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Optimize Your Ball Valve Designs

Assess, validate, and optimize designs iteratively and easily in a cloud-based platform

As a specific type of quarter-turn valve, a ball valve employs an empty, punctured, and rotating ball device to control the fluid flow through it. When the ball’s hole is in line with the flow, the valve is operational, and closes when it is pivoted 90-degrees using an external handle.

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Typical Ball Valve Applications

These types of valves can be applied in a variety of scenarios, including but not limited to:

  • Flow, pressure control, and shut off for corrosive fluids, slurries, normal liquid, and gases
  • Oil and natural gas industry applications
  • Chemical storage
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Why Is Online Simulation with SimScale Needed for This Application?

Ball valve applications need to be analyzed in the early design process to ensure design validation and, more specifically, optimize pressure drop and force behavior of the device. However, the high cost of hardware and steep learning curves of traditional, on-premises tools leave many designers to feel that simulation is not an option.

SimScale has eliminated such traditional hurdles, thanks to the power of the cloud. With SimScale, engineers can:

  • Run multiple simulations in parallel for faster design optimization
  • Get started quickly with an easy-to-learn interface
  • Avoid manual updates, installation, or maintenance
  • Simulate other CFD, FEA, or thermal applications

Using cloud-based simulation from SimScale, you can evaluate the given pressure drop, fluid flow patterns, and force behavior. Using online evaluation, pressure drop can be reduced and design strengths and weaknesses can be determined early in the design process, allowing for fast optimization.

Want to try SimScale to optimize your own ball valve design?

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CFD Analysis of Water Flow Through a Ball Valve

This public project explains how to internally mesh a ball valve, and then simulate its operation when water flows through it. For this experiment, the floating ball of the valve is characterized by a hollow cylinder through its center, with a diameter equal to the inner one of the pipelines. You can visualize re-circulation, as well as the critical areas of the ball valve pressure drop.

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Ball Valve Simulation with Incompressible Fluid Flow

This public project explains how to internally mesh a ball valve, and then simulate its operation when water flows through it. For this experiment, the floating ball of the valve is characterized by a hollow cylinder through its center, with a diameter equal to the inner one of the pipelines. You can visualize re-circulation, as well as the critical areas of the ball valve pressure drop.

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CFD Analysis of Water Flow Through a Ball Valve

This project demonstrates how you can run a turbulent flow simulation of a ball valve and assess the ball valve flow coefficient.

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