe valve using SimScale:

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