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Optimize Valve Designs

CAE Simulations for Valve Design Optimization

SimScale is a 100% cloud-based CAE software for valve simulation that lets you test, validate, and optimize your designs through CFD, heat transfer, and thermal analysis.

Staying competitive requires engineers to constantly innovate and find new ways to improve their designs while reducing development costs and time to market. Computer-aided engineering (CAE), also called engineering simulation, is becoming the industry standard for developing valves better, faster, and cheaper. Using cloud-based CAE with SimScale, engineers worldwide are performing computational fluid dynamics for testing and optimization of valves for all sorts of different applications. The SimScale platform enables you to test several design versions.

Reduce Weight and Maintain Strength

With CAE, you can identify where you have material, that is unnecessary and weight that could be saved. For every application where a valve is moving in any way, weight reduction is of importance, as cars for example always get lighter to save fuel. Lighter valves take a small, but valuable part in this process. To learn more, download our pump and valve design guide.

globe valve
relief valve

Identify Cavitation Risk Areas

Cavitation is a side effect that many valves have because they were not optimized for a minimum amount of cavitation. Gas bubbles in the valve make the valve more ineffective and can lead to a failure of the application attached after the valve. Reducing this effect can be reached with the SimScale simulation platform.

Reduce Pressure Drop

Different pressure regions within a valve lead to stresses that the valve does not need to be exposed to. It could potentially reduce the durability of the valve. Computational Fluid Dynamics helps identify these pressure differences and eliminate them. With this webinar, discover how to calculate the pressure drop across a valve with online CFD.

regulator valve

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Adjust Flow Field and Optimize Flow through a Valve

Optimizing the flow through a valve leads to a higher volume per time that can pass the valve. This is interesting for applications where the physical space for the valve is limited. The valve needs to be as small as possible without limiting the volume that can pass. This study of an EGR valve webinar shows how to optimize designs of exhaust systems and its components using CFD.

butterfly valve
ball valve

Test How a Valve Will Perform under Extreme Conditions

Worst-case scenarios are not to be tested with a physical object. To make sure that there is no harm to humans, even if all safety measures fail, worst-case scenarios should be simulated virtually.

Browse through thousands of CFD simulations

The SimScale Community gives you access to completed public simulation projects

Case Study – Globe Valve

How to reduce pressure drop in a valve by 17%

An open globe valve should operate with the least amount of pressure loss possible. At the same time, the mechanism to open and close the valve and the manufacturing process impose constraints on the design. In this project, fluid flow analysis was used to minimize the pressure loss through a globe valve in its design phase.

case study valves mistakes in valve design
Ben Lewis

I loved the fact that I could do what I need to do in a browser. I started working without installing any software. Using any computer I could upload the model and start the analysis. That was the big “wow” moment.

Ben Lewis President at Custom Machines