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  1. Respiratory exposure control valve

    We have designed a new, three-way valve that separates inhaled and exhaled air in systems for inhalation exposure. A single-channel model of the valve was constructed and tested: with a control fluid pressure of 10 psi, the valve was cycled 36,000 times without diaphragm failure. No valve leakage was detected before or after the completion of the test. A 3-channel valve model was constructed this year and will undergo testing in FY 1979, followed by development and testing of the control system

  2. A remote control valve

    This invention concerns a remote control valve for shutting off or distributing a fluid flowing at a high rate and low pressure. Among the different valves at present in use, electric valves are the most recommended for remote control but their reliability is uncertain and they soon become costly when large diameter valves are used. The valve described in this invention does away with this drawback owing to its simplicity and the small number of moving parts, this makes it particularly reliable. It mainly includes: a tubular body fitted with at least one side opening; at least one valve wedge for this opening, coaxial with the body, and mobile; a mobile piston integral with this wedge. Several valves to the specifications of this invention can be fitted in series (a shut-off valve can be used in conjunction with one or more distribution valves). The fitting and maintenance of the valve is very simple owing to its design. It can be fabricated in any material such as metals, alloys, plastics and concrete. The structure of the valve prevents the flowing fluid from coming into contact with the outside environment, thereby making it particularly suitable in the handling of dangerous or corrosive fluids. Finally, the opening and shutting of the valve occurs slowly, thereby doing away with the water hammer effect so frequent in large bore pipes

  3. Low noise control valve

    Noise is one of the problems associated with the use of any type of control valve in systems involving the flow of fluids. The advent of OSHA standards has prompted control valve manufacturers to design valves with special trim to lower the sound pressure level to meet these standards. However, these levels are in some cases too high, particularly when a valve must be located in or near an area where people are working at tasks requiring a high degree of concentration. Such locations are found around and near research devices and in laboratory-office areas. This paper describes a type of fluid control device presently being used at PPL as a bypass control valve in deionized water systems and designed to reduce sound pressure levels considerably below OSHA standards. Details of the design and construction of this constant pressure drop variable flow control valve are contained in the text and are shown in photographs and drawings. Test data taken are included

  4. Cavitation guide for control valves

    Tullis, J.P. [Tullis Engineering Consultants, Logan, UT (United States)

    1993-04-01

    This guide teaches the basic fundamentals of cavitation to provide the reader with an understanding of what causes cavitation, when it occurs, and the potential problems cavitation can cause to a valve and piping system. The document provides guidelines for understanding how to reduce the cavitation and/or select control valves for a cavitating system. The guide provides a method for predicting the cavitation intensity of control valves, and how the effect of cavitation on a system will vary with valve type, valve function, valve size, operating pressure, duration of operation and details of the piping installation. The guide defines six cavitation limits identifying cavitation intensities ranging from inception to the maximum intensity possible. The intensity of the cavitation at each limit Is described, including a brief discussion of how each level of cavitation influences the valve and system. Examples are included to demonstrate how to apply the method, including making both size and pressure scale effects corrections. Methods of controlling cavitation are discussed providing information on various techniques which can be used to design a new system or modify an existing one so it can operate at a desired level of cavitation.

  5. Cavitation guide for control valves

    This guide teaches the basic fundamentals of cavitation to provide the reader with an understanding of what causes cavitation, when it occurs, and the potential problems cavitation can cause to a valve and piping system. The document provides guidelines for understanding how to reduce the cavitation and/or select control valves for a cavitating system. The guide provides a method for predicting the cavitation intensity of control valves, and how the effect of cavitation on a system will vary with valve type, valve function, valve size, operating pressure, duration of operation and details of the piping installation. The guide defines six cavitation limits identifying cavitation intensities ranging from inception to the maximum intensity possible. The intensity of the cavitation at each limit Is described, including a brief discussion of how each level of cavitation influences the valve and system. Examples are included to demonstrate how to apply the method, including making both size and pressure scale effects corrections. Methods of controlling cavitation are discussed providing information on various techniques which can be used to design a new system or modify an existing one so it can operate at a desired level of cavitation

  6. Ferroelectric Fluid Flow Control Valve

    Jalink, Antony, Jr. (Inventor); Hellbaum, Richard F. (Inventor); Rohrbach, Wayne W. (Inventor)

    1999-01-01

    An active valve is controlled and driven by external electrical actuation of a ferroelectric actuator to provide for improved passage of the fluid during certain time periods and to provide positive closure of the valve during other time periods. The valve provides improved passage in the direction of flow and positive closure in the direction against the flow. The actuator is a dome shaped internally prestressed ferroelectric actuator having a curvature, said dome shaped actuator having a rim and an apex. and a dome height measured from a plane through said rim said apex that varies with an electric voltage applied between an inside and an outside surface of said dome shaped actuator.

  7. Valve for controlling solids flow

    A fluidized solids control valve is disclosed that is particularly well adapted for use with a flow of coal or char that includes both large particles and fines. The particles may or may not be fluidized at various times during the operation. The valve includes a tubular body that terminates in a valve seat covered by a normally closed closure plate. The valve body at the seat and the closure plate is provided with aligned longitudinal slots that receive a pivotally supported key plate. The key plate is positionable by an operator in inserted, intermediate and retracted positions respecting the longitudinal slot in the valve body. The key plate normally closes the slot within the closure plate but is shaped and aligned obliquely to the longitudinal slot within the valve body to provide progressively increasing slot openings between the inserted and retracted positions. Transfer members are provided between the operator, key plate and closure plate to move the closure plate into an open position only when the key plate is retracted from the longitudinal slot within the valve body

  8. Novel Active Combustion Control Valve

    Caspermeyer, Matt

    2014-01-01

    This project presents an innovative solution for active combustion control. Relative to the state of the art, this concept provides frequency modulation (greater than 1,000 Hz) in combination with high-amplitude modulation (in excess of 30 percent flow) and can be adapted to a large range of fuel injector sizes. Existing valves often have low flow modulation strength. To achieve higher flow modulation requires excessively large valves or too much electrical power to be practical. This active combustion control valve (ACCV) has high-frequency and -amplitude modulation, consumes low electrical power, is closely coupled with the fuel injector for modulation strength, and is practical in size and weight. By mitigating combustion instabilities at higher frequencies than have been previously achieved (approximately 1,000 Hz), this new technology enables gas turbines to run at operating points that produce lower emissions and higher performance.

  9. Hydraulic engine valve actuation system including independent feedback control

    Marriott, Craig D

    2013-06-04

    A hydraulic valve actuation assembly may include a housing, a piston, a supply control valve, a closing control valve, and an opening control valve. The housing may define a first fluid chamber, a second fluid chamber, and a third fluid chamber. The piston may be axially secured to an engine valve and located within the first, second and third fluid chambers. The supply control valve may control a hydraulic fluid supply to the piston. The closing control valve may be located between the supply control valve and the second fluid chamber and may control fluid flow from the second fluid chamber to the supply control valve. The opening control valve may be located between the supply control valve and the second fluid chamber and may control fluid flow from the supply control valve to the second fluid chamber.

  10. Adaptive muffler based on controlled flow valves.

    Šteblaj, Peter; Čudina, Mirko; Lipar, Primož; Prezelj, Jurij

    2015-06-01

    An adaptive muffler with a flexible internal structure is considered. Flexibility is achieved using controlled flow valves. The proposed adaptive muffler is able to adapt to changes in engine operating conditions. It consists of a Helmholtz resonator, expansion chamber, and quarter wavelength resonator. Different combinations of the control valves' states at different operating conditions define the main working principle. To control the valve's position, an active noise control approach was used. With the proposed muffler, the transmission loss can be increased by more than 10 dB in the selected frequency range. PMID:26093462

  11. Control valve friction operational experience at Darlington NGD

    Proper installation of valve packing is an important part of ensuring that control valves operate as intended. Darlington NGD has developed a Valve Packing Program. This program combined with valve diagnostics has enabled the station to ensure that the operability of control valves is maintained after repacking. This paper outlines the process that is used for this. (author)

  12. Automated troubleshooting of pneumatically operated control valves

    Many control valve applications are critical to the generation of electric power. This paper presents an approach that will minimize maintenance support required for a given control valve as well as assuring that it performs properly, reducing losses associated with process fluid leakage and trim damage. The first portion of this work presents a free-body diagram of a typical control valve-spring and diaphragm actuator assembly, showing how it operates and how all force elements interact. That is, it shows how increased stem friction can reduce the valve seating load; how minor variations in spring adjustment can produce large variations in seating load, etc. After the basics have been covered, the diagnostic system is presented and explained. The system in practice is connected to a valve-actuator assembly so that such things as diaphragm pressure, stem movement and operating signals can be monitored and the data used as input to a portable personal computer and data logger. The valve actuator assembly is then stroked and the inputs monitored. The computer, having been properly programmed taking into account the valve construction and service conditions, then generates a printed report summarizing the condition of the valve in such areas as: spring adjustment, stroking time, valve travel, stem friction, seat load, and positioner and transducer calibration. This evaluation, which should require one or two hours, can pinpoint operational problems before they become the source of process losses or, in the worst case, unscheduled shutdowns. It should also prove to be an excellent maintenance planning tool, allowing evaluation of valves before an outage, so that proper maintenance scheduling can be done in advance

  13. VOST Flow-Control Valve Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Two cryogenic flow-control valves of diameters 1/2" and 2" will be built and tested. Based on cryogenically-proven Venturi Off-Set Technology (VOST) they have no...

  14. Hydraulic servo control spool valve

    Miller, Donald M.

    1983-01-01

    A servo operated spool valve having a fixed sleeve and axially movable spool. The sleeve is machined in two halves to form a long, narrow tapered orifice slot across which a transverse wall of the spool is positioned. The axial position of the spool wall along the slot regulates the open orifice area with extreme precision.

  15. Multifunctional four-port directional control valve constructed from logic valves

    Highlights: • Directional valve with standard ISO 440-08 has been constructed from logic valves. • Only one innovative valve may replace whole family of the standard valves. • CFD analysis and bench tests of the innovative valve has been carried. • Parameters of the innovative valve are equaling or surpassing the standard ones. • The innovative valve has additional possibilities of pressure and flow control. - Abstract: The paper refers to four-port solenoid pilot operated valves, which are subplate mounted in a hydraulic system in accordance with the ISO 4401 standard. Their widespread use in many machines and devices causes a continuing interest in the development of their design by both the scientific centers and the industry. This paper presents an innovative directional control valve based on the use of logic valves and a methodology followed for the design of it by using Solid Edge CAD and ANSYS/Fluent CFD software. The valve design methodology takes into account the need to seek solutions that minimize flow resistance through the valve. For this purpose, the flow paths are prepared by means of CAD software and pressure-flow curves are determined as a result of CFD analysis. The obtained curves are compared with the curves available in the catalogs of spool type directional control valves. The new solution allows to replace the whole family of spool type four-port directional control valves by one valve built of logic valves. In addition, the innovative directional control valve provides leak-proof shutting the flow paths off and also it can control flow rate and even pressure of working liquid. A prototype of the valve designed by the presented method has been made and tested on the test bench. The results quoted in the paper confirm that the developed logic type directional control valve is able to meet all designed connection configurations, and the obtained pressure-flow curves show very good conformity with the results of CFD analysis

  16. Electromechanically Actuated Valve for Controlling Flow Rate

    Patterson, Paul

    2007-01-01

    A proposed valve for controlling the rate of flow of a fluid would include an electric-motor-driven ball-screw mechanism for adjusting the seating element of the valve to any position between fully closed and fully open. The motor would be of a type that can be electronically controlled to rotate to a specified angular position and to rotate at a specified rate, and the ball screw would enable accurate linear positioning of the seating element as a function of angular position of the motor. Hence, the proposed valve would enable fine electronic control of the rate of flow and the rate of change of flow. The uniqueness of this valve lies in a high degree of integration of the actuation mechanism with the flow-control components into a single, relatively compact unit. A notable feature of this integration is that in addition to being a major part of the actuation mechanism, the ball screw would also be a flow-control component: the ball screw would be hollow so as to contain part of the main flow passage, and one end of the ball screw would be the main seating valve element. The relationships among the components of the valve are best understood by reference to the figure, which presents meridional cross sections of the valve in the fully closed and fully open positions. The motor would be supported by a bracket bolted to the valve body. By means of gears or pulleys and a timing belt, motor drive would be transmitted to a sleeve that would rotate on bearings in the valve body. A ball nut inside the sleeve would be made to rotate with the sleeve by use of a key. The ball screw would pass through and engage the ball nut. A key would prevent rotation of the ball screw in the valve body while allowing the ball screw to translate axially when driven by the ball nut. The outer surface of the ball screw would be threaded only in a mid-length region: the end regions of the outer surface of the ball screw would be polished so that they could act as dynamic sealing surfaces

  17. Exhaust gas bypass valve control for thermoelectric generator

    Reynolds, Michael G; Yang, Jihui; Meisner, Greogry P.; Stabler, Francis R.; De Bock, Hendrik Pieter Jacobus; Anderson, Todd Alan

    2012-09-04

    A method of controlling engine exhaust flow through at least one of an exhaust bypass and a thermoelectric device via a bypass valve is provided. The method includes: determining a mass flow of exhaust exiting an engine; determining a desired exhaust pressure based on the mass flow of exhaust; comparing the desired exhaust pressure to a determined exhaust pressure; and determining a bypass valve control value based on the comparing, wherein the bypass valve control value is used to control the bypass valve.

  18. Active Combustion Control Valve Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Over the past decade, research into active combustion control has yielded impressive results in suppressing thermoacoustic instabilities and widening the...

  19. Experience with control valve cavitation problems and their solutions

    Pressure reduction in control valves can induce cavitation, which has three effects on the control valve. Firstly, it modifies or changes the hydraulic performance of the control valve. Since control valves are designed for noncavitating conditions, the result is usually reduced stability of the control valve or, in extreme cavitating conditions known as supercavitation, the valve may limit the flow rate and thus be undersized. Secondly, cavitation can cause material damage to valve parts, trim, or valve body, or erodes downstream piping; consequently, the valve or piping leaks. Thirdly, cavitation causes noise and vibration, which may cause major damage or destruction to equipment such as valve positioners, actuators, pipe supports and sometimes to other downstream valves. The purpose of this paper is twofold: (1) It describes the I.S.A. valve sizing equations and how they relate to cavitation. (2) It describes experiences with these three problems, and discusses corrective actions and practical approaches to their solution. This paper discusses thirteen cavitation experiences

  20. Analysis of flow instability in steam turbine control valves

    With the sponsorship of Electricite de France and the French steam turbine manufacturers, the Gas Turbine Laboratory of CETIM has started a research about the unsteady phenomena of flow in control valves of steam turbines. The existence of unsteady embossment in the valve cone at rise has been as certained, and a conventional computing procedure has been applied to locate the shock waves in the valve. These shock waves may suddenly arise at some valve lifts and give way to fluttering. Valve geometries attenuating instability of flow and increasing therefore the reliability of such equipment are proposed

  1. Variable vortex control challenges the valve

    Described as a no moving parts variable fluid resistance, the vortex amplifier has been developed by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority for the control of active ventilation systems in nuclear installations. The device and its operation are described. The main flow through the device can be reduced or increased by changing the flow of a control flow through the device. Where the two flows meet a vortex is created which impedes the main flow. The reaction time is faster than in a conventional valve. In spite of the advantages of fast reaction time, no moving parts and hence no maintenance, the device has not found many applications outside the nuclear field. The UKAEA have developed a computer programme which produces a dynamic model of any potential application. Uses include use as pressure relief valves and in fume cupboards to maintain the required air flow. Other possibilities are to control oxygen supply to furnace burners and in irrigation systems to increase the water pressure. (U.K.)

  2. Advanced Proportional Servo Valve Control with Customized Control Code using White Space

    Lauer, Peter

    2016-01-01

    An industrial control valve has been designed by Eaton (AxisPro® valve). The servo performance valve has onboard electronics that features external and internal sensor interfaces, advanced control modes and network capability. Advanced control modes are implement in the valves firmware. With the help of the white space it is possilbe to execute custom code directly on the valve that interact with these controls. Small OEM applications, like rubber moulding machines, benefit from the cominatio...

  3. Computational Analysis of Cryogenic Flow Through a Control Valve

    Danes, Russell; Woods, Jody; Sulyma, Peter

    2003-01-01

    The initial efforts to develop the capability to model valves used in rocket engine component testing at Stennis Space Center are documented. An axisymmetric model of a control valve with LN2 as the working fluid was developed. The goal was to predict the effect of change in the plug/sear region of the valve prior to testing. The valve flow coefficient was predicted for a range of plug positions. Verification of the calculations was carried out to quantify the uncertainty in the numerical answer. The modeled results compared well qualitatively to experimental trends. Additionally, insights into the flow processes in the valve were obtained. Benefits from the verification process included the ability to use coarser grids and insight into ways to reduce computational time by using double precision accuracy and non-integer grid ratios. Future valve modeling activities will include shape optimization of the valve/seat region and dynamic grid modeling.

  4. Integral Sliding Mode Control Design for Electronic Throttle Valve System

    Shibly Ahmed AL-Samarraie; Alaq Sabah Badri; Mustafa H. Mishary

    2015-01-01

    One of the major components in an automobile engine is the throttle valve part. It is used to keep up with emissions and fuel efficiency low. Design a control system to the throttle valve is newly common requirement trend in automotive technology. The non-smoothness nonlinearity in throttle valve model are due to the friction model and the nonlinear spring, the uncertainty in system parameters and non-satisfying the matching condition are the main obstacles when designing a throttle plate con...

  5. Voice Coil Controlled Inspiration and Expiration Valves

    Bergqvist, Per; Kemmler, Linus

    2012-01-01

    This master thesis was performed at Maquet Critical Care located in Solna, Stockholm. Maquet Critical Care is a market leader in high performance medical ventilators. A ventilator is a medical device that helps patients to breathe. Two of the most vital components of a ventilator are the valves that are closest to the patient. These are the inspiration valve and the expiration valve. The main purpose with this thesis is to get, theoretical as well as practical insights into the inspiration an...

  6. System and method for controlling engine knock using electro-hydraulic valve actuation

    Brennan, Daniel G

    2013-12-10

    A control system for an engine includes a knock control module and a valve control module. The knock control module adjusts a period that one or more of an intake valve and an exhaust valve of a cylinder are open based on engine knock corresponding to the cylinder. The valve control module, based on the adjusted period, controls the one or more of the intake valve and the exhaust valve using one or more hydraulic actuators.

  7. H∞ pressure control of pneumatic valve driven by piezoactuators

    This paper proposes a new type of piezoactuator-driven valve system. The piezoceramic actuator bonded to both sides of a flexible beam surface makes a movement required to control the pressure at the flapper-nozzle of a pneumatic valve system. After establishing a dynamic model, an appropriate size of the valve system is designed and manufactured. Subsequently, a robust H∞ control algorithm is formulated in order to achieve accurate tracking control of the desired pressure. The controller is experimentally realized and control performance for the sinusoidal pressure trajectory is presented in time domain. The control bandwidth of the valve system, which directly represents the fastness, is also evaluated in the frequency domain

  8. Simulation of dynamics of hydraulic system with proportional control valve

    Bureček Adam; Hružík Lumír; Vašina Martin

    2016-01-01

    Dynamics of a hydraulic system is influenced by several parameters, in this case mainly by proportional control valve, oil bulk modulus, oil viscosity, mass load etc. This paper will be focused on experimental measurement and mathematical simulation of dynamics of a hydraulic system with proportional control valve, linear hydraulic cylinder and mass load. The measurement is performed on experimental equipment that enables realization of dynamic processes of the hydraulic system. Linear hydrau...

  9. Chaos in a Hydraulic Control Valve

    Hayashi, S.; Hayase, T.; Kurahashi, T.

    1997-08-01

    In this paper we have studied the instability and chaos occurring in a pilot-type poppet valve circuit. The system consists of a poppet valve, an upstream plenum chamber, a supply pipeline and an orifice inserted between the pelnum and the pipeline. Although the poppet valve rests on the seat stably for a supply pressure lower than the cracking pressure, the circuit becomes unstable for an initial disturbance beyond a critical value and develops a self-excited vibration. In this unstable region, chaotic vibration appears at the period-doubling bifurcation. We have investigated the stability of the circuit and the chaotic phenomenon numerically, and elucidated it by power spectra, a bifurcation diagram and Lyapunov exponent calculations, showing that the phenomenon follows the Feigenbaum route to chaos.Copyright 1997 Academic Press Limited

  10. Regulatory control of nuclear facility valves and their actuators

    The methods and procedures by which the Finnish Centre for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (STUK) regulates valves and their actuators in nuclear power plants and in other nuclear facilities are specified in the guide. The scope of regulation depends on the Safety Class of the valve and the actuator in question. The Safety Classification principles for the systems, structures and components of the nuclear power plants are described in the guide YVL 2.1 and the regulatory control of the nuclear facility safety valves is described in the guide YVL 5.4

  11. Linearization of valve flow characteristics for steam turbine control

    The control valve for a large steam turbine in a power plant has the characteristic of nonlinearity. It is found that the flow increase is much greater for a given valve position change near the closed end of travel than it is near the open end. The steam flow in the system being proportional to the ultimate desired quantity of the turbine, it is preferable to have linear operation. Thus, the automatic control can be applied to this nonlinear system and it is possible to keep the frequency of electricity constant by adjusting the control valve opening to the desired valve position. If the valve is opened less near the closed end of travel and greater near the open end, the desired linearization will be achieved. It is known that one way of linearization is to produce the nonlinear electric compensation to the nonlinear system of control valves, viz. the electro hydraulic control (EHC). There are two transfer functions of the valve-position loop obtained from the different locations to nonlinear signal produced at the valve-position loop input or in the feedback. Based on the linearization principle, the nonlinear electric signal can be generated from an electric circuit which operates as a function generator and consists of resistors and a diode with a high gain operational amplifier (Op Amp). The diode is positioned at the Op Amp input to create the feedback compensation signal, even though it is located in the feedback network of the Op Amp for the feedforward compensation. Methods are presented to create the electric compensation signals for EHC, and are simulated with PSpice, an electric circuit CAD software. (author)

  12. Training in control valves: selection criteria and designs under conditions of process

    This paper briefly describes training process analysis and selection of a control valve for different process conditions. Because the most common type of control valves is the design of guided globe valve type box. This paper focuses on this design and in selecting appropriate for such internal control valve. (Author)

  13. Fail Operational Controls for an Independent Metering Valve

    Rannow, Michael

    2016-01-01

    As intelligent hydraulic systems with embedded sensors become more ubiquitous, the real or perceived reliability challenge associated with sensors must be addressed to encourage their adoption. In this paper, a fault-tolerant control strategy for an intelligent independent metering valve that allows continued operation if a sensor fails is described. The twin-spool valve example utilizes position sensors to stabilize the spool positions and eliminate hysteresis, and pressure sensors to provid...

  14. Controlling the cavitation phenomenon of evolution on a butterfly valve

    Development of the phenomenon of cavitation in cavitation behavior requires knowledge of both plant and equipment working in the facility. This paper presents a diagram of cavitational behavior for a butterfly valve with a diameter of 100 mm at various openings, which was experimentally built. We proposed seven stages of evolution of the phenomenon of cavitation in the case of a butterfly valve. All these phases are characterized by pressure drop, noise and vibration at various flow rates and flow sections through the valve. The level of noise and vibration for the seven stages of development of the phenomenon of cavitation were measured simultaneously. The experimental measurements were comprised in a knowledge database used in training of a neural network of a neural flow controller that maintains flow rate constantly in the facility by changing the opening butterfly valve. A fuzzy position controller is used to access the valve open. This is the method proposed to provide operational supervision outside the cavitation for a butterfly valve.

  15. Modeling of artificial stiction in steam turbine control valve

    The steam turbine control valves play a pivotal role in regulating the output power of the turbine in a commercial nuclear power plant. In this paper the turbine system refers to Ulchin units 3 and 4. The modeling of friction in steam turbine control valve is presented. Instead of a detailed physical model of the control valve friction, the data-driven models are adopted for modeling the friction to obtain an easier friction identification and faster calculation time. Some computational results by using the MARS thermal hydraulic analysis code are presented to show the effect of friction on the total mass flow at the inlet of the high pressure turbine. The computational results demonstrate that the friction will initiate fluctuations on the total mass flow at the turbine inlet

  16. Design considerations for a micromachined proportional control valve

    Groen, Maarten S.; Brouwer, Dannis M.; Wiegerink, Remco J.; Lötters, Joost C.

    2012-01-01

    Precise mass flow control is an essential requirement for novel, small-scale fluidic systems. However, a small-volume, low-leakage proportional control valve for minute fluid flows has not yet been designed or manufactured. A survey is therefore made of the primary design considerations of a microma

  17. A study on modelling of a butterfly-type control valve by a pneumatic actuator

    This paper studies on the modelling of a butterfly-type control valve actuating by an on-off pneumatic solenoid valve. The mathematical model is composed of nonlinear differential equations three parts: (i) a solenoid valve, (ii) a pneumatic cylinder, (iii) a rotary-type butterfly valve. The flow characteristics of the butterfly control valve is analysed by a computer simulator, then its simple transfer function is identified from the step responses.

  18. Simulation of dynamics of hydraulic system with proportional control valve

    Bureček Adam

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Dynamics of a hydraulic system is influenced by several parameters, in this case mainly by proportional control valve, oil bulk modulus, oil viscosity, mass load etc. This paper will be focused on experimental measurement and mathematical simulation of dynamics of a hydraulic system with proportional control valve, linear hydraulic cylinder and mass load. The measurement is performed on experimental equipment that enables realization of dynamic processes of the hydraulic system. Linear hydraulic cylinder with mass load is equipped with position sensor of piston. The movement control of piston rod is ensured by the proportional control valve. The equipment enables to test an influence of parameter settings of regulator of the proportional control valve on position and pressure system responses. The piston position is recorded by magnetostrictive sensor that is located in drilled piston rod side of the linear hydraulic cylinder. Pressures are measured by piezoresistive sensors on the piston side and the piston rod side of the hydraulic cylinder. The measurement is performed during movement of the piston rod with mass load to the required position. There is realized and verified a mathematical model using Matlab SimHydraulics software for this hydraulic system.

  19. Pressure tracking control of vehicle ABS using piezo valve modulator

    Jeon, Juncheol; Choi, Seung-Bok

    2011-03-01

    This paper presents a wheel slip control for the ABS(anti-lock brake system) of a passenger vehicle using a controllable piezo valve modulator. The ABS is designed to optimize for braking effectiveness and good steerability. As a first step, the principal design parameters of the piezo valve and pressure modulator are appropriately determined by considering the braking pressure variation during the ABS operation. The proposed piezo valve consists of a flapper, pneumatic circuit and a piezostack actuator. In order to get wide control range of the pressure, the pressure modulator is desired. The modulator consists of a dual-type cylinder filled with different substances (fluid and gas) and a piston rod moving vertical axis to transmit the force. Subsequently, a quarter car wheel slip model is formulated and integrated with the governing equation of the piezo valve modulator. A sliding mode controller to achieve the desired slip rate is then designed and implemented. Braking control performances such as brake pressure and slip rate are evaluated via computer simulations.

  20. Simulation of dynamics of hydraulic system with proportional control valve

    Bureček, Adam; Hružík, Lumír; Vašina, Martin

    2016-03-01

    Dynamics of a hydraulic system is influenced by several parameters, in this case mainly by proportional control valve, oil bulk modulus, oil viscosity, mass load etc. This paper will be focused on experimental measurement and mathematical simulation of dynamics of a hydraulic system with proportional control valve, linear hydraulic cylinder and mass load. The measurement is performed on experimental equipment that enables realization of dynamic processes of the hydraulic system. Linear hydraulic cylinder with mass load is equipped with position sensor of piston. The movement control of piston rod is ensured by the proportional control valve. The equipment enables to test an influence of parameter settings of regulator of the proportional control valve on position and pressure system responses. The piston position is recorded by magnetostrictive sensor that is located in drilled piston rod side of the linear hydraulic cylinder. Pressures are measured by piezoresistive sensors on the piston side and the piston rod side of the hydraulic cylinder. The measurement is performed during movement of the piston rod with mass load to the required position. There is realized and verified a mathematical model using Matlab SimHydraulics software for this hydraulic system.

  1. Integral Sliding Mode Control Design for Electronic Throttle Valve System

    Shibly Ahmed AL-Samarraie

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available One of the major components in an automobile engine is the throttle valve part. It is used to keep up with emissions and fuel efficiency low. Design a control system to the throttle valve is newly common requirement trend in automotive technology. The non-smoothness nonlinearity in throttle valve model are due to the friction model and the nonlinear spring, the uncertainty in system parameters and non-satisfying the matching condition are the main obstacles when designing a throttle plate controller. In this work, the theory of the Integral Sliding Mode Control (ISMC is utilized to design a robust controller for the Electronic Throttle Valve (ETV system. From the first instant, the electronic throttle valve dynamics is represented by the nominal system model, this model is not affected by system parameters uncertainty and the non-smooth nonlinearities. This is a consequence of applying the integral sliding mode control. The ISMC consists of two part; the first is the nominal control which is used to control the nominal system, while the second is a discontinuous part which is used to eliminate the effects of the parameters uncertainty and the non-smooth nonlinearities from system model. These features for the ISMC are proved mathematically and demonstrated numerically via seven numerical simulations and for different desired trajectories. The simulation results clarify that for different system parameters, the ETV behaves as a nominal system. This enables to freely and precisely select the system response characteristics and the time required for the throttle angle to reach the desired value. Moreover the ability to deal with the chattering problem is demonstrated through the worked simulation tests, where the chattering is eliminated via approximating the signum function by arc tan function.

  2. A Calculation of hydrodynamic noise of control valve on instrumentation and control system using smart plant

    It has been calculated characteristics of the control valve Instrumentation and Control Systems using Smart Plant software. This calculation is done in order to control the valve that will be installed as part of the instrumentation and control systems to provide the performance according to the design. The characteristics that have been calculated are Reynolds number factors which are related to the flow regime in the valve. Critical pressure factor, Valve Hydrodynamic cavitation and noise index. In this paper the discussion will be limited to matters relating to Hydrodynamic noise generation process using model of the instrumentation and control system in the plant design in yellow cake PIPKPP activities in 2012. The results of the calculation of the noise on the valves design are in the range between 9.58~70.1 dBA. (author)

  3. Flow Characteristics Analysis of Widows' Creek Type Control Valve for Steam Turbine Control

    The steam turbine converts the kinetic energy of steam to mechanical energy of rotor blades in the power conversion system of fossil and nuclear power plants. The electric output from the generator of which the rotor is coupled with that of the steam turbine depends on the rotation velocity of the steam turbine bucket. The rotation velocity is proportional to the mass flow rate of steam entering the steam turbine through valves and nozzles. Thus, it is very important to control the steam mass flow rate for the load following operation of power plants. Among various valves that control the steam turbine, the control valve is most significant. The steam flow rate is determined by the area formed by the stem disk and the seat of the control valve. While the ideal control valve linearly controls the steam mass flow rate with its stem lift, the real control valve has various flow characteristic curves pursuant to the stem lift type. Thus, flow characteristic curves are needed to precisely design the control valves manufactured for the operating conditions of nuclear power plants. OMEGA (Optimized Multidimensional Experiment Geometric Apparatus) was built to experimentally study the flow characteristics of steam flowing inside the control valve. The Widows' Creek type control valve was selected for reference. Air was selected as the working fluid in the OMEGA loop to exclude the condensation effect in this simplified approach. Flow characteristic curves were plotted by calculating the ratio of the measured mass flow rate versus the theoretical mass flow rate of the air. The flow characteristic curves are expected to be utilized to accurately design and operate the control valve for fossil as well as nuclear plants. (authors)

  4. An Introduction to Controller Performance Assessment in Process Control Class through Stiction in Control Valves

    Srinivasan, Ranganathan; Rengaswamy, Raghunathan; Harris, Sandra

    2007-01-01

    In this paper, we discuss a simple liquid level experiment that can be used to teach nonlinear phenomena in process control through stiction in control valves. This experiment can be used to introduce the undergraduate students to the area of Controller Performance Assessment (CPA). The experiment is very easy to set-up and demonstrate. While…

  5. Shuttle Gaseous Hydrogen Venting Risk from Flow Control Valve Failure

    Drummond, J. Philip; Baurle, Robert A.; Gafney, Richard L.; Norris, Andrew T.; Pellett, Gerald L.; Rock, Kenneth E.

    2009-01-01

    This paper describes a series of studies to assess the potential risk associated with the failure of one of three gaseous hydrogen flow control valves in the orbiter's main propulsion system during the launch of Shuttle Endeavour (STS-126) in November 2008. The studies focused on critical issues associated with the possibility of combustion resulting from release of gaseous hydrogen from the external tank into the atmosphere during assent. The Shuttle Program currently assumes hydrogen venting from the external tank will result in a critical failure. The current effort was conducted to increase understanding of the risk associated with venting hydrogen given the flow control valve failure scenarios being considered in the Integrated In-Flight Anomaly Investigation being conducted by NASA.

  6. Fault Diagnosis in Process Control Valve Using Artificial Neural Network

    K. Prabakaran; T. Uma Mageshwari; Prakash, D.; A. Suguna

    2013-01-01

    As modern process industries become more complex, the importance to detect and identify the faulty operation of pneumatic process control valves is increasing rapidly. The prior detection of faults leads to avoiding the system shutdown, breakdown, raw material damage and etc. The proposed approach for fault diagnosis comprises of two processes such as fault detection and fault isolation. In fault diagnosis, the difference between the system outputs and model outputs called as residuals are us...

  7. Fault Diagnosis in Process Control Valve Using Artificial Neural Network

    K. Prabakaran

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available As modern process industries become more complex, the importance to detect and identify the faulty operation of pneumatic process control valves is increasing rapidly. The prior detection of faults leads to avoiding the system shutdown, breakdown, raw material damage and etc. The proposed approach for fault diagnosis comprises of two processes such as fault detection and fault isolation. In fault diagnosis, the difference between the system outputs and model outputs called as residuals are used to detect and isolate the faults. But in the control valve it is not an easy process due to inherent nonlinearity. The particular values of five measurable quantities from the valve are depend on the commonly occurring faults such as Incorrect supply pressure, Diaphragm leakage and Actuator vent blockage. The correlations between these parameters from the fault values for each operating condition are learned by a multilayer BP Neural Network. The parameter consideration is done through the committee of Development and Application of Methods for Actuator Diagnosis in Industrial Control Systems (DAMADICS. The simulation results using MATLab prove that BP neural network has the ability to detect and identify various magnitudes of the faults and can isolate multiple faults. In addition, it is observed that the network has the ability to estimate fault levels not seen by the network during training.

  8. Development of Small-sized Fluid Control Valve with Self-holding Function Using Permanent Magnet

    Akagi, Tetsuya; Dohta, Shujiro; Ueda, Hirofumi

    Recently, force feedback devices in virtual reality and power assisted nursing care systems have received much attention and active research. In such a control system, an actuator and a driving device such as a control valve are mounted on the human body. In this condition, the size and weight of the control valve become serious problems. At the same time, the valve should be operated with lower energy consumption because of using a limited electrical power. The typical electro magnetic solenoid valve drives its spool using a larger solenoid to open the valve. The complex construction of the valve for sealing makes its miniaturization and the fabrication of a low cost valve more difficult. In addition, the solenoid in the valve consumes more electrical power while the valve is kept opening. The purpose of our study is to develop a small-sized, lightweight, lower energy consumption and flexible control valve that can be safe enough to mount on the human body at a lower cost. In our pervious study, we proposed and tested the control valve that can open using a vibration motor. In this study, we propose and test a new type of fluid control valve with a self-holding function. The new valve uses a permanent magnet ball. It has a cylindrical magnet and two solenoids. The self-holding function of the valve is done as follows. When one side of the solenoid is stimulated by the current momentarily, the solenoid gives a repulsive force to the cylindrical magnet. The magnet moves toward the opposite side of the solenoid and is attracted to the iron core. Then, the magnet ball moves toward the cylindrical magnet and opens the orifice. The valve can keep open without electrical energy. As a result, the valve with the extremely lower energy consumption can be developed.

  9. Boosted PWM open loop control of hydraulic proportional valves

    This paper presents an innovative open loop control technique for direct single stage hydraulic proportional valves whose response rate is significantly higher than that obtained by standard open loop control techniques, even comparable to more costly commercial closed loop systems. Different from standard open loop techniques, which provide the coil with a constant current proportional to the target position, the control strategy proposed in this paper employs the peak and hold (P and H) technique, widely used in Diesel engine modern supply systems, to boost the duty cycle value of the pulse width modulation (PWM) signal for a short time, namely during the spool displacement, while maintaining a lower duty cycle for holding the spool in the required opening position. The developed 'boosted PWM' technique only requires a low cost microcontroller, such as a peripheral interface controller (PIC) equipped with a metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) power driver. The PWM parameters are calibrated as a function of the spool displacement so as to maximize the response rate without introducing overshoots: the collected data are stored in the PIC. Different valve opening procedures with step response have been compared to demonstrate the merits of the proposed boosted PWM technique. No overshoots have been registered. Moreover, the proposed method is characterized by a significantly higher response rate with respect to a standard open loop control, which approximately has the same cost. Similar experimental tests show that the proposed boosted PWM technique has a response rate even higher than that provided by the more costly commercial closed loop system mounted on the valve, and it produces no overshoots

  10. Design of basic chamber of the Main Control Valve

    S.W. Lee

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The development of a control valve for closed circuit requires comprehensive technologies in the overall precision machinery industry, from the development of casting materials for the housing to various types of parts. The development of a new type of control valve would have great advantage with a long lifecycle. Therefore, it is necessary to secure the MCV (Main Control Valve development technology that applies various sensors. This paper aims at providing a fundamental base for the establishment of design systems including the flow chamber design database of the MCV for wheel loaders, strength and rigidity design system, and the system for energy efficiency improvement. Particularly, this study set up the basic design database for the flow chamber design to establish the flow chamber design database, and secured the stability of the flow chamber from the basic design stage. In addition, major design variables were determined by utilizing a statistical technique in order to design such flow chamber.Design/methodology/approach: This study uses the I-DEAS to analyze the MCV structure characteristics. In addition, it uses the factorial design and sensitivity analysis to select important factors for the MCV design.Findings: This study establishes the unit flow chamber database for the MCV housing unit and the governing equation for the flow chamber.Research limitations/implications: Since the MCV damage often occurs due to the problem with the material itself and in the manufacturing process, it is difficult to tell clearly whether it occurred as the MCV reached the failure pressure.Practical implications: The basic data needed to design the MCV can be provided, and the required time for the design and the reliability of the design can be reduced and improved respectively.Originality/value: The verification of the design factors obtained from the flow analysis and structural analysis as well as the DOE was made by fabricating a sample

  11. Engineering Analysis of Flow Characteristic Curve for Steam Turbine Control Valve

    The steam turbine converts the kinetic energy of steam to mechanical energy of rotor blades in the power conversion system of fossil and nuclear power plants. The electric output from the generator of which the rotor is coupled with that of the steam turbine depends on the rotation velocity of the steam turbine bucket. The rotation velocity is proportional to the mass flow rate of steam entering the steam turbine through valves and nozzles. Thus, it is crucial to control the steam mass flow rate for the load following operation of power plants. Among various valves that control the steam flow to the turbine, the control valve is certainly the most significant. The steam flow rate is determined by the area formed by the stem disk and the seat of the control valve. While the ideal control valve linearly controls the steam mass flow rate with its stem lift, the real control valve has various flow characteristic curves pursuant to the stem lift. Thus, flow characteristic curves are needed to precisely design the control valves manufactured for the operating conditions of power plants. It has long been a practice to depend upon experimental means to obtain valve characteristic curves, due mostly to limited computational capability of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes. In this paper, a CFD code, FLUENT, was used to obtain the valve characteristic curve, whose results were validated against the data from the OMEGA (Optimized Multidimensional Experiment Geometric Apparatus) tests and operating plants. The Widow's Creek type control valve was the reference model. The computational and experimental results were translated to flow characteristic curve by rectifying the ratio of actual mass flow rate versus the theoretical mass flow rate. It is expected that future control valve design may well benefit from the multidimensional computational results spanning a wide spectrum of thermo hydrodynamic conditions involving the valve size and configuration as well as the inlet

  12. Flow oscillation on the steam control valve. Effects of valve/valve seat shape in the middle opening, and a possibility of a shock oscillation in the large opening

    A steam control valve causes vibration of the piping when the opening is in the middle condition. For the rationalization of maintenance and management in the plant, the valve should be improved, but it is difficult to understand the flow characteristics in detail by experiment because the flow around the valve is complex 3D structure and becomes supersonic (M>1). Therefore, it is necessary to clarify the cause of vibration and to develop improvements by the latest CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) technology. In current research, we found a valve-attached flow occurs and causes a quasi-periodic spike-type pressure fluctuation at only the middle opening condition in rigid support condition. As this fluctuation causes cyclic side load on the valve body, it is thought to be the cause of vibration. In this report, we examined the flow condition in the large opening condition with our CFD code, 'MATIS', and found a possibility of the shock wave oscillation around valve. As this phenomenon also causes large pressure fluctuation, we need to check the controllability of the shock oscillation with new shape valve in the future. This report also describes an effect of the valve/valve seat to control the pressure fluctuation in the middle opening that is clarified last year. First, we conducted the experiment of the valve seat effect, but it's impossible to control the flow fluctuation completely. Then, we suggest new shape valves (cut valve, extended valve) and checked their performance with 2 types of valve seat. As a result, extended valve can control the fluctuation completely with all valve seat shape. (author)

  13. Fluid-driven reciprocating apparatus and valving for controlling same

    Whitehead, John C.; Toews, Hans G.

    1993-01-01

    A control valve assembly for alternately actuating a pair of fluid-driven free-piston devices by using fluid pressure communication therebetween. Each control valve is switched by a pressure signal depending on the state of its counterpart's piston. The communication logic is arranged to provide overlap of the forward strokes of the pistons, so that at least one of the pair will always be pressurized. Thus, uninterrupted pumping of liquid is made possible from a pair of free-piston pumps. In addition, the speed and frequency of piston stroking is entirely dependent on the mechanical power load applied. In the case of a pair of pumps, this enables liquid delivery at a substantially constant pressure over the full range of flow rates, from zero to maximum flow. One embodiment of the invention utilized two pairs of fluid-driven free-piston devices whereby a bipropellant liquid propulsion system may be operated, so as to provide continuous flow of both fuel and oxidizer liquids when used in rocket applications, for example.

  14. Development of myoelectric control type speaking valve with low flow resistance

    Ooe, Katsutoshi; Sakurai, Kohei; Mimaki, Shinya

    2015-12-01

    We aimed to develop welfare devices for patients with phonation disorder. One of these devices is the electrical controltype speaking valve system. The conventional speaking valves have one-way valve architecture, they open when the user breathes in, and they close when user breathes out and produce voices. This type is very simple and tough, but some users feel closeness in case of exhalation without phonation. This problem is caused by its mechanism what can not be controlled by user's will. Therefore, we proposed an electrical control-type speaking valve system to resolve this problem. This valve is controlled by neck myoelectric signal of sternohyoid muscle. From our previous report, it was clarified that this valve had better performance about easy-to-breath. Furthermore, we proposed the compact myoelectric control-type speaking valve system. The new-type speaking valve was enough small to attach the human body, and its opening area is larger than that of conventional one. Additionally, we described the improvement of flow channel shape by using of FEM analysis. According to the result of the analysis, it was clarified that the shape-improved speaking valve gets the low flow resistance channel in case of inspiration. In this report, we tried to make the flow resistance lower by the shape of current plates, in case of both inspiration and exhalation. From the result of FEM analysis, our speaking valve could get better flow channel than older one.

  15. Hydraulic High Pressure Valve Controller Using the In-Situ Pressure Difference

    Bao, Xiaoqi (Inventor); Sherrit, Stewart (Inventor); Badescu, Mircea (Inventor); Bar-Cohen, Yoseph (Inventor); Hall, Jeffery L. (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    A hydraulic valve controller that uses an existing pressure differential as some or all of the power source for valve operation. In a high pressure environment, such as downhole in an oil or gas well, the pressure differential between the inside of a pipe and the outside of the pipe may be adequately large to drive a linear slide valve. The valve is operated hydraulically by a piston in a bore. When a higher pressure is applied to one end of the bore and a lower pressure to the other end, the piston moves in response to the pressure differential and drives a valve attached to it. If the pressure differential is too small to drive the piston at a sufficiently high speed, a pump is provided to generate a larger pressure differential to be applied. The apparatus is conveniently constructed using multiport valves, which can be rotary valves.

  16. Control of a teleoperation system actuated by low-cost pneumatic on/off valves

    Hodgson, Sean; Tavakoli, Mahdi; Lelevé, Arnaud; Pham, Minh Tu

    2012-01-01

    For a pneumatic teleoperation system, sliding-mode control laws ensuring both transparency and low switching (open/close) activity of the valves are developed. Each pneumatic actuator has four on/off valves, thus sixteen possible combinations ("operating modes") for the valves exist but only seven of them are both functional and unique. While previous works have focused on three-mode sliding-based position control of one pneumatic actuator, this paper develops seven-mode sliding-based bilater...

  17. Technology Reinvestment Program/Advanced ``Zero Emission'' Control Valve (Phase II)

    J. Napoleon

    1998-12-01

    The objectives of this effort are to determine, develop and demonstrate the feasibility of significantly reducing the cost and expanding the applications for a family of Advanced Zero Emissions Control Valves that meets the fugitive emissions requirements of the 1990 Amendments to the Clean Air Act. This program is a direct technology spin-off from the valve technology that is critical to the US Navy's Nuclear Powered Fleet. These zero emissions valves will allow the Hydrocarbon and Chemical Processing Industries, etc., to maintain their competitiveness and still meet environmental and safety requirements. Phase 2 is directed at refining the basic technologies developed during Phase 1 so that they can be more readily selected and utilized by the target market. In addition to various necessary certifications, the project will develop a full featured digital controller with ``smart valve'' growth capability, expanding valve sizes/applications and identifying valve materials to permit applications in severe operational environments.

  18. Analysis of Dither in PWM Control on Electro-hydraulic Proportional Valve

    Liu, Guoping; Wuxing XIA; Qi, Dawei; Ronghua HU

    2013-01-01

    Plus with modulation (PWM) is widely used in proporational control systems for it is efficient, flexible and anti-interference. Due to the friction and hysteresis of electromagnet, hysteresis exists when hydraulic valve in steady-state, and hysteresis influences the dynamic characteristics of the valve seriously,the hysteresis can be improved by superimposing dithers with certain frequency and amplitude to the valve coil. Aiming at the character of anti-unloading power driver circuit ,this pa...

  19. Development of an Electronically Controlled Self-Teaching Lift Valve Family

    Goenechea, Eneko

    2016-01-01

    Other than mobile hydraulics and high voltage switchgears, Bucher Hydraulics is also involved in the less-known area of hydraulic lifts. In fact, Bucher Hydraulics did invent the electronically controlled lift valve in the 1970s. Since then, Bucher Hydraulics developed a wide line of products for hydraulic elevators, such as valves and power units. In 2012, this valve family included various sizes, pressure ranges, systems with constant motor speeds, inverter-driven motors, energy-efficient s...

  20. A Method to Control Turbofan Engine Starting by Varying Compressor Surge Valve Bleed

    Sexton, Wayne Randolph

    2001-01-01

    A METHOD TO CONTROL TURBOFAN ENGINE STARTING BY VARYING COMPRESSOR SURGE VALVE BLEED Wayne R. Sexton (ABSTRACT) This thesis reports the results of a study of the starting conditions of a turbofan engine. The research focused on ways to minimize turbine inlet temperature while maintaining an adequate compressor stall margin during engine start by varying the surge valve bleed. Varying the surge valve bleed was also shown to reduce compressor and fan required torque. ...

  1. CFD analysis on the dynamic flow characteristics of the pilot-control globe valve

    Highlights: • PCGV utilizes pressure difference to control the action of the valve core. • Three different opening processes with the same spring stiffness are analyzed. • Valve core’s displacements with different spring stiffness are analyzed. • The best design point of spring stiffness and inlet pressure is obtained. • The selection formula for the design of PCGV is generalized. - Abstract: The pilot-control globe valve (PCGV) is a new kind valve with simple structures and low driving energy consumption. It can utilize the pressure difference before and after the valve to control the action of the valve core. However, systematic theoretical research and numerical analysis are deficient at present. In this paper, the mathematical model of PCGV is established and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) method is employed to numerically simulate its dynamic characteristics. Through the analysis of the internal flow field distribution, its working principle is verified. Then three different opening processes with the same spring stiffness are analyzed under different static inlet pressures, and the best design point is obtained by studying the characteristic curves of the valve core’s displacement. The relationship of static inlet pressure and the valve core’s displacement is summarized and the selection formula for the valve design is generalized which can reduce the various design work for further optimization and engineering applications of PCGV

  2. Development of a Photo-Fluidic Control Valve without Mechanical Moving Parts

    Akagi, Tetsuya; Dohta, Shujiro

    An optical servo system is a new control system which can be used in hazardous environments; such as those with electromagnetic influence, radiation and so on. The purpose of our study is to develop such an optical control system. In our previous study, an optical servo valve in which the output differential pressure was proportional to input optical power had been developed. However, the dynamics of the valve depended on the time required to move the flapper membrane of a fluid booster amplifier using the lower flow rate from the photo-fluidic interface. In addition, the lifetime of the valve depends on that of the fluid booster amplifier that has mechanical moving parts. As a next step, we need to improve the dynamics and to get longer lifetime of the optical servo valve and try to develop another type of optical servo valve whose elements have no mechanical moving parts. In this paper, a photo-fluidic control valve which consists of the photo-fluidic interface and fluid amplifier only using fluidics is proposed. As a result, we found that the tested valve generated output differential pressure of + 80 kPa or -80 kPa according to applied optical power. By driving a pneumatic cylinder whose inner diameter is 16 mm with a stroke of 100 mm using the tested valve, we also confirmed that the tested valve has enough output fluid power to drive a small-sized pneumatic cylinder on the market.

  3. Effect of flow swirling on cavitation in TPP and NPP control valves

    The water flow rate characteristics are investigated for needle control valve models with a swirl vane of centpifuaal atomizer type built into the gate. The valve nominal diameter is 20 and 50 mm, operating temperature of feed water is 20-180 dea C, pressure is 3-18 MPa. The model capacity was determined from the test results, and methods for hydraulic calculations were developed. The model input-output characteristics reflecting the dependence of the medium flow rate on the pressure drop and gate opening, are given. The flow swirling is found to reduce cavitation. Application of this gate in NPP valves permits to reduce erosion wear of the valves

  4. Adaptive Backstepping Control of Nonlinear Hydraulic-Mechanical System Including Valve Dynamics

    M. Choux

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The main contribution of the paper is the development of an adaptive backstepping controller for a nonlinear hydraulic-mechanical system considering valve dynamics. The paper also compares the performance of two variants of an adaptive backstepping tracking controller with a simple PI controller. The results show that the backstepping controller considering valve dynamics achieves significantly better tracking performance than the PI controller, while handling uncertain parameters related to internal leakage, friction, the orifice equation and oil characteristics.

  5. ADAPTIVE CONTROLLER AND ITS APPLICATION IN FORCE SYSTEM OF ASYMMETRIC CYLINDER CONTROLLED BY SYMMETRIC VALVE

    2007-01-01

    Partial pressure, system vibration and asymmetric system dynamic performance exit in asymmetric cylinder controller by symmetric valve hydraulic system. To solve this problem in the force control system, model reference adaptive controller is designed using equilibrium point stability theory and output error equation polynomial. The reference model is selected in such a way that it meets the system dynamic performance. Hardware configuration of asymmetric cylinder controlled by asymmetric valve hydraulic system is replaced by intelligent control algorithm, thus the cost is lowered and easy to application. Simulation results demonstrate that the proposed adaptive control sheme has good adaptive ability and well solves asymmetric dynamic performance problem. The designed adaptive controller is fairly robust to load disturbance and system parameter variation.

  6. Identification of Stiction Nonlinearity for Pneumatic Control Valve using ANFIS Method

    Srinivasan Arumugam

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Valve stiction is one of the prominent stand-alone reasons for oscillatory behavior in process industry. Stiction is a common problem in spring diaphragm type valves, which are widely used in the process industry. This behavior leads control valves to deliver accurate feed and thereby allowing wastage of utility. Recently, there have been many attempts to understand, define, model and detect stiction in control valves. Most of the available methods cannot simultaneously detect and quantify stiction. The paper presents an Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy methodology for identification of stiction. For a vertical two tank level process with Kano’s model of stiction is considered to obtain necessary required data to formulate objective function. The proposed methods for detecting and quantifying stiction are applied on the flow control valve using MATLAB/Simulink platform.

  7. Detection circuit of solenoid valve operation and control rod drive mechanism utilizing the circuit

    Object: To detect the operation of a plunger and detect opening and closing operations of a solenoid valve driving device due to change in impedance of a coil for driving the solenoid valve to judge normality and abnormality of the solenoid valve, thereby increasing reliance and safety of drive and control apparatus of control rods. Structure: An arrangement comprises a drive and operation detector section wherein the operation of a solenoid driving device for controlling power supply to a coil for driving the solenoid valve to control opening and closing of the solenoid valve, and a plunger operation detector section for detecting change in impedance of the drive coil to detect that the plunger of the solenoid valve is either in the opening direction or closing direction, whereby a predetermined low voltage such as not to activate the solenoid valve even when the solenoid valve is open or closed is applied to detect a current flowing into the coil at that time, thus detecting an operating state of the plunger. (Yoshino, Y.)

  8. Coordinated Switching Control of the Excitation and Steam Valve System Based on State and Input Constraints

    Nan Jiang; Ting Liu; Haiyan He; Xin Li

    2015-01-01

    A single unit infinite system of the excitation and steam valve control was proposed based on Barrier Lyapunov theory of restrictive log type. The input amplitude constraint of the steam valve control was considered, and the coordinated nonlinear backstepping controller was designed by switching mechanism. At the same time, the generator rotor effect was considered to be an external unknown large disturbance on the output system, and the conservativeness of the simple estimates for the upper ...

  9. High-Pressure Valve With Controlled Seating Force

    Bradley, R. H.

    1987-01-01

    Poppet and seat less likely to be damaged by faulty operation. Improvements in widely-used high-pressure valve increase accuracy of preloading of poppet. Redesigned valve prevents metal shavings and other debris from developing during operation, installation, or removal. New features include secondary seal in cap. Belleville washers create precise value of seating force. If installer attempts to exceed force, torque limiter gives tactile and aural warning and makes further force increases difficult.

  10. Process and device to test a safety valve comprising a control unit

    The present device and process apply to a safety valve and its control system. The safety valve comprises a body provided with an inlet line connected to a pressurized-fluid unit and an outlet line, a flap associated with a seat to regulate the fluid flow rate between the said lines, a control cylinder comprising a piston connected to the flap and sliding within a cylinder forming two chambers, one of which being active is fed with fluid. The control unit of the safety valve comprises a piston-cylinder, for pressure measurement, of which the piston is under the fluid pressure and a calibrated spring acting against the force developed by the said pressure and a hydraulic mechanism provided with two valves of which the flaps are actuated by means of a control rod, including a disk, displaced by the said piston and which control, one of which, the fluid pressure into the control cylinder and the piston-cylinder measuring pressure and, the other one, the pressure drop of the control cylinder. The process is characterized for it consists of applying a constant pulling force on the control rod of the valves to displace it against the action of the calibrated spring, measuring the force on the rod and the displacement of the said rod and finding the threshold force value corresponding to a line valve and recording against time the motion and force curves

  11. An experimental study on flowrate and stability for 600MW supercritical steam-turbine control valve

    相晓伟; 毛靖儒; 孙弼

    2007-01-01

    An experimental study on flowrate and stability of a type of control valve of 600MW supercritical steam-turbine was presented by measuring instruments of static, dynamic pressure and vibration in self-designed test rig. The investigation shows that flow coefficient is 30% up more than that of the control valve of GX-1 type used widely in domestic power plants now, as small-medium lifts. If the relative lift (h/D) is less than 20%, the valve can always work steadily in all the pressure ratios. When the h/D i...

  12. Tape underlayment rotary-node (TURN) valves for simple on-chip microfluidic flow control

    Markov, Dmitry A.; Manuel, Steven; Shor, Leslie M.; Opalenik, Susan R.; Wikswo, John P.; Samson, Philip C.

    2010-01-01

    We describe a simple and reliable fabrication method for producing multiple, manually activated microfluidic control valves in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) devices. These screwdriver-actuated valves reside directly on the microfluidic chip and can provide both simple on/off operation as well as graded control of fluid flow. The fabrication procedure can be easily implemented in any soft lithography lab and requires only two specialized tools – a hot-glue gun and a machined brass mold. To facil...

  13. A controlled evaluation of the risk of bacterial endocarditis in persons with mitral-valve prolapse.

    Clemens, J D; Horwitz, R I; Jaffe, C C; Feinstein, A R; Stanton, B F

    1982-09-23

    The absence of controlled evidence and the high prevalence of mitral-valve prolapse have created substantial uncertainty about whether this condition is an important risk factor for bacterial endocarditis. We evaluated this risk in a case-control study of hospital inpatients who had undergone echocardiography and who lacked any known cardiovascular risk factors for endocarditis, apart from mitral-valve prolapse and isolated mitral-regurgitant murmurs. Thirteen (25 per cent) of 51 patients with endocarditis had mitral-valve prolapse, as compared with 10 (seven per cent) of the 153 matched controls without endocarditis. For the 51 matched case-control sets, the odds ratio (8.2; 95 per cent confidence interval, 2.4 to 28.4) indicated a substantially higher risk of endocarditis for people with mitral-valve prolapse than for those without it. This association remained statistically significant when parenteral drug abuse and routine antibiotic prophylaxis preceding dental work and other forms of instrumentation were taken into account. Furthermore, the risk may be higher than is indicated by this study, since 46 per cent of the controls underwent echocardiography for clinically suspected mitral-valve prolapse, suggesting an overrepresentation of mitral prolapse in the control group. The results support the contention that mitral-valve prolapse is a significant risk factor for bacterial endocarditis. PMID:7110242

  14. Improvement of the flow control valve in an extractor in Tokai reprocessing plant

    At the Tokai Reprocessing Plant (TRP), spent fuels are dissolved in nitric acid and the dissolved liquid is fed to the extractors (mixer settlers). In the mixer settlers, both uranium and plutonium are extracted by the solvent that contains tri-butyl phosphate. It is important to control the interface between organic and aqueous phase in the settlers And the interface is controlled by the flow control valve. This valve has maintainability problems because it takes a fair amount of time to maintenance. In addition, this is imported product, the production costs are high, and the delivery period for this valve is long. Therefore, we have tried to ohtain same type of valves with the confines of the country. This paper describes the trials and same experimental results. (author)

  15. Nonlinear variable structure excitation and steam valving controllers for power system stability

    Ben WANG; Zongyuan MAO

    2009-01-01

    A set of novel nonlinear variable structure excitation and steam-valving controllers are proposed in this paper.On the basis of the classical dynamic equations of a generator,excitation control and steam valving control are si-multaneously considered.Design of these controllers combines the differential geometry theory with the variable structure controlling theory.The mathematical model in the form of "an affine nonlinear system" is set up for the control design of a large-scale power plant.The dynamic performance of the nonlinear variable structure controllers proposed for a single ma-chine connected to an infinite bus power system is simulated.Simulation results show that the nonlinear variable structure excitation and steam-valving controllers give satisfactory dynamic performance and good robustness.

  16. An experimental study on flowrate and stability for 600MW supercritical steam-turbine control valve

    2007-01-01

    An experimental study on flowrate and stability of a type of control valve of 600MW supercritical steam-turbine was presented by measuring instruments of static, dynamic pressure and vibration in self-designed test rig. The investigation shows that flow coefficient is 30% up more than that of the control valve of GX-1 type used widely in domestic power plants now, as small-medium lifts. If the relative lift (h/D) is less than 20%, the valve can always work steadily in all the pressure ratios. When the h/D is between 20% to 24%, big vibration of valve stem occurs if the pressure ratio is between 0.7 to 0.8. When h/D is more than 25%, relatively great vibration happens in a wide range of pressure ratios of 0.4 to 0.85.

  17. Application of High-speed Solenoid Valve to the Semi-active Control of Landing Gear

    Liu Hui; Gu Hongbin; Chen Dawei

    2008-01-01

    To select or develop an appropriate actuator is one of the key and difficult issues in the study of semi-active controlled landing gear.Performance of the actuator may directly affect the effectiveness of semi-active control.In this article,parallel high-speed solenoid valves are chosen to be the actuators for the semi-active controlled landing gear and being studied.A nonlinear high-speed solenoid valve model is developed with the consideration of magnctic saturation characteristics and verified by test.According to the design rule of keeping the peak load as small as possible while absorbing the specified shock energy,a fuzzy PD control rule is designed.By the rule,controller parameters can be self-regulated.The simulation results indicate that the semi-active control based on high-speed solenoid valve can effectively improve the control performance and reduce impact load during landing.

  18. Nonlinear System Modeling, Optimal Cam Design, and Advanced System Control for an Electromechanical Engine Valve Drive

    Qiu, Yihui; Perreault, David J.; Keim, Thomas A.; Kassakian, John G.

    2011-01-01

    A cam-based shear force-actuated electromechanical valve drive system offering variable valve timing in internal combustion engines was previously proposed and demonstrated. To transform this concept into a competitive commercial product, several major challenges need to addressed, including the reduction of power consumption, transition time, and size. As shown in this paper, by using nonlinear system modeling, optimizing cam design, and exploring different control strategies, the power cons...

  19. Shuttle Primary Reaction Control Subsystem Thruster Fuel Valve Pilot Seal Extrusion: A Failure Correlation

    Waller, Jess; Saulsberry, Regor L.

    2003-01-01

    Pilot operated valves (POVs) are used to control the flow of hypergolic propellants monomethylhydrazine (fuel) and nitrogen tetroxide (oxidizer) to the Shuttle orbiter Primary Reaction Control Subsystem (PRCS) thrusters. The POV incorporates a two-stage design: a solenoid-actuated pilot stage, which in turn controls a pressure-actuated main stage. Isolation of propellant supply from the thruster chamber is accomplished in part by a captive polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) pilot seal retained inside a Custom 455.1 stainless steel cavity. Extrusion of the pilot seal restricts the flow of fuel around the pilot poppet, thus impeding or preventing the main valve stage from opening. It can also prevent the main stage from staying open with adequate force margin, particularly if there is gas in the main stage actuation cavity. During thruster operation on-orbit, fuel valve pilot seal extrusion is commonly indicated by low or erratic chamber pressure or failure of the thruster to fire upon command (Fail-Off). During ground turnaround, pilot seal extrusion is commonly indicated by slow gaseous nitrogen (GN2) main valve opening times (greater than 38 ms) or slow water main valve opening response times (greater than 33 ms). Poppet lift tests and visual inspection can also detect pilot seal extrusion during ground servicing; however, direct metrology on the pilot seat assembly provides the most quantitative and accurate means of identifying extrusion. Minimizing PRCS fuel valve pilot seal extrusion has become an important issue in the effort to improve PRCS reliability and reduce associated life cycle costs.

  20. Synthesis of sequential control algorithms for pneumatic drives controlled by monostable valves

    Ł. Dworzak

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Application of the Grafpol method [1] for synthesising sequential control algorithms for pneumatic drives controlled by monostable valves is presented. The developed principles simplify the MTS method of programming production processes in the scope of the memory realisation [2]. Thanks to this, time for synthesising the schematic equation can be significantly reduced in comparison to the network transformation method [3]. The designed schematic equation makes a ground for writing an application program of a PLC using any language defined in IEC 61131-3.

  1. Analysis of the STS-126 Flow Control Valve Structural-Acoustic Coupling Failure

    Jones, Trevor M.; Larko, Jeffrey M.; McNelis, Mark E.

    2010-01-01

    During the Space Transportation System mission STS-126, one of the main engine's flow control valves incurred an unexpected failure. A section of the valve broke off during liftoff. It is theorized that an acoustic mode of the flowing fuel, coupled with a structural mode of the valve, causing a high cycle fatigue failure. This report documents the analysis efforts conducted in an attempt to verify this theory. Hand calculations, computational fluid dynamics, and finite element methods are all implemented and analyses are performed using steady-state methods in addition to transient analysis methods. The conclusion of the analyses is that there is a critical acoustic mode that aligns with a structural mode of the valve

  2. Innovative, High-Pressure, Cryogenic Control Valve: Short Face-to-Face, Reduced Cost

    Wilkes, Karlin; Larsen, Ed; McCourt, Jackson

    2004-01-01

    A control valve that can throttle high pressure cryogenic fluid embodies several design features that distinguish it over conventional valves designed for similar applications. Field and design engineers worked together to create a valve that would simplify installation, trim changes, and maintenance, thus reducing overall cost. The seals and plug stem packing were designed to perform optimally in cryogenic temperature ranges. Unlike conventional high-pressure cryogenic valves, the trim size can be changed independent of the body. The design feature that provides flexibility for changing the trim is a split body. The body is divided into an upper and a lower section with the seat ring sandwiched in between. In order to maintain the plug stem packing at an acceptable sealing temperature during cryogenic service, heat-exchanging fins were added to the upper body section (see figure). The body is made of stainless steel.

  3. MODELING, VALIDATION AND OPTIMAL DESIGN OF THE CLAMPING FORCE CONTROL VALVE USED IN CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

    ZHOU Yunshan; LIU Jin'gang; CAI Yuanchun; ZOU Naiwei

    2008-01-01

    Associated dynamic performance of the clamping force control valve used in continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optimized. Firstly, the structure and working principle of the valve are analyzed, and then a dynamic model is set up by means of mechanism analysis. For the purpose of checking the validity of the modeling method, a prototype workpiece of the valve is manufactured for comparison test, and its simulation result follows the experimental result quite well. An associated performance index is founded considering the response time, overshoot and saving energy, and five structural parameters are selected to adjust for deriving the optimal associated performance index. The optimization problem is solved by the genetic algorithm (GA) with necessary constraints. Finally, the properties of the optimized valve are compared with those of the prototype workpiece, and the results prove that the dynamic performance indexes of the optimized valve are much better than those of the prototype workpiece.Key words: Dynamic modeling Optimal design Genetic algorithm Clamping force control valve Continuously variable transmission (CVT)

  4. High precise control method for a new type of piezoelectric electro-hydraulic servo valve

    2007-01-01

    A new type of piezoelectric electro-hydraulic servo valve system was proposed. And then multilayer piezoelectric actuator based on new piezoelectric ceramic material was used as the electricity-machine converter of the proposed piezoelectric electro-hydraulic servo valve. The proposed piezoelectric electro-hydraulic servo valve has ascendant performance compared with conventional ones. But the system is of high nonlinearity and uncertainty, it cannot achieve favorable control performance by conventional control method. To develop an efficient way to control piezoelectric electro-hydraulic servo valve system, a high-precise fuzzy control method with hysteresis nonlinear model in feedforward loop was proposed. The control method is separated into two parts: a feedforward loop with Preisach hysteresis nonlinear model and a feedback loop with high-precise fuzzy control. Experimental results show that the hysteresis loop and the maximum output hysteresis by the PID control method are 4.22%and 2.11 μm, respectively; the hysteresis loop and the maximum output hysteresis by the proposed control method respectively are 0.74% and 0.37 μm, respectively; the maximum tracking error by the PID control method for sine wave reference signal is about 5.02%, the maximum tracking error by the proposed control method for sine wave reference signal is about 0.85%.

  5. NASA Work on Fatigue-Induced Cracking of H2 Flow Control Valve Poppet

    Maes, Miguel

    2009-01-01

    This slide presentation reviews the work that is being done to resolve a potential problem with the flow control valve poppet that controls the flow of GH2 into the space shuttle's main engine. The STS Hydrogen Flow Control Valve (HFVC) and potential problems that could arise from the failure of a poppet are reviewed. The analysis and testing that were performed are discussed. There is discussion about the current work involved in finding a resolution to the problem, including finding new materials to use in construction of poppetts,

  6. Detecting Solenoid Valve Deterioration in In-Use Electronic Diesel Fuel Injection Control Systems

    Chyuan-Yow Tseng

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available The diesel engine is the main power source for most agricultural vehicles. The control of diesel engine emissions is an important global issue. Fuel injection control systems directly affect fuel efficiency and emissions of diesel engines. Deterioration faults, such as rack deformation, solenoid valve failure, and rack-travel sensor malfunction, are possibly in the fuel injection module of electronic diesel control (EDC systems. Among these faults, solenoid valve failure is most likely to occur for in-use diesel engines. According to the previous studies, this failure is a result of the wear of the plunger and sleeve, based on a long period of usage, lubricant degradation, or engine overheating. Due to the difficulty in identifying solenoid valve deterioration, this study focuses on developing a sensor identification algorithm that can clearly classify the usability of the solenoid valve, without disassembling the fuel pump of an EDC system for in-use agricultural vehicles. A diagnostic algorithm is proposed, including a feedback controller, a parameter identifier, a linear variable differential transformer (LVDT sensor, and a neural network classifier. Experimental results show that the proposed algorithm can accurately identify the usability of solenoid valves.

  7. Numerical analysis of control valve open ratio effect on letdown flow

    The internal flow and heat transfer in the letdown pipes of Chemical and Volume Control System (RCV) are investigated with numerical simulation, and Flowmaster V7 is employed to achieve these objects. The effect of control valve RCV013VP open ratio on the letdown flowrate and other physical variables is numerically investigated. The results show that the letdown flowrate is sensible when RCV013VP open ratio is less than 60%, while the letdown flowrate seems to be independent with the valve open ratio when it is more than 60%. In the normal operation, even if the RCV013VP is fully open, flashing will not occur in the letdown pipes. As the control valve opens more, coolant pressure in the letdown pipes will be closer to the coolant saturation pressure at the corresponding letdown temperature. (authors)

  8. Controller Development for a Separate Meter-In Separate Meter-Out Fluid Power Valve for Mobile Applications

    Nielsen, Brian

    , which is to be used in the subsequent development of controllers, is derived from the verified non-linear. The demands for compensation of varying load pressure across the valve is examined by measuring the static performance of state of the art valves. Next the dynamical demands for valve are examined...... qualitatively. Controllers for the individual control of the spools of the prototype valve are designed. The design involves two different methods for pilot operation of the spools. The pilot control method by which the best performance is at first obtained, compared to the static demands put forward, is...... rejected. This is because it has a low relative stability due to design restrictions. Robust controllers for the valve using the remaining pilot control method are developed. The robustness is evaluated by simulations and afterwards the controllers are tested experimentally. A model of a hydraulic actuator...

  9. Control performances of a piezoactuator direct drive valve system at high temperatures with thermal insulation

    Han, Yung-Min; Han, Chulhee; Kim, Wan Ho; Seong, Ho Yong; Choi, Seung-Bok

    2016-09-01

    This technical note presents control performances of a piezoactuator direct drive valve (PDDV) operated at high temperature environment. After briefly discussing operating principle and mechanical dimensions of the proposed PDDV, an appropriate size of the PDDV is manufactured. As a first step, the temperature effect on the valve performance is experimentally investigated by measuring the spool displacement at various temperatures. Subsequently, the PDDV is thermally insulated using aerogel and installed in a large-size heat chamber in which the pneumatic-hydraulic cylinders and sensors are equipped. A proportional-integral-derivative feedback controller is then designed and implemented to control the spool displacement of the valve system. In this work, the spool displacement is chosen as a control variable since it is directly related to the flow rate of the valve system. Three different sinusoidal displacements with different frequencies of 1, 10 and 50 Hz are used as reference spool displacement and tracking controls are undertaken up to 150 °C. It is shown that the proposed PDDV with the thermal insulation can provide favorable control responses without significant tracking errors at high temperatures.

  10. Adaptive H-infinity control of synchronous generators with steam valve via Hamiltonian function method

    Shujuan LI; Yuzhen WANG

    2006-01-01

    Based on Hamiltonian formulation, this paper proposes a design approach to nonlinear feedback excitation control of synchronous generators with steam valve control, disturbances and unknown parameters. It is shown that the dynamics of the synchronous generators can be expressed as a dissipative Hamiltonian system, based on which an adaptive H-infinity controller is then designed for the systems by using the structure properties of dissipative Hamiltonian systems.Simulations show that the controller obtained in this paper is very effective.

  11. Acoustic-Modal Testing of the Ares I Launch Abort System Attitude Control Motor Valve

    Davis, R. Benjamin; Fischbach, Sean R.

    2010-01-01

    The Attitude Control Motor (ACM) is being developed for use in the Launch Abort System (LAS) of NASA's Ares I launch vehicle. The ACM consists of a small solid rocket motor and eight actuated pintle valves that directionally allocate.thrust_- 1t.has-been- predicted-that significant unsteady. pressure.fluctuations.will.exist. inside the-valves during operation. The dominant frequencies of these oscillations correspond to the lowest several acoustic natural frequencies of the individual valves. An acoustic finite element model of the fluid volume inside the valve has been critical to the prediction of these frequencies and their associated mode shapes. This work describes an effort to experimentally validate the acoustic finite model of the valve with an acoustic modal test. The modal test involved instrumenting a flight-like valve with six microphones and then exciting the enclosed air with a loudspeaker. The loudspeaker was configured to deliver broadband noise at relatively high sound pressure levels. The aquired microphone signals were post-processed and compared to results generated from the acoustic finite element model. Initial comparisons between the test data and the model results revealed that additional model refinement was necessary. Specifically, the model was updated to implement a complex impedance boundary condition at the entrance to the valve supply tube. This boundary condition models the frequency-dependent impedance that an acoustic wave will encounter as it reaches the end of the supply tube. Upon invoking this boundary condition, significantly improved agreement between the test data and the model was realized.

  12. Performance Evaluation of a High Bandwidth Liquid Fuel Modulation Valve for Active Combustion Control

    Saus, Joseph R.; DeLaat, John C.; Chang, Clarence T.; Vrnak, Daniel R.

    2012-01-01

    At the NASA Glenn Research Center, a characterization rig was designed and constructed for the purpose of evaluating high bandwidth liquid fuel modulation devices to determine their suitability for active combustion control research. Incorporated into the rig s design are features that approximate conditions similar to those that would be encountered by a candidate device if it were installed on an actual combustion research rig. The characterized dynamic performance measures obtained through testing in the rig are planned to be accurate indicators of expected performance in an actual combustion testing environment. To evaluate how well the characterization rig predicts fuel modulator dynamic performance, characterization rig data was compared with performance data for a fuel modulator candidate when the candidate was in operation during combustion testing. Specifically, the nominal and off-nominal performance data for a magnetostrictive-actuated proportional fuel modulation valve is described. Valve performance data were collected with the characterization rig configured to emulate two different combustion rig fuel feed systems. Fuel mass flows and pressures, fuel feed line lengths, and fuel injector orifice size was approximated in the characterization rig. Valve performance data were also collected with the valve modulating the fuel into the two combustor rigs. Comparison of the predicted and actual valve performance data show that when the valve is operated near its design condition the characterization rig can appropriately predict the installed performance of the valve. Improvements to the characterization rig and accompanying modeling activities are underway to more accurately predict performance, especially for the devices under development to modulate fuel into the much smaller fuel injectors anticipated in future lean-burning low-emissions aircraft engine combustors.

  13. Failure analysis of globe control valves with spring-diaphragm actuator for nuclear power plant applications

    The results of the failure analysis of a globe control valve with spring-diaphragm actuator indicated that the diaphragm failed because the service loading is close to the strength of the diaphragm. The resulting impact force is significantly larger than the plug guide strength and that cause it to bulge out after the impact. To improve the valve performance, proper torque should be used to tighten the actuator diaphragm case fasteners. A stronger actuator diaphragm could be used to provide additional safety margin during operation. Stiffening the plug guide may avoid jamming the bushing

  14. Controllable generation of a spin-triplet supercurrent in a Josephson spin valve

    Iovan, Adrian; Golod, Taras; Krasnov, Vladimir M.

    2014-10-01

    It has been predicted theoretically that an unconventional odd-frequency spin-triplet component of a superconducting order parameter can be induced in multilayered ferromagnetic structures with noncollinear magnetization. In this work, we study experimentally nanoscale devices, in which a ferromagnetic spin valve is embedded into a Josephson junction. We demonstrate two ways of in situ analysis of such Josephson spin valves: via magnetoresistance measurements and via in situ magnetometry based on flux quantization in the junction. We observe that supercurrent through the device depends on the relative orientation of magnetizations of the two ferromagnetic layers and is enhanced in the noncollinear state of the spin valve. We attribute this phenomenon to controllable generation of the spin-triplet superconducting component in a ferromagnet.

  15. Zero-leak valve

    Macglashan, W. F., Jr.

    1980-01-01

    Zero-leakage valve has fluid-sealing diaphragm support and flat sievelike sealing surface. Diaphragm-support valve is easy to fabricate and requires minimum maintenance. Potential applications include isolation valve for waste systems and remote air-actuated valve. Device is also useful in controlling flow of liquid fluorine and corrosive fluids at high pressures.

  16. Expert system for fault diagnosis in process control valves using fuzzy-logic

    The models of asset maintenance of a process plant basically are classified in corrective maintenance, preventive, predictive and proactive (online). The corrective maintenance is the elementary and most obvious way of the maintenance models. The preventive maintenance consists in a fault prevention work, based on statistical studies that can lead to low efficiency or even an unexpected shutdown of the plant. Predictive maintenance aims to prevent equipment or systems failures through monitoring and tracking of parameters, allowing continuous operation as long as possible. The proactive maintenance usually includes predictive maintenance, emphasizing the root cause analysis of the failure. The maintenance predictive/proactive planning frequently uses software that integrates data from different systems, which facilitates a quick and effective decision- making. In nuclear plants this model has an important role regarding the reliability of equipment and systems. The main focus of this work is to study the development of a model of non-intrusive monitoring and diagnosis applied to process control valves using artificial intelligence by fuzzy logic technique, contributing in the development of predictive methodologies identifying faults in incipient state. The control valve analyzed belongs to a steam plant which simulates the secondary circuit of a PWR nuclear reactor - Pressurized Water Reactor. This study makes use of MATLAB language through the fuzzy logic toolbox which uses the method of inference Mamdani, acting by fuzzy conjunction, through Triangular Norms (t-norm) and Triangular Conorms (t-conorm). As input variables are used air pressure and displacement of the valve stem. Input data coming into the fuzzy system by graph of the automation system Delta V ® available in the plant, which receives a signal of electric current from an 'intelligent' positioned installed on the valve. The output variable is the 'status' of the valve. Through a rule base

  17. Expert system for fault diagnosis in process control valves using fuzzy-logic

    Carneiro, Alvaro L.G., E-mail: carneiro@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Porto Junior, Almir C.S., E-mail: almir@ctmsp.mar.mil.br [Centro Tecnologico da Marinha em Sao Paulo (CIANA/CTMSP), Ipero, SP (Brazil). Centro de Instrucao e Adestramento Nuclear de ARAMAR

    2013-07-01

    The models of asset maintenance of a process plant basically are classified in corrective maintenance, preventive, predictive and proactive (online). The corrective maintenance is the elementary and most obvious way of the maintenance models. The preventive maintenance consists in a fault prevention work, based on statistical studies that can lead to low efficiency or even an unexpected shutdown of the plant. Predictive maintenance aims to prevent equipment or systems failures through monitoring and tracking of parameters, allowing continuous operation as long as possible. The proactive maintenance usually includes predictive maintenance, emphasizing the root cause analysis of the failure. The maintenance predictive/proactive planning frequently uses software that integrates data from different systems, which facilitates a quick and effective decision- making. In nuclear plants this model has an important role regarding the reliability of equipment and systems. The main focus of this work is to study the development of a model of non-intrusive monitoring and diagnosis applied to process control valves using artificial intelligence by fuzzy logic technique, contributing in the development of predictive methodologies identifying faults in incipient state. The control valve analyzed belongs to a steam plant which simulates the secondary circuit of a PWR nuclear reactor - Pressurized Water Reactor. This study makes use of MATLAB language through the fuzzy logic toolbox which uses the method of inference Mamdani, acting by fuzzy conjunction, through Triangular Norms (t-norm) and Triangular Conorms (t-conorm). As input variables are used air pressure and displacement of the valve stem. Input data coming into the fuzzy system by graph of the automation system Delta V ® available in the plant, which receives a signal of electric current from an 'intelligent' positioned installed on the valve. The output variable is the 'status' of the valve. Through a

  18. Coordinated Switching Control of the Excitation and Steam Valve System Based on State and Input Constraints

    Nan Jiang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A single unit infinite system of the excitation and steam valve control was proposed based on Barrier Lyapunov theory of restrictive log type. The input amplitude constraint of the steam valve control was considered, and the coordinated nonlinear backstepping controller was designed by switching mechanism. At the same time, the generator rotor effect was considered to be an external unknown large disturbance on the output system, and the conservativeness of the simple estimates for the upper and lower bounds and scaling disturbance was reduced by Minimax. The Minimax method also ensured that the output of the controller and the power angle were within the prescribed range and inhibited the system output effect of disturbance as much as possible. Finally, simulation results of the generator disturbance of mechanical power in the single unit infinite system show that the control scheme effectively improves the transient stability of the dynamic processes of power systems.

  19. Feasibility and testing of lighweight, energy efficient, additive manufactured pneumatic control valve

    Love, Lonnie J. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Mell, Ellen [Aerovalve, LLC, St. Louis, Mo (United States)

    2015-02-01

    AeroValve s innovative pneumatic valve technology recycles compressed air through the valve body with each cycle of the valve, and was reported to reduce compressed air requirements by an average of 25% 30%.This technology collaboration project between ORNL and Aerovalve confirms the energy efficiency of valve performance. Measuring air consumption per work completed, the AeroValve was as much as 85% better than the commercial Festo valve.

  20. Active and Precise Control of Microdroplet Division Using Horizontal Pneumatic Valves in Bifurcating Microchannel

    Shuichi Shoji

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a microfluidic system for the active and precise control of microdroplet division in a micro device. Using two horizontal pneumatic valves formed at downstream of bifurcating microchannel, flow resistances of downstream channels were variably controlled. With the resistance control, volumetric ratio of downstream flows was changed and water-in-oil microdroplets were divided into two daughter droplets of different volume corresponding to the ratio. The microfluidic channels and pneumatic valves were fabricated by single-step soft lithography process of PDMS (polydimethylsiloxane using SU-8 mold. A wide range control of the daughter droplets’ volume ratio was achieved by the simple channel structure. Volumetric ratio between large and small daughter droplets are ranged from 1 to 70, and the smallest droplet volume of 14 pL was obtained. The proposed microfluidic device is applicable for precise and high throughput droplet based digital synthesis.

  1. Control valves and cascades for the first stages of turbines with ultrasupercritical steam parameters

    Zaryankin, A. E.; Rogalev, N. D.; Rogalev, A. N.; Garanin, I. V.; Osipov, S. K.; Grigoriev, E. Yu.

    2016-06-01

    This paper considers the problems that will unavoidably be encountered in the creation of new-generation turbines operated at ultrasupercritical initial steam parameters, namely, the development of new control and shutoff valves, the reduction of end energy losses in blade cascades and steam leaks in high-pressure cylinders (HPCs), the elimination of effect produced by regenerative steam bleedoffs on the afterextraction stage, the cooling of a blade cascade, etc. Some possible solutions are given for the two first of the listed problems. The conclusion about the need for the transition to new-generation control valves in the development of new advanced steam turbines with ultrasupercritical initial steam parameters has been made. From the viewpoint of their design, the considered new-generation valves differ from the known contemporary constructions by a shaped axially symmetric confusor channel and perforated zones on the streamlined spool surface and the inlet diffuser saddle part. The analysis of the vibration behavior of new-generation valves has demonstrated a decrease in the dynamic loads acting on their stems. To reduce the end energy losses in nozzle or blade cascades with small aspect ratios, it is proposed to use finned shrouds in the interblade channels. The cross section of fins has a triangular profile, and their height must be comparable with the thickness of the boundary layer in the outlet cross section of a cascade and, provisionally, be smaller than 8% of the cascade chord.

  2. Motor-operated valve performance testing and condition monitoring using data from the motor control center

    Much progress has been made over the past 20 years at CANDU nuclear stations to understand and improve Motor-Operated Valve (MOV) performance and reliability. If set up properly, most MOVs show very repeatable and predictable results when tested during outages. In fact, it is believed that, to some extent, a few of the encountered MOV failures stem from repeated maintenance operations and intrusive test methods. In this context, the potential for assessing MOV performance and monitoring their condition using electrical data acquired at the Motor Control Center (MCC) has generated considerable interest over the past few years. The overall approach consists of acquiring current and voltage signals at the MCC to derive motor power and motor torque traces. A correlation between the output parameters typically measured at the valve and the derived motor data is usually established through initial baseline tests. Following subsequent tests at the MCC, several valve performance indicators are derived using the original baseline data and the newly acquired MCC data to assess the valve performance and monitor its condition. The potential benefits from acquiring data at the MCC are the increased trending/monitoring capability and also the cost savings associated with the potential identification of MOVs that may not need 'at-the-valve' testing as initially scheduled. This would help reduce maintenance costs and radiation exposure to personnel. At CANDU stations, MOV testing is currently performed almost exclusively at the valve. Voltage and current are occasionally measured at the MCC to generate motor power traces, but not with the intent of performing extensive MCC-based valve diagnostics since most CANDU stations have yet to acquire the tools required for this type of analysis. In this context, a COG (CANDU Owners Group) R and D program was launched to assess the potential and reliability of the various methods/systems used for MCC valve diagnostic testing. This paper

  3. Numerical Predictions of Flow Characteristics in a 90 Degree Bended Upward Elbow Located at the Downstream Region of a Flow Control Valve (Butterfly Valve)

    Butterfly valves are widely used in industrial piping components. They are used for flow control in large diameter pipes because of their lightweight, simple structure and the rapidity of manipulation. Any flow disturbing components such as elbows, orifice plates and tees are recommended to be located in a distance of 8 diameters (L/D.8) from the downstream of butterfly valves to decrease the effect of flow disturbance. However, one would encounter cases where other piping components are installed in a close proximity due to the space restriction. In these cases, the numerical simulation will be useful to evaluate the impact of flow disturbances. In this study, we have examined one practical case encountered where the elbow is located in a close proximity to the butterfly valve. Due to the close proximity, we are concerned about pipe thinning and we use the numerical evaluation to determine the range of operating regime and options

  4. Microprocessor-based control and diagnostic system for valve motor operators

    As part of a research and development effort initiated by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a newly developed microprocessor-based control and diagnostics system has been designed to alleviate many of the historical problems related to the performance of conventional valve motor operators (VMOs). The principal advantages of the new system are that: (1) it eliminates dependency on conventional electrochemical torque and limit switches. (2) It provides easy, accurate setpoint adjustments for position control, stem load control, and motor overload protection. (3) It provides an easily interpreted visual display of important system parameters, and informs the operator of changing operational characteristics. The last feature is considered to be of particular significance because it allows both instantaneous evaluation of the condition of a valve motor operator and diagnosis of abnormal VMO performance

  5. The optimum design of the pressure control spring of the relief valve based on neural networks

    FU Xiao-jin

    2006-01-01

    Based on the traditional optimization methods about the pressure control spring of the relief valve and combined with the advantages of neural network, this paper put forward the optimization method with many parameters and a lot of constraints based on neural network. The object function of optimization is transformed into the energy function of the neural network and the mathematical model of neural network optimization about the pressure control spring of the relief valve is set up in this method which also puts forward its own algorithm. An example of application shows that network convergence gets stable state of minimization object function E, and object function converges to the utmost minimum point with steady function, then best solution is gained, which makes the design plan better. The algorithm of solution for the problem is effective about the optimum design of the pressure control spring and improves the performance target.

  6. Valve Disease

    ... Myocarditis Obstructive Sleep Apnea Pericarditis Peripheral Vascular Disease Rheumatic Fever Sick Sinus Syndrome Silent Ischemia Stroke Sudden Cardiac Arrest Vulnerable Plaque Valve Disease | Share Related terms: heart valves, valve insufficiency, valve regurgitation, valve stenosis, valvular ...

  7. Classical controller design of direct drive servo valve using analytical bode method

    Direct Drive Servovalve (DDV) is a kind of one-stage valve since the rotary motion of DC motor is directly transferred to the linear motion of valve spool through the link. Since the structure of DDV is simple, it is less expensive, more reliable and offers reduced internal leakage and reduced sensitivity to fluid contamination. However, the flow force effect on the spool motion is significant such that it induces large steady-state error in a step response. If the proportional control gain is increased to reduce the steady-state error, the system becomes unstable. In order to satisfy the system design requirements, the classical controller is designed using the analytical bode method

  8. Modeling, Parameters Identification, and Control of High Pressure Fuel Cell Back-Pressure Valve

    Fengxiang Chen

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The reactant pressure is crucial to the efficiency and lifespan of a high pressure PEMFC engine. This paper analyses a regulated back-pressure valve (BPV for the cathode outlet flow in a high pressure PEMFC engine, which can achieve precisely pressure control. The modeling, parameters identification, and nonlinear controller design of a BPV system are considered. The identified parameters are used in designing active disturbance rejection controller (ADRC. Simulations and extensive experiments are conducted with the xPC Target and show that the proposed controller can not only achieve good dynamic and static performance but also have strong robustness against parameters’ disturbance and external disturbance.

  9. Feedback control of noise in spin valves by the spin-transfer torque

    Bandopadhyay S; Brataas A.; Bauer G.E.W.

    2011-01-01

    The miniaturisation of magnetic read heads and random access memory elements makes them vulnerable to thermal fluctuations. We demonstrate how current-induced spin-transfer torques can be used to suppress the effects of thermal fluctuations. This enhances the fidelity of perpendicular magnetic spin valves. The simplest realization is a dc current to stabilize the free magnetic layers. The power can be significantly reduced without losing fidelity by simple control schemes, in which the stabil...

  10. Development of Steam Turbine Inlet Control Valve for Supercritical Pressure at Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery AB

    Sors, Felix; Holm, Patrik

    2010-01-01

    The development in the steam turbine business is heading for applications with much higher steam parameters since this enables a raised efficiency. Steam parameters refer to the pressure and the temperature of the steam. The aim of this study was to generate concepts for steam turbine inlet control valves designed for higher pressure and temperature in comparison with the present design. Future steam power plants using solar energy, based on tower technology, request this kind of performance ...

  11. Electrical servo actuator bracket. [fuel control valves on jet engines

    Sawyer, R. V. (Inventor)

    1981-01-01

    An electrical servo actuator is mounted on a support arm which is allowed to pivot on a bolt through a fixed mounting bracket. The actuator is pivotally connected to the end of the support arm by a bolt which has an extension allowed to pass through a slot in the fixed mounting bracket. An actuator rod extends from the servo actuator to a crank arm which turns a control shaft. A short linear thrust of the rod pivots the crank arm through about 90 for full-on control with the rod contracted into the servo actuator, and full-off control when the rod is extended from the actuator. A spring moves the servo actuator and actuator rod toward the control crank arm once the actuator rod is fully extended in the full-off position. This assures the turning of the control shaft to a full-off position. A stop bolt and slot are provided to limit pivot motion. Once fully extended, the spring pivots the motion.

  12. Sampled Data Control of a Compliant Actuated Joint Using On/Off Solenoid Valves

    N. G. Tsagarakis

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes a new control system design method for a compliant actuated joint using on/off solenoid valves. Themathematical modelling and the system’s hardware are described in detail. The control design method is presented in ageneral manner so it could be applied for any other similar system. For the present system, the designed controller is implementedvia a digital computer and it is characterised by very good performance and simplicity. The success of the proposedmethod is validated via simulations and experiment.

  13. Development and marketing of a prosthetic urinary control valve system

    Tenney, J. B., Jr.; Rabinowitz, R.; Rogers, D. W.; Harrison, H. N.

    1983-01-01

    An implantable prosthetic for the control of urinary incontinence was developed and marketed. Three phases are presented: bench development studies, animal trials, and human clinical trials. This work was performed under the direction of a Research Team at Rochester General Hospital (RGH). Bench trials were completed on prototype hardware and provided early verification of the device's ability to withstand repeated cyclic testing. Configurational variants were evaluated and a preferred design concept was established. Silicone rubber (medical grade) was selected as the preferred material for the prosthesis.

  14. Operational Experience and Consolidations for the Current Lead Control Valves of the Large Hadron Collider

    Perin, A; Pirotte, O; Krieger, B; Widmer, A

    2012-01-01

    The Large Hadron Collider superconducting magnets are powered by more than 1400 gas cooled current leads ranging from 120 A to 13000 A. The gas flow required by the leads is controlled by solenoid proportional valves with dimensions from DN 1.8 mm to DN 10 mm. During the first months of operation, signs of premature wear were found in the active parts of the valves. This created major problems for the functioning of the current leads threatening the availability of the LHC. Following the detection of the problems, a series of measures were implemented to keep the LHC running, to launch a development program to solve the premature wear problem and to prepare for a global consolidation of the gas flow control system. This article describes first the difficulties encountered and the measures taken to ensure a continuous operation of the LHC during the first year of operation. The development of new friction free valves is then presented along with the consolidation program and the test equipment developed to val...

  15. Double-walled control valves for the transport of liquids presenting a water pollution hazard; Doppelwandige Stellventile fuer den Transport wassergefaehrdender Fluessigkeiten

    Daume, A.; Weissberg, S. [Daume Regelarmaturen GmbH, Isernhagen (Germany)

    2004-09-01

    Under German law valves, vessels and connecting pipework containing and/or transporting hazardous substances must be fitted with watertight drip pans or moniterable double walls. This article describes double-walled control valves which are very well suited to meet plant operators' safety requirements and environmental protection requirements. In addition to environmental protection, the valves provide opportunities for cost savings. (orig.)

  16. Cell pairing ratio controlled micro-environment with valve-less electrolytic isolation

    Chen, Yu-Chih

    2012-01-01

    We present a ratio controlled cell-to-cell interaction chip using valve-less isolation. We incorporated electrolysis in a microfluidic channel. In each microfluidic chamber, we loaded two types of different cells at various pairing ratios. More than 80% of the microchambers were successfully loaded with a specific target pairing ratio. For the proof of concept, we have demonstrated the cell-to-cell interaction between prostate cancer cells and muscle stem cells can be controlled by cell pairing ratios through growth factor secretion. The experimental data shows that sealing of microenvironment by air generated from electrolysis does not affect cell viability and cell interaction assay results. © 2012 IEEE.

  17. Determining required valve performance for discrete control of PTO cylinders for wave energy

    Hansen, Rico Hjerm; Andersen, Torben Ole; Pedersen, Henrik C.

    Within wave energy a large challenge remains in designing a Power Take-Off (PTO) system capable of converting the slow oscillations induced by waves into electricity. Fluid power is an essential part of most PTO-concepts. To implement an efficient control of the load force produced by a cylinder on...... a floating body, throttle-less force control by discrete variation of the effective cylinder area has been investigated and found feasible for the Wavestar wave energy concept. However, the feasibility study assumes adequate valve performance, such that only the compression loss remains. This paper...

  18. CFD simulation of flow-pressure characteristics of a pressure control valve for automotive fuel supply system

    Highlights: • Direct CFD method for flow-pressure characteristic of a pressure control valve. • Fitted and interpreted the constants of the spool hydraulic force equation. • Established a flow coefficient function of both valve opening and pressure drop. • Developed an indirect CFD method based on the valve-governing equations. - Abstract: This study aims to elaborate on specific computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation methods for fitting the flow-pressure curve of a pressure control valve, which is spring-load valve widely used in the automotive fuel supply system. Given that the couple mechanism exists between the flow field in the valve and the spring system, numerous researchers chose to fit the characteristic curve with experimental approaches but scarcely focused on CFD methods. A direct CFD method is introduced in this study to solve this problem. Two evaluation criteria are used to determine whether the internal flow is physically real. An experiment is conducted to verify the simulation results, and the accuracy of this CFD method is proved. However, it is designed to solve one operating condition with fixed spring parameters and the accuracy depends on the amount of operating conditions. Thus, an indirect CFD method is developed based on the well-elaborated valve-governing equations to improve the efficiency and broaden the application extension. This method aims to simulate the exact value of the equation constants to uncouple the flow by numerical method. It is capable of dealing with changed operating conditions and varied spring parameters, and the results are also verified. The visualization of the internal flow provides a better understanding of the flow fields in the valve. The valve gap directly influences the hydraulic force distribution on the spool and causes most pressure loss. The physical meaning of the function constants are explained based on the flow analysis

  19. Evaluation of the flow forces on an open centre directional control valve by means of a computational fluid dynamic analysis

    The aim of the present paper is the evaluation of the driving forces acting on a 4/3 hydraulic open center directional control valve spool by means of a complete numerical analysis. In a previous paper by the same authors, the valve was inserted in a closed hydraulic circuit and was tested with different pump flow rate values to obtain experimental results about the driving forces. The experimental results are used in this paper to evaluate and validate the numerical analysis of the valve. The obtained numerical results show important differences between an open center valve and a closed center one, the latter being extensively analyzed in the literature. The numerical analysis is performed by using the commercial code 'Fluent', and the numerical results show the complete flow field inside the valve. The aim of this analysis is to evaluate the valve fluid dynamic performance, exploiting computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques, in order to give the reliable indications needed to define the valve design criteria and avoid expensive experimental tests

  20. Pressure Model of Control Valve Based on LS-SVM with the Fruit Fly Algorithm

    Huang Aiqin

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Control valve is a kind of essential terminal control component which is hard to model by traditional methodologies because of its complexity and nonlinearity. This paper proposes a new modeling method for the upstream pressure of control valve using the least squares support vector machine (LS-SVM, which has been successfully used to identify nonlinear system. In order to improve the modeling performance, the fruit fly optimization algorithm (FOA is used to optimize two critical parameters of LS-SVM. As an example, a set of actual production data from a controlling system of chlorine in a salt chemistry industry is applied. The validity of LS-SVM modeling method using FOA is verified by comparing the predicted results with the actual data with a value of MSE 2.474 × 10−3. Moreover, it is demonstrated that the initial position of FOA does not affect its optimal ability. By comparison, simulation experiments based on PSO algorithm and the grid search method are also carried out. The results show that LS-SVM based on FOA has equal performance in prediction accuracy. However, from the respect of calculation time, FOA has a significant advantage and is more suitable for the online prediction.

  1. A hybrid disturbance rejection control solution for variable valve timing system of gasoline engines.

    Xie, Hui; Song, Kang; He, Yu

    2014-07-01

    A novel solution for electro-hydraulic variable valve timing (VVT) system of gasoline engines is proposed, based on the concept of active disturbance rejection control (ADRC). Disturbances, such as oil pressure and engine speed variations, are all estimated and mitigated in real-time. A feed-forward controller was added to enhance the performance of the system based on a simple and static first principle model, forming a hybrid disturbance rejection control (HDRC) strategy. HDRC was validated by experimentation and compared with an existing manually tuned proportional-integral (PI) controller. The results show that HDRC provided a faster response and better tolerance of engine speed and oil pressure variations. PMID:24238361

  2. Loop Heat Pipe with Thermal Control Valve as a Variable Thermal Link

    Hartenstine, John; Anderson, William G.; Walker, Kara; Dussinger, Pete

    2012-01-01

    Future lunar landers and rovers will require variable thermal links that allow for heat rejection during the lunar daytime and passively prevent heat rejection during the lunar night. During the lunar day, the thermal management system must reject the waste heat from the electronics and batteries to maintain them below the maximum acceptable temperature. During the lunar night, the heat rejection system must either be shut down or significant amounts of guard heat must be added to keep the electronics and batteries above the minimum acceptable temperature. Since guard heater power is unfavorable because it adds to system size and complexity, a variable thermal link is preferred to limit heat removal from the electronics and batteries during the long lunar night. Conventional loop heat pipes (LHPs) can provide the required variable thermal conductance, but they still consume electrical power to shut down the heat transfer. This innovation adds a thermal control valve (TCV) and a bypass line to a conventional LHP that proportionally allows vapor to flow back into the compensation chamber of the LHP. The addition of this valve can achieve completely passive thermal control of the LHP, eliminating the need for guard heaters and complex controls.

  3. Echocardiographic findings and joint hypermobility: patients with mitral valve prolapse vs. healthy controls

    Moradmand S

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available "nBackground: Mitral valve prolapse is a relatively common valvular abnormality in most communities and joint hypermobility (JHM is also seen in many healthy people as well as in certain clinical disorders, such as Marfan syndrome. The present study was designed to investigate the association between joint hypermobility and mitral valve prolapse (MVP in an Iranian population sample. "nMethods: Fifty-seven patients with nonrheumatic and isolated mitral anterior leaflet prolapse (24 men and 33 women, mean age 23.5 +/-2.3 and 51 healthy subjects (20 men and 31 women, mean age 22.9+/-2.3 were studied. The presence of JHM was evaluated according to the Carter-Wilkinson & Beighton criteria. Echocardiographic examination was performed in all subjects and the correlation between the echocardiographic features of the mitral valve and the hypermobility score were investigated. "nResults: The frequency of JHM in patients with MVP was found to be significantly higher than that of controls (26.3% vs. 7.8%, with mean JHM scores of 3.1+/-2.2 and 1.9+/-1.7, respectively. The patients in the MVP group had significantly increased the anterior mitral leaflet thickness (AMLT, 3.4+/-0.4 mm vs. 3.0+/-0.3 mm; p<0.0005 and maximal leaflet displacement (MLD, 2.4+/-0.3 mm vs. 1.5+/-0.2 mm; p<0.0005 compared to the controls. "nConclusions: We detect a statistically significant relationship between isolated MVP and joint hypermobility as well as between the severity of JHM and echocardiographic features of the mitral leaflets. These results suggest a common etiology for MVP and JHM, which should be investigated in future well-conducted studies.

  4. Life cycle - a wide vision of the control valves maintenance; Life cycle - uma visao ampla de manutencao de valvulas de controle

    Souza, Jorge Marcos de [Metso Automation do Brasil, ES (Brazil)

    2005-07-01

    Nowadays the industry search more and more contracts which involve the total responsibility by the maintenance of its equipment. What could not be different for the control valves because of its importance and critic to the process. Because of this, the maintenance concept Life Cycle targets to involve all the phases of the life of each control valve, since the project until the day to day maintenance activities, maximizing the performance and generating benefits to the process. (author)

  5. Flow control in our vessels: vascular valves make sure there is no way back

    Bazigou, Eleni; Makinen, Taija

    2012-01-01

    The efficient transport of blood and lymph relies on competent intraluminal valves that ensure unidirectional fluid flow through the vessels. In the lymphatic vessels, lack of luminal valves causes reflux of lymph and can lead to lymphedema, while dysfunction of venous valves is associated with venous hypertension, varicose veins, and thrombosis that can lead to edema and ulcerations. Despite their clinical importance, the mechanisms that regulate valve formation are poorly understood and hav...

  6. Multiobjective analysis for the design and control of an electromagnetic valve actuator

    Stewart, Paul; Gladwin, Dan; Fleming, P.J.

    2007-01-01

    The electromagnetic valve actuator can deliver much improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions in spark ignition (SI) engines owing to the potential for variable valve timing when compared with cam-operated, or conventional, variable valve strategies. The possibility exists to reduce pumping losses by throttle-free operation, along with closed-valve engine braking. However, further development is required to make the technology suitable for accept- ance into the mass production market. Th...

  7. Deposition of elemental sulfur in city gate Pressure Control Valves (PCVs)

    Quinto, Thiago C. do; Veiga, Leandro S. da; Silva, Marcos J.M. da; Lemos, Marcelo C. de; Goncalves, Luciane T. [PETROBRAS Transporte S.A. (TRANSPETRO), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2009-12-19

    Deposition of elemental sulfur has been observed in city gate pressure control valves (PCV s), a phenomenon that causes operational problems in these facilities. This article discusses the problems caused by this deposition, especially in pilots of pressure control valves. While passing through PCV s, the flow of natural gas is subjected to a sharp drop in temperature due to the reduction of pressure (Joule-Thompson). When this happens, the elemental sulfur that is in balance with the flow of natural gas is deposited inside the PCV s and the obstacles ahead. Since PCV s are self-operated and use natural gas as the working fluid, the elemental sulfur is also deposited in the pilots as well. Elemental sulfur in powder form has very small particles - around 20 {mu}m - that prevent the perfect operation of the small moving parts of pilots. Because of this, the affected pilot cannot operate the PCV satisfactorily to regulate the pressure of the natural gas supplied to the customer. There are two possible consequences of this situation: when the customer increases consumption, the pressure will decline to less than below the limit established under the supply contract, which can lead to fines; and the pressure can rise above the limit tolerated by pipes, which can lead to dangerous ruptures. (author)

  8. Magnetorheological valve based actuator for improvement of passively controlled turbocharger system

    Bahiuddin, I.; Mazlan, S. A.; Imaduddin, F.; Ubaidillah, Ichwan, B.

    2016-03-01

    Variable geometry turbochargers have been widely researched to fulfil the current engine stringent regulations. The passively controlled turbocharger (PCT) concept has been proposed to reduce energy consumption by utilizing the emission energy to move the actuator. However, it only covered a small range operating condition. Therefore, a magnetorheological(MR) Valve device, as typical smart material devices to enhance a passive device, is proposed to improve the PCT. Even though the benefits have been considered for the compactness and easiness to connect to an electrical system, the number of publications regarding the MR application within engine system is hard to be found. Therefore, this paper introduces a design of an MR Valve in a turbocharger. The main challenge is to make sure its capability to produce a sufficient total pressure drop. To overcome the challenge, its material properties, shape and pressure drop calculation has been analyzed to fulfil the requirement. Finally, to get a more understanding of actuator performance, the actuator response was simulated by treating the exhaust gas pressure as an input. It shows that the new MR actuator has a potential dynamic to improve the PCT controllability.

  9. Heart valve surgery

    Valve replacement; Valve repair; Heart valve prosthesis; Mechanical valves, Prosthetic valves ... made materials, such as metal (stainless steel or titanium) or ceramic. These valves last the longest, but ...

  10. Motor Control Center (MCC) based technology study for safety-related motor operated valves

    It is necessary to monitor periodically the operability of safety-related Motor-Operated Valves (MOVs) in nuclear power plants. However, acquiring diagnostic signals for MOVs is very difficult, and doing so requires an excessive amount of time, effort, and expenditure. This paper introduces an accurate and economical method to evaluate the performance of MOVs remotely. The technique to be utilized includes electrical measurements and signal processing to estimate the motor torque and the stem thrust, which have been cited as the two most effective parameters in diagnosing MOVs by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The motor torque is calculated by using electrical signals, which can be measured in the Motor Control Center (MCC). Some advantages of using the motor torque signature over other signatures are examined. The stem thrust is calculated considering the characteristics of the MOV and the estimated motor torque. The basic principle of estimating stem thrust is explained. The developed method is implemented in diagnostic equipment, namely, the Motor Operated Valve Intelligent Diagnostic System (MOVIDS), which is used to obtain the accuracy of and to validate the applicability of the developed method in nuclear power plants. Finally, the accuracy of the developed method is presented and some examples applied to field data are discussed

  11. Valve with the opening and closing controlled by the fluid flowing through it

    Valve with the opening and closig controlled by the fluid flowing through it. Its characteristics are as follows: a first tubular fluid inlet body fitted with at least one side outlet for discharging the fluid; a second tubular body coaxial with the first, located next to the first tubular body and forming an extension to it; a piston with two heads respectively fitted to each of the two ends of a rod sliding through the joint partition and along the common axis of the adjacent bodies, the first head being provided with orifices to allow the fluid to pass from one of its faces to the other and ending laterally by a tubular swelling sliding with an easy friction fit in the first tubular body so as to mask all or part of its lateral orifices, the second head sliding with an easy friction fit in the second tubular body; a pipe permitting the atmosphere in that part of the second tubular body adjacent to the first tubular body to communicate with the outside atmosphere, valves enabling the bottom of the second tubular body to be put into temporary communication with the inlet of the first tubular body

  12. Door valve

    Object: To reliably block leakage of inner fluid in a door valve by providing a bellows mechanism in a portion where a valve rod penetrates an oil hydraulic cylinder and by sealing opposite side valve seats of the valve body with an oil hydraulic type seal mechanism. Structure: A door valve comprising a valve body movably provided within a valve casing, an oil hydraulic mechanism driving a valve rod directly connected to the valve body, a bellows mechanism provided on a portion where a valve rod penetrates the cylinder of the oil hydraulic mechanism and an oil hydraulic seal mechanism provided on the inner side of an inlet of the valve casing opposing a valve seat of the valve body, thereby isolating such components as the reactor container, casker, relay container and fuel storage tank at the time of replacement of fuel and reliably preventing leakage of liquid metal vapor containing radioactive material. (Kamimura, M.)

  13. Main Oxidizer Valve Design

    Addona, Brad; Eddleman, David

    2015-01-01

    A developmental Main Oxidizer Valve (MOV) was designed by NASA-MSFC using additive manufacturing processes. The MOV is a pneumatically actuated poppet valve to control the flow of liquid oxygen to an engine's injector. A compression spring is used to return the valve to the closed state when pneumatic pressure is removed from the valve. The valve internal parts are cylindrical in shape, which lends itself to traditional lathe and milling operations. However, the valve body represents a complicated shape and contains the majority of the mass of the valve. Additive manufacturing techniques were used to produce a part that optimized mass and allowed for design features not practical with traditional machining processes.

  14. Development of a system for monitoring and diagnosis using Fuzzy logic in control valves of laboratory test equipment of Experimental Center Aramar

    The question of components reliability, specifically process control valves, has become an important issue to be investigated in nuclear power plants and other areas such as refinery or offshore oil rig, considering the safety and life extension of the plant. The development of non intrusive monitoring and diagnostic method allows the identification of defects in components of the plant during normal operation. The objective of this dissertation is to present an analysis and diagnosis of control valves of a steam plant part that simulates the secondary circuit of a pressurized water reactor. This installation is part of propulsion equipment testing laboratory of the Brazilian Navy, at Ipero-SP. The methodology for design is based on graphical analysis of two parameters, the valve air pressure actuator and the displacement of the valve plug. These data are extracted by a smart positioner, part of Delta V™ Automation System. An analysis is implemented in detecting anomalies by an approach using Expert Systems by the technique of fuzzy logic. Once the basic measures of control valves are taken, it is possible to detect symptoms of failure, leakage, friction, damage, etc. The monitoring and diagnostic system has been designed in MATLAB® version 2009th by the complement 'Fuzzy Logic Toolbox'. It is a noninvasive technique. Thus, it is possible to know what is happening with the chosen components, just analyzing the parameters of the valve. The software called ValveLink® (developed by Emerson) receives signals from hardware component (intelligent positioner) installed next to the control valve. These signals (electrical current) are transformed into information which are used input parameters: air pressure valve actuator and valve plug displacement. With the use of fuzzy logic, these parameters are interpreted. They suffer inferences by rules written by experts in valves. After these inferences, the information is processed and sent as output signals. These

  15. Resonance Analysis of High-Frequency Electrohydraulic Exciter Controlled by 2D Valve

    Guojun Pan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The resonant characteristic of hydraulic system has not been described yet because it is necessarily restricted by linear assumptions in classical fluid theory. A way of the resonance analysis is presented for an electrohydraulic exciter controlled by 2D valve. The block diagram of this excitation system is established by extracting nonlinear parts from the traditional linearization analysis; as a result the resonant frequency is obtained. According to input energy from oil source which is equal to the reverse energy to oil source, load pressure and load flow are solved analytically as the working frequency reaches the natural frequency. The analytical expression of resonant peak is also derived without damping. Finally, the experimental system is built to verify the theoretical analysis. The initial research on resonant characteristic will lay theoretical foundation and make useful complement for resonance phenomena of classical fluid theory in hydraulic system.

  16. Interdiffusion-controlled Kondo suppression of injection efficiency in metallic nonlocal spin valves

    O'Brien, L.; Spivak, D.; Jeong, J. S.; Mkhoyan, K. A.; Crowell, P. A.; Leighton, C.

    2016-01-01

    Nonlocal spin valves (NLSVs) generate pure spin currents, providing unique insight into spin injection and relaxation at the nanoscale. Recently it was shown that the puzzling low temperature nonmonotonicity of the spin accumulation in all-metal NLSVs occurs due to a manifestation of the Kondo effect arising from dilute local-moment-forming impurities in the nonmagnetic material. Here it is demonstrated that precise control over interdiffusion in Fe/Cu NLSVs via thermal annealing can induce dramatic increases in this Kondo suppression of injection efficiency, observation of injector/detector separation-dependent Kondo effects in both charge and spin channels simultaneously, and, in the limit of large interdiffusion, complete breakdown of standard Valet-Fert-based models. The Kondo effect in the charge channel enables extraction of the exact interdiffusion profile, quantifying the influence of local moment density on the injection efficiency and presenting a well-posed challenge to theory.

  17. Controle microbiológico em valvas cardíacas humanas Microbiologyc control in human heart valves

    Angela Maria Peruzzo

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar, sob o aspecto microbiológico, valvas processadas pelo Banco de Valvas Cardíacas Humanas da Irmandade da Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Curitiba, para serem utilizadas em cirurgias cardiovasculares. MÉTODOS: Foi avaliado o processamento de 1.671 valvas, no período de junho de 1999 a junho de 2004. Das valvas e soluções envolvidas no processo foram coletadas amostras e semeadas nos meios de cultura: meio líquido tioglicolato, caldo soja tripticaseína e caldo Sabouraud, com quatorze dias de incubação, utilizando a metodologia modificada baseada na Farmacopéia Brasileira 1998 e USP 1990 (United States Pharmacopeia. Nas amostras que apresentaram crescimento foram realizadas as identificações microbianas. RESULTADOS: Em um total de 1.671 amostras analisadas, 92% foram consideradas próprias para utilização, sob o aspecto microbiológico, uma vez que não apresentaram contaminação microbiana. Somente 8% não foram liberadas para uso clínico por motivo de contaminação em alguma etapa do processamento da valva. CONCLUSÃO: Analisando os resultados, observou-se a importância do controle microbiológico em enxertos humanos, evitando a utilização de valvas com contaminação microbiológica em pacientes submetidos à cirurgia cardiovascular.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate, from microbiological point of view, the valves processed by Human Heart Valve Bank of Santa Casa de Misericórdia of Curitiba for use in cardiovascular surgeries. METHODS: The processing of 1,671 valves, accomplished within the period of time between July 1999 and June 2004, was evaluated. Out of the valves and the solutions involved in the process, samples were collected and spread in culture mediums, such as fluid thioglycollate medium, tryptic soy broth and Sabouraud broth, for incubation during 14 days, using a modified methodology based on the Farmacopéia Brasileira 1988 (Brazilian Pharmacopeia and USP 1990 (United States Pharmacopeia. The samples in

  18. Preliminary design for hot dirty-gas control-valve test facility. Final report

    1980-01-01

    This report presents the results of a preliminary design and cost estimating effort for a facility for the testing of control valves in Hot Dirty Gas (HDGCV) service. This design was performed by Mittelhauser Corporation for the United States Department of Energy's Morgantown Energy Technology Center (METC). The objective of this effort was to provide METC with a feasible preliminary design for a test facility which could be used to evaluate valve designs under simulated service conditions and provide a technology data base for DOE and industry. In addition to the actual preliminary design of the test facility, final design/construction/operating schedules and a facility cost estimate were prepared to provide METC sufficient information with which to evaluate this design. The bases, assumptions, and limitations of this study effort are given. The tasks carried out were as follows: METC Facility Review, Environmental Control Study, Gas Generation Study, Metallurgy Review, Safety Review, Facility Process Design, Facility Conceptual Layout, Instrumentation Design, Cost Estimates, and Schedules. The report provides information regarding the methods of approach used in the various tasks involved in the completion of this study. Section 5.0 of this report presents the results of the study effort. The results obtained from the above-defined tasks are described briefly. The turnkey cost of the test facility is estimated to be $9,774,700 in fourth quarter 1979 dollars, and the annual operating cost is estimated to be $960,000 plus utilities costs which are not included because unit costs per utility were not available from METC.

  19. Engineering nonlinearity characteristic compensation for commercial steam turbine control valve using linked MARS code and Matlab Simulink

    Highlights: ► A nonlinearity characteristic compensation is proposed of the steam turbine control valve. ► A steady state and transient analyzer is developed of Ulchin Units 3 and 4 OPR1000 nuclear plants. ► MARS code and Matlab Simulink are used to verify the compensation concept. ► The results show the concept can compensate for the nonlinearity characteristic very well. - Abstract: Steam turbine control valves play a pivotal role in regulating the output power of the turbine in a commercial power plant. They thus have to be operated linearly to be run by an automatic control system. Unfortunately, the control valve has inherently nonlinearity characteristics. The flow increases more significantly near the closed end than near the open end of the stem travel given the valve position signal. The steam flow should nonetheless be proportional to the final desired quantity, output power, of the turbine to obtain a linear operation. This paper presents the valve engineering linked analysis (VELA) for nonlinearity characteristic compensation of the steam turbine control valve by using a linked two existing commercial software. The Multi-dimensional Analysis of Reactor Safety (MARS) code and Matlab Simulink have been selected for VELA to develop a steady state and transient analyzer of Ulchin Units 3 and 4 powered by the Optimized Power Reactor 1000 MWe (OPR1000). MARS is capable of modeling a wide range of systems from single pipes to full nuclear power plants. As one of standard nuclear power plant thermal hydraulic analysis software tools, MARS simulates the primary and secondary sides of the nuclear power plant. To simulate the electric power flow part, Matlab Simulink is chosen as the standard analysis software. Matlab Simulink having an interactive environment to model analyzes and simulates a wide variety of engineering dynamic systems including multimachine power systems. Based on the MARS code result, Matlab Simulink analyzes the power flow of the

  20. Effect of advancing the closing angle of the intake valves on diffusion-controlled combustion in a HD diesel engine

    An experimental investigation has been performed on the modification of in-cylinder gas thermodynamic conditions by advancing the intake valve closing angle in a HD diesel engine. The consequences on the diffusion-controlled combustion process have been analysed in detail, including the evolution of exhaust emissions and engine efficiency. This research has been carried out at full load (100%) and low engine speed (1200 rpm) with the aim of generating a long and stable diffusion-controlled combustion process. The intake oxygen mass concentration was kept at 17.4% to obtain low NOx levels in all cases. The required flexibility on intake valve motion has been attained by means of an electro-hydraulic variable valve actuation system. The results obtained from advancing the intake valve closing angle (IVC) have shown an important reduction on in-cylinder gas pressure and density, whereas the gas temperature showed less sensitivity. Consequently, the diffusion-controlled combustion process is slowed down mainly due to the lower in-cylinder gas density and oxygen availability. Important effects of advancing IVC have also been observed on pollutant emissions and engine efficiency. Where NOx production decreases, soot emissions increase. Finally, the results of pollutant emissions and engine efficiency have been compared with those obtained retarding the start of injection.

  1. Automatic rotary valve actuator

    This report describes the design, construction, and operation of a microcomputer-controlled valve actuator for operating test valves requiring rotary motion of the valve stem. An AIM 65 microcomputer, using a FORTH language program, controls an air motor and air clutch mounted within an oven to accomplish testing at elevated temperatures. The valve actuator closes the test valve until a preset torque is reached and then opens the valve to its initial starting point. The number of cycles and extremes of rotation are tallied and printed as the test progresses. Provisions are made to accept remote signals to stop the test and to indicate to a remote device when the test has been stopped

  2. CFD simulation on flow induced vibrations in high pressure control and emergency stop turbine valve

    During the refuelling outage at Unit 2 of Forsmark NPP in 2009, the high pressure turbine valves were replaced. Three month after recommissioning, an oil pipe connected to one of the actuators was broken. Measurements showed high-frequency vibration levels. The pipe break was suspected to be an effect of highly increased vibrations caused by the new valve. In order to establish the origin of the vibrations, investigations by means of CFD-simulations were made. The simulations showed that the increased vibrations most likely stems from the open cavity that the valves centre consists of. (author)

  3. CFD simulation on flow induced vibrations in high pressure control and emergency stop turbine valve

    Lindqvist, H. [Forsmark Kraftverk AB, Osthammar (Sweden)

    2011-07-01

    During the refuelling outage at Unit 2 of Forsmark NPP in 2009, the high pressure turbine valves were replaced. Three month after recommissioning, an oil pipe connected to one of the actuators was broken. Measurements showed high-frequency vibration levels. The pipe break was suspected to be an effect of highly increased vibrations caused by the new valve. In order to establish the origin of the vibrations, investigations by means of CFD-simulations were made. The simulations showed that the increased vibrations most likely stems from the open cavity that the valves centre consists of. (author)

  4. Butterfly valves for seawater

    Recently in thermal and nuclear power stations and chemical plants which have become large capacity, large quantity of cooling water is required, and mostly seawater is utilized. In these cooling water systems, considering thermal efficiency and economy, the pipings become complex, and various control functions are demanded. For the purpose, the installation of shut-off valves and control valves for pipings is necessary. The various types of valves have been employed, and in particular, butterfly valves have many merits in their function, size, structure, operation, maintenance, usable period, price and so on. The corrosion behavior of seawater is complicated due to the pollution of seawater, therefore, the environment of the valves used for seawater became severe. The structure and the features of the butterfly valves for seawater, the change of the structure of the butterfly valves for seawater and the checkup of the butterfly valves for seawater are reported. The corrosion of metallic materials is complicatedly different due to the locating condition of plants, the state of pipings and the condition of use. The corrosion countermeasures for butterfly valves must be examined from the synthetic viewpoints. (K.I.)

  5. Investigation of Separate Meter-In Separate Meter-Out Control Strategies for Systems with Over Centre Valves

    Pedersen, Henrik C.; Andersen, Torben Ole; Hansen, Rico Hjerm;

    2010-01-01

    intelligent way, also adding increased functionality to the system. The focus of the current paper is therefore on investigation of different control strategies for Separate Meter-In Separate Meter-Out (SMISMO) control of general single axis hydraulic system with a differential cylinder and an over......-centre valve included. The paper first presents a general model of the system considered, which is experimentally verified. This is followed by a discussion of different control strategies and their implications. For each of the control strategies controllers are described, taking into account the dynamics...

  6. The application of two-out-of-three logic for the control of electric motor operated valves in CANDU safety systems

    Traditionally, the operation of electric motor operated (EMO) valves has been controlled by a position limit switch and a torque limit switch which are part of the actuator. A malfunction or improper maintenance of either of these switches has resulted in numerous actuator failures. The reliability of EMO valves and, in the case of nuclear power plants the frequency of forced shutdowns could be significantly improved by using two-out-of-three logic in the control circuits. The feasibility of mounting additional switches on the valve and the control circuits was verified in tests and has been assessed as suitable for both new and existing nuclear installations

  7. Nuclear reactor steam depressurization valve

    This patent describes improvement in a nuclear reactor plant, an improved steam depressurization valve positioned intermediate along a steam discharge pipe for controlling the venting of steam pressure from the reactor through the pipe. The improvement comprises: a housing including a domed cover forming a chamber and having a partition plate dividing the chamber into a fluid pressure activation compartment and a steam flow control compartment, the valve housing being provided with an inlet connection and an outlet connection in the steam flow control compartment, and a fluid duct in communication with a source of fluid pressure for operating the valve; a valve set mounted within the fluid flow control compartment comprising a cylindrical section surrounding the inlet connection with one end adjoining the connection and having a radially projecting flange at the other end with a contoured extended valve sealing flange provided with an annular valve sealing member, and a valve cylinder traversing the partition plate and reciprocally movable within an opening in the partition plate with one terminal and extending into the fluid pressure activation compartment and the other terminal end extending into the steam flow control compartment coaxially aligned with the valve seat surrounding the inlet connection, the valve cylinder being surrounded by two bellow fluid seals and provided with guides to inhibit lateral movement, an end of the valve cylinder extending into the fluid flow control compartment having a radially projecting flange substantially conterminous with the valve seat flange and having a contoured surface facing and complimentary to the contoured valve seating surface whereby the two contoured valve surfaces can meet in matching relationship, thus providing a pressure actuated reciprocatable valve member for making closing contact with the valve seat and withdrawing therefrom for opening fluid flow through the valve

  8. Check valve

    A check valve for use in a GDCS of a nuclear reactor and having a motor driven disk including a rotatable armature for rotating the check valve disk over its entire range of motion is described. In one embodiment, the check valve includes a valve body having a coolant flow channel extending therethrough. The coolant flow channel includes an inlet end and an outlet end. A valve body seat is located on an inner surface of the valve body. The check valve further includes a disk assembly, sometimes referred to as the motor driven disc, having a counterweight and a disk shaped valve. The disk valve includes a disk base having a seat for seating with the valve body seat. The disk assembly further includes a first hinge pin member which extends at least partially through the disk assembly and is engaged to the disk. The disk valve is rotatable relative to the first hinge pin member. The check valve also includes a motor having a stator frame with a stator bore therein. An armature is rotatably positioned within the stator bore and the armature is coupled to the disk valve to cause the disk valve to rotate about its full range of motion. 5 figs

  9. Shut-off and control valves for hot, high-pressure and dust-loaded gases. Entwicklung von Verschluss- und Stellorganen fuer staubhaltige, heisse, hochgespannte Gase

    Breyer, K.; Tesar, R.

    1987-01-01

    For control of dust-loaded, high-pressure gases in coal gasification plants, novel types of shut-off and control valves have been developed. The processes due to the expansion lead to gas velocities inside the control valves that are well within the transonic or in the supersonic range. By improvements of the gas routing in the supersonic range and by downstream damping lines, the wear and tear could largely be prevented. Thanks to the improved routing of flow volume inside the control valves, slag processes caused by the share of dust and damages of the housing can be fully ruled out. In a hydrogenating coal gasification plant, tests were run under different operating conditions. After the tests large areas of the entire control valve still showed the traces of the original refining treatment. (orig.) With 3 tabs., 30 figs.

  10. Effect of advancing the closing angle of the intake valves on diffusion-controlled combustion in a HD Diesel engine

    Benajes, J.; Molina, S.; Martín, J.; R. Novella

    2010-01-01

    Effect of advancing the closing angle of the intake valves on diffusion-controlled combustion in a HD Diesel engine correspondance: Corresponding author. Tel.: +34 96 387 76 55; fax: +34 96 387 76 59. (Benajes, J.) (Benajes, J.) CMT-Motores Termicos Universidad Politecnica de Valencia Camino de Vera s/n--> , 46022--> , Valencia Spain--> - SPAIN (Benajes, J.) CMT-Motores Termicos Universidad Po...

  11. Simulation and experimental control of a 3-RPR parallel robot using optimal fuzzy controller and fast on/off solenoid valves based on the PWM wave.

    Moezi, Seyed Alireza; Rafeeyan, Mansour; Zakeri, Ehsan; Zare, Amin

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, a robust optimal fuzzy controller based on the Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) technique is proposed to control a laboratory parallel robot using inexpensive on/off solenoid valves. The controller coefficients are determined using Modified Cuckoo Optimization Algorithm. The objective function of this method is considered such that the results show the position tracking by the robot with less force and more efficiency. Regarding the results of experimental tests, the control strategy with on/off valves indicates good performance such that the maximum value of RMS of error for a circular path with increasing force on the system is 3.1mm. Furthermore, the results show the superiority of the optimal fuzzy controller compared with optimal PID controller in tracking paths with different conditions and uncertainties. PMID:26794489

  12. Process-engineering control valves under the EC codes; Steuerventile fuer die Prozesstechnik im Geltungsbereich der EG-Richtlinien

    Gohlke, B. [IMI Norgren Herion Fluidtronic GmbH und Co. KG, Fellbach (Germany)

    2003-09-01

    The European Parliament and European Council have enacted special codes in order to implement uniform conditions in all countries of the European Community. The manufacturers of technical and commercial products are obliged to adhere to these codes. Harmonized standards, which are to be used as a tool for the implementation of the codes, are embedded at another level of the overall 'European reference literature'. Two EC codes, in particular, are definitive for fluids engineering: On the one hand, the EC Machinery Code, 98/37/EC and, on the other hand, the EC Pressurized Equipment Code, 97/23/EC. These EC codes cover, inter alia, machinery and chemical process-engineering plants, and conventional power generating plants. Norgren-Herion, a manufacturer of fluid engineering components, perceived a necessity for positioning its control valves in the scope of applicability of the EC codes. This article describes experience with the EC codes from the control valve manufacturer's point of view and examines the various qualification procedures for control valves. (orig.)

  13. Discussion of Automatic Control Valve Model Selection for Coal Gasification Working Condition%煤气化工况自控阀门选型探讨

    刘志伟

    2013-01-01

    Automatic control valve plays a crucial role for the stable running of coal gasification plant. The water slurry gasification process is briefly described. The harsh conditions for coal slurry valve, oxygen valve, synthesis gas venting valve, lock slag valve, black water valve are evaluated according to the process characteristic. Based on the successful operating experience of same process, the valve design selection is discussed primarily. The advice on valve type, material, internals, sealed level and special treatment are given. It provides reference for instrument selection of similar process apparatus.%煤气化装置运行稳定与否,自控阀门起着关键的作用.简要介绍了水煤浆气化工艺,根据其工艺特征分别分析了煤浆阀、氧气阀、合成气放空阀、锁渣阀、黑水阀的严酷工况.依据同行业成功运行经验,重点对以上阀门的设计选型进行探讨,对阀门形式、材质、内件、密封等级及特殊处理给出了建议,为同类工艺装置的仪表选型提供了参考依据.

  14. Thermostatic high-pressure control valve for R744 with MOP function; Ein neuartiges Hochdruckregelndes thermostatisches Expansionsventil fuer R744 mit MOP als Sicherheitsfunktion

    Aguilar, J.; Maurer, R.; Robin, J.J. [Otto Egelhof GmbH, Fellbach (Germany)

    2008-07-15

    This work reports on the development of a new thermostatic expansion valve, which permits to control the high-pressure of an automotive A/C-System with R744, using the outlet-temperature of the high-pressure line of its internal heat exchanger. At the same time this expansions valve offers a safety function against too-high pressures, without needing other mechanically driven bypasses or external control units. (orig.)

  15. A new thermostatic expansion valve controlling high pressure for R744 with OP as safety function; Ein neuartiges hochdruckregelndes thermostatisches Expansionsventil fuer R744 mit MOP als Sicherheitsfunktion

    Aguilar, J.; Maurer, R.; Robin, J.J. [Otto Egelhof GmbH, Fellbach (Germany)

    2007-07-01

    This work reports on the development of a new thermostatic expansion valve, which permits to control the high-pressure of an automotive A/C-System with R744, using the outlet-temperature of the high-pressure line of its internal heat exchanger. At the same time this expansion valve offers a safety function against too high pressures without requiring other mechanically driven bypasses or external control units. (orig.)

  16. Research on Pressure Jump Characteristics of Valve Controlled Asymmetric Cylinder System

    Guo Ji-chang

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The study introduces a method which can eliminate pressure jump when asymmetrical cylinder is moves backward. It shares the flow of the cylinder non-rod end chamber by auxiliary servo valve to guarantee symmetrical flow of main servo valve. The paper gives an overview of the program principles, theoretical analysis and calculation; at last, it makes simulation based on software of AMESim. Results show that this method can eliminate pressure jump of cylinder when moves backward. This method can bring new applications to engineering practical value.

  17. Study on new-type packing for scram valve of hydraulic control unit

    The scram valve, which works at the emergency shutdown of BWR plant, is subjected to change in water pressure depending on plant operational status. The purpose of this study is to reduce the probability of water dripping from the shaft seal part of the valve due to the water pressure drop arising from the shutdown. We have produced a new-type packing, which have higher seal performance under the change in water pressure. We have confirmed that the gasket can be introduced to existing plants without problems from the test results for seal performance. (author)

  18. Comparison between three types of stented pericardial aortic valves (Trivalve trial): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

    Azarnoush, Kasra; Pereira, Bruno; Duale, Christian; Dorigo, Enrica; Farhat, Mehdi; Innorta, Andrea; Dauphin, Nicolas; Geoffroy, Etienne; Chabrot, Pascal; Camilleri, Lionel

    2013-01-01

    BackgroundAortic valve stenosis is one of the most common heart diseases in older patients. Nowadays, surgical aortic valve replacement is the 'gold standard' treatment for this pathology and the most implanted prostheses are biological ones. The three most implanted bovine bioprostheses are the Trifecta valve (St. Jude Medical, Minneapolis, MN, USA), the Mitroflow valve (Sorin Group, Saluggia, Italy), and the Carpentier-Edwards Magna Ease valve (Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA, USA). We pro...

  19. Comparison between three types of stented pericardial aortic valves (Trivalve trial): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

    Azarnoush, Kasra; Pereira, Bruno; Dualé, Christian; Dorigo, Enrica; Farhat, Mehdi; Innorta, Andrea; Dauphin, Nicolas; Geoffroy, Etienne; Chabrot, Pascal; Camilleri, Lionel

    2013-01-01

    International audience BackgroundAortic valve stenosis is one of the most common heart diseases in older patients. Nowadays, surgical aortic valve replacement is the 'gold standard' treatment for this pathology and the most implanted prostheses are biological ones. The three most implanted bovine bioprostheses are the Trifecta valve (St. Jude Medical, Minneapolis, MN, USA), the Mitroflow valve (Sorin Group, Saluggia, Italy), and the Carpentier-Edwards Magna Ease valve (Edwards Lifesciences...

  20. Integrating bio-prosthetic valves in the Fontan operation - Novel treatment to control retrograde flow in caval veins

    Vukicevic, Marija; Conover, Timothy; Zhou, Jian; Hsia, Tain-Yen; Figliola, Richard

    2012-11-01

    For a child born with only one functional heart ventricle, the sequence of palliative surgeries typically culminates in the Fontan operation. This procedure is usually successful initially, but leads to later complications, for reasons not fully understood. Examples are respiratory-dependent retrograde flows in the caval and hepatic veins, and increased pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR), hypothesized to be responsible for elevated pressure in the liver and disease of the liver and intestines. Here we study the parameters responsible for retrograde flows in the inferior vena cava (IVC) and hepatic vein (HV), and investigate two novel interventions to control retrograde flow: implanting either a Medtronic Contegra valved conduit or an Edwards lifescience pericardial aortic valve in the IVC or HV. We performed the experiments in a multi-scale, patient specific mock circuit, with normal and elevated PVR, towards the optimization of the Fontan circulation. The results show that both valves can significantly reduce retrograde flows in the veins, suggesting potential advantages in the treatment of the patients with congenital heart diseases. Fondation Leducq

  1. Lubrication scheme of flow control valve used in space%空间流量调节阀的润滑

    陈展; 王可立; 赫伟涛; 祁增强

    2012-01-01

    流量调节阀运动件较多,工作环境压力〈10^-11Pa,流体润滑不适应该环境条件。阀芯与推进剂(N2O4和MON-1)接触,无成熟解决方案。本文提出的阀门运动件润滑方案,非接触介质运动件采用自润滑材料或固体润滑膜。阀芯润滑,提出了物理气象沉积类金刚石膜(DLC)、TiN—Au复合膜及单质纯金膜三种方案。通过试验研究,确定阀芯采用全新的润滑方式一离子镀金。%Since there are many movement components in the flow control valve which works in the pressure of less than 10^-11 Pa, the liquid-lubrication is unsuitable for it. The valve pintle is marinated in the propellant (N2O4 and MON-1), so there is no mature solve scheme at present. In this paper, a lubrication scheme for the movement components of the valve is presented, in which the pairs of movement components that do not contact with propellant are made up of self-lubrication material or are wrapped up in a solid lubrication film; as for the the lubrication of the valve pintle, three methods are proposed such as physical vapor deposition diamond-like carbon (DLC) film, TiN-Au compound film and pure Au film. A brand-new ion-gilding scheme for the pintle lubrication was chosen accord- ing to the results of the tests and the comparison.

  2. Distortion of the CoreValve during transcatheter aortic valve-in-valve implantation due to valve dislocation

    Nowadays transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is an accepted alternative to surgical aortic valve replacement for high-risk patients (pts). Successful TAVI procedures for failed aortic surgical bioprosthesis (TAV-in-SAV) have already been reported. In the presented two cases of TAV-in-SAV implantation a strut distortion of the stent was revealed on angiographic imaging and confirmed on control CT scan. In both procedures, a dislocation of the medtronic core valve (MCV) prosthesis during implantation led to valve retrieval, with a necessity of reloading it in the 18F introducer before subsequent implantation of the same valve in correct position

  3. Distortion of the CoreValve during transcatheter aortic valve-in-valve implantation due to valve dislocation

    Souteyrand, Geraud, E-mail: gsouteyrand@chu-clermontferrand.fr [Department of Cardiology, Gabriel Montpied Hospital, CHU Clermont-Ferrand, Clermont-Ferrand (France); ERIM-EA3295, University of Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand (France); Wilczek, Krzysztof [Department of Cardiology, Medical University of Silesia, Silesian Centre for Herat Diseases, Zabrze (Poland); Innorta, Andrea; Camilleri, Lionel [Department of Cardiology, Gabriel Montpied Hospital, CHU Clermont-Ferrand, Clermont-Ferrand (France); ERIM-EA3295, University of Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand (France); Chodor, Piotr [Department of Cardiology, Medical University of Silesia, Silesian Centre for Herat Diseases, Zabrze (Poland); Lusson, Jean-René; Motreff, Pascal [Department of Cardiology, Gabriel Montpied Hospital, CHU Clermont-Ferrand, Clermont-Ferrand (France); ERIM-EA3295, University of Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand (France); Laborde, Jean-Claude [St. George' s Hospital, London (United Kingdom); Chabrot, Pascal; Durel, Nicolas [Department of Cardiology, Gabriel Montpied Hospital, CHU Clermont-Ferrand, Clermont-Ferrand (France); ERIM-EA3295, University of Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand (France)

    2013-09-15

    Nowadays transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is an accepted alternative to surgical aortic valve replacement for high-risk patients (pts). Successful TAVI procedures for failed aortic surgical bioprosthesis (TAV-in-SAV) have already been reported. In the presented two cases of TAV-in-SAV implantation a strut distortion of the stent was revealed on angiographic imaging and confirmed on control CT scan. In both procedures, a dislocation of the medtronic core valve (MCV) prosthesis during implantation led to valve retrieval, with a necessity of reloading it in the 18F introducer before subsequent implantation of the same valve in correct position.

  4. Depressurization valve

    A depressurization valve for use in relieving completely the pressure in a simplified boiling water reactor is disclosed. The normally closed and sealed valve is provided with a valve body defining a conduit from an outlet of a manifold from the reactor through a valve seat. A closing valve disk is configured for fitting to the valve seat to normally close the valve. The seat below the disk is provided with a radially extending annulus extending a short distance into the aperture defined by the seat. The disk is correspondingly provided with a longitudinally extending annulus that extends downwardly through the aperture defined by the seat towards the high pressure side of the valve body. A ring shaped membrane is endlessly welded to the seat annulus and to the disk annulus. The membrane is conformed over the confronted surface of the seat and disk in a C-sectioned configuration to seal the depressurization valve against the possibility of weeping. The disk is held to the closed position by an elongate stem extending away from the high pressure side of the valve body. The stem has a flange configured integrally to the stem for bias by two springs. The first spring acts from a portion of the housing overlying the disk on the stem flange adjacent the disk. This spring urges the stem and attached disk away from the seat and thus will cause the valve to open at any pressure. A second spring-preferably of the Belleville variety-acts on a latch plate surrounding and freely moving relative to the end of the stem. This second spring overcomes the bias of the first spring and any pressure acting upon the disk. This Belleville spring maintains through its spring force the valve in the closed position. At the same time, the latch plate with its freedom of movement relative to the stem allows the stem to thermally expand during valve temperature excursion

  5. Dual Check Valve and Method of Controlling Flow Through the Same

    Corallo, Roger (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    A dual check valve includes, a housing having a cavity fluidically connecting three ports, a movable member movably engaged within the cavity from at least a first position occluding a first port of the three ports, a second position occluding a second port of the three ports, and a third position allowing flow between both the first port, the second port and a third port of the three ports.

  6. Stiffness and Adhesivity Control Aortic Valve Interstitial Cell Behavior within Hyaluronic Acid Based Hydrogels

    Duan, Bin; Hockaday, Laura A.; Kapetanovic, Edi; Kang, Kevin H.; Butcher, Jonathan T.

    2013-01-01

    Bioactive and biodegradable hydrogels that mimic the extracellular matrix and regulate valve interstitial cells (VIC) behavior are of great interest as three dimensional (3D) model systems for understanding mechanisms of valvular heart disease pathogenesis in vitro and the basis for regenerative templates for tissue engineering. However, the role of stiffness and adhesivity of hydrogels in VIC behavior remains poorly understood. This study reports synthesis of oxidized and methacrylated hyalu...

  7. Influence of Intercept Valves on Control of Multiple Stages Steam Turbines During the Switching into the Island Operation

    Laštovka, Ladislav; Hejtmánková, Pavla

    2015-03-01

    This paper presents control of a multiple stages steam turbine which is switched into the island operation. The frequency in an electrical grid is stated on nominal value which is in UCTE grid 50 Hz. When deviation of frequency is higher then 0.2 Hz, the switching of particular steam units into the island operation is only the chance how to maintain the supply of, at least, some small grids. The other possibility how to keep power units in operation, to be prepared for the next synchronization to the grid, is to switch them to operation status in which they supply only their self-consumption. This change of the operating state is the most dynamic load change for the control system of the unit. The multiple stages turbines are equipped with high pressure hydraulic valves for steam turbine governing. Influence of the intercept valve on steam turbine control during the switching process into the island operation is examined in Matlab Simuling software.

  8. Gate valve performance prediction

    The Electric Power Research Institute is carrying out a program to improve the performance prediction methods for motor-operated valves. As part of this program, an analytical method to predict the stem thrust required to stroke a gate valve has been developed and has been assessed against data from gate valve tests. The method accounts for the loads applied to the disc by fluid flow and for the detailed mechanical interaction of the stem, disc, guides, and seats. To support development of the method, two separate-effects test programs were carried out. One test program determined friction coefficients for contacts between gate valve parts by using material specimens in controlled environments. The other test program investigated the interaction of the stem, disc, guides, and seat using a special fixture with full-sized gate valve parts. The method has been assessed against flow-loop and in-plant test data. These tests include valve sizes from 3 to 18 in. and cover a considerable range of flow, temperature, and differential pressure. Stem thrust predictions for the method bound measured results. In some cases, the bounding predictions are substantially higher than the stem loads required for valve operation, as a result of the bounding nature of the friction coefficients in the method

  9. Valves for TPP and NPP in United Kingdom

    Standard requirements to TPP and NPP valves in the VK are shortly described. Value produser's guarantee, requirements to weld buttering of valve sealing surfaces and to valve quality are described. Devices for valve setting and sealing surfaces grinding, valve control operation, preparation and placing of sealings are described too. Set-ups for hydraulic testing are described

  10. Control valves and how to prevent them being the cause of process instability; Wie man verhindert, dass Regelventile die Ursache von Prozess-Instabilitaet werden

    Grund, Tobias [Emerson Process Management GmbH und Co. OHG, Haan (Germany)

    2009-12-15

    Plant engineers and engineering managers often preside over departments that have responsibility for improving plant efficiency or availability, cutting raw material and utilities usage, or any one of a number of other Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that are associated with the process automation equipment. In order to bring about these changes, investments are often made in the ''glamorous'' end of the business - the latest all digital control system, the newest and best advanced process control software, even higher accuracy measurement devices. This is all well and good providing the one component in the loop that moves, the control valve, is up to the job. Often overlooked, the valve has the ability to make or break any process automation investment. In this article a proven three step process is described that ensures the control valve will help reaching the achieved goals. (orig.)

  11. Genetic interaction between pku300 and fbn2b controls endocardial cell proliferation and valve development in zebrafish

    Wang, Xu; Yu, Qingming; Wu, Qing; Bu, Ye; Chang, Nan-Nan; Yan, Shouyu; Zhou, Xiao-Hai; Zhu, Xiaojun; Xiong, Jing-Wei

    2013-01-01

    Abnormal cardiac valve morphogenesis is a common cause of human congenital heart disease. The molecular mechanisms regulating endocardial cell proliferation and differentiation into cardiac valves remain largely unknown, although great progress has been made on the endocardial contribution to the atrioventricular cushion and valve formation. We found that scotch tapete382 (scote382) encodes a novel transmembrane protein that is crucial for endocardial cell proliferation and heart valve develo...

  12. Check valve installation in pilot operated relief valve prevents reverse pressurization

    Oswalt, L.

    1966-01-01

    Two check valves prevent reverse flow through pilot-operated relief valves of differential area piston design. Title valves control pressure flow to ensure that the piston dome pressure is always at least as great as the main relief valve discharge pressure.

  13. Realization of the Atkinson-Miller cycle in spark-ignition engine by means of the fully variable inlet valve control system

    Żmudka Zbigniew

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The theoretical analysis of the charge exchange process in a spark ignition engine has been presented. This process has significant impact on the effectiveness of engine operation because it is related to the necessity of overcoming the flow resistance, followed by the necessity of doing a work, so-called the charge exchange work. The flow resistance caused by the throttling valve is especially high during the part load operation. The open Atkinson-Miller cycle has been assumed as a model of processes taking place in the engine. Using fully variable inlet valve timing the A-M cycle can be realized according to two systems: system with late inlet valve closing and system with early inlet valve closing. The systems have been analysed individually and comparatively with the open Seiliger-Sabathe cycle which is a theoretical cycle for the classical throttle governing of the engine load. Benefits resulting from application of the systems with independent inlet valve control have been assessed on the basis of the selected parameters: fuel dose, cycle work, charge exchange work and a cycle efficiency. The use of the analysed systems to governing of the SI engine load will enable to eliminate a throttling valve from the system inlet and reduce the charge exchange work, especially within the range of part load operation.

  14. Realization of the Atkinson-Miller cycle in spark-ignition engine by means of the fully variable inlet valve control system

    Żmudka, Zbigniew; Postrzednik, Stefan; Przybyła, Grzegorz

    2014-09-01

    The theoretical analysis of the charge exchange process in a spark ignition engine has been presented. This process has significant impact on the effectiveness of engine operation because it is related to the necessity of overcoming the flow resistance, followed by the necessity of doing a work, so-called the charge exchange work. The flow resistance caused by the throttling valve is especially high during the part load operation. The open Atkinson-Miller cycle has been assumed as a model of processes taking place in the engine. Using fully variable inlet valve timing the A-M cycle can be realized according to two systems: system with late inlet valve closing and system with early inlet valve closing. The systems have been analysed individually and comparatively with the open Seiliger-Sabathe cycle which is a theoretical cycle for the classical throttle governing of the engine load. Benefits resulting from application of the systems with independent inlet valve control have been assessed on the basis of the selected parameters: fuel dose, cycle work, charge exchange work and a cycle efficiency. The use of the analysed systems to governing of the SI engine load will enable to eliminate a throttling valve from the system inlet and reduce the charge exchange work, especially within the range of part load operation.

  15. Regular inspection of safety and relief valves

    Safety valve concepts with self control mechanisms are in regular use in nuclear power plants in the Federal Republic of Germany. The effect of defects in these valves and the influence on inspection practices is discussed. 12 figs., 1 tab

  16. batiment SHM|SHM building|Control valves on top of a ´cold box´ for the 4K refrigeration system for the LHC |Valves de contrôle sur le dessus de la ´boite froide´ pour le système de refroidissement 4K du LHC

    Valeriane Duvivier

    2001-01-01

    batiment SHM|SHM building|Control valves on top of a ´cold box´ for the 4K refrigeration system for the LHC |Valves de contrôle sur le dessus de la ´boite froide´ pour le système de refroidissement 4K du LHC

  17. Josephson magnetic rotary valve

    We propose a control element for a Josephson spin valve. It is a complex Josephson device containing ferromagnetic (F) layer in the weak-link area consisting of two regions, representing 0 and π Josephson junctions, respectively. The valve's state is defined by mutual orientations of the F-layer magnetization vector and boundary line between 0 and π sections of the device. We consider possible implementation of the control element by introduction of a thin normal metal layer in a part of the device area. By means of theoretical simulations, we study properties of the valve's structure as well as its operation, revealing such advantages as simplicity of control, high characteristic frequency, and good legibility of the basic states

  18. Effects of the blockage ratio of a valve disk on loss coefficient in a butterfly valve

    The loss coefficient of the butterfly valve which allows partial opening of the valve at closed position and is applicable to the small-sized pipe system with the diameter of 1 inch was measured for the variation of the valve disk blockage ratio. Two different types of the valve disk configuration to adjust the blockage ratio were considered. One was the solid type valve disk of which the diameter was changed into the smaller size rather than the pipe diameter, and the other was the perforate type valve disk on which some holes were perforated. The results from two types of valve disk were compared to identify their characteristics in the loss coefficient distributions. The loss coefficient and the controllable angle of the valve disk were decreased exponentially with the decrease of the blockage ratio. In addition, the perforate valve disk had the effect on the higher loss coefficient rather than the solid type valve disk

  19. Spin valves based on Mn{sub 75}Ir{sub 25} antiferromagnet with controllable functional parameters

    Milyaev, M. A., E-mail: milyaev@imp.uran.ru; Naumova, L. I.; Kamenskii, I. Yu.; Ustinov, V. V. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Metal Physics, Ural Branch (Russian Federation)

    2015-12-15

    Using the example of spin valves of the Ta(50 Å)/Ni{sub 80}Fe{sub 20}(30 Å)/Co{sub 90}Fe{sub 10}(15 Å)/Cu(28 Å)/Co{sub 90}Fe{sub 10}(20 Å)/Mn{sub 75}Ir{sub 25}(50 Å)/Ta(20 Å) composition, factors controlling the hysteresis properties are studied for the case of macro- and microscopic sizes of an experimental sample. It is shown that a linear change in the magnetoresistance with small hysteresis while retaining the giant magnetoresistance effect at a level of 8% can be obtained in a micro-object (meander) using thermomagnetic treatment.

  20. Development of an effective valve packing program

    Hart, K.A.

    1996-12-01

    Current data now shows that graphite valve packing installed within the guidance of a controlled program produces not only reliable stem sealing but predictable running loads. By utilizing recent technological developments in valve performance monitoring for both MOV`s and AOV`s, valve packing performance can be enhanced while reducing maintenance costs. Once known, values are established for acceptable valve packing loads, the measurement of actual valve running loads via the current MOV/AOV diagnostic techniques can provide indication of future valve stem sealing problems, improper valve packing installation or identify the opportunity for valve packing program improvements. At times the full benefit of these advances in material and predictive technology remain under utilized due to simple past misconceptions associated with valve packing. This paper will explore the basis for these misconceptions, provide general insight into the current understanding of valve packing and demonstrate how with this new understanding and current valve diagnostic equipment the key aspects required to develop an effective, quality valve packing program fit together. The cost and operational benefits provided by this approach can be significant impact by the: elimination of periodic valve repacking, reduction of maintenance costs, benefits of leak-free valve operation, justification for reduced Post Maintenance Test Requirements, reduced radiation exposure, improved plant appearance.

  1. Variable gas leak rate valve

    Eernisse, Errol P.; Peterson, Gary D.

    1976-01-01

    A variable gas leak rate valve which utilizes a poled piezoelectric element to control opening and closing of the valve. The gas flow may be around a cylindrical rod with a tubular piezoelectric member encircling the rod for seating thereagainst to block passage of gas and for reopening thereof upon application of suitable electrical fields.

  2. Emission-free valve

    Koppe, W.; Prummer, R.

    1980-07-01

    a description is given of an emission-free valve, particularly a magnetically operated valve, for use in controlling the flow of fluids, especially poisonous, radioactive, aggressive and otherwise dangerous gases and fluids, comprising a housing including a housing member which has substantially spherical configuration and an internal surface surrounding a compartment for the respective fluid, said housing further including an annular valve seat member; a valve member movably mounted in said compartment and cooperating with said valve seat member to control the flow of the fluid through said compartment; and a plating layer of a corrosion-resistant material covering said internal surface of said housing member and also having a substantially spherical configuration corresponding to that of said housing member, said housing member and said plating layer obtaining their respective configurations during an explosion which not only simultaneously deforms initially cylindrical tubular and coaxially arranged housing member and plating layer preforms, but also welds said plating layer preform to said housing member preform so that said platinglayer is explosion-welded to said housing member.

  3. Latest design of gate valves

    Kurzhofer, U.; Stolte, J.; Weyand, M.

    1996-12-01

    Babcock Sempell, one of the most important valve manufacturers in Europe, has delivered valves for the nuclear power industry since the beginning of the peaceful application of nuclear power in the 1960s. The latest innovation by Babcock Sempell is a gate valve that meets all recent technical requirements of the nuclear power technology. At the moment in the United States, Germany, Sweden, and many other countries, motor-operated gate and globe valves are judged very critically. Besides the absolute control of the so-called {open_quotes}trip failure,{close_quotes} the integrity of all valve parts submitted to operational forces must be maintained. In case of failure of the limit and torque switches, all valve designs have been tested with respect to the quality of guidance of the gate. The guidances (i.e., guides) shall avoid a tilting of the gate during the closing procedure. The gate valve newly designed by Babcock Sempell fulfills all these characteristic criteria. In addition, the valve has cobalt-free seat hardfacing, the suitability of which has been proven by friction tests as well as full-scale blowdown tests at the GAP of Siemens in Karlstein, West Germany. Babcock Sempell was to deliver more than 30 gate valves of this type for 5 Swedish nuclear power stations by autumn 1995. In the presentation, the author will report on the testing performed, qualifications, and sizing criteria which led to the new technical design.

  4. Intraocular pressure control after the implantation of a second Ahmed glaucoma valve.

    Jiménez-Román, Jesús; Gil-Carrasco, Félix; Costa, Vital Paulino; Schimiti, Rui Barroso; Lerner, Fabián; Santana, Priscila Rezende; Vascocellos, Jose Paulo Cabral; Castillejos-Chévez, Armando; Turati, Mauricio; Fabre-Miranda, Karina

    2016-06-01

    The objective of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a second Ahmed glaucoma valve (AGV) in eyes with refractory glaucoma that had undergone prior Ahmed device implantation. This multicenter, retrospective study evaluated 58 eyes (58 patients) that underwent a second AGV (model S2-n = 50, model FP7-n = 8) due to uncontrolled IOP under maximal medical therapy. Outcome measures included IOP, visual acuity, number of glaucoma medications, and postoperative complications. Success was defined as IOP glaucoma medications preoperatively at 12 and 30 months were 3.17 ± 0.16 (n = 58), 1.81 ± 0.2 (n = 42), and 1.83 ± 0.35 (n = 18), respectively. The reductions in mean IOP and number of medications were statistically significant at all time intervals (P glaucoma, and is associated with relatively few complications. PMID:26334729

  5. Analysis of Complex Valve and Feed Systems

    Ahuja, Vineet; Hosangadi, Ashvin; Shipman, Jeremy; Cavallo, Peter; Dash, Sanford

    2007-01-01

    A numerical framework for analysis of complex valve systems supports testing of propulsive systems by simulating key valve and control system components in the test loop. In particular, it is designed to enhance the analysis capability in terms of identifying system transients and quantifying the valve response to these transients. This system has analysis capability for simulating valve motion in complex systems operating in diverse flow regimes ranging from compressible gases to cryogenic liquids. A key feature is the hybrid, unstructured framework with sub-models for grid movement and phase change including cryogenic cavitations. The multi-element unstructured framework offers improved predictions of valve performance characteristics under steady conditions for structurally complex valves such as pressure regulator valve. Unsteady simulations of valve motion using this computational approach have been carried out for various valves in operation at Stennis Space Center such as the split-body valve and the 10-in. (approx.25.4-cm) LOX (liquid oxygen) valve and the 4-in. (approx.10 cm) Y-pattern valve (liquid nitrogen). Such simulations make use of variable grid topologies, thereby permitting solution accuracy and resolving important flow physics in the seat region of the moving valve. An advantage to this software includes possible reduction in testing costs incurred due to disruptions relating to unexpected flow transients or functioning of valve/flow control systems. Prediction of the flow anomalies leading to system vibrations, flow resonance, and valve stall can help in valve scheduling and significantly reduce the need for activation tests. This framework has been evaluated for its ability to predict performance metrics like flow coefficient for cavitating venturis and valve coefficient curves, and could be a valuable tool in predicting and understanding anomalous behavior of system components at rocket propulsion testing and design sites.

  6. Simulation of self-actuating valves in piping systems

    Water and steam loops of large thermal power units are often equipped with self-actuating valves. This means that the kinetic energy of the valve piston is taken from the medium of the loop to be controlled by the valve itself. Three main typs of valves exist: a) damped check valves for one-way motion, b) safety-valves as two level controllers between two pressure levels and c) control-valves as real controllers to control a pressure level or a mass flow, for example. The complexity of geometry and mechanism depends on the function of the valve. To provide engineers with data for piping and valve layout against transient loads it is necessary to perform computations regarding the interaction of the pipe flow and valve kinematics. (orig.)

  7. [Valve-in-valve with Portico valve for a degenerative bioprosthetic surgical valve (Biocor)].

    Latini, Roberto Adriano; Testa, Luca; Brambilla, Nedy; Tusa, Maurizio; Bedogni, Francesco

    2016-04-01

    In the last years, a general shift toward the use of surgical bioprosthetic aortic valves rather than mechanical valves with subsequent less use of anticoagulant therapy has been observed. However, bioprosthetic valves have limited durability. Reoperation, the current standard of care for these patients, carries a high surgical risk, especially because patients are elderly and with numerous comorbidities. Recently, transcatheter aortic valve replacement within a failed bioprosthetic valve (valve-in-valve procedure) has proven feasible. We here describe a case of valve-in-valve procedure with a Portico valve placed in a purely insufficient bioprosthetic valve (Biocor). PMID:27093211

  8. Piezoelectric valve

    Petrenko, Serhiy Fedorovich

    2013-01-15

    A motorized valve has a housing having an inlet and an outlet to be connected to a pipeline, a saddle connected with the housing, a turn plug having a rod, the turn plug cooperating with the saddle, and a drive for turning the valve body and formed as a piezoelectric drive, the piezoelectric drive including a piezoelectric generator of radially directed standing acoustic waves, which is connected with the housing and is connectable with a pulse current source, and a rotor operatively connected with the piezoelectric generator and kinematically connected with the rod of the turn plug so as to turn the turn plug when the rotor is actuated by the piezoelectric generator.

  9. Thermostatic Radiator Valve Evaluation

    Dentz, J.; Ansanelli, E.

    2015-01-01

    A large stock of multifamily buildings in the Northeast and Midwest are heated by steam distribution systems. Losses from these systems are typically high and a significant number of apartments are overheated much of the time. Thermostatically controlled radiator valves (TRVs) are one potential strategy to combat this problem, but have not been widely accepted by the residential retrofit market.

  10. Valve's Way

    Foss, Nicolai Juul; Dobrajska, Magdalena

    2015-01-01

    what extent it represents a new blueprint for organization design, despite it being consistent with an “egalitarian Zeitgeist” (Puranam, 2014). In fact, managerial authority may be of increasing importance rather than the opposite (Guadalupe, Li, & Wulf, 2015). Thus, Valve is, and will remain, an...

  11. 46 CFR 151.20-5 - Cargo system valving requirements.

    2010-10-01

    ... will cause the quick closing shutoff valves to close in case of fire. Quick closing shutoff valves... penetrations are not applicable to nozzles at which pressure vacuum or safety relief valves are fitted. (a... conditions, every cargo piping system shall be provided with one of the following sets of control valves...

  12. Presentation of the development of the SRV valve (safety relief valve)

    Adareg has 30 years experience in Hydrane and control valves. Its know-how moves towards extreme technologies: control of all types of fluids (hot, cold, aggressive ones, clean ones etc... ). A perfect control is essential for very low temperatures (nuclear submarines, Ariane). Adareg Research and Development activities, certified ISO 9001, have developed valves accepting temperatures reaching 2 degrees above the absolute 0. Increasing requirements concerning low temperatures have encouraged Adareg to develop a research programme in partnership with CEA - French Atomic Energy Commission - for valves type 'SRV' (Safety Relief Valves). This type of valve is designed for a new accelerator of particles, the LHC, at CERN, in Geneva. (author)

  13. A KINEMATIC ANALYSIS OF THE VALVE TIMING MECHANISM WITH THREE ELEMENTS AND CONTINUOUS VALVE LIFT

    Stelian MIHALCEA

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available An innovating solution for throttle-free load control for spark-ignition engines is variable valve timing system. In this paper is presented a kinematic analysis, using the analytic method, of the valve timing mechanism with three elements and continuous valve lift variation. It is also presented the numerical algorithm for the mechanism’s motion.

  14. Aortic valve bypass

    Lund, Jens T; Jensen, Maiken Brit; Arendrup, Henrik; Ihlemann, Nikolaj

    2013-01-01

    In aortic valve bypass (AVB) a valve-containing conduit is connecting the apex of the left ventricle to the descending aorta. Candidates are patients with symptomatic aortic valve stenosis rejected for conventional aortic valve replacement (AVR) or transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI...

  15. Regulatory analysis for the resolution of generic issue C---8, main steam isolation valve leakage and LCS [leakage control system] failure

    Generic Issue C-8 deals with staff concerns about public risk because of the incidence of leak test failures reported for main steam isolation valves (MSIVs) at boiling water reactors and the limitations of the leakage control systems (LCSs) for mitigating the consequences of leakage from these valves. If the MSIV leakage is greatly in excess of the allowable value in the technical specifications, the LCS would be unavailable because of design limitations. The issue was initiated in 1983 to assess (1) the causes of MSIV leakage failures, (2) the effectiveness of the LCS and alternative mitigation paths, and (3) the need for additional regulatory action to reduce public risk. This report presents the regulatory analysis for Generic Issue C-8 and concludes that no new regulatory requirements are warranted

  16. Poppet valve control of throat stability bypass to increase stable airflow range of a Mach 2.5. inlet with 60 percent internal contraction

    Mitchell, G. A.; Sanders, B. W.

    1975-01-01

    The throat of a Mach 2.5 inlet with a coldpipe termination was fitted with a stability-bypass system. System variations included several stability bypass entrance configurations. Poppet valves controlled the bypass airflow. The inlet stable airflow range achieved with each configuration was determined for both steady state conditions and internal pulse transients. Results are compared with those obtained without a stability bypass system. Transient results were also obtained for the inlet with a choke point at the diffuser exit and for the inlet with large and small stability bypass plenum volumes. Poppet valves at the stability bypass exit provided the inlet with a stable airflow range of 20 percent or greater at all static and transient conditions.

  17. Mitral Valve Disease

    ... Tricuspid Valve Disease Cardiac Rhythm Disturbances Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease Heart abnormalities that are ... Transplantation End-stage Lung Disease Adult Lung Transplantation Pediatric Lung ... Aortic Aneurysm Mitral Valve Disease Overview The mitral valve is ...

  18. Self Adaptive Air Turbine for Wave Energy Conversion Using Shutter Valve and OWC Heoght Control System

    Di Bella, Francis A

    2014-09-29

    An oscillating water column (OWC) is one of the most technically viable options for converting wave energy into useful electric power. The OWC system uses the wave energy to “push or pull” air through a high-speed turbine, as illustrated in Figure 1. The turbine is typically a bi-directional turbine, such as a Wells turbine or an advanced Dennis-Auld turbine, as developed by Oceanlinx Ltd. (Oceanlinx), a major developer of OWC systems and a major collaborator with Concepts NREC (CN) in Phase II of this STTR effort. Prior to awarding the STTR to CN, work was underway by CN and Oceanlinx to produce a mechanical linkage mechanism that can be cost-effectively manufactured, and can articulate turbine blades to improve wave energy capture. The articulation is controlled by monitoring the chamber pressure. Funding has been made available from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to CN (DOE DE-FG-08GO18171) to co-share the development of a blade articulation mechanism for the purpose of increasing energy recovery. However, articulating the blades is only one of the many effective design improvements that can be made to the composite subsystems that constitute the turbine generator system.

  19. Development of a system for monitoring and diagnosis using Fuzzy logic in control valves of laboratory test equipment of Experimental Center Aramar; Desenvolvimento de um sistema de monitoracao e diagnostico utilizando logica Fuzzy aplicado a valvulas de controle de processo do CEA - Centro Experimental Aramar

    Porto Junior, Almir Carlos Soares

    2014-07-01

    The question of components reliability, specifically process control valves, has become an important issue to be investigated in nuclear power plants and other areas such as refinery or offshore oil rig, considering the safety and life extension of the plant. The development of non intrusive monitoring and diagnostic method allows the identification of defects in components of the plant during normal operation. The objective of this dissertation is to present an analysis and diagnosis of control valves of a steam plant part that simulates the secondary circuit of a pressurized water reactor. This installation is part of propulsion equipment testing laboratory of the Brazilian Navy, at Ipero-SP. The methodology for design is based on graphical analysis of two parameters, the valve air pressure actuator and the displacement of the valve plug. These data are extracted by a smart positioner, part of Delta V™ Automation System. An analysis is implemented in detecting anomalies by an approach using Expert Systems by the technique of fuzzy logic. Once the basic measures of control valves are taken, it is possible to detect symptoms of failure, leakage, friction, damage, etc. The monitoring and diagnostic system has been designed in MATLAB® version 2009{sup th} by the complement 'Fuzzy Logic Toolbox'. It is a noninvasive technique. Thus, it is possible to know what is happening with the chosen components, just analyzing the parameters of the valve. The software called ValveLink® (developed by Emerson) receives signals from hardware component (intelligent positioner) installed next to the control valve. These signals (electrical current) are transformed into information which are used input parameters: air pressure valve actuator and valve plug displacement. With the use of fuzzy logic, these parameters are interpreted. They suffer inferences by rules written by experts in valves. After these inferences, the information is processed and sent as output signals

  20. 3D Printed Multimaterial Microfluidic Valve.

    Keating, Steven J; Gariboldi, Maria Isabella; Patrick, William G; Sharma, Sunanda; Kong, David S; Oxman, Neri

    2016-01-01

    We present a novel 3D printed multimaterial microfluidic proportional valve. The microfluidic valve is a fundamental primitive that enables the development of programmable, automated devices for controlling fluids in a precise manner. We discuss valve characterization results, as well as exploratory design variations in channel width, membrane thickness, and membrane stiffness. Compared to previous single material 3D printed valves that are stiff, these printed valves constrain fluidic deformation spatially, through combinations of stiff and flexible materials, to enable intricate geometries in an actuated, functionally graded device. Research presented marks a shift towards 3D printing multi-property programmable fluidic devices in a single step, in which integrated multimaterial valves can be used to control complex fluidic reactions for a variety of applications, including DNA assembly and analysis, continuous sampling and sensing, and soft robotics. PMID:27525809

  1. 3D Printed Multimaterial Microfluidic Valve

    Patrick, William G.; Sharma, Sunanda; Kong, David S.; Oxman, Neri

    2016-01-01

    We present a novel 3D printed multimaterial microfluidic proportional valve. The microfluidic valve is a fundamental primitive that enables the development of programmable, automated devices for controlling fluids in a precise manner. We discuss valve characterization results, as well as exploratory design variations in channel width, membrane thickness, and membrane stiffness. Compared to previous single material 3D printed valves that are stiff, these printed valves constrain fluidic deformation spatially, through combinations of stiff and flexible materials, to enable intricate geometries in an actuated, functionally graded device. Research presented marks a shift towards 3D printing multi-property programmable fluidic devices in a single step, in which integrated multimaterial valves can be used to control complex fluidic reactions for a variety of applications, including DNA assembly and analysis, continuous sampling and sensing, and soft robotics. PMID:27525809

  2. Conical Seat Shut-Off Valve

    Farner, Bruce

    2013-01-01

    A moveable valve for controlling flow of a pressurized working fluid was designed. This valve consists of a hollow, moveable floating piston pressed against a stationary solid seat, and can use the working fluid to seal the valve. This open/closed, novel valve is able to use metal-to-metal seats, without requiring seat sliding action; therefore there are no associated damaging effects. During use, existing standard high-pressure ball valve seats tend to become damaged during rotation of the ball. Additionally, forces acting on the ball and stem create large amounts of friction. The combination of these effects can lead to system failure. In an attempt to reduce damaging effects and seat failures, soft seats in the ball valve have been eliminated; however, the sliding action of the ball across the highly loaded seat still tends to scratch the seat, causing failure. Also, in order to operate, ball valves require the use of large actuators. Positioning the metal-to-metal seats requires more loading, which tends to increase the size of the required actuator, and can also lead to other failures in other areas such as the stem and bearing mechanisms, thus increasing cost and maintenance. This novel non-sliding seat surface valve allows metal-to-metal seats without the damaging effects that can lead to failure, and enables large seating forces without damaging the valve. Additionally, this valve design, even when used with large, high-pressure applications, does not require large conventional valve actuators and the valve stem itself is eliminated. Actuation is achieved with the use of a small, simple solenoid valve. This design also eliminates the need for many seals used with existing ball valve and globe valve designs, which commonly cause failure, too. This, coupled with the elimination of the valve stem and conventional valve actuator, improves valve reliability and seat life. Other mechanical liftoff seats have been designed; however, they have only resulted in

  3. Role of Pre-incision, Intravenous Prophylactic Amiodarone to Control Arrhythmias in Patients with Rheumatic Valvular Heart Disease undergoing Mitral Valve Replacement

    Objective: To evaluate the effect of intra-operative single intra venous dose of amiodarone on post operative cardiac arrhythmias in patients undergoing valvular heart surgery. Study Design: Randomized controlled trials. Place and Duration of surgery: This study was performed at Armed forces Institute of Cardiology Rawalpindi from Jan 01, 2011 to Dec 31, 2011. Patients and Methods: In this study 80 patients with rheumatic valvular heart disease and undergoing elective mitral valve replacement were randomly divided into two groups. Group I, n = 40 (Amiodarone group) was given single intravenous dose of amiodarone (5 mg/kg in 100 ml of saline over 30 min) before sternotomy incision. Group II, n = 40(control / placebo group) was given 100 ml of saline over 30 min. Result: In the amiodarone group, after removal of aortic cross clamp 75% patients had sinus rhythm compared to 47.5% in control group. p=0.045. Similarly 15% had AF, 5% JR and 5% VT/VF in amiodarone group in contrast to 32.5% with AF, 12.5% JR and 7.5% Vt/VF in control group. (p=0.045). Response to cardioversion was positive in 75% of the patients requiring shocks in amiodarone group as against 43.75% in the control group. (p=0.044). Conclusion: A single intravenous bolus dose of amiodarone is effective in decreasing the incidence of cardiac arrhythmias after mitral valve replacement in patients with rheumatic MVD. (author)

  4. Thermostatic Valves Containing Silicone-Oil Actuators

    Bhandari, Pradeep; Birur, Gajanana C.; Bame, David P.; Karlmann, Paul B.; Prina, Mauro; Young, William; Fisher, Richard

    2009-01-01

    Flow-splitting and flow-mixing thermally actuated spool valves have been developed for controlling flows of a heat-transfer fluid in a temperature-regulation system aboard the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover. Valves like these could also be useful in terrestrial temperature-regulation systems, including automobile air-conditioning systems and general refrigeration systems. These valves are required to provide smoother actuation over a wider temperature range than the flow-splitting, thermally actuated spool valves used in the Mars Explorer Rover (MER). Also, whereas the MER valves are unstable (tending to oscillate) in certain transition temperature ranges, these valves are required not to oscillate. The MER valves are actuated by thermal expansion of a wax against spring-loaded piston rods (as in common automotive thermostats). The MSL valves contain similar actuators that utilize thermal expansion of a silicone oil, because silicone-oil actuators were found to afford greater and more nearly linear displacements, needed for smoother actuation, over the required wider temperature range. The MSL valves also feature improved spool designs that reflect greater understanding of fluid dynamics, consideration of pressure drops in valves, and a requirement for balancing of pressures in different flow branches.

  5. Microfluidic sieve valves

    Quake, Stephen R; Marcus, Joshua S; Hansen, Carl L

    2015-01-13

    Sieve valves for use in microfluidic device are provided. The valves are useful for impeding the flow of particles, such as chromatography beads or cells, in a microfluidic channel while allowing liquid solution to pass through the valve. The valves find particular use in making microfluidic chromatography modules.

  6. Remote actuated valve implant

    McKnight, Timothy E.; Johnson, Anthony; Moise, Kenneth J.; Ericson, Milton Nance; Baba, Justin S.; Wilgen, John B.; Evans, Boyd Mccutchen

    2016-05-10

    Valve implant systems positionable within a flow passage, the systems having an inlet, an outlet, and a remotely activatable valve between the inlet and outlet, with the valves being operable to provide intermittent occlusion of the flow path. A remote field is applied to provide thermal or magnetic activation of the valves.

  7. Remote actuated valve implant

    McKnight, Timothy E; Johnson, Anthony; Moise, Jr., Kenneth J; Ericson, Milton Nance; Baba, Justin S; Wilgen, John B; Evans, III, Boyd McCutchen

    2014-02-25

    Valve implant systems positionable within a flow passage, the systems having an inlet, an outlet, and a remotely activatable valve between the inlet and outlet, with the valves being operable to provide intermittent occlusion of the flow path. A remote field is applied to provide thermal or magnetic activation of the valves.

  8. Current Development Analysis of Control Valve Industry in China%我国控制阀行业发展状况分析

    王炯; 武丽英

    2012-01-01

    阐述我国控制阀行业的现状和存在问题,分析了市场状况、竞争格局和应用市场的情况,指出了行业未来的发展趋势。%This article describes the current development status and existing problems of control valve industry in China. A detailed analysis is also given on market situation, competition status and implementation in industry, as well as future development trend of this industry.

  9. Magnetization States of All-Oxide Spin Valves Controlled by Charge-orbital Ordering of Coupled Ferromagnets

    SHVETS, IGOR

    2013-01-01

    PUBLISHED Charge-orbital ordering is commonly present in complex transition metal oxides and offers interesting opportunities for novel electronic devices. In this work, we demonstrate for the first time that the magnetization states of the spin valve can be directly manipulated by charge-orbital ordering. We investigate the interlayer exchange coupling (IEC) between two epitaxial magnetite layers separated by a nonmagnetic epitaxial MgO dielectric. We find that the state of the charge-orb...

  10. Double-reed exhaust valve engine

    Bennett, Charles L.

    2015-06-30

    An engine based on a reciprocating piston engine that extracts work from pressurized working fluid. The engine includes a double reed outlet valve for controlling the flow of low-pressure working fluid out of the engine. The double reed provides a stronger force resisting closure of the outlet valve than the force tending to open the outlet valve. The double reed valve enables engine operation at relatively higher torque and lower efficiency at low speed, with lower torque, but higher efficiency at high speed.

  11. Butterfly valves: greater use in power plants

    Improvements in butterfly valves, particularly in the areas of automatic control and leak tightness are described. The use of butterfly valves in nuclear power plants is discussed. These uses include service in component cooling, containment cooling, and containment isolation. The outlook for further improvements and greater uses is examined. (U.S.)

  12. Intrabronchial Valves

    Mahajan, Amit Kumar; Verhoef, Philip; Patel, Shruti B.; Carr, Gordon; Hogarth, Douglas Kyle

    2016-01-01

    Background Bronchopleural fistulas (BPF) are conditions associated with prolonged hospital course, high morbidity, and possibly increased mortality. The presence of BPFs in critically ill patients may cause difficulty in ventilation and increased oxygen requirements. Intrabronchial valves (Spiration IBV) serve as a noninvasive therapeutic option for the closure of BPFs. Methods This report is a retrospective description of 3 patients transferred to our medical intensive care unit (ICU) with BPFs and persistent air leaks (PAL). One patient required high levels of oxygen supplementation through a nonrebreather face mask, whereas 2 required mechanical ventilation because of respiratory failure. IBVs were placed in each patient with the intention of closing their BPF and weaning them from respiratory support. Results The use of IBVs in ICU patients with BPFs and PALs resulted in 1 patient being weaned from the persistent need for a nonrebreather face mask to room air and also aided in the liberation from mechanical ventilation of 2 patients who had been failing spontaneous breathing trials. Conclusions The use of IBVs is safe and well tolerated in ICU patients with BPFs and PALs. The placement of IBVs results in significant clinical improvement, allowing for either weaning from high levels of oxygen support or liberation from mechanical ventilation. PMID:23207358

  13. Components for containment enclosures. Part 4: Ventilation and gas-cleaning systems such as filters, traps, safety and regulation valves, control and protection devices

    ISO 11933 consists of the following parts, under the general title Components for containment enclosures: Part 1: Glove/bag ports, bungs for glove/bag ports, enclosure rings and interchangeable units; Part 2: Gloves, welded bags, gaiters for remote-handling tongs and for manipulators; Part 3: Transfer systems such as plain doors, airlock chambers, double door transfer systems, leaktight connections for waste drums; Part 4: Ventilation and gas-cleaning systems such as filters, traps, safety and regulation valves, control and protection devices; Part 5: Penetrations for electrical and fluid circuits. This part of ISO 11933 specifies the design criteria and the characteristics of various components used for ventilation and gas-cleaning in containment enclosures. These components are either directly fixed to the containment enclosure wall, or used in the environment of a shielded or unshielded containment enclosure or line of such enclosures. They can be used alone or in conjunction with other mechanical components, including those specified in ISO 11933-1 and ISO 11933-3. This part of ISO 11933 is applicable to: filtering devices, including high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters and iodine traps; safety valves and pressure regulators; systems ensuring the mechanical protection of containment enclosures; control and pressure-measurement devices

  14. Which valve is which?

    Pravin Saxena

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A 25-year-old man presented with a history of breathlessness for the past 2 years. He had a history of operation for Tetralogy of Fallot at the age of 5 years and history suggestive of Rheumatic fever at the age of 7 years. On echocardiographic examination, all his heart valves were severely regurgitating. Morphologically, all the valves were irreparable. The ejection fraction was 35%. He underwent quadruple valve replacement. The aortic and mitral valves were replaced by metallic valve and the tricuspid and pulmonary by tissue valve.

  15. Motion analysis of mechanical heart valve prosthesis utilizing high-speed video

    Adlparvar, Payam; Guo, George; Kingsbury, Chris

    1993-01-01

    The Edwards-Duromedics (ED) mechanical heart valve prosthesis is of a bileaflet design, incorporating unique design features that distinguish its performance with respect to other mechanical valves of similar type. Leaflet motion of mechanical heart valves, particularly during closure, is related to valve durability, valve sounds and the efficiency of the cardiac output. Modifications to the ED valve have resulted in significant improvements with respect to leaflet motion. In this study a high-speed video system was used to monitor the leaflet motion of the valve, and to compare the performance of the Modified Specification to that of the Original Specification using a St. Jude Medical as a control valve.

  16. AeroValve Experimental Test Data Final Report

    Noakes, Mark W. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2014-09-01

    This report documents the collection of experimental test data and presents performance characteristics for the AeroValve brand prototype pneumatic bidirectional solenoid valves tested at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in July/August 2014 as part of a validation of AeroValve energy efficiency claims. The test stand and control programs were provided by AeroValve. All raw data and processing are included in the report attachments.

  17. Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement

    Full Text Available ... in our practice, those being tissue valves and mechanical valves. Tissue valves, if I can demonstrate here, ... can expect. This is an example of a mechanical heart valve which is made out of pyrolitic ...

  18. Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement

    Full Text Available ... up offering patients aortic valve surgery in our community. Aortic stenosis is a process by which the ... basic valve types that we use in our practice, those being tissue valves and mechanical valves. Tissue ...

  19. THE CAM SYNTHESIS AND DIMENSIONALLY OPTIMISATION OF A VALVE TIMING MECHANISM WITH CONTINUOUS VALVE LIFT

    Stelian MIHALCEA

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available An innovating solution for throttle-free load control for spark-ignition engines is variable valve timing system. In this paper is presented a cam synthesis and optimization, using the analytic method, of the valve timing mechanism with three elements and continuous valve lift variation. It is also presented the numerical algorithm for the mechanism’s synthesis and dimensionally optimization.

  20. Modeling and Investigation of Electromechanical Valve Train Actuator at simulated Pressure conditions

    Habib, Tufail

    In an electromechanical valve actuated engine, the valves are driven by solenoid-type actuators and cam-shaft is eliminated. Control of each valve provides flexibility in valve timings over all engine conditions and achieves the benefits of variable valve timing(VVT). This paper is about investig......In an electromechanical valve actuated engine, the valves are driven by solenoid-type actuators and cam-shaft is eliminated. Control of each valve provides flexibility in valve timings over all engine conditions and achieves the benefits of variable valve timing(VVT). This paper is about...... investigation of Electro-mechanical actuator at simulated pressure conditions for a single cylinder engine. For this purpose, a scaled down actuator with reduced armature lift and high stiffness springs are being used. Experiments are conducted to measure valve release timings, transition times and contact...

  1. Swing check valve

    A swing check valve which includes a valve body having an inlet and outlet is described. A recess in the valve body designed to hold a seal ring and a check valve disc swingable between open and closed positions. The disc is supported by a high strength wire secured at one end in a support spacer pinned through bearing blocks fixed to the valve body and at its other end in a groove formed on the outer peripheral surface of the disc. The parts are designed and chosen such to provide a lightweight valve disc which is held open by minimum velocity of fluid flowing through the valve which thus reduces oscillations and accompanying wear of bearings supporting the valve operating parts. (Auth.)

  2. Aortic Valve Disease

    ... valve opens when the left ventricle squeezes to pump out blood, and closes in between heart beats to keep ... the left ventricle has to work harder to pump blood out through the valve. To do this extra ...

  3. Mitral valve prolapse

    ... seen with some connective tissue disorders such as Marfan syndrome and other rare genetic disorders. Symptoms Many ... 66. Read More Atrial septal defect (ASD) Endocarditis Marfan syndrome Mitral valve surgery - minimally invasive Mitral valve ...

  4. Isolated Pulmonary Valve Endocarditis

    Mohammad Ali Hatamizadeh

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Infective endocarditis is one of the most severe complications of parenteral drug abuse. The outstanding clinical feature of infective endocarditis in intravenous drug abusers is the high incidence of right-sided valve infection, and the tricuspid valve is involved in 60% to 70% of the cases. We herein report a case of isolated pulmonic valve infective endocarditis with a native pulmonary valve.

  5. Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Replacement

    Ghawi, Hani; Kenny, Damien; Hijazi, Ziyad M.

    2012-01-01

    Transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement (tPVR) has evolved into a viable alternative to surgical conduit or bioprosthetic valve replacement. This procedure has paved the way for a more advanced approach to congenital and structural interventional cardiology. Although many successes have been noted, there are still a number of challenges with this procedure, including large delivery systems, the need for a conduit or a bioprosthetic valve as a landing zone for the valve, optimal timing of th...

  6. Propellant isolation shutoff valve program

    Merritt, F. L.

    1973-01-01

    An analysis and design effort directed to advancing the state-of-the-art of space storable isolation valves for control of flow of the propellants liquid fluorine/hydrazine and Flox/monomethylhydrazine is discussed. Emphasis is on achieving zero liquid leakage and capability of withstanding missions up to 10 years in interplanetary space. Included is a study of all-metal poppet sealing theory, an evaluation of candidate seal configurations, a valve actuator trade-off study and design description of a pneumo-thermally actuated soft metal poppet seal valve. The concepts and analysis leading to the soft seal approach are documented. A theoretical evaluation of seal leakage versus seal loading, related finishes and yield strengths of various materials is provided. Application of a confined soft aluminum seal loaded to 2 to 3 times yield strength is recommended. Use of either an electro-mechanical or pneumatic actuator appears to be feasible for the application.

  7. Bistable diverter valve in microfluidics

    Tesař, V.; Bandalusena, H. C. H.

    2011-05-01

    Bistable diverter valves are useful for a large number of no-moving-part flow control applications, and there is a considerable interest in using them also in microfluidics, especially for handling small pressure-driven flows. However, with decreasing Reynolds number, the Coanda effect—on which the flow diverting effect depends—becomes less effective. Authors performed a study, involving flow visualisation, PIV experiments, measurements of the flow rates, and numerical flowfield computations, aimed at clarifying behaviour of a typical fluidic valve at low Reynolds numbers. A typical fluidic valve originally developed for high Re operation was demonstrated to be useful, though with progressively limited efficiency, down to surprisingly low Re values as small as Re = 800. Also observed was a previously not reported discontinuation in the otherwise monotonic decrease in performance at Re between 1,500 and 2,000.

  8. Heart Valve Diseases

    Your heart has four valves. Normally, these valves open to let blood flow through or out of your heart, and then shut to keep it from flowing ... close tightly. It's one of the most common heart valve conditions. Sometimes it causes regurgitation. Stenosis - when ...

  9. FTO Is Associated with Aortic Valve Stenosis in a Gender Specific Manner of Heterozygote Advantage: A Population-Based Case-Control Study.

    Cindy Thron

    Full Text Available Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs within the Fat mass and obesity associated (FTO gene have been linked with increased body weight. However, the data on an association of FTO with cardiovascular diseases remains conflicting. Therefore, we ascertained whether FTO is associated with aortic valve stenosis (AVS, one of the most frequent cardiovascular diseases in the Western world.In this population-based case-control study the FTO SNP rs9939609 was analyzed in 300 German patients with AVS and 429 German controls of the KORA survey S4, representing a random population. Blood samples were collected prior to aortic valve replacement in AVS cases and FTO rs9939609 was genotyped via ARMS-PCR. Genotype frequencies differed significantly between AVS cases and KORA controls (p = 0.004. Separate gender-analyses uncovered an association of FTO with AVS exclusively in males; homozygote carriers for the risk-allele (A had a higher risk to develop AVS (p = 0.017, odds ratio (OR 1.727; 95% confidence interval (CI 1.087-2.747, recessive model, whereas heterozygote carriers for the risk-allele showed a lower risk (p = 0.002, OR 0.565, 95% CI 0.384-0.828, overdominant model. After adjustment for multiple co-variables, the odds ratios of heterozygotes remained significant for an association with AVS (p = 0.008, OR 0.565, 95% CI 0.369-0.861.This study revealed an association of FTO rs9939609 with AVS. Furthermore, this association was restricted to men, with heterozygotes having a significantly lower chance to develop AVS. Lastly, the association between FTO and AVS was independent of BMI and other variables such as diabetes mellitus.

  10. Motor-operated valves - French experience

    During the startup of French 900 and 1,300 MW plants, recurrent failures occurred on pressurizer, atmospheric steam dump, and safety injection isolation motor operated gate valves. The pressurizer original wedge gate valves were not able to isolate completely the blowdown flow. After extensive testing, two improved designs with increased disc guiding length and stellite overlay on friction surfaces were found to be adequate. On parallel-slide, double-disc, atmospheric steam dump block valves, it was necessary to increase the seating surfaces of the discs to avoid sticking in the closed position as a result of the disc-seat galling. The failures of several remote control couplings for the safety injection valves were the consequence of over-powered operators and inadequate testing procedures. Therefore current French research and development programs are aimed to optimize operators thrust relative to valve functions and designs

  11. Oil pipeline valve automation for spill reduction

    Mohitpour, Mo; Trefanenko, Bill [Enbridge Technology Inc, Calgary (Canada); Tolmasquim, Sueli Tiomno; Kossatz, Helmut [TRANSPETRO - PETROBRAS Transporte S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2003-07-01

    Liquid pipeline codes generally stipulate placement of block valves along liquid transmission pipelines such as on each side of major river crossings where environmental hazards could cause or are foreseen to potentially cause serious consequences. Codes, however, do not stipulate any requirement for block valve spacing for low vapour pressure petroleum transportation, nor for remote pipeline valve operations to reduce spills. A review of pipeline codes for valve requirement and spill limitation in high consequence areas is thus presented along with a criteria for an acceptable spill volume that could be caused by pipeline leak/full rupture. A technique for deciding economically and technically effective pipeline block valve automation for remote operation to reduce oil spilled and control of hazards is also provided. In this review, industry practice is highlighted and application of the criteria for maximum permissible oil spill and the technique for deciding valve automation thus developed, as applied to ORSUB pipeline is presented. ORSUB is one of the three initially selected pipelines that have been studied. These pipelines represent about 14% of the total length of petroleum transmission lines operated by PETROBRAS Transporte S.A. (TRANSPETRO) in Brazil. Based on the implementation of valve motorization on these three pipeline, motorization of block valves for remote operation on the remaining pipelines is intended, depending on the success of these implementations, on historical records of failure and appropriate ranking. (author)

  12. Relief valve testing study

    Reclosing pressure-actuated valves, commonly called relief valves, are designed to relieve system pressure once it reaches the set point of the valve. They generally operate either proportional to the differential between their set pressure and the system pressure (gradual lift) or by rapidly opening fully when the set pressure is reached (pop action). A pop action valve allows the maximum fluid flow through the valve when the set pressure is reached. A gradual lift valve allows fluid flow in proportion to how much the system pressure has exceeded the set pressure of the valve (in the case of pressure relief) or has decreased below the set pressure (vacuum relief). These valves are used to protect systems from over and under pressurization. They are used on boilers, pressure vessels, piping systems and vacuum systems to prevent catastrophic failures of these systems, which can happen if they are under or over pressurized beyond the material tolerances. The construction of these valves ranges from extreme precision of less than a psi tolerance and a very short lifetime to extremely robust construction such as those used on historic railroad steam engines that are designed operate many times a day without changing their set pressure when the engines are operating. Relief valves can be designed to be immune to the effects of back pressure or to be vulnerable to it. Which type of valve to use depends upon the design requirements of the system

  13. Pressure activated stability-bypass-control valves to increase the stable airflow range of a Mach 2.5 inlet with 40 percent internal contraction

    Mitchell, G. A.; Sanders, B. W.

    1974-01-01

    The throat of a Mach 2.5 inlet with a coldpipe termination was fitted with a stability-bypass system. The inlet stable airflow range provided by various stability-bypass entrance configurations in alternate combination with several stability-bypass exit controls was determined for both steady-state conditions and internal transient pulses. Transient results were also obtained for the inlet with a choke point at the diffuser exit. Instart angles of attack were determined for the various stability-bypass entrance configurations. The response of the inlet-coldpipe system to internal and external oscillating disturbances was determined. Poppet valves at the stability-bypass exit provided an inlet stable airflow range of 28 percent or greater at all static and transient conditions.

  14. The effect of controlled P1 and P2 in synthetic spin valve with Mn-Ir-Pt exchange biasing layer

    Synthetic top and bottom spin valves including the Mn-Ir-Pt/Co-Fe (P1)/Ru/Co--Fe (P2) synthetic pinned layer were prepared by controlling the thickness difference (Δt=P1-P2) of Co-Fe layers. The effective exchange field (Heff,ex) and giant magnetoresistance (GMR) properties of both synthetic type SVs were investigated as a function of Δt. The Heff,ex was dependent largely on the Δt. The GMR properties are strongly dependent on the stacking sequence of synthetic SVs and Δt. Based on the magnetic and electrical properties at room temperature, the thermal stability of synthetic SVs was also evaluated at various elevated temperatures in both types of SVs

  15. 电液比例伺服阀控容积调速在拉床上的应用研究%Application of Electro-hydraulic Proportional Servo Valve Control Volumetric Speed Control on Broaching Machine

    唐敬东; 刘军营; 胡鑫; 朱艳飞

    2015-01-01

    To improve the performance and broaching quality of broaching machine, according to the characteristics of electro⁃hy⁃draulic proportional servo valve, the major loop of horizontal broaching machine was designed based on the electro⁃hydraulic proportion⁃al servo valve volumetric speed control system. Through the way of electro⁃hydraulic proportional servo valve volumetric speed control mode, the control to broaching speed was realized. A closed loop control was formed using broaching speed as feedback, to inhibit the impacting in broaching process. The simulation model of the broaching machine hydraulic system was established by using AMESim software. Through simulation, it is verified that the system can effectively improve the stationarity of broaching process. The parameters of speed control system were optimized and the good simulation results were obtained. The results provide reference for application of the electro⁃hydraulic proportional servo valve controlled volumetric speed control system in hydraulic broaching machine.%为了提高拉床性能和拉削质量,根据电液比例伺服阀特点设计了应用电液比例伺服阀控容积调速的卧式拉床主回路。通过电液比例伺服阀控容积调速方式实现对拉削速度的控制。以拉削速度为反馈量形成闭环控制,抑制拉削过程中刀具跳动。应用AMESim软件建立了拉床液压系统仿真模型,通过仿真分析验证该系统能有效提高拉削过程的平稳性。对调速系统控制参数进行优化,取得了良好的仿真结果。研究结论为电液比例伺服阀控容积调速系统在液压拉床上的应用提供了参考。

  16. Large-eddy simulation of in-cylinder flow in a DISI engine with charge motion control valve: Proper orthogonal decomposition analysis and cyclic variation

    The application of the charge motion control valve is an effective and flexible way to reduce cycle-to-cycle variations (CCV) and improve engine performance. The objective of this research is to investigate the influence of the tumble flap (i.e., a specific type of charge motion control valve) placed in the intake port on the in-cylinder aerodynamics and CCV inside a non-reacting, direct injection spark ignition (DISI) engine by means of multi-cycle large-eddy simulation (LES) and proper orthogonal decomposition (POD). Extensive POD analyses involving the phase-dependent POD and phase-invariant POD were carried out. Furthermore, the POD quadrapole decomposition method was employed to gain more insight into the stochastic nature of in-cylinder flow. Results indicate that the tumble flap greatly affects the in-cylinder flow field and the first three subfields, but its effect on turbulent part is insignificant. With the closed tumble flap, more intense tumble motion, improved volumetric efficiency, increased energy portion of the mean part, decreased rate of energy decay, and reduced CCV could be achieved compared with the open tumble flap. It is also found that the phase-invariant POD is a useful tool to assess the effect of the tumble flap on the evolution characteristics. - Highlights: • LES is performed to analyze the flow in a DISI engine equipped with a tumble flap. • The effects of tumble flap on aerodynamics and CCV are assessed by two POD methods. • POD quadruple decomposition is used to quantify each subfield contribution to CCV. • Phase-invariant POD captures the evolution features of the main flow structures. • Closing the tumble flap increases the tumble intensity and reduces CCV

  17. Thermostatic Radiator Valve Evaluation

    Dentz, J. [Advanced Residential Integrated Energy Solutions Collaborative (ARIES), New York, NY (United States); Ansanelli, E. [Advanced Residential Integrated Energy Solutions Collaborative (ARIES), New York, NY (United States)

    2015-01-01

    A large stock of multifamily buildings in the Northeast and Midwest are heated by steam distribution systems. Losses from these systems are typically high and a significant number of apartments are overheated much of the time. Thermostatically controlled radiator valves (TRVs) are one potential strategy to combat this problem, but have not been widely accepted by the residential retrofit market. In this project, the ARIES team sought to better understand the current usage of TRVs by key market players in steam and hot water heating and to conduct limited experiments on the effectiveness of new and old TRVs as a means of controlling space temperatures and reducing heating fuel consumption. The project included a survey of industry professionals, a field experiment comparing old and new TRVs, and cost-benefit modeling analysis using BEopt™ (Building Energy Optimization software).

  18. Combating automative engine valve recession

    Lewis, R; Dwyer-Joyce, R.S.

    2003-01-01

    [INTRODUCTION] Valve recession occurs when wear of the valve or seat inserts in an automotive engine has caused the valve to sink or recede into the seat insert (as shown in Figure 1). Excessive recession leads to valves not seating correctly and cylinder pressure loss. Leaking hot combustion gases can also cause valve guttering or torching, which will accelerate valve failure. Although new valve materials and production techniques are constantly being developed, these advances h...

  19. Drive of especially quick-acting valve for nuclear power

    The quick-acting valve drive consists of two branches coupled via a control joint, with their outer ends fitted in fixing joints. The active end of a flexible control element is connected to the control joint. In normal operation, the valve piston is in the terminal position. The flexible element is compressed and retained in the position by air pressure. If the valve is to be closed, compressed air is supplied in a control cylinder from the other side. In the event of air supply failure, the compressed air kept in the valve body can be used for several settings. When the supply is exhausted, the flexible element can be used for emergency valve closing. The device allows achieving high control forces of quick-acting valves in emergencies while keeping down the size of the device and featuring low consumption of compressed air at normal operation. (J.B.). 3 figs

  20. Controls of evaporative irrigation return flows in comparison to seawater intrusion in coastal karstic aquifers in northern Sri Lanka: evidence from solutes and stable isotopes

    Chandrajith, Rohana; Diyabalanage, Saranga; Premathilake, Mahinda; Hanke, Christian; van Geldern, Robert; Barth, Johannes A. C.

    2016-04-01

    Groundwater in Miocene karstic aquifers in the Jaffna Peninsula of Sri Lanka is an important resource since no other fresh water sources are available in the region. The subsurface is characterized by highly productive limestone aquifers that are used for drinking and agriculture purposes. A comprehensive hydrogeochemical study was carried out to reveal the processes affecting the groundwater quality in this region. Major and trace element composition and environmental isotope ratios of oxygen and hydrogen (δ18OH2O and δ2HH2O) were determined in 35 groundwater samples for this investigation. The ion abundance of groundwater in the region was characterized by an anion sequence order with HCO3¯ >Cl¯ >SO4¯ >NO3¯ . For cations, average Na++K+ contents in groundwater exceeded those of Ca2++Mg2+ in most cases. Ionic relationships of major solutes indicated open system calcite dissolution while seawater intrusions are also evident but only close to the coast. The solute contents are enriched by agricultural irrigation returns and associated evaporation. This was confirmed by the stable isotope composition of groundwater that deviated from the local meteoric water line (LMWL) and formed its own regression line denoted as the local evaporation line (LEL). The latter can be described by δ2HH2O=5.8 ×δ18OH2O - 2.9. Increased contents of nitrate (up to 26 mg/L), sulfate (up to 430 mg/L) and fluoride (up to 1.5 mg/L) provided evidences for anthropogenic inputs of solutes, most likely from agriculture activities. Among trace elements Ba, Sr, As and Se levels in the Jaffna groundwater were higher compared to that of the dry zone metamorphic aquifers in Sri Lanka. Solute geochemistry and stable isotope evidences from the region indicates that groundwater in the area is mainly derived from local modern precipitation but modified heavily by progressive evaporative concentration rather than seawater intrusion. The currently most imminent vulnerability of groundwater in the

  1. Centrifugo-pneumatic valving utilizing dissolvable films.

    Gorkin, Robert; Nwankire, Charles E; Gaughran, Jennifer; Zhang, Xin; Donohoe, Gerard G; Rook, Martha; O'Kennedy, Richard; Ducrée, Jens

    2012-08-21

    In this article we introduce a novel technology that utilizes specialized water dissolvable thin films for valving in centrifugal microfluidic systems. In previous work (William Meathrel and Cathy Moritz, IVD Technologies, 2007), dissolvable films (DFs) have been assembled in laminar flow devices to form efficient sacrificial valves where DFs simply open by direct contact with liquid. Here, we build on the original DF valving scheme to leverage sophisticated, merely rotationally actuated vapour barriers and flow control for enabling comprehensive assay integration with low-complexity instrumentation on "lab-on-a-disc" platforms. The advanced sacrificial valving function is achieved by creating an inverted gas-liquid stack upstream of the DF during priming of the system. At low rotational speeds, a pocket of trapped air prevents a surface-tension stabilized liquid plug from wetting the DF membrane. However, high-speed rotation disrupts the metastable gas/liquid interface to wet the DF and thus opens the valve. By judicious choice of the radial position and geometry of the valve, the burst frequency can be tuned over a wide range of rotational speeds nearly 10 times greater than those attained by common capillary burst valves based on hydrophobic constrictions. The broad range of reproducible burst frequencies of the DF valves bears the potential for full integration and automation of comprehensive, multi-step biochemical assay protocols. In this report we demonstrate DF valving, discuss the biocompatibility of using the films, and show a potential sequential valving system including the on-demand release of on-board stored liquid reagents, fast centrifugal sedimentation and vigorous mixing; thus providing a viable basis for use in lab-on-a-disc platforms for point-of-care diagnostics and other life science applications. PMID:22692574

  2. Randomised controlled trial of thermostatic mixer valves in reducing bath hot tap water temperature in families with young children in social housing: A protocol

    Phillips Ceri

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Each year in the UK 2000 children attend emergency departments and 500 are admitted to hospital following a bath water scald. The long term effects can include disability, disfigurement or psychological harm and repeated skin grafts may be required as the child grows. The costs of treating a severe scald are estimated at 250,000 GBP. Children living in the most deprived wards are at greatest risk of thermal injuries; hospital admission rates are three times that for children living in the least deprived wards. Domestic hot water, which is usually stored at around 60 degrees Celsius, can result in a second-degree burn after 3 seconds and a third-degree burn after 5 seconds. Educational strategies to encourage testing of tap water temperature and reduction of hot water thermostat settings have largely proved unsuccessful. Legislation in the USA mandating pre-setting hot water heater thermostats at 49 degrees Celsius was effective in reducing scald injuries, suggesting passive measures may have a greater impact. Thermostatic mixer valves (TMVs, recently developed for the domestic market, fitted across the hot and cold water supply pipes of the bath, allow delivery of water set at a fixed temperature from the hot bath tap. These valves therefore offer the potential to reduce scald injuries. Design/Methods A pragmatic, randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of TMVs in reducing bath hot tap water temperatures in the homes of families with young children in rented social housing. Two parallel arms include an intervention group and a control group where the intervention will be deferred. The intervention will consist of fitting a TMV (set at 44 degrees Celsius by a qualified plumber and provision of educational materials. The control arm will not receive a TMV or the educational materials for the study duration but will be offered the intervention after collection of follow-up data 12 months post randomisation. The

  3. Force Augmentation for Relief Valve

    Luger, J.

    1982-01-01

    Simple design change for poppet relief valve enables flow through valve to exert additional force to help keep valve open. Although originally intended for relief valves for liquid oxygen and liquid nitrogen in Space Shuttle orbiter, concept is applicable to pressure-or flow-actuated valves for wide range of fluids and temperatures.

  4. Design and Research of a New Thermostatic Valve

    Chen Hai-Chu

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available This study designed a new type of intelligent thermostatic mixing valve which could keep the temperature and flux of the outlet water constant by the adaptive controller. It firstly established mathematical model of the valve about angle-flux and angle-temperature and then it applied the “Fluent” software to numerical simulation of the valve about flow field based on the two-equation turbulence model. Finally, it designed the intelligent controller hardware and developed the controlling software of the valve. With the controller and it finished experiments with the thermostatic valve prototype. The results of simulation and experiments prove that the correctness of the theoretical research and they can be used to improve designing of the thermostatic valve.

  5. JenaValve.

    Treede, Hendrik; Rastan, Ardawan; Ferrari, Markus; Ensminger, Stephan; Figulla, Hans-Reiner; Mohr, Friedrich-Wilhelm

    2012-09-01

    The JenaValve is a next-generation TAVI device which consists of a well-proven porcine root valve mounted on a low-profile nitinol stent. Feeler guided positioning and clip fixation on the diseased leaflets allow for anatomically correct implantation of the device without rapid pacing. Safety and efficacy of transapical aortic valve implantation using the JenaValve were evaluated in a multicentre prospective study that showed good short and midterm results. The valve was CE-mark released in Europe in September 2011. A post-market registry ensures on-going and prospective data collection in "real-world" patients. The transfemoral JenaValve delivery system will be evaluated in a first-in-man study in the near future. PMID:22995119

  6. Dual valve plate two-way pressure relief valve

    Angeli, Robert J.

    1994-02-01

    There is disclosed a two-way valve which includes dual valve plates to be positioned between first and second chambers having varying pressure therein, to relieve excess pressure in either chamber by permitting fluid flow from one chamber to the other. The valve includes a body portion having disposed therein dual valve plates. In the equilibrium state, the first valve plate is spring biased against the valve body in the direction of the first chamber to seal off any flow through the valve. The second valve plate is separately spring biased against the first valve plate in the direction of the second chamber, scaling off flow between the valve plates. When the pressure of the first chamber is greater than the pressure of the second chamber by a pre-determined amount, the first and second valve plates move away from the valve body permitting fluid flow from the first chamber to the second chamber.

  7. Bicuspid aortic valves: Diagnostic accuracy of standard axial 64-slice chest CT compared to aortic valve image plane ECG-gated cardiac CT

    Objectives: To assess the diagnostic accuracy of standard axial 64-slice chest CT compared to aortic valve image plane ECG-gated cardiac CT for bicuspid aortic valves. Materials and methods: The standard axial chest CT scans of 20 patients with known bicuspid aortic valves were blindly, randomly analyzed for (i) the appearance of the valve cusps, (ii) the largest aortic sinus area, (iii) the longest aortic cusp length, (iv) the thickest aortic valve cusp and (v) valve calcification. A second blinded reader independently analyzed the appearance of the valve cusps. Forty-two age- and sex-matched patients with known tricuspid aortic valves were used as controls. Retrospectively ECG-gated cardiac CT multiphase reconstructions of the aortic valve were used as the gold-standard. Results: Fourteen (21%) scans were scored as unevaluable (7 bicuspid, 7 tricuspid). Of the remainder, there were 13 evaluable bicuspid valves, ten of which showed an aortic valve line sign, while the remaining three showed a normal Mercedes-Benz appearance owing to fused valve cusps. The 35 evaluable tricuspid aortic valves all showed a normal Mercedes-Benz appearance (P = 0.001). Kappa analysis = 0.62 indicating good interobserver agreement for the aortic valve cusp appearance. Aortic sinus areas, aortic cusp lengths and aortic cusp thicknesses of ≥3.8 cm2, 3.2 cm and 1.6 mm respectively on standard axial chest CT best distinguished bicuspid from tricuspid aortic valves (P < 0.0001 for all). Of evaluable scans, the sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values of standard axial chest CT in diagnosing bicuspid aortic valves was 77% (CI 0.54–1.0), 100%, 100% and 70% respectively. Conclusion: The aortic valve is evaluable in approximately 80% of standard chest 64-slice CT scans. Bicuspid aortic valves may be diagnosed on evaluable scans with good diagnostic accuracy. An aortic valve line sign, enlarged aortic sinuses and elongated, thickened valve cusps are specific CT

  8. [Modern mitral valve surgery].

    Bothe, W; Beyersdorf, F

    2016-04-01

    At the beginning of the 20th century, Cutler and Levine performed the first successful surgical treatment of a stenotic mitral valve, which was the only treatable heart valve defect at that time. Mitral valve surgery has evolved significantly since then. The introduction of the heart-lung machine in 1954 not only reduced the surgical risk, but also allowed the treatment of different mitral valve pathologies. Nowadays, mitral valve insufficiency has become the most common underlying pathomechanism of mitral valve disease and can be classified into primary and secondary mitral insufficiency. Primary mitral valve insufficiency is mainly caused by alterations of the valve (leaflets and primary order chords) itself, whereas left ventricular dilatation leading to papillary muscle displacement and leaflet tethering via second order chords is the main underlying pathomechanism for secondary mitral valve regurgitation. Valve reconstruction using the "loop technique" plus annuloplasty is the surgical strategy of choice and normalizes life expectancy in patients with primary mitral regurgitation. In patients with secondary mitral regurgitation, implanting an annuloplasty is not superior to valve replacement and results in high rates of valve re-insufficiency (up to 30 % after 3 months) due to ongoing ventricular dilatation. In order to improve repair results in these patients, we add a novel subvalvular technique (ring-noose-string) to the annuloplasty that aims to prevent ongoing ventricular remodeling and re-insufficiency. In modern mitral surgery, a right lateral thoracotomy is the approach of choice with excellent repair and cosmetic results. PMID:26907868

  9. Application of Xbar-R Control Chart in the Valve Quality Control%均值一极差控制图在阀门质量控制中的应用

    郑明君; 张跃刚; 黄凤娇

    2011-01-01

    The product quality control is an important factor for enterprise to get the market share. For the key quality indicators of the valve, author combines the valve diameter data which come from the site of manufacturing, uses the minitab software to processing the measured data and rendering the x -R Chart. The chart can clearly reflect the quality control status of the production process,so it provides a guarantee for quality control.%产品的质量控制是企业获取市场的重要保证.针对阀门关键质量指标,结合企业生产现场采集阀门直径数据,借助minitab软件对所测得的数据进行统计处理,绘制出阀门直径的均值-极差(x -R)图,据此断判出生产过程的质量控制状态,为阀门生产过程的质量控制提供了保障.

  10. 2D DIGITAL SIMPLIFIED FLOW VALVE

    Ruan Jian; Li Sheng; Pei Xiang; Burton R; Ukrainetz P; Bitner D

    2004-01-01

    The 2D digital simplified flow valve is composed of a pilot-operated valve designed with both rotary and linear motions of a single spool,and a stepper motor under continual control.How the structural parameters affect the static and dynamic characteristics of the valve is first clarified and a criterion for stability is presented.Experiments are designed to test the performance of the valve.It is necessary to establish a balance between the static and dynamic characteristics in deciding the structural parameters.Nevertheless,it is possible to maintain the dynamic response at a fairly high level,while keeping the leakage of the pilot stage at an acceptable level.One of the features of the digital valve is stage control.In stage control the nonlinearities,such as electromagnetic saturation and hysteresis,are greatly reduced.To a large extent the dynamic response of the valve is decided by the executing cycle of the control algorithm.

  11. Heimlich valve and pneumothorax

    Gogakos, Apostolos; Barbetakis, Nikolaos; Lazaridis, George; Papaiwannou, Antonis; Karavergou, Anastasia; Lampaki, Sofia; Baka, Sofia; Mpoukovinas, Ioannis; Karavasilis, Vasilis; Kioumis, Ioannis; Pitsiou, Georgia; Katsikogiannis, Nikolaos; Tsakiridis, Kosmas; Rapti, Aggeliki; Trakada, Georgia

    2015-01-01

    The Heimlich valve is a small one-way valve used for chest drainage that empties into a flexible collection device and prevents return of gases or fluids into the pleural space. The Heimlich valve is less than 13 cm (5 inches) long and facilitates patient ambulation. Currently there are several systems in the market. It can be used in many patients instead of a traditional water seal drainage system. The Heimlich chest drainage valve was developed so that the process of draining the pleural c...

  12. Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement

    Full Text Available ... the primary reason that we end up offering patients aortic valve surgery in our community. Aortic stenosis ... a picture of the aortic valve from a patient who had a very diseased aortic valve. And ...

  13. Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement

    Full Text Available ... opens freely when the heart contracts. On the right, we see a picture of the aortic valve ... the aortic valve because the probe is sitting right behind the aortic valve. Lots of patients on ...

  14. The mediator complex subunit Med10 regulates heart valve formation in zebrafish by controlling Tbx2b-mediated Has2 expression and cardiac jelly formation.

    Just, Steffen; Hirth, Sofia; Berger, Ina M; Fishman, Mark C; Rottbauer, Wolfgang

    2016-09-01

    In search for novel key regulators of cardiac valve formation, we isolated the zebrafish cardiac valve mutant ping pong (png). We find that an insertional promoter mutation within the zebrafish mediator complex subunit 10 (med10) gene is leading to impaired heart valve formation. Expression of the T-box transcription factor 2b (Tbx2b), known to be essential in cardiac valve development, is severely reduced in png mutant hearts. We demonstrate here that transient reconstitution of Tbx2b expression rescues AV canal development in png mutant zebrafish. By contrast, overexpression of Forkhead box N4 (Foxn4), a known upstream regulator of Tbx2b, is not capable to reconstitute tbx2b expression and heart valve formation in Med10-deficient png mutant hearts. Interestingly, hyaluronan synthase 2 (has2), a known downstream target of Tbx2 and producer of hyaluronan (HA) - a major ECM component of the cardiac jelly and critical for proper heart valve development - is completely absent in ping pong mutant hearts. We propose here a rather unique role of Med10 in orchestrating cardiac valve formation by mediating Foxn4 dependent tbx2b transcription, expression of Has2 and subsequently proper development of the cardiac jelly. PMID:27343557

  15. A novel implantable glaucoma valve using ferrofluid.

    Eleftherios I Paschalis

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To present a novel design of an implantable glaucoma valve based on ferrofluidic nanoparticles and to compare it with a well-established FDA approved valve. SETTING: Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Boston, USA. METHODS: A glaucoma valve was designed using soft lithography techniques utilizing a water-immiscible magnetic fluid (ferrofluid as a pressure-sensitive barrier to aqueous flow. Two rare earth micro magnets were used to calibrate the opening and closing pressure. In-vitro flow measurements were performed to characterize the valve and to compare it to Ahmed™ glaucoma valve. The reliability and predictability of the new valve was verified by pressure/flow measurements over a period of three months and X-ray diffraction (XRD analysis over a period of eight weeks. In vivo assessment was performed in three rabbits. RESULTS: In the in vitro experiments, the opening and closing pressures of the valve were 10 and 7 mmHg, respectively. The measured flow/pressure response was linearly proportional and reproducible over a period of three months (1.8 µl/min at 12 mmHg; 4.3 µl/min at 16 mmHg; 7.6 µl/min at 21 mmHg. X-ray diffraction analysis did not show oxidization of the ferrofluid when exposed to water or air. Preliminary in vivo results suggest that the valve is biocompatible and can control the intraocular pressure in rabbits. CONCLUSIONS: The proposed valve utilizes ferrofluid as passive, tunable constriction element to provide highly predictable opening and closing pressures while maintaining ocular tone. The ferrofluid maintained its magnetic properties in the aqueous environment and provided linear flow to pressure response. Our in-vitro tests showed reliable and reproducible results over a study period of three months. Preliminary in-vivo results were very promising and currently more thorough investigation of this device is underway.

  16. Application of regulating valve in the two -fluid spray nozzle control%调节阀在双流体雾化喷嘴控制上的应用

    倪德芬; 林琼英; 骆倩

    2011-01-01

    根据半干法脱硫系统中双流体雾化喷嘴控制的要求,介绍了对调节阀的选型、口径计算及控制方式的实现,阐明了通过调节阀实现对双流体雾化喷嘴进行控制的一种应用方法.%According to the requirements of semi - dry desulfurization system two - fluid spraying nozzle control. The model selection of regulating valve, caliber calculation and control implementation mode is introduced. Which shows one way to control the two -fluid spraying nozzle via the adjustment of regulating valve.

  17. 基于流量调节阀和神经网络的植保机械在线混药装置%On-line Mixing Pesticide Device Based on Flow Control Valve and Neural Network

    李晋阳; 贾卫东; 魏新华

    2014-01-01

    农药的小流量、高精度实时动态测控是在线混药装置急需解决的一个关键问题.流过调节阀的流量与阀前后压差、流体密度、阀开度有关,通过建立流量与这3个变量间的关系表达式,即可利用调节阀对药液流量进行实时检测和控制.设计了利用流量计和调节阀分别对水和农药原液进行计量的在线混药装置,在提出调节阀相应标定方法的基础上,建立了调节阀的流量关系表达式,并在室内进行了测试.结果表明,农药流量在24~ 240 mL/min范围内时,混药装置的药液流量相对偏差均小于4%.%Small flow high precision real-time dynamic detection and control of pesticide is a key problem which need to solve urgently for on-line mixing device.Flow rate passing the flow regulating valve is related to differential pressure between the upstream and downstream of the valve,fluid density and the valve opening.By developing the relation expression between flow rate and these three variables,realtime detection and control for pesticide flow rate can be implemented using the control valve.In order to meter and control the flow rate of water and pesticide by using flow meter and control valve respectively,the online mixing pesticide device is designed.The calibration method of control valve is proposed and the flow rate relation expressions are developed.The experiments are conducted for the designed mixing device.The experimental results show that the relative error of the pesticide flow rate is less than 4% as the pesticide flow rate is between 24 mL/min and 240 mL/min.

  18. Heimlich valve and pneumothorax.

    Gogakos, Apostolos; Barbetakis, Nikolaos; Lazaridis, George; Papaiwannou, Antonis; Karavergou, Anastasia; Lampaki, Sofia; Baka, Sofia; Mpoukovinas, Ioannis; Karavasilis, Vasilis; Kioumis, Ioannis; Pitsiou, Georgia; Katsikogiannis, Nikolaos; Tsakiridis, Kosmas; Rapti, Aggeliki; Trakada, Georgia; Zissimopoulos, Athanasios; Tsirgogianni, Katerina; Zarogoulidis, Konstantinos; Zarogoulidis, Paul

    2015-03-01

    The Heimlich valve is a small one-way valve used for chest drainage that empties into a flexible collection device and prevents return of gases or fluids into the pleural space. The Heimlich valve is less than 13 cm (5 inches) long and facilitates patient ambulation. Currently there are several systems in the market. It can be used in many patients instead of a traditional water seal drainage system. The Heimlich chest drainage valve was developed so that the process of draining the pleural cavity could be accomplished in a safe, relatively simple, and efficient manner. This valve system has replaced the cumbersome underwater drainage bottle system. Moreover; the Heimlich valve system connects to chest tubing and allows fluid and air to pass in one direction only. This system functions in any position, and it does not ever need to be clamped, a regulated suction can be attached to it if necessary. The valve drains into a plastic bag that can be held at any level, allowing the patient undergoing chest drainage to be ambulatory simply by carrying the bag. In the current mini review we will present the Heimlich valve system and method of insertion. PMID:25861609

  19. Desenvolvimento de circuito eletrônico comparador para controle de válvulas de vazões reduzidas = Development of comparative electronic circuit for reduced flow valve control

    Ana Maria Frattini Fileti

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Diversos tipos de válvula de controle de vazão estão disponíveiscomercialmente, sendo a maioria delas apropriada para elevadas vazões e provida de acionamento pneumático para reduzir riscos de explosões em ambientes industriais. As válvulas para vazões reduzidas e baixas pressões são de pequenas dimensões, normalmente eletrônicas e apresentam custo elevado. No presente trabalho foi desenvolvido um sistema de controle eletrônico de vazão por computador on-line, baseado em componentes eletrônicos comuns, em esquema comparativo de tensão. Um amplificador subtrador foi utilizado neste circuito eletrônico, comparando dois valores de tensão para o controle dosentido de rotação e parada do motorredutor de velocidade acoplado à haste da válvula agulha comum. Este sistema de baixo custo se mostrou eficiente e de simples montagem eletrônica. Válvulas de diferentes dimensões foram acopladas com sucesso ao motorredutor comandado pelo circuito eletrônico, conferindo flexibilidade ao atuador desenvolvido.Ensaios de calibração e de determinação de tempo morto são apresentados, obtendo-se como menor faixa de vazão os valores de 0,3 a 3,6 mL s-1.Different types of flow control valves are commercially available but most are only adequate for high flow rates. These are provided with pneumatic devices to reduce explosion risks in industrial plants. Flow-reduced and low pressure valves are small sized, usually driven by analogical signals and very expensive. Current assay developed an on-line computer-aided flow control electronic system made up of common electronic components within a comparative voltage scheme. A subtracted amplifier was employed in the electronic circuit which compares two voltages for rotation direction control and stoppage of speed engine reducer linked to the common valve stem. This low cost system is very efficient and has the advantage of being electronically assembled without any difficulty. Different

  20. Test and implementation of position sensors on load and unload [18O]H2O control valve of the target used in 18F - production by proton irradiation

    The radionuclide 18F used to produce the radiopharmaceutical [18F]FDG has 109.7 min of half-life, becoming your productive chain so peculiar, because since the beginning of [18O]H2O irradiation until the PET-CT exam there is a period about six hours, and any procedure fail in the productive chain will result in a delay to the PET CT exam. The absence of the position signs from [18O]H2O load and unload valve of the target may result in 18F production loss and even area contamination around the target. In this paper, three types of position sensors, into cyclotron radionuclides production environment in Cyclotron Accelerator Center from IPEN-CNEN/SP were tested. The tests were an indicative to discover the fitter sensor to the [18O]H2O load and unload valve from target used in [18F]fluoride production. After finding the fitter sensor, it was implemented in 18F- target, supplying the correct position from [18O]H2O load and unload valve to programmable logic controller, that had the software modified, respecting in this way the valve position. By this way, it was possible to reduce the incidence of fails, increasing the reliability in [18F]FDG productive chain. (author)

  1. Prosthetic heart valves: Objective Performance Criteria versus randomized clinical trial.

    Grunkemeier, Gary L; Jin, Ruyun; Starr, Albert

    2006-09-01

    The current Food and Drug Administration (FDA) heart valve guidance document uses an objective performance criteria (OPC) methodology to evaluate the clinical performance of prosthetic heart valves. OPC are essentially historical controls, but they have turned out to be an adequate, and perhaps optimal, study design in this situation. Heart valves have a simple open-and-close mechanism, device effectiveness is easy to document, and the common complications (thromboembolism, thrombosis, bleeding, leak, and infection) are well known and easily detected. Thus, randomized clinical trials (RCTs) have not been deemed necessary for the regulatory approval of prosthetic heart valves. The OPC are derived from the average complication rates of all approved heart valves. Studies based on OPC have been shown to work well; many different valve models have gained FDA market approval based on this methodology. Although heart valve RCTs are not required by the FDA, they have been done to compare valves or treatment regimens after approval. Recently, the Artificial Valve Endocarditis Reduction Trial (AVERT) was designed to compare a new Silzone sewing ring, designed to reduce infection, with the Standard sewing ring on a St. Jude Medical heart valve. This was the largest heart valve RCT ever proposed (4,400 valve patients, followed for as long as 4 years), but it was stopped prematurely because of a high leak rate associated with the Silzone valve. Examining the results showed that a much smaller, OPC-based study with 800 patient-years would have been sufficient to disclose this complication of the Silzone valve. PMID:16928482

  2. High-Performance Valve Promises Safe Relief

    2002-01-01

    Using an improved valve design developed under an SBIR contract with Stennis Space Center, Marotta Scientific's PRV95 provides stability over the entire operational range, from fully closed to fully open. The valve employs a concept known as upstream control for valve positioning, making it more dependable with excellent repeatability and minimal lag time. The PRV95 design is unique in its ability to maintain a seal near the set point of the relief limit. Typically, relief valves seal tightly up to 90 percent set point and then reseat when pressure is reduced to 85 percent of set point. This new technology maintains seal integrity until 98 percent of set point and will reseat at 95 to 97 percent of set point. This allows the operator to protect a system without exceeding its limits.

  3. Efficient control of servo pneumatic actuator system utilizing by-pass valve and digital sliding mode

    Vladislav Blagojević; Dragan Šešlija; Miodrag Stojiljković; Slobodan Dudić

    2013-04-01

    The issue of energy saving nowadays is very crucial. Pneumatic systems, constituting an important segment of almost every industry, represent large energy consumers. Also, a significant problem with servo pneumatic actuators is achieving accuracy in positioning. The higher the positioning accuracy, the higher the compressed air consumption is. This paper presents a new solution of the positioning control algorithm which unifies digital control of variable structure and sliding working mode and inter chamber cross-flow. The experiments demonstrated that this control algorithm provides a satisfactory positioning accuracy and robustness of the system, simultaneously reducing compressed air consumption by as much as 29.5%.

  4. Value-impact analysis of regulatory options for resolution of Generic Issue C-8: MSIV [Main Steam Isolation Valve] leakage and LCS [Leakage Control System] failure

    This report describes the analysis conducted to establish the basis for answering two remaining regulatory questions facing the NRC staff regarding the resolution of Generic Issue C-8, specifically:(1) What action should the NRC take concerning plants that currently have a leakage control system (LCS)? and, (2) What action should the NRC take concerning plants that do not have an LCS? Using individual MSIV leak test data, the performance of a system of eight such valves in a standard BWR con-figuration was modeled. The performance model was used along with estimates of core damage accident frequency and calculated dose consequences to determine the public risk associated with each of the alternatives. The occupational exposure implications of each alternative were calculated using estimates of labor hours in radiation zones that would be incurred or avoided. The costs to industry of implementing each alternative were estimated using standard cost formulae and NRC staff estimates. The cost to the NRC were estimated based on the effort incurred or avoided for reviews or other staff actions engendered by the selection of or avoided for reviews or other staff actions engendered by the selection of a particular alternative. The cost and risks thus calculated suggest that no regulatory action can be justified on the basis of risk reduction or cost savings. 12 refs., 1 tab

  5. 单体泵断油过程中控制阀区域流场特性%Flow Characteristics of Solenoid Control Valve During Fuel Stopping Process for the Unit Pump

    仇滔; 雷艳; 彭璟; 李旭初; 李彬

    2013-01-01

    The solenoid valve in the unit pump system (UPS) controls the pressure buildup within the highpressure fuel line.When it is opened,the high-pressure fuel flows with high velocity from the narrow cross-section into the low-pressure fuel line.During its operation,the flow in the field of solenoid valve is quite complex and affects the performance of UPS.This study presents a visualization test method of the solenoid valve of the UPS.For the optical observation,a glass window was incorporated into the pump.The bubbles induced by the cavitation under various operating conditions were observed by a high-speed camera.All color images were transformed into the gray pictures.Simulation was conducted on the basis of the test data such as the pressure and the displacement of valve core.The test results show that cavitation phenomenon occurs during the opening process of control valve.The simulated results of cavitation regulation in control valve agree well with the experimental results.Simulation results show that cavitations in the control valve mainly occur at three positions,they are,the cone angle of valve port,the downstream of cone angle and the clearance between the valve stop and the core.The reasons of cavitation generated in those positions were discussed based on the simulation results of the flow and the pressure fields.%电控单体泵控制阀打开将导通高低压油路,实现断油控制.在断油过程中,大量高压燃油将通过控制阀狭小区域高速流入低压油路,该区域流场十分复杂,对单体泵卸压断油特性影响很大.在电控单体泵泵体上设计了光学透视窗口,采用高速摄像仪器,获得控制阀开启过程在不同开度下控制阀出口端的流场照片,并对照片进行处理.结合测量获得的控制阀位移以及对应的进出口瞬态压力,采用三维仿真软件开展了控制阀区域瞬态流场的仿真计算.试验证明了该区域在阀打开过程中存在两相流.仿真表明控制

  6. Cinematics and sticking of heart valves in pulsatile flow test.

    Köhler, J; Wirtz, R

    1991-05-01

    The aim of the project was to develop laboratory test devices for studies of the cinematics and sticking behaviour of technical valve protheses. The second step includes testing technical valves of different types and sizes under static and dynamic conditions. A force-deflection balance was developed in order to load valve rims by static radial forces until sticking or loss of a disc (sticking- and clamping-mould point) with computer-controlled force deflection curves. A second deflection device was developed and used for prosthetic valves in the aortic position of a pulsatile mock circulation loop with simultaneous video-cinematography. The stiffness of technical valve rims varied between 0.20 (St. Jude) and about 1.0 N/micron (metal rim valves). The stiffness decreased significantly with increasing valve size. Sticking under pulsatile flow conditions was in good agreement with the static deflection measurements. Hence, valve sticking with increasing danger of thrombus formation is more likely with a less stiff valve rim. In the case of forces acting perpendicularly to the pendulum axis, the clamping mould-point of the valve can be reached, followed by disc dislodgement. PMID:1864654

  7. Diseases of the Tricuspid Valve

    ... Myocarditis Obstructive Sleep Apnea Pericarditis Peripheral Vascular Disease Rheumatic Fever Sick Sinus Syndrome Silent Ischemia Stroke Sudden Cardiac Arrest Valve Disease Vulnerable Plaque Diseases of the Tricuspid Valve | Share Diseases of the heart valves are grouped according to which valve or ...

  8. Transcatheter CoreValve valve-in-valve implantation in a stentless porcine aortic valve for severe aortic regurgitation

    Yong, Celina M; Buchbinder, Maurice; Giacomini, John C

    2014-01-01

    Key Clinical Message We describe the first valve-in-valve Corevalve transcatheter aortic valve replacement in the St. Jude Toronto stentless porcine aortic valve in the United States, which enabled this 59-year-old patient with a history of bacterial endocarditis and aortic regurgitation to avoid heart transplant with complete resolution of his severe left ventricular dysfunction.

  9. Eesearch and Design of Intelligent Pneumatic Valve Position Control System%智能气压阀门定位控制系统的研究与设计

    顾能华; 朱莉

    2015-01-01

    The intel igent pressure valve position control system developed by this paper is based on ATmega16A overal design of low power consumption micro control processor as the core,with the design requirements as the center,the design of the hardware system and software.4~20mA output signal,the system has 4~20mA input control,valve position feedback,ac-cording to a system of external hardware fault tips,pneumatic valve positioning system risk early-warning prompt.%研制的智能气压阀门定位控制系统是基于ATmega16A低功耗微控制处理器为核心的总体设计,以设计要求为中心,进行硬件系统以及软件的设计.该系统具有4~20mA信号输出,4~20mA输入控制,阀位反馈显示,系统外挂的硬件的故障提示,气动阀门定位系统的风险预警提示.

  10. GIANT PROSTHETIC VALVE THROMBUS

    Prashanth Kumar

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Mechanical prosthetic valves are predisposed to bleeding, thrombosis & thromboembolic complications. Overall incidence of thromboembolic complications is 1% per year who are on oral anticoagulants, whereas bleeding complications incidence is 0.5% to 6.6% per year. 1, 2 Minimization of Scylla of thromboembolic & Charybdis of bleeding complication needs a balancing act of optimal antithrombotic therapy. We are reporting a case of middle aged male patient with prosthetic mitral valve presenting in heart failure. Patient had discontinued anticoagulants, as he had subdural hematoma in the past. He presented to our institute with a giant prosthetic valve thrombus.

  11. The Klinger hot gas double axial valve

    The Klinger hot gas valve is a medium controlled double axial valve with advanced design features and safety function. It was first proposed by Klinger early in 1976 for the PNP-Project as a containment shut-off for hot helium (918 deg. C and 42 bar), because a market research has shown that such a valve is not state of present techniques. In the first stage of development a feasibility study had to be made by detailed design, calculation and by basic experiments for key components in close collaboration with Interatom/GHT. This was the basis for further design, calculation, construction and experimental work for such a valve prototype within the new development contract. The stage of knowledge to that time revealed the following key priority development areas: Finite element stress analysis for the highly stressed high temperature main components; development of an insulation layout; Detailed experimental tests of functionally important structural components or units of the valve, partly at Klingers (gasstatic bearings, flexible metallic sealing element, aerodynamic and thermohydraulic tests), partly at Interatom (actuator unit and also gasstatic bearings), partly at HRB in Juelich (flexible metallic sealing system, aerodynamic and thermohydraulic tests); Design of a test valve for experimental work in the KVK (test circuit at Interatom) for evaluation of temperature distribution and reliability of operation; Design of a prototype and extensive testing in the KVK

  12. High Speed On-Off Valve Self-adapting Clamping System

    Bing Wang

    2014-01-01

    The high-speed switch electromagnetic valve was a new type of element in the electro-hydraulic control system. The study aimed at the functional requirements and technical specifications of the turbine governor system for high speed on-off valve, designed the new Pulse Width Modulation high speed on-off valve. The high speed on-off valve could control fixture clamping force. Through the analysis of the working characteristics of the hydraulic actuator and h...

  13. Valve monitoring ITI-MOVATS

    ITI-MOVATS provides a wide range of test devices to monitor the performance of valves: motor operated gate or globe valve, butterfly valve, air operated valve, and check valve. The ITI-MOVATS testing equipment is used in the following three areas: actuator setup/baseline testing, periodic/post-maintenance testing, and differential pressure testing. The parameters typically measured with the MOVATS diagnostic system as well as the devices used to measure them are described. (Z.S.)

  14. Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells Reendothelialize Porcine Heart Valve Scaffolds: Novel Perspectives in Heart Valve Tissue Engineering

    Lanuti, Paola; Serafini, Francesco; Pierdomenico, Laura; Simeone, Pasquale; Bologna, Giuseppina; Ercolino, Eva; Di Silvestre, Sara; Guarnieri, Simone; Canosa, Carlo; Impicciatore, Gianna Gabriella; Chiarini, Stella; Magnacca, Francesco; Mariggiò, Maria Addolorata; Pandolfi, Assunta; Marchisio, Marco; Di Giammarco, Gabriele; Miscia, Sebastiano

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Heart valve diseases are usually treated by surgical intervention addressed for the replacement of the damaged valve with a biosynthetic or mechanical prosthesis. Although this approach guarantees a good quality of life for patients, it is not free from drawbacks (structural deterioration, nonstructural dysfunction, and reintervention). To overcome these limitations, the heart valve tissue engineering (HVTE) is developing new strategies to synthesize novel types of valve substitutes, by identifying efficient sources of both ideal scaffolds and cells. In particular, a natural matrix, able to interact with cellular components, appears to be a suitable solution. On the other hand, the well-known Wharton's jelly mesenchymal stem cells (WJ-MSCs) plasticity, regenerative abilities, and their immunomodulatory capacities make them highly promising for HVTE applications. In the present study, we investigated the possibility to use porcine valve matrix to regenerate in vitro the valve endothelium by WJ-MSCs differentiated along the endothelial lineage, paralleled with human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs), used as positive control. Here, we were able to successfully decellularize porcine heart valves, which were then recellularized with both differentiated-WJ-MSCs and HUVECs. Data demonstrated that both cell types were able to reconstitute a cellular monolayer. Cells were able to positively interact with the natural matrix and demonstrated the surface expression of typical endothelial markers. Altogether, these data suggest that the interaction between a biological scaffold and WJ-MSCs allows the regeneration of a morphologically well-structured endothelium, opening new perspectives in the field of HVTE. PMID:26309804

  15. Dry product valve

    This invention provides a system for delivering particulate radioactive or other toxic wastes to a container in which they can be solidified. The system includes a set of valves that prevent the escape of dusty materials to the atmosphere

  16. Mitral valve regurgitation

    ... MVP) Rare conditions, such as untreated syphilis or Marfan syndrome Rheumatic heart disease. This is a complication ... the arteries Heart failure - overview High blood pressure Marfan syndrome Mitral valve prolapse Pulmonary embolus Stroke Update ...

  17. Mitral valve regurgitation

    ... valve prolapse (MVP) Rare conditions, such as untreated syphilis or Marfan syndrome Rheumatic heart disease. This is ... P, eds. Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine . 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011: ...

  18. Linearization of valve flow nonlinearities for large steam turbines

    The control valve for a large steam turbine in a power plant has the characteristic of nonlinearity. It is found that the flow increase is much greater for a given valve position change near the closed end of travel than it is near the open end. The steam flow in the system being proportional to the ultimate desired quantity of the turbine, it is preferable to have linear operation. Thus the automatic control can be applied to this nonlinear system and it is possible to keep the frequency of electricity constant by adjusting the control valve opening to the desired valve position. If the valve is opened less near the closed end of travel and greater near the open end, the desired linearization will be achieved. The way for linearization is producing the nonlinear electric compensation to the nonlinear system of control valves, viz. the electro hydraulic control (EHC). Transfer functions of the valve-position loop are obtained according to the different locations of nonlinear signal produced at the input to valve-position loop or in the feedback. (author)

  19. Control of fast non linear systems - application to a turbo charged SI engine with variable valve timing; controle des systemes rapides non lineaires - application au moteur a allumage commande turbocompresse a distribution variable

    Colin, G.

    2006-10-15

    Spark ignition engine control has become a major issue for the compliance with emissions legislation while ensuring driving comfort. Engine down-sizing is one of the promising ways to reduce fuel consumption and resulting CO{sub 2} emissions. Combining several existing technologies such as supercharging and variable valve actuation, down-sizing is a typical example of the problems encountered in Spark Ignited (SI) engine control: nonlinear systems with saturation of actuators; numerous major physical phenomena not measurable; limited computing time; control objectives (consumption, pollution, performance) often competing. A methodology of modelling and model-based control (internal model and predictive control) for these systems is also proposed and applied to the air path of the down-sized engine. Models, physicals and generics, are built to estimate in-cylinder air mass, residual burned gases mass and air scavenged mass from the intake to the exhaust. The complete and generic engine torque control architecture for the turbo-charged SI engine with variable cam-shaft timing was tested in simulation and experimentally (on engine and vehicle). These tests show that new possibilities are offered in order to decrease pollutant emissions and optimize engine efficiency. (author)

  20. When a Mechanical Valve Goes Freestyle: A Patient Tailored Valve-In-Valve Implantation.

    François, J; Cathenis, K; Hamerlijnck, R

    2015-01-01

    In case of a redo operation after a full root replacement there are two possible options: replacing the entire root or performing a more conservative valve-in-valve implantation. Regarding the relatively high morbidity and mortality of a redo root replacement, the valve-in-valve implantation is the preferred choice if technically feasible. We present the case of a valve-in-valve implantation with a St. Jude mechanical valve in a Medtronic bioprosthesis in a 57-year old man. Follow-up echocardiography after 1 month showed a mean gradient of 17 mmHg and no paravalvular leakage. The combination of a St. Jude bileaflet mechanical valve implanted in a Freestyle root prosthesis has not been described. This case shows that patient tailored treatment with a St. Jude bileaflet mechanical valve in a Freestyle aortic root valve can be safely performed and might be the preferred choice for younger patients, if technically feasible. PMID:26560005

  1. Aortic valve replacement

    Kapetanakis, Emmanouil I; Athanasiou, Thanos; Mestres, Carlos A;

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND AIMS OF THE STUDY: Prompted by anecdotal evidence and observations by surgeons, an investigation was undertaken into the potential differences in implanted aortic valve prosthesis sizes, during aortic valve replacement (AVR) procedures, between northern and southern European countr...... southern European countries. Imbalances in the prevalence of rheumatic heart disease, health resource availability and variations in surgical practice throughout Europe might be possible etiological causes....

  2. The safety relief valve handbook design and use of process safety valves to ASME and International codes and standards

    Hellemans, Marc

    2009-01-01

    The Safety Valve Handbook is a professional reference for design, process, instrumentation, plant and maintenance engineers who work with fluid flow and transportation systems in the process industries, which covers the chemical, oil and gas, water, paper and pulp, food and bio products and energy sectors. It meets the need of engineers who have responsibilities for specifying, installing, inspecting or maintaining safety valves and flow control systems. It will also be an important reference for process safety and loss prevention engineers, environmental engineers, and plant and process designers who need to understand the operation of safety valves in a wider equipment or plant design context. . No other publication is dedicated to safety valves or to the extensive codes and standards that govern their installation and use. A single source means users save time in searching for specific information about safety valves. . The Safety Valve Handbook contains all of the vital technical and standards informat...

  3. Pneumatic Valve Operated by Multiplex Pneumatic Transmission

    Nishioka, Yasutaka; Suzumori, Koichi; Kanda, Takefumi; Wakimoto, Shuichi

    A pneumatic system has several advantages, which are cheapness, lightweight, and reliability to human and environment. These advantages are adapted to some research areas, such as industrial lines, medical and nursing cares, and rehabilitation tools. However, the pneumatic system needs several devices; compressor, air tube, and control valve. This research aim to downsize pneumatic system. In this paper, a new method of multiplex pneumatic transmission for multi-pneumatic servo system is proposed. The valve for this system consists of two vibrators supported by springs, which was designed with simple and cheap structure. The working principle of the valve is vibrators resonance from multiplex pneumatic transmission and it is possible to work as ON/OFF valves without electric wire. Dynamic simulation was used to confirm the working principle of the resonance driving system. A prototype device confirming the principle was designed and developed based on the simulation. The experiments show that this new control system works very well to control two separated valves through single pneumatic tube.

  4. Safety-control double-valve for power-off-protection press%断电保护式压力机用安全控制双联阀

    荣昉; 李厚伦; 荣琳

    2011-01-01

    By analysis of technology level, quality and market of double -valve at home and abroad, the research & development direction of safety-control double-valve for power-off-protection press has been discussed in the text as well as the problems on reliable engineering technology which should be focused on during the processing.%通过对国内外双联阀技术水平、品质及市场的分析,进一步探讨了断电保护式压力机用安全控制双联阀研发的方向以及研发过程中在可靠性工程技术等方面应注意的问题.

  5. Keeping valves in check

    Check valves are located in almost all safety and non-safety related fluid systems in a nuclear power plant. Malfunction or failure of these valves during plant operations, or in some cases under cold shutdown conditions, can seriously affect plant safety and result in costly, time-consuming maintenance. A major cause of check valve failure in the past has been excessive wear of internal components due to high disc flutter. Valve operation under conditions that cause the valve disc and hinge arm to oscillate or flutter can lead to degradations which, if undetected and not corrected, may result in malfunction or failure. Checkmate II, a portable, non-intrusive diagnostic system, has been developed to test various types of check valves using patented ultrasonic testing technology. The system comprises a computer, ultrasonic oscilloscope, transducers, and supporting hardware, and can identify many different phenomena, including: disc position and disc flutter; backstop and seat tapping; relative motion between hinge arm and disc; hinge pin wear and uneven hinge pin wear; disc stud wear and loosened stud nuts; combined stud and hinge pin wear, stuck and missing discs; broken springs. (author)

  6. Valve-less microdispenser

    Tan, Ming Kwang; Xin, Wang; Lee, Weng Kent

    2015-11-01

    We demonstrate the concept of valve-less microdispenser to control of the liquid flow through the nozzle, by incorporating Leidenfrost effect into the nozzle design. When the nozzle is heated above the Leidenfrost point, a thin vapor layer is formed between the heated substrate and the liquid above it. The vapor pressure due to the presence of the vapor layer, together with the effect of surface tension of the liquid, exerted on the liquid-vapor interface, preventing the flow of the liquid through the nozzle. The experimental results shown that nozzles of diameter 400 micrometer and below, the nozzle temperature of 150 degree Celsius is sufficient to prevent the continuous flowing of the liquid, whereas for nozzles of diameter between 400 to 500 micrometer, the nozzle temperature needs to increase to 160 degree Celsius in order to prevent the continuous flowing of the liquid. When nozzle temperature below 160 degree Celsius, intermittent ejection of microdroplets, whose size is a function of nozzle temperature, is observed.

  7. Design Optimisation and Conrol of a Pilot Operated Seat Valve

    Nielsen, Brian; Andersen, Torben Ole; Hansen, Michael Rygaard

    2004-01-01

    The paper gives an approach for optimisation of the bandwidth of a pilot operated seat valve for mobile applications. Physical dimensions as well as parameters of the implemented control loop are optimised simultaneously. The frequency response of the valve varies as a function of the pressure drop...

  8. Integral valve provides automatic relief and remote venting

    Gilmore, R. F.

    1969-01-01

    In-line, pilot-operated, differential area, poppet type valve provides both automatic relief of a tank at a precise over-pressure and remote control of tank venting. Relief and vent operations are separate functions incorporated in an integral valve package.

  9. Minimising life cycle costs of automated valves in offshore platforms

    Yli-Petays, Juha [Metso Automation do Brasil Ltda., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Niemela, Ismo [Metso Automation, Imatra (Finland)

    2012-07-01

    Automated process valves play an essential role in offshore platforms operation. If you are able to optimize their operation and maintenance activities you can receive extensive operational savings with minimal investment. Valves used in offshore platforms doesn't differentiate that much from the valves used in downstream but there are certain specialties, which makes the operations more challenging in offshore: Process valves are more difficult to access and maintain because of space limitations. Also spare part inventories and deliveries are challenging because of offshore platform's remote location. To overcome these challenges usage of digital positioners with diagnostic features has become more common because predictive maintenance capabilities enable possibilities to plan the maintenance activities and this way optimise the spare part orders regarding to valves. There are intelligent controllers available for control valves, automated on/off valves as well as ESD-valves and whole network of automated valves on platforms can be controlled by intelligent valve controllers. This creates many new opportunities in regards of optimized process performance or predictive maintenance point-of-view. By means of intelligent valve controllers and predictive diagnostics, condition monitoring and maintenance planning can also be performed remotely from an onshore location. Thus, intelligent valve controllers provide good way to minimize spending related to total cost of ownership of automated process valves. When purchase value of control valve represent 20% of TCO, intelligent positioner and predictive maintenance methods can enable as high as 30% savings over the life cycle of asset so basically it benefit savings higher than whole investment of monitored asset over its life cycle. This is mainly achieved through the optimized maintenance activities since real life examples has shown that with time based maintenance (preventive maintenance) approach 70% of

  10. Experimental study for flow characteristics and performance evaluation of butterfly valves

    The industrial butterfly valves have been applied to transport a large of fluid with various fields of industry. Also, these are mainly used a control of fluid flux to the water and waste-water pipeline. Present, butterfly valves are manufacturing for multiplicity shape of bodies and discs with many producers. However, appropriate performance evaluation was not yet accomplished to compare about these valves through experiments. This study is performed the experiment of flow characteristics and performance of manufactured 400A butterfly valves for the water and waste pipeline, and compared experimental results. We performed experiments that were controlled fixed a differential pressure condition (1 psi) and the range of the flow rate conditions (500 m3/hr ∼ 2500 m3/hr), and also opened the disc of valves to a range of angle from 9 degree to 90 degree. We investigated and compared the valve flow coefficient and the valve loss coefficient of results through experiments with each butterfly valve.

  11. Thrombogenicity and Reoperation of the St. Jude Medical Silzone (R) valve : A comparison with the conventional St. Jude medical valve

    Stalenhoef, JE; Mellema, EC; Veeger, NJGM; Ebels, T

    2003-01-01

    Background and aim of the study: The St. Jude Medical Silzone(R) valve was withdrawn from the market after an interim analysis of the AVERT study revealed a 2.76% incidence of paravalvar leakage leading to valve re-replacement, compared with only 1.02% in the control group. Additionally, an increase

  12. Transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement by hybrid approach using a novel polymeric prosthetic heart valve: proof of concept in sheep.

    Ben Zhang

    Full Text Available Since 2000, transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement has steadily advanced. However, the available prosthetic valves are restricted to bioprosthesis which have defects like poor durability. Polymeric heart valve is thought as a promising alternative to bioprosthesis. In this study, we introduced a novel polymeric transcatheter pulmonary valve and evaluated its feasibility and safety in sheep by a hybrid approach.We designed a novel polymeric trileaflet transcatheter pulmonary valve with a balloon-expandable stent, and the valve leaflets were made of 0.1-mm expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE coated with phosphorylcholine. We chose glutaraldehyde-treated bovine pericardium valves as control. Pulmonary valve stents were implanted in situ by a hybrid transapical approach in 10 healthy sheep (8 for polymeric valve and 2 for bovine pericardium valve, weighing an average of 22.5±2.0 kg. Angiography and cardiac catheter examination were performed after implantation to assess immediate valvular functionality. After 4-week follow-up, angiography, echocardiography, computed tomography, and cardiac catheter examination were used to assess early valvular function. One randomly selected sheep with polymeric valve was euthanized and the explanted valved stent was analyzed macroscopically and microscopically.Implantation was successful in 9 sheep. Angiography at implantation showed all 9 prosthetic valves demonstrated orthotopic position and normal functionality. All 9 sheep survived at 4-week follow-up. Four-week follow-up revealed no evidence of valve stent dislocation or deformation and normal valvular and cardiac functionality. The cardiac catheter examination showed the peak-peak transvalvular pressure gradient of the polymeric valves was 11.9±5.0 mmHg, while that of two bovine pericardium valves were 11 and 17 mmHg. Gross morphology demonstrated good opening and closure characteristics. No thrombus or calcification was seen macroscopically

  13. A high performance magnetorheological valve with a meandering flow path

    The huge developments in the field of magnetorheological (MR) fluid-based devices will have a great influence on the future of mechatronic applications due to the ease of interfacing between electronic controls and the mechanical components that they provide. Among various MR fluid-based devices, an MR valve would be particularly significant for the development of other devices, if it could be successfully achieved. One of the most challenging obstacles to MR valve development is the difficulty of achieving device miniaturization while, at the same time, improving the achievable performance. This study demonstrates a novel design for an MR valve, using the meandering flow path approach in order to increase the effective area so that the MR fluid can be regulated within a small-sized valve. The meandering flow path is formed by combining multiple annular, radial and orifice flow channels. In order to analyze the valve performance, a mathematical model of the proposed MR valve is derived and combined with numerical simulation using the finite element method, with the intention of predicting the achievable pressure drop that can be generated by the valve. The predicted MR valve performances are then experimentally evaluated using an oscillation-disturbed bypass hydraulic cylinder. The simulation results show that the proposed MR valve design could yield substantial pressure drop improvement, which is confirmed by the experiment

  14. A high performance magnetorheological valve with a meandering flow path

    Imaduddin, Fitrian; Amri Mazlan, Saiful; Rahman, Mohd Azizi Abdul; Zamzuri, Hairi; Ubaidillah; Ichwan, Burhanuddin

    2014-06-01

    The huge developments in the field of magnetorheological (MR) fluid-based devices will have a great influence on the future of mechatronic applications due to the ease of interfacing between electronic controls and the mechanical components that they provide. Among various MR fluid-based devices, an MR valve would be particularly significant for the development of other devices, if it could be successfully achieved. One of the most challenging obstacles to MR valve development is the difficulty of achieving device miniaturization while, at the same time, improving the achievable performance. This study demonstrates a novel design for an MR valve, using the meandering flow path approach in order to increase the effective area so that the MR fluid can be regulated within a small-sized valve. The meandering flow path is formed by combining multiple annular, radial and orifice flow channels. In order to analyze the valve performance, a mathematical model of the proposed MR valve is derived and combined with numerical simulation using the finite element method, with the intention of predicting the achievable pressure drop that can be generated by the valve. The predicted MR valve performances are then experimentally evaluated using an oscillation-disturbed bypass hydraulic cylinder. The simulation results show that the proposed MR valve design could yield substantial pressure drop improvement, which is confirmed by the experiment.

  15. Crystalline Ultrastructures, Inflammatory Elements, and Neoangiogenesis Are Present in Inconspicuous Aortic Valve Tissue

    2010-01-01

    Morbidity from calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) is increasing. Recent studies suggest early reversible changes involving inflammation and neoangiogenesis. We hypothesized that microcalcifications, chemokines, and growth factors are present in unaffected regions of calcific aortic valves. We studied aortic valves from 4 patients with CAVD and from 1 control, using immunohistochemistry, scanning electron microscopy, and infrared spectrography. We revealed clusters of capillary neovessels in...

  16. Crystalline Ultrastructures, Inflammatory Elements, and Neoangiogenesis Are Present in Inconspicuous Aortic Valve Tissue

    P. Dorfmüller; Bazin, D.(National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 48824, USA); Aubert, S; Weil, R.; Brisset, F.; Daudon, M.; Capron, F; Brochériou, I

    2010-01-01

    Morbidity from calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) is increasing. Recent studies suggest early reversible changes involving inflammation and neoangiogenesis. We hypothesized that microcalcifications, chemokines, and growth factors are present in unaffected regions of calcific aortic valves. We studied aortic valves from 4 patients with CAVD and from 1 control, using immunohistochemistry, scanning electron microscopy, and infrared spectrography. We revealed clusters of capillary neovessel...

  17. Check all SCHE Supply Purge Check Valves to Prevent Back Flow from SCHE into Helium Supply

    MISKA, C.R.

    2000-10-23

    These valves are 1/2-inch check valves used to prevent SCHe backflow into the Helium System if pressure in the Helium System drops below the pressure of the control valve downstream of the SCHe supply bottles. (14 psig in trains A and B and 2 psig in trains C and D).

  18. Check all SCHe Supply Purge Check Valves to Prevent Back Flow from SCHe into Helium Supply

    These valves are 1/2-inch check valves used to prevent SCHe backflow into the Helium System if pressure in the Helium System drops below the pressure of the control valve downstream of the SCHe supply bottles. (14 psig in trains A and B and 2 psig in trains C and D)

  19. [Mineralization of heart valves].

    Pawlikowski, M; Pfitzner, R

    1992-01-01

    Mineralization (calcification) of heart valves (mitral, aortic and aortic bioprosthesis) have been analyzed using; histology, x-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, scanning microscopy, atomic absorption and electron microprobe. Obtained results showed the presence of two type of mineralization. First type is represented by grains composed of hydroxyapatite containing admixture of carbonates. This mineralization is seen macroscopically. Second type of mineralization is possible to determine only using chemical methods. It is represented by biological structures containing amount of Ca, P and other elements higher then normal heart valves. This second type of the mineralization conducts to the changes of physical features of the tissue. Both types of calcification develops because of the defects of atomic structure of biological components of heart valves (mainly collagen). These defects show the presence of free atomic bindings i.e. electric potential. Because of this, they are able to react with surrounding free joints, starting calcification. Defects of biological structures of heart valves are the results of infections, mechanical destruction of the valves etc. Calcification may be stopped on different stages of its development: or as secret calcification or may pass to the stage seen as apatite grains. PMID:1342999

  20. Check valves aging assessment

    In support of the NRC Nuclear Plant Aging Research (NPAR) program, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has carried out an assessment of several check value diagnostic monitoring methods, in particular, those based on measurements of acoustic emission, ultrasonics, and magnetic flux. The evaluations have focussed on the capabilities of each method to provide information useful in determining check valve aging and service wear effects, check valve failures, and undesirable operating modes. This paper describes the benefits and limitations associated with each method and includes recent laboratory and field test data, including data obtained from the vendors who recently participated in a comprehensive series of tests directed by a nuclear industry users group. In addition, as part of the ORNL Advanced Diagnostic Engineering Research and Development Center (ADEC), two novel nonintrusive monitoring methods were developed that provide several unique capabilities. These methods, based on external ac- an dc-magnetic monitoring are also described. None of the examined methods could, by themselves, monitor both the instantaneous position and motion of check valve internals and valve leakage; however, the combination of acoustic emission monitoring with one of the other methods provides the means to determine vital check valve operational information

  1. Cavitation-wear Coupling Research on the Hydraulic Control Valve in Coal Liquefaction High Temperature and Pressure Separator%煤液化热高分液控阀空蚀磨损耦合研究

    王黎; 郑智剑; 肖定浩; 偶国富

    2013-01-01

    采用煤液化热高分液控阀的实际操作条件、工艺介质和结构特性,基于两相空化流动方程、Lagrangian固体颗粒控制方程和RNG k-ε湍流模型,开展空蚀和磨损的耦合计算。计算结果表明:在阀芯的出口处,由于流速降低导致的分离现象,会出现回流区和空化带;在阀芯和阀座的间隙处,由于局部压力降低至液相的饱和蒸汽压以下,阀芯壁面存在明显的空化区域,易发生空蚀;阀座的近壁面存在高速固体颗粒的团聚现象,易发生磨损。实际失效案例与数值计算的结果基本一致,验证了数值计算的可靠性。%According to the actual operating conditions ,process medium and structural properties of hydraulic control valve in coal liquefaction high temperature and pressure separator ,the cavitation-wear coupling calculation was carried out based on the two-phase cavitating flowing equation ,lagrangian solid particles control equation and RNG k -ε turbulence model .The results showed that:the recirculation and cavitation region was formed in the outlet of the valve piston because of the flowing separation induced by the decreasing of flow rate;In the gap between the valve seat and piston ,due to the local pressure is reduced to lower than the saturation vapor pressure of the liquid ,the obvious cavitation region appeared in the wall of the valve piston and the cavi-tation erosion is prone to occur;the wear is also prone to happen for the agglomeration phenomenon of the high speed solid parti -cles near the wall of the valve seat .The actual failure case is basically in accordance with the numerical simulation results ,the re-liability of the calculation is verified .

  2. Research on Valve Body Design of Large Bore Sodium Valve

    2011-01-01

    Large bore sodium valve is one kind of key equipments of China Demonstration Fast Reactor (CDFR). It is installed in the pipeline before and behind SG units as a locking mechanism. Valve body which is used to bear pressure is the core of sodium valve design.

  3. Estrategias para Compensar no Linealidades Generadas por Válvulas en Lazos de Control de Flujo Strategies to Compensate Non-Linearities Generated by Valves in Flow Control Loops

    Rafael E Vásquez

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se compararon diferentes estrategias para compensar no linealidades generadas por válvulas en lazos de control de flujo. Se realizó la identificación de un proceso de flujo de líquido incompresible mediante una prueba en planta y se desarrolló un sistema de control por computador. En este sistema fueron implementados un controlador lineal PI y cuatro diferentes estrategias de compensación, usando LabVIEW®. La comparación fue realizada usando como índices de desempeño la integral del valor absoluto del error, el tiempo de estabilización y el sobrepaso. Las estrategias usadas permitieron mejorar el desempeño del controlador lineal en la zona de saturación del actuador. En conclusión, se puede considerar el uso de estos algoritmos para reemplazar elementos como controladores con auto-sintonía o posicionadores no lineales que elevan los costos de inversión y mantenimiento de la plantaIn this work, different strategies to compensate nonlinearities generated by valves in flow control loops were compared. The identification for an incompressible flow process was made through a plant test and a computer control system was developed. In this system a PI linear controller and four different compensation strategies were implemented using LabVIEW™. The comparison was made using the integral of the absolute value of the error, settling time and overshoot as performance indexes. The compared strategies allowed improving the performance of the linear controller in the actuator saturation zone. In conclusion, using these algorithms can be considered to replace elements as self-tuning controllers or nonlinear positioners that raise the inversion and maintenance costs of the plant

  4. Huge tricuspid valve abscess.

    Manzano Nieto, Carmen M; Vilacosta, Isidre; Corros, Cecilia; Almería, Carlos; Rodríguez, Enrique

    2009-03-01

    A 60-year-old woman with colorectal adenocarcinoma underwent surgical mass resection in 2003; hepatic segmentectomy due to hepatic metastasis was performed in 2005. A port-a-cath for the administration of chemotherapy was cannulated. In April 2007, the patient developed fever and shivering, and the catheter was removed. Catheter and blood cultures were positive for methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus. TEE showed a very mobile mass (3 x 2 cm) at the junction of the posterior and anterior leaflets of the tricuspid valve. The mass had large echolucent areas inside, exhibiting an appearance like a 'ball of wool' (Panel B). Cardiac MRI confirmed the presence of a mass attached to the tricuspid valve, as shown in the delayed enhancement sequence. At surgery, a ruptured tendinous cord as well as a large abscess within the septal leaflet of the tricuspid valve was found. PMID:19196752

  5. Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement

    Full Text Available ... a significant number of mitral valve repairs utilizing robotic techniques as well, which is really outside the ... no significant bleeding. Terry asks if you do robotic valve replacement surgeries. I do not. It's a ...

  6. Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement

    Full Text Available ... which is made out of pyrolitic carbon, basically metal and plastic. Again, blood flows through this valve. ... has a prosthetic valve should let all their treating physicians, dentists, et cetera, know that so that ...

  7. What Is Heart Valve Disease?

    ... heart work harder and affect its ability to pump blood. Overview How the Heart Valves Work At the ... into the atria. As the ventricles contract, they pump blood through the pulmonary and aortic valves. The pulmonary ...

  8. Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement

    Full Text Available ... several valve companies in this country and in Europe that have designed catheter-based valves that are ... country in the form of trials and in Europe, actually in more liberal form, for more general ...

  9. Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement

    Full Text Available ... and bovine for cows. Essentially, the tissue from these is harvested from those animals and sewn into ... surface as blood exits through the valve. And these valves are an excellent option. They have great ...

  10. Inexpensive Pressure-Relief Valve

    Theordore, E. A.

    1985-01-01

    Simple device vents excess low-pressure gas. Inexpensive pressure relief valve built from polyvinylchloride pipe. Valve suitable for low pressure-- 25 to 50 cm of mercury-- and flow rates up to 14 m3/min.

  11. Transcatheter Aortic Heart Valve Thrombosis

    Hansson, Nicolaj C; Grove, Erik L; Andersen, Henning R;

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: There is increasing focus on transcatheter heart valve (THV) thrombosis. However, there are limited data on incidence, clinical implications and predisposing factors of THV thrombosis following transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). OBJECTIVES: We assessed the incidence...

  12. Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement

    Full Text Available ... of that slide, that demonstrates that patients with New York Heart Association class heart failure 1 and ... right down the aortic valve and that's the new aortic valve that Dr. Streitman's placed. And you ...

  13. Comparative study of Butterfly valves

    This work tries to justify the hydrodynamic butterfly valves performance, using the EPRI tests, results carried out in laboratory and in situ. This justification will be possible if: - The valves to study are similar - Their performance is calculated using EPRI's methodology Looking for this objective, the elements of the present work are: 1. Brief EPRI butterfly valve description it wild provide the factors which are necessary to define the butterfly valves similarity. 2. EPRI tests description and range of validation against test data definition. 3. Description of the spanish butterfly analyzed valves, and comparison with the EPRI performance results, to prove that this valves are similar to the EPRI test valves. In this way, it will not be necessary to carry out particular dynamic tests on the spanish valves to describe their hydrodynamic performance. (Author)

  14. Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement

    Full Text Available ... a chronic disease process of inflammation and protein deposition that ultimately results in calcification of the valve. ... heart valve which is made out of pyrolitic carbon, basically metal and plastic. Again, blood flows through ...

  15. Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement

    Full Text Available ... really, they are two-fold for us to explain to you that, first, there are more significant ... size valve in as possible, as well as making sure that the valve seats appropriately and that ...

  16. St Jude Medical Portico valve.

    Manoharan, Ganesh; Spence, Mark S; Rodés-Cabau, Joseph; Webb, John G

    2012-09-01

    Transcatheter aortic valve implantation is increasingly being used to treat high-risk patients with symptomatic aortic valve disease. However, challenges still remain with current devices, both in terms of the procedure and the outcome. The St Jude Medical Portico transcatheter valve system is designed to mitigate some of these difficulties. We describe the device characteristics and how the device may impact on a TAVI procedure. An overview of the clinical experiences with the Portico valve system is also described. PMID:22995122

  17. Building valve amplifiers

    Jones, Morgan

    2013-01-01

    Building Valve Amplifiers is a unique hands-on guide for anyone working with tube audio equipment--as an electronics hobbyist, audiophile or audio engineer. This 2nd Edition builds on the success of the first with technology and technique revisions throughout and, significantly, a major new self-build project, worked through step-by-step, which puts into practice the principles and techniques introduced throughout the book. Particular attention has been paid to answering questions commonly asked by newcomers to the world of the valve, whether audio enthusiasts tackling their first build or

  18. Pressure Relief Valve

    1985-01-01

    "Sputtering" is the process of applying film-like metal coatings onto a surface by bombarding the coating material with electrocharged ions. This causes the material to disintegrate and relocate on the substrate an atom layer at a time. The process allows a variety of coating materials to be deposited on various surfaces. Deposition Technology, Inc. (DTI) uses "sputtering" for window films, packaging materials, etc. Valves installed on two vacuum chambers which are part of DTI's system, were developed by Lewis Research Center and detailed in Tech Briefs. The valve protects the environment and frees the operator from monitoring the chamber venting.

  19. A cryogenic valve for spacecraft applications

    Salerno, L. J.; Spivak, A. L.

    1982-01-01

    Space-compatible cryogenic valves are now required to operate between room and liquid helium temperatures. A remotely controllable cryogenic valve is described, which is made of bellows-type stainless steel and is operated by a miniature dc motor with integral gearset (485:1) at a nominal voltage of 28 Vdc. The power transmission provides a further reduction of 7.2:1 to give an overall gear ratio of nearly 3500:1, assuring reliability of operation at low temperatures. Valve performance (leak rate) data are presented at LN2, LHe, and SfHe temperatures at delivered torques of 18, 27, 31, and 35 N-m. At a closing torque of 31 N-m, a leak rate of 0.028 scc/sec was achieved at 2 K, while at a torque of 18 N-m the leak rate at 300 K was less than 3 x 10 to the -9th scc/sec.

  20. An overview of the state of in-situ valve repair entering the '90's

    Historically, in situ valve maintenance has been limited by the availability of tooling and replacement materials. Repairs involving welding and post-weld machining and finishing have relied either on manual methods or relatively simple, mechanically-controlled systems. This paper will describe some recent and on-going advances in the repair of major valves found in power plants. Valves perform two different functions: they contain the following fluid and they stop or isolate the flow. Fluid containment is performed by the valve body, flanges, bonnet seals, and the packing. Flow isolation is performed by the seating surfaces within the valve. Valve repairs to the fluid-containing elements include the repair of cracks in the valve body, restoring the sealing surfaces of the flanges and bonnet sealing area, repairs to the valve stem sealing surface, and the repair of damaged bolting

  1. Telocytes in human heart valves

    Yang, Yang; Sun, Wei; Wu, Sean M; Xiao, Junjie; Kong, Xiangqing

    2014-01-01

    Valve interstitial cells (VICs) are responsible for maintaining the structural integrity and dynamic behaviour of the valve. Telocytes (TCs), a peculiar type of interstitial cells, have been recently identified by Popescu*s group in epicardium, myocardium and endocardium (visit http://www.telocytes.com). The presence of TCs has been identified in atria, ventricles and many other tissues and organ, but not yet in heart valves. We used transmission electron microscopy and immunofluorescence methods (double labelling for CD34 and c-kit, or vimentin, or PDGF Receptor-β) to provide evidence for the existence of TCs in human heart valves, including mitral valve, tricuspid valve and aortic valve. TCs are found in both apex and base of heart valves, with a similar density of 27–28 cells/mm2 in mitral valve, tricuspid valve and aortic valve. Since TCs are known for the participation in regeneration or repair biological processes, it remains to be determined how TCs contributes to the valve attempts to re-establish normal structure and function following injury, especially a complex junction was found between TCs and a putative stem (progenitor) cell. PMID:24674389

  2. Cavitation problems in sodium valves

    Cavitation poses few problems for sodium valves, in spite of the fact that the loops are not pressurized. This is no doubt due to the low flow velocities in the pipes. For auxiliary loop valves we are attempting to standardize performances with respect to cavitation. For economic reasons cavitation thresholds are approached with large diameter valves. (author)

  3. Realization of the Atkinson-Miller cycle in spark-ignition engine by means of the fully variable inlet valve control system

    Żmudka Zbigniew; Postrzednik Stefan; Przybyła Grzegorz

    2014-01-01

    The theoretical analysis of the charge exchange process in a spark ignition engine has been presented. This process has significant impact on the effectiveness of engine operation because it is related to the necessity of overcoming the flow resistance, followed by the necessity of doing a work, so-called the charge exchange work. The flow resistance caused by the throttling valve is especially high during the part load operation. The open Atkinson-Miller cycle has been assumed as a model of ...

  4. SAFETY SHUTOFF VALVE

    2009-01-01

    It is disclosed a shut-off valve which acts automatically and has a fully mechanical performance with respect to the loosing of the tower-shape part balance under the effect of the special acceleration Which is arisen from the quakes waves or serious vibrations, while such vibrations are mainly r...

  5. Vent Relief Valve Test

    2008-01-01

    Shown is the disassembly, examination, refurbishment and testing of the LH2 ( liquid hydrogen) and LOX (liquid oxygen) vent and relief valves for the S-IVB-211 engine stage in support of the Constellation/Ares project. This image is extracted from high definition video and is the highest resolution available.

  6. Liquid metal plasma valve development

    None

    1978-06-01

    A program for the development of liquid-metal plasma valves (LMPVs) is discussed in detail. The program consisted of two tasks. The first was the development and testing of valves in the laboratory and the fabrication, instrumentation, testing and in-service operation of two valves at the Bonneville Power Adminstration (BPA) facilities of the Pacific Intertie HVDC Power Tansmission System at Celilo, Oregon. The second task was the design, development, fabrication, installation, and operation of a voltage and current monitoring station and the transient event recording system to go with it. Information is present on the design and development of converter valves; LMPV principles; and the testing of prototype valves. (LCL)

  7. Safety and relief valve testing

    Two major programmes of safety relief valve testing have been established in support of system design and the selection of valves for Sizewell 'B'. The Central Electricity Generating Board has constructed the BRAVO facility to reproduce PWR pressuriser fluid conditions for the full scale testing of pressuriser relief system valves. Current tests on BRAVO, on a full size tandem pair of pressuriser pilot operated safety relief valves, will be followed by the full flow testing of a pressuriser safety valve. Tests at secondary circuit conditions have been carried out at the Siemens Kraftwerk Union Test Facilities, W Germany, where candidate MSSV's have been tested at full scale blowdown conditions. (author)

  8. 具有压力补偿器的比例流量阀开度控制算法研究%Study on Opening Control Algorithm for Proportional Valve with Pressure Compensators

    刘国平; 于见雨; 胡瑢华; 夏五星

    2012-01-01

    Flow control of proportional valve is precise control of opening in essence. The mechanical model of proportional valve with pressure compensators under steady-state condition was established, and experimental verification was done. The results prove that electromagnetic force needs two mutations. So normal PID control can't fulfill the requirement. The algorithm of differential first PID was designed. It is proved that this algorithm can fulfill the mutation of electromagnetic force requirement. Good linear relationship between setting opening and actual opening is achieved.%比例流量阀的流量控制,其实质是对阀口开度的精确控制.对具有压力补偿器的比例流量阀建立稳态工况下的力学模型并进行实验分析,结果证明:电磁力需在两个特定阶段产生幅度较大的跳变,常规PID算法不能满足电磁力跳变要求.设计了微分先行PID算法,实验结果证明:该算法能够很好地满足电磁力跳变的要求,实现了阀芯设定开度与实际开度间良好的线性关系.

  9. Analysis of temperature field of direct action solenoid valve

    Background: Hydraulic Control Rod Drive Technology (HCRDT) is a newly invented patent and Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology Tsinghua University owns HCRDT's independent intellectual property rights. Purpose: Integrated valve which is made up of three direct action solenoid valves is the key part of this technology, so the performance of the solenoid valve directly affects the function of the integrated valve and the HCRDT. The performance of the coil affects the service behavior of the solenoid valve, so the thermal performance of the coil is researched. Methods: The temperature field of the coil of the direct action solenoid valve was analyzed using the ANSYS software with various currents, the results of which were validated by experiments. Results: The result shows that the temperature of the coil of the solenoid valve increases with the current increasing firstly. Second, the temperature of the inner wall of the coil is higher than that of the exterior wall. The temperature of the middle coil is higher than that of the edge of the coil. Third, the coefficient of thermal conductivity of the coil is obtained. Fourth, the highest temperature of the coil is under the limiting temperature. Furthermore, the comparison of the temperature of the coil achieved by calculation with the one achieved by experiment under different condition shows that the calculation results are rational if the experiment errors are considered. Conclusions: The results can be provided for the parameter design of the solenoid valve. (authors)

  10. Measurement of reed valve kinematics

    Fenkl Michael

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The measurement of key kinematic parameters of a reed valve movement is necessary for the further development of the reed valve system. These parameters are dependent on the geometry and material properties of the valve. As they directly affect the quantity of air flowing around the valve, a simple and easy to implement measurement of various valve configuration based on the air flow has been devised and is described in this paper, along with its technical parameters and drawbacks when evaluating reed valves used in reciprocating air compressors. Results are presented for a specimen of a compressor under examination. All kinematic parameters, and timing of the opening and closing of the valve, obtained from the measurement are presented and discussed.

  11. Measurement of reed valve kinematics

    Fenkl, Michael; Dvořák, Václav; Vít, Tomáš

    2016-03-01

    The measurement of key kinematic parameters of a reed valve movement is necessary for the further development of the reed valve system. These parameters are dependent on the geometry and material properties of the valve. As they directly affect the quantity of air flowing around the valve, a simple and easy to implement measurement of various valve configuration based on the air flow has been devised and is described in this paper, along with its technical parameters and drawbacks when evaluating reed valves used in reciprocating air compressors. Results are presented for a specimen of a compressor under examination. All kinematic parameters, and timing of the opening and closing of the valve, obtained from the measurement are presented and discussed.

  12. PARAMETER ESTIMATION OF VALVE STICTION USING ANT COLONY OPTIMIZATION

    S. Kalaivani

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, a procedure for quantifying valve stiction in control loops based on ant colony optimization has been proposed. Pneumatic control valves are widely used in the process industry. The control valve contains non-linearities such as stiction, backlash, and deadband that in turn cause oscillations in the process output. Stiction is one of the long-standing problems and it is the most severe problem in the control valves. Thus the measurement data from an oscillating control loop can be used as a possible diagnostic signal to provide an estimate of the stiction magnitude. Quantification of control valve stiction is still a challenging issue. Prior to doing stiction detection and quantification, it is necessary to choose a suitable model structure to describe control-valve stiction. To understand the stiction phenomenon, the Stenman model is used. Ant Colony Optimization (ACO, an intelligent swarm algorithm, proves effective in various fields. The ACO algorithm is inspired from the natural trail following behaviour of ants. The parameters of the Stenman model are estimated using ant colony optimization, from the input-output data by minimizing the error between the actual stiction model output and the simulated stiction model output. Using ant colony optimization, Stenman model with known nonlinear structure and unknown parameters can be estimated.

  13. Developments in mechanical heart valve prosthesis

    Kalyani Nair; C V Muraleedharan; G S Bhuvaneshwar

    2003-06-01

    Artificial heart valves are engineered devices used for replacing diseased or damaged natural valves of the heart. Most commonly used for replacement are mechanical heart valves and biological valves. This paper briefly outlines the evolution, designs employed, materials being used,. and important factors that affect the performance of mechanical heart valves. The clinical performance of mechanical heart valves is also addressed. Efforts made in India in the development of mechanical heart valves are also discussed.

  14. A normally-closed piezoelectric micro-valve with flexible stopper

    Chen, Song; Lu, Song; Liu, Yong; Wang, Jiantao; Tian, Xiaochao; Liu, Guojun; Yang, Zhigang

    2016-04-01

    In the field of controlled drug delivery system, there are still many problems on those reported micro-valves, such as the small opening height, unsatisfactory particle tolerance and high cost. To solve the above problems, a novel normally-closed piezoelectric micro-valve is presented in this paper. The micro-valve was driven by circular unimorph piezoelectric vibrator and natural rubber membrane with high elasticity was used as the valve stopper. The small axial displacement of piezoelectric vibrator can be converted into a large stroke of valve stopper based on hydraulic amplification mechanism. The experiment indicates that maximum hydraulic amplification ratio is up to 14, and the cut-off pressure of the micro-valve is 39kPa in the case of no working voltage. The presented micro valve has a large flow control range (ranging from 0 to 8.75mL/min).

  15. Bicuspid aortic valves: Diagnostic accuracy of standard axial 64-slice chest CT compared to aortic valve image plane ECG-gated cardiac CT

    Murphy, David J., E-mail: david.murphy@st-vincents.ie [Department of Radiology, St Vincent' s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4 (Ireland); McEvoy, Sinead H., E-mail: s.mcevoy@st-vincents.ie [Department of Radiology, St Vincent' s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4 (Ireland); Iyengar, Sri, E-mail: sri.iyengar@nhs.net [Department of Radiology, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Plymouth Devon PL6 8DH (United Kingdom); Feuchtner, Gudrun, E-mail: Gudrun.Feuchtner@i-med.ac.at [Department of Radiology, Innsbruck Medical University, Anichstr. 35, A-6020 Innsbruck (Austria); Cury, Ricardo C., E-mail: r.cury@baptisthealth.net [Department of Radiology, Baptist Cardiac and Vascular Institute, 8900 North Kendall Drive, Miami, FL 33176 (United States); Roobottom, Carl, E-mail: carl.roobottom@nhs.net [Department of Radiology, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Plymouth Devon PL6 8DH (United Kingdom); Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (United Kingdom); Baumueller, Stephan, E-mail: Hatem.Alkadhi@usz.ch [Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Zurich, Raemistrasse 100, CH-8091 Zurich (Switzerland); Alkadhi, Hatem, E-mail: stephan.baumueller@usz.ch [Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Zurich, Raemistrasse 100, CH-8091 Zurich (Switzerland); Dodd, Jonathan D., E-mail: jonniedodd@gmail.com [Department of Radiology, St Vincent' s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4 (Ireland)

    2014-08-15

    Objectives: To assess the diagnostic accuracy of standard axial 64-slice chest CT compared to aortic valve image plane ECG-gated cardiac CT for bicuspid aortic valves. Materials and methods: The standard axial chest CT scans of 20 patients with known bicuspid aortic valves were blindly, randomly analyzed for (i) the appearance of the valve cusps, (ii) the largest aortic sinus area, (iii) the longest aortic cusp length, (iv) the thickest aortic valve cusp and (v) valve calcification. A second blinded reader independently analyzed the appearance of the valve cusps. Forty-two age- and sex-matched patients with known tricuspid aortic valves were used as controls. Retrospectively ECG-gated cardiac CT multiphase reconstructions of the aortic valve were used as the gold-standard. Results: Fourteen (21%) scans were scored as unevaluable (7 bicuspid, 7 tricuspid). Of the remainder, there were 13 evaluable bicuspid valves, ten of which showed an aortic valve line sign, while the remaining three showed a normal Mercedes-Benz appearance owing to fused valve cusps. The 35 evaluable tricuspid aortic valves all showed a normal Mercedes-Benz appearance (P = 0.001). Kappa analysis = 0.62 indicating good interobserver agreement for the aortic valve cusp appearance. Aortic sinus areas, aortic cusp lengths and aortic cusp thicknesses of ≥3.8 cm{sup 2}, 3.2 cm and 1.6 mm respectively on standard axial chest CT best distinguished bicuspid from tricuspid aortic valves (P < 0.0001 for all). Of evaluable scans, the sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values of standard axial chest CT in diagnosing bicuspid aortic valves was 77% (CI 0.54–1.0), 100%, 100% and 70% respectively. Conclusion: The aortic valve is evaluable in approximately 80% of standard chest 64-slice CT scans. Bicuspid aortic valves may be diagnosed on evaluable scans with good diagnostic accuracy. An aortic valve line sign, enlarged aortic sinuses and elongated, thickened valve cusps are specific CT

  16. Study on improving the reliability of motor-operated gate valve seats (step 1)

    Valves have numerous important functions, such as flow control, pressure reduction and blockage of fluids under various operating conditions in the nuclear power plants. A wide range of valve types are used in order to accommodate these various conditions and functions. Since the number of valves installed can reach as much as several tends of thousands, the reliability of those valves in extremely important in terms of the plant safety. First, we evaluated the possibility of stellite cracking in the seats of motor-operated gate valves, which have the important function of plant safety, for the purpose of improving valve reliability. This evaluation was made with respect to stress caused by the valve body pushing force of the driving portion considered to act on the valve seat (set torque and motor coasting torque), residual stress in stellite welding and internal pressure of the piping in an actual operating condition. In addition, studies were also conducted to decrease stress in the valve seat based on the above results. The countermeasures included the decrease of motor coasting rate, which greatly contributes to stress on the valve seat, minimization of backlash in transmission components such as worm gears and valve stem screws, reduction of residual stress in stellite welding and the higher rigidity of the valve body. (author)

  17. Noninferiority of Shanghai Cingular biotech’s bovine pericardial valve preclinical study in juvenile ovine model

    Chen, Jin-Miao; Ding, Yu; Lu, Shu-Yang; Pan, Sun; Abudupataer, Mieradilijiang

    2016-01-01

    Background This study introduces a newly Chinese domestic-designed/manufactured bovine pericardial valve, the SCBC valve (Shanghai Cingular Biotech Corporation, Shanghai, China), and evaluates its hemodynamic performance and calcification potential compared with the Carpentier-Edwards (CE) PerimountTM valve (Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA, USA) in juvenile sheep for preclinical study. Methods Five SCBC valves in study group and three CE PerimountTM valves (6900P with TFX) in control group were implanted in the mitral position of juvenile sheep and followed up for five months. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) for hemodynamic measurement was performed ten days, three months and five months postoperatively. Valve calcification was assessed by X-ray after euthanasia. Other collected data included macroscopic examination, blood analysis, microorganism culture and histological assessment. Results All sheep in two groups lived to sacrifice without evidence of valvular dysfunction. The SCBC valve had similar hemodynamic performance and susceptibility of calcification compared with the CE PerimountTM valve in juvenile ovine model. In all other parameters, the SCBC valve also exhibited no significant difference compared with the CE PerimountTM valve. Conclusions Our study demonstrated that the SCBC valve can exhibit similar mid-term satisfactory safety and efficacy compared with the CE PerimountTM valve in the mitral position of juvenile sheep model. PMID:27293835

  18. Water Hydraulic 2/2 Directional Valve with Plane Piston Structure

    GONG Yongjun; YANG Huayong; WANG Zuwen

    2009-01-01

    Due to the fire resistance and environmental compatibility, using water as the working fluid in hydraulic circuits is receiving an increasing attention by both manufactures and users. This hydraulic directional valve is developed. When new water hydraulic directional valve is designed and manufactured, this paper introduces a water hydraulic 2/2 directional valve and its principle. The valve is composed of a hydraulically operated seat valve and a magnetic 3/2 direction valve. Aimed at the serious leakage and impact generating easily in reversing suddenly, an improved structure of water space seal is changed to direct seal, compaction force between main valve spool and main valve pocket was logically designed and damper in pilot valve port is matched with sensitive cavity in main valve. From the view of flow control, the methods of cavitation resistance of the directional water hydraulic valve are investigated. The computational fluid dynamics approaches are applied to obtain static pressure distributions and cavitation images in the channel of the main stage of the valve with two kinds of structure. The results show that the method of optimized spout can effectively restrain cavitation. The work provides some useful reference for developing water hydraulic control valve with the Dower noise and lower vibration. Meantime, the structural parameters are optimized on the basis of information obtained from simulation. Static test, dynamic test and life test are accomplished, and the results show that the water hydraulic directional valve possesses good property, its pressure loss is 1.1 MPa lower, switching time is shorter than 0.025 s, and its strike crest is 0.8 MPa lower. The valve possess fine dynamic performance with the characteristic rapidly action and lower implusion.

  19. Design and Analysis of Poppet Engine Valve for Enhanced Mechanical Properties with Varied Geometric Parameters and Materials

    Vidyadhar.C.Kale1 ,

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Poppet engine valve is a precision engine component which blocks gas flow ports and controls the exchange of gases in internal combustion engines. The functionality of the valve is to seal the working space inside the cylinder against manifolds by continuously opening and closing of valve according to valve timing diagram. Existing difficulties with poppet engine valve being that it tend to fail due to fatigue after executing about 300 million operating cycles. Thus this research paper aims to establish effect of varied materials and Geometric parameters on mechanical properties of poppet engine valve to improve its performance over life and fatigue life using Ansys software.

  20. Design of automated tester for oil-supplying valves controller%一种供油选择阀控制盒自动检查仪的设计

    杨佳; 杨小林; 马虎; 赵汉武

    2014-01-01

    某型飞机燃油系统供油选择阀控制盒为新研设备,目前尚未配备自动检查仪。为解决该型控制盒手动检查效率低、易失误的问题,设计一种便携式自动化检查仪。该检查仪基于C8051F040单片机,通过向控制盒提供各种模拟指令以及阀门位置信号,采集并判断控制盒的输出,实现对控制盒性能的自动测试。研制成功的自动检查仪性能稳定,极大提高对该型控制盒性能检测的效率。%Oil-supplying valves controller is a new designed device for an aircraft. Now there is no automated tester for its performance check. To solve the problem of low-efficiency and mistakes caused by manual testing, a portable automated tester was designed for this controller. Based on C8051F040 microcontroller,the tester provided simulated instructions and valve position signals to controller,acquired and analyzed the outputs of controller,thus realized the automated test of the controller. The proposed tester has stable performance and provides high efficiency for the test of the controller.

  1. Nitrile/Buna N Material Failure Assessment for an O-Ring used on the Gaseous Hydrogen Flow Control Valve (FCV) of the Space Shuttle Main Engine

    Wingard, Doug

    2006-01-01

    After the rollout of Space Shuttle Discovery in April 2005 in preparation for return-to-flight, there was a failure of the Orbiter (OV-103) helium signature leak test in the gaseous hydrogen (GH2) system. Leakage was attributed to the Flow Control Valve (FCV) in Main Engine 3. The FCV determined to be the source of the leak for OV-103 is designated as LV-58. The nitrile/Buna N rubber O-ring seal was removed from LV-58, and failure analysis indicated radial cracks providing leak paths in one quadrant. Cracks were eventually found in 6 of 9 FCV O-rings among the three Shuttle Orbiters, though none were as severe as those for LV-58, OV-103. Testing by EM10 at MSFC on all 9 FCV O- rings included: laser dimensional, Shore A hardness and properties from a dynamic mechanical analyzer (DMA) and an Instron tensile machine. The following test data was obtained on the cracked quadrant of the LV-58, OV-103 O-ring: (1) the estimated compression set was only 9.5%, compared to none for the rest of the O-ring; (2) Shore A hardness for the O.D. was higher by almost 4 durometer points than for the rest of the O-ring; and (3) DMA data showed that the storage/elastic modulus E was almost 25% lower than for the rest of the O-ring. Of the 8 FCV O-rings tested on an Instron, 4 yielded tensile strengths that were below the MIL spec requirement of 1350 psi-a likely influence of rubber cracking. Comparisons were made between values of modulus determined by DNA (elastic) and Instron (Young s). Each nitrile/Buna N O-ring used in the FCV conforms to the MIL-P-25732C specification. A number of such O-rings taken from shelf storage at MSFC and Kennedy Space Center (KSC) were used to generate a reference curve of DMA glass transition temperature (Tg) vs. shelf storage time ranging from 8 to 26 years. A similar reference curve of TGA onset temperature (of rubber weight loss) vs. shelf storage time was also generated. The DMA and TGA data for the used FCV O-rings were compared to the reference

  2. Update to the study protocol, including statistical analysis plan for a randomized clinical trial comparing comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation after heart valve surgery with control

    Sibilitz, Kirstine Laerum; Berg, Selina Kikkenborg; Hansen, Tina Birgitte;

    2015-01-01

    cost-benefit will be assessed. A mixed-method design will be used to evaluate qualitative and quantitative findings, encompassing a survey-based study before the trial and a qualitative pre- and post-intervention study. CONCLUSION: This randomized clinical trial will contribute with evidence of whether...... cardiac rehabilitation should be provided after heart valve surgery. The study is approved by the local regional Research Ethics Committee (H-1-2011-157), and the Danish Data Protection Agency (j.nr. 2007-58-0015). TRIAL REGISTRATION: Trial registered 16 March 2012; ClinicalTrials.gov ( NCT01558765 )....

  3. Valve actuator motor degradation

    Valve actuator motor degradation and failure has been a significant, but little studied, problem in the nuclear industry. This study provides a discussion of the primary failure mode --thermal degradation-- and reviews the basis for the solution to thermal degradation -- thermal protection. The study also provides reviews of various industry data bases, discusses effects of other failure modes such as corrosion, and provides a review of other considerations the user should entertain when assessing thermal protection

  4. System for remotely servicing a top loading captive ball valve

    An attachment for facilitating servicing of a valve is disclosed including: an assembly composed of a valve seat defining a flow path, a flow control member movable relative to the valve seat for blocking or unblocking the valve seat, and a control device including a stem coupled to the flow control member and operable for moving the flow control member relative to the valve se housing for receiving the assembly, the housing having an opening via which the assembly can be removed from, and installed in, the housing, and the housing having a plurality of threaded studs which surround the opening and project away from the housing; a valve housing cover for closing and sealing the opening in the housing, the cover having a first bore for passage of the stem of the control device when the assembly is installed in the housing and a plurality of second bores each located for passage of a respective stud when the cover closes the opening in the housing. A plurality of threaded nuts are engageable with the studs for securing the cover to the housing when the cover closes the opening in the housing, wherein the attachment comprises: a plurality of nut guide devices removable from the housing and each operatively associated with a respective stud for retaining a respective nut and guiding the respective nut into alignment with the respective stud to enable the respective nut to be rotated into engagement with the respective stud; and aligning the nut guide devices with the studs. 7 figs

  5. System for remotely servicing a top loading captive ball valve

    Berry, S.M.; Porter, M.L.

    1996-06-25

    An attachment for facilitating servicing of a valve is disclosed including: an assembly composed of a valve seat defining a flow path, a flow control member movable relative to the valve seat for blocking or unblocking the valve seat, and a control device including a stem coupled to the flow control member and operable for moving the flow control member relative to the valve seat; a housing for receiving the assembly, the housing having an opening via which the assembly can be removed from, and installed in, the housing, and the housing having a plurality of threaded studs which surround the opening and project away from the housing; a valve housing cover for closing and sealing the opening in the housing, the cover having a first bore for passage of the stem of the control device when the assembly is installed in the housing and a plurality of second bores each located for passage of a respective stud when the cover closes the opening in the housing. A plurality of threaded nuts are engageable with the studs for securing the cover to the housing when the cover closes the opening in the housing, wherein the attachment comprises: a plurality of nut guide devices removable from the housing and each operatively associated with a respective stud for retaining a respective nut and guiding the respective nut into alignment with the respective stud to enable the respective nut to be rotated into engagement with the respective stud; and aligning the nut guide devices with the studs. 7 figs.

  6. Action plans for motor-operated valves and check valves

    The proper performance of motor-operated valves (MOVs) and check valves is necessary for the safety operation of a nuclear power plant. Problems have been experienced, however, with these valves for many years. Currently, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the nuclear industry have a number of activities under way to provide assurance that MOVs and check valves will successfully perform their safety functions when needed. The Mechanical Engineering Branch (EMEB) of the NRC Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation has been assigned the responsibility of coordinating NRC activities and monitoring industry activities regarding MOVs and check valves. To meet this responsibility, EMEB has prepared action plans to provide assurance of the proper performance of these valves. Among the staff activities described in the action plans is the consideration of the need to revise the regulations to clarify the inservice testing (IST) requirements for these valves. The need for regulatory guidance for the development of acceptable IST programs, as well as for other licensee activities relating to the performance of MOVs and check valves, will also be evaluated. In addition, NRC personnel will have to verify, in a consistent manner, implementation of licensee commitments in response to NRC generic letters and bulletins. Another important aspect of the action plans is the provision for the NRC staff to provide assistance, where appropriate, to the industry in its efforts to address MOV and check valve issues. Finally, the action plans include a tentative schedule for accomplishing the described staff activities

  7. Valve studies: Hydrogen fluoride monitoring of UF6 cylinder valves

    Uranium hexafluoride (UF6) cylinder valves have, like the cylinders, been in use and/or storage for periods ranging from 15 to 44 years. Visual inspection of the cylinders has shown that the extent of corrosion and the overall cylinder condition varies widely throughout the storage yards. One area of concern is the integrity of the cylinder valves. Visual inspection has found deposits which have been identified as radioactive material on or near the valves. These deposits suggest leakage of UF6 and may indicate valve degradation; however, these deposits may simply be residual material from cylinder filling operations

  8. Performance Characteristics of an Isothermal Freeze Valve

    Hailey, A.E.

    2001-08-22

    This document discusses performance characteristics of an isothermal freeze valve. A freeze valve has been specified for draining the DWPF melter at the end of its lifetime. Two freeze valve designs have been evaluated on the Small Cylindrical Melter-2 (SCM-2). In order to size the DWPF freeze valve, the basic principles governing freeze valve behavior need to be identified and understood.

  9. Flow mapping for assessment of native and repaired valves

    Color Doppler flow mapping (CDFM) was performed in 47 normal women ages 18-41 mean (m) 28 to determine the normal flow phenomena across each of the 4 heart valves. The group included: 15 elite marathon runners average run (ave.) 70 miles/week, heart rate (HR) 35-54 (m 45); 14 joggers ave. 40 mi/wkm HR 40-69 (m 53); and 17 controls 0 mi/wk, HR 49-93 (m 77). 2-D echo and CDFM defined the motion of each valve, including the presence of mitral valve prolapse (MVP), the ventricular inflow and outflow patterns and the presence of regurgitation

  10. Evidence that an evolutionary transition from dehiscent to indehiscent fruits in Lepidium (Brassicaceae) was caused by a change in the control of valve margin identity genes.

    Mühlhausen, Andreas; Lenser, Teresa; Mummenhoff, Klaus; Theißen, Günter

    2013-03-01

    In the Brassicaceae, indehiscent fruits evolved from dehiscent fruits several times independently. Here we use closely related wild species of the genus Lepidium as a model system to analyse the underlying developmental genetic mechanisms in a candidate gene approach. ALCATRAZ (ALC), INDEHISCENT (IND), SHATTERPROOF1 (SHP1) and SHATTERPROOF2 (SHP2) are known fruit developmental genes of Arabidopsis thaliana that are expressed in the fruit valve margin governing dehiscence zone formation. Comparative expression analysis by quantitative RT-PCR, Northern blot and in situ hybridization show that their orthologues from Lepidium campestre (dehiscent fruits) are similarly expressed at valve margins. In sharp contrast, expression of the respective orthologues is abolished in the corresponding tissue of indehiscent Lepidium appelianum fruits, indicating that changes in the genetic pathway identified in A. thaliana caused the transition from dehiscent to indehiscent fruits in the investigated species. As parallel mutations in different genes are quite unlikely, we conclude that the changes in gene expression patterns are probably caused by changes in upstream regulators of ALC, IND and SHP1/2, possible candidates from A. thaliana being FRUITFULL (FUL), REPLUMLESS (RPL) and APETALA2 (AP2). However, neither expression analyses nor functional tests in transgenic plants provided any evidence that the FUL or RPL orthologues of Lepidium were involved in evolution of fruit indehiscence in Lepidium. In contrast, stronger expression of AP2 in indehiscent compared to dehiscent fruits identifies AP2 as a candidate gene that deserves further investigation. PMID:23173897

  11. Semi-active compressor valve

    Brun, Klaus; Gernentz, Ryan S.

    2010-07-27

    A method and system for fine-tuning the motion of suction or discharge valves associated with cylinders of a reciprocating gas compressor, such as the large compressors used for natural gas transmission. The valve's primary driving force is conventional, but the valve also uses an electromagnetic coil to sense position of the plate (or other plugging element) and to provide an opposing force prior to impact.

  12. Telocytes in human heart valves

    Yang, Yang; Sun, Wei; Wu, Sean M; Xiao, Junjie; Kong, Xiangqing

    2014-01-01

    Valve interstitial cells (VICs) are responsible for maintaining the structural integrity and dynamic behaviour of the valve. Telocytes (TCs), a peculiar type of interstitial cells, have been recently identified by Popescu*s group in epicardium, myocardium and endocardium (visit http://www.telocytes.com). The presence of TCs has been identified in atria, ventricles and many other tissues and organ, but not yet in heart valves. We used transmission electron microscopy and immunofluorescence met...

  13. Study of Liquid Level Control System in the Comprehensive Test Platform for Float Valve%浮子活门综合实验台液位控制系统研究

    黄莎; 王野牧

    2015-01-01

    The experiment table is responsible for detection of float valve. There would be accurateposition control system in the table. The working principle diagram was provided ,the mathematical model and the derivation of the transfer function of the liquid level control system were established ,and the nonlinear simulation and the feasibility of the system were carry out in this paper.%浮子活门综合实验台是对浮子活门性能进行检测的综合实验台,在实验过程中需要对液位进行较精确的位置控制,文中给出了该控制系统的工作原理图,并针对控制系统传递函数进行了推导、建模及非线性仿真,对该系统可行性进行了分析.

  14. Oil Stiction in Fast Switching Annular Seat Valves for Digital Displacement Fluid Power Machines

    Roemer, Daniel Beck; Johansen, Per; Pedersen, Henrik C.;

    2014-01-01

    Digital Displacement (DD) fluid power machines utilizes electronically controlled seat valves connected to pressure chambers to obtain variable displacement with high operational efficiency and high bandwidth. To achieve high efficiency, fast valve switching is essential and all aspects related...... to the dynamic behaviour of the seat valves must be considered to optimize the machine efficiency. A significant effect influencing the valves switching performance is the presence of oil stiction when separating the contact surfaces in valve opening movement. This oil stiction force is limited by cavitation...... for low pressure levels, e.g. valves connected to the low pressure manifold, however for valves operated at higher pressure levels, the oil stiction force is dominating when the separating surfaces are close to contact. This paper presents an analytic solution to the oil stiction force for annular seat...

  15. Nucleotide Catabolism on the Surface of Aortic Valve Xenografts; Effects of Different Decellularization Strategies.

    Kutryb-Zajac, Barbara; Yuen, Ada H Y; Khalpey, Zain; Zukowska, Paulina; Slominska, Ewa M; Taylor, Patricia M; Goldstein, Steven; Heacox, Albert E; Lavitrano, Marialuisa; Chester, Adrian H; Yacoub, Magdi H; Smolenski, Ryszard T

    2016-04-01

    Extracellular nucleotide metabolism controls thrombosis and inflammation and may affect degeneration and calcification of aortic valve prostheses. We evaluated the effect of different decellularization strategies on enzyme activities involved in extracellular nucleotide metabolism. Porcine valves were tested intact or decellularized either by detergent treatment or hypotonic lysis and nuclease digestion. The rates of ATP hydrolysis, AMP hydrolysis, and adenosine deamination were estimated by incubation of aorta or valve leaflet sections with substrates followed by HPLC analysis. We demonstrated relatively high activities of ecto-enzymes on porcine valve as compared to the aortic wall. Hypotonic lysis/nuclease digestion preserved >80 % of ATP and AMP hydrolytic activity but reduced adenosine deamination to extracellular nucleotide metabolism on valve surface and indicate that various valve decellularization techniques differently affect ecto-enzyme activities that could be important in the development of improved valve prostheses. PMID:26832118

  16. Flow characteristics and performance evaluation of butterfly valves using numerical analysis

    The industrial butterfly valves have been applied to various fields that transport fluid in volume, especially water supply and drainage pipeline for flow control. The butterfly valves in various shapes are manufactured, but a fitting performance comparison is not made up. For this reason, we carried out numerical analysis of some kind of butterfly valves for water supply and drainage pipeline using commercial CFD code FLUENT, and made a comparative study of these results. Also, the flow coefficient, the loss coefficient, and pressure distribution of valves according to valve opening rate were compared each other and the influence of these design variables on valve performance were checked over. Through flow around the valve disk, such as pressure distribution, flow pattern, velocity vectors, and form of vortex, we grasped flow characteristics.

  17. Feasibility of Valve-in-Valve Procedure for Degenerated St. Jude Medical Trifecta Bioprosthesis.

    Verhoye, Jean-philippe; Harmouche, Majid; Soulami, Reda Belhaj; Thebault, Christophe; Boulmier, Dominique; Leguerrier, Alain; Anselmi, Amedeo

    2015-07-01

    The valve-in-valve (ViV) procedure is an option for patients with symptomatic structural degeneration of a bioprosthesis and excessive reoperative risk. The risk of coronary obstruction appears to be increased if ViV is performed for certain pericardial prostheses in which the leaflets are mounted outside the stent posts. Herein is described a successful ViV for a degenerated Trifecta aortic bioprosthesis, and the technical considerations for performing a ViV procedure within such types of prosthesis are considered. Emphasis is placed on the importance of preoperative investigations (computed tomography scan-based measurements of coronary ostial height and of sinus of Valsalva diameters), and on the precise deployment of the valve (transapical approach with transesophageal echocardiography control) to minimize the risk of major complications. The presence of a failing Trifecta bioprosthesis should not be considered an absolute contraindication to ViV on the basis of the risk of coronary obstruction. PMID:26897821

  18. New design method for valves internals, to optimize process

    Jorge, Leonardo [PDVSA (Venezuela)

    2011-07-01

    In the heavy oil industry, various methods can be used to reduce the viscosity of oil, one of them being the injection of diluent. This method is commonly used in the Orinoco oil belt but it requires good control of the volume of diluent injected as well as the gas flow to optimize production; thus flow control valves need to be accurate. A new valve with a new method was designed with the characteristic of being very reliable and was then bench tested and compared with the other commercially available valves. Results showed better repeatability, accuracy and reliability with lower maintenance for the new method. The use of this valve provides significant savings while distributing the exact amount of fluids; up to date a less than 2% failure rate has been recorded in the field. The new method developed demonstrated impressive performance and PDVSA has decided to use it in mass.

  19. The design of a pressure vessel and testing procedures for the determination of the effect of high temperature pressurised helim on valve contact welding / Hein Schmidt

    Schmidt, Hein

    2004-01-01

    The PBMR (Pebble Bed Modular Reactor) is one of the current developments in the field of nuclear power generators. The control philosophy of the PBMR system relies heavily on the controlling of valves. The current control valves are subjected to a maximum temperature of 350°C with a pressure difference of 90 bar. Control optimisation can be obtained by including 'hot valves" into the system. The biggest improvement is possible with a bypass-valve after the low-pressure turbine ...

  20. Innovative Stemless Valve Eliminates Emissions

    2008-01-01

    Big Horn Valve Inc. (BHVI), of Sheridan, Wyoming, won a series of SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contracts with Kennedy Space Center and Marshall Space Flight Center to explore and develop a revolutionary valve technology. BHVI developed a low-mass, high-efficiency, leak-proof cryogenic valve using composites and exotic metals, and had no stem-actuator, few moving parts, with an overall cylindrical shape. The valve has been installed at a methane coal gas field, and future applications are expected to include in-flight refueling of military aircraft, high-volume gas delivery systems, petroleum refining, and in the nuclear industry.

  1. Measurement and control system of relief valve open and close characteristics based on virtual instrument%溢流阀启闭特性的虚拟仪器测控系统

    李光提; 张业民; 侯加林; 李汝莘

    2012-01-01

    采用计算机虚拟仪器技术开发的溢流阀启闭特性实验测控系统,实现了溢流阀启闭特性实验的参数实时数据采集、处理、显示、保存及控制等功能.借助于LabVIEW图形化编程软件,组建了2种数据采集测试系统:流量采集系统,系统压力采集系统以及步进电机控制系统,并给出了参数采集与步进电机控制过程的虚拟前面板及部分程序框图.虚拟仪器在溢流阀启闭特性实验上的开发应用,不仅提高了实验过程的自动化和智能化水平,而且也提高了测试的效率和精度.%The measurement and control system of relief valve open and close characteristics realizes the function of data gathering, processing, displaying, saving and controlling based on virtual instrument. Relying on LabVIEW's operative platform, two kinds of systems are set up, which are the measurement systems on rotational speed, flow, pressure, loading and controlling system of step motor, and give front panel of measurement and control on function experiment and some procedure frame diagrams of pump. The development application with the relief valve open and close characteristics has improved the automation and intelligent level and test efficiency and precision of the experiment course based on virtual instrument.

  2. File list: InP.CDV.05.AllAg.Aortic_valve_endothelial_cells [Chip-atlas[Archive

    Full Text Available InP.CDV.05.AllAg.Aortic_valve_endothelial_cells hg19 Input control Cardiovascular Aortic valve end...othelial cells SRX285598 http://dbarchive.biosciencedbc.jp/kyushu-u/hg19/assembled/InP.CDV.05.AllAg.Aortic_valve_endothelial_cells.bed ...

  3. An air-pressure-free elastomeric valve for integrated nucleic acid analysis by capillary electrophoresis

    Jung, Wooseok; Barrett, Matthew; Brooks, Carla; Rivera, Andrew; Birdsell, Dawn N.; Wagner, David M.; Zenhausern, Frederic

    2015-12-01

    We present a new elastomeric valve for integrated nucleic acid analysis by capillary electrophoresis. The valve functions include metering to capture a designated volume of biological sample into a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) chamber, sealing to preserve the sample during PCR cycling, and transfer of the PCR-products and on-chip formamide post-processing for the analysis of DNA fragments by capillary gel electrophoresis. This new valve differs from prior art polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) valves in that the valve is not actuated externally by air-pressure or vacuum so that it simplifies a DNA analysis system by eliminating the need for an air-pressure or vacuum source, and off-cartridge solenoid valves, control circuit boards and software. Instead, the new valve is actuated by a thermal cycling peltier assembly integrated within the hardware instrument that tightly comes in contact with a microfluidic cartridge for thermal activation during PCR, so that it spontaneously closes the valve without an additional actuator system. The valve has bumps in the designated locations so that it has a self-alignment that does not require precise alignment of a valve actuator. Moreover, the thickness of the new valve is around 600 μm with an additional bump height of 400 μm so that it is easy to handle and very feasible to fabricate by injection molding compared to other PDMS valves whose thicknesses are around 30-100 μm. The new valve provided over 95% of metering performance in filling the fixed volume of the PCR chamber, preserved over 97% of the sample volume during PCR, and showed very comparable capillary electrophoresis peak heights to the benchtop assay tube controls with very consistent transfer volume of the PCR-product and on-chip formamide. The new valve can perform a core function for integrated nucleic acid analysis by capillary electrophoresis.

  4. An air-pressure-free elastomeric valve for integrated nucleic acid analysis by capillary electrophoresis

    We present a new elastomeric valve for integrated nucleic acid analysis by capillary electrophoresis. The valve functions include metering to capture a designated volume of biological sample into a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) chamber, sealing to preserve the sample during PCR cycling, and transfer of the PCR-products and on-chip formamide post-processing for the analysis of DNA fragments by capillary gel electrophoresis. This new valve differs from prior art polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) valves in that the valve is not actuated externally by air-pressure or vacuum so that it simplifies a DNA analysis system by eliminating the need for an air-pressure or vacuum source, and off-cartridge solenoid valves, control circuit boards and software. Instead, the new valve is actuated by a thermal cycling peltier assembly integrated within the hardware instrument that tightly comes in contact with a microfluidic cartridge for thermal activation during PCR, so that it spontaneously closes the valve without an additional actuator system. The valve has bumps in the designated locations so that it has a self-alignment that does not require precise alignment of a valve actuator. Moreover, the thickness of the new valve is around 600 μm with an additional bump height of 400 μm so that it is easy to handle and very feasible to fabricate by injection molding compared to other PDMS valves whose thicknesses are around 30–100 μm. The new valve provided over 95% of metering performance in filling the fixed volume of the PCR chamber, preserved over 97% of the sample volume during PCR, and showed very comparable capillary electrophoresis peak heights to the benchtop assay tube controls with very consistent transfer volume of the PCR-product and on-chip formamide. The new valve can perform a core function for integrated nucleic acid analysis by capillary electrophoresis. (paper)

  5. Low energy high pressure miniature screw valve

    Fischer, Gary J.; Spletzer, Barry L.

    2006-12-12

    A low energy high pressure screw valve having a valve body having an upper portion and a lower portion, said lower portion of said valve body defining an inlet flow passage and an outlet flow passage traversing said valve body to a valve seat, said upper portion of said valve body defining a cavity at said valve seat, a diaphragm restricting flow between said upper portion of said valve body and said lower portion, said diaphragm capable of engaging said valve seat to restrict fluid communication between said inlet passage and said outlet passage, a plunger within said cavity supporting said diaphragm, said plunger being capable of engaging said diaphragm with said valve seat at said inlet and outlet fluid passages, said plunger being in point contact with a drive screw having threads engaged with opposing threads within said upper portion of said valve body such engagement allowing motion of said drive screw within said valve body.

  6. Whitey Gauge and Root Valves (VPS)

    MISKA, C.

    2000-09-03

    These valves are 1/2 inch ball valves fabricated of 316 stainless steel: Packing is TFE (standard). They are used as isolation valves for pressure instrumentation in the Vacuum Pumping and Helium System.

  7. Steam shut-off valves for PWR type reactors

    Fast acting closure means are requested in PWR type reactors as well as in BWR to safely shut-off the live steam at the turbine input in the event of accident. The design and control system of steam shut-off valves acted by the fluid system and intended for PWR type reactors, are described. The role of these valves in a PWR is discussed with the specified requirements involved

  8. A magnetorheological valve with both annular and radial fluid flow resistance gaps

    In order to increase the efficiency of magnetorheological (MR) valves, Ai et al (2006) proposed an MR valve simultaneously possessing annular and radial fluid flow resistance channels with the assumption that the magnetic flux densities at the annular and radial fluid flow gaps are identical. In this paper, an MR valve simultaneously possessing annular and radial fluid flow resistance channels is designed, fabricated, modeled and tested. A model for the developed MR valve is produced and its performances are theoretically predicted based on the average magnetic flux densities in the annular and radial fluid flow gaps through finite element analysis. The theoretical results for the developed MR valve are compared with the experimental results. In addition, the performances of the developed MR valve are theoretically and experimentally compared with those of the MR valve with only annular fluid flow gaps. It has been shown that the theoretical results match well with the experimental results. Mainly attributed to the radial fluid flow gaps, the pressure drops across the MR valve with both annular and radial fluid flow gaps are larger than those across the MR valve with only annular fluid flow gaps for varying valve parameters. The radial fluid flow gaps in the MR valve can reach a higher efficiency and larger controllable range than those by annular fluid flow gaps to some extent

  9. Normal joint mobility in mitral valve prolapse

    Marks, J S; Sharp, J.; Brear, S. G.; Edwards, J. D.

    1983-01-01

    Thirty-seven adults (19 male, 18 female) with mitral valve prolapse (MVP) were examined for evidence of joint hypermobility scored on a 0-9 scale. None of the patients had hypermobility scores exceeding 3, and comparison with 37 healthy age and sex matched controls recruited from hospital staff failed to show an increased prevalence of hypermobility in MVP. There was no evidence that the MVP syndrome is a forme fruste of a heritable disorder of connective tissue.

  10. Safety relief valve instabilities

    The opening and closing of safety relief valves induce pressure vibrations and respective loads on the piping system. The quantification of the internal pressure load and the pipe segment forces for the proof of the structural integrity of the piping system and the supports is performed using the code DYVRO. It is not clear whether the calculated result of high-frequent opening and closing shows a realistic behavior or is caused by a simplified modeling. The contribution offers strategic recommendations to avoid unrealistic calculations.

  11. High Reliability Cryogenic Piezoelectric Valve Actuator Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Cryogenic fluid valves are subject to harsh exposure and actuators to drive these valves require robust performance and high reliability. DSM's piezoelectric...

  12. Valve replacement at Calvert Cliffs

    This article describes how new valves helped solve plant's chronic salt water system problems resulting from years of design changes required by regulations that resulted in operational efficiency-related problems. The topics of the article include harsh service conditions (salt water related corrosion, biological fouling and tearing of rubber liners of valves), spare parts headaches and the permanent solution

  13. What Causes Heart Valve Disease?

    ... other infections with strep bacteria that progress to rheumatic fever can cause heart valve disease. When the body tries to fight the strep ... you feel better before the medicine is gone. Heart valve disease caused by rheumatic fever mainly affects older adults who had strep ...

  14. Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement

    Full Text Available ... Terry asks if you do robotic valve replacement surgeries. I do not. It's a good question. You know, there's a handful of surgeons, frankly, in the world that I think do enough robotic cardiac surgery, whether it be valve surgery or coronary bypass ...

  15. Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement

    Full Text Available ... valve in the aortic position will grow over time and proves a nice replacement. However, that's sort of operating on two valves to fix one valvular problem. And for most patients in our practice in their 50s, 60s, et cetera, we tend ...

  16. Sleeve Valve Pipe Miscellaneous Fill in the Foundation Seepage Control and Reinforcement%袖阀管注浆法在杂填土地基防渗加固中的应用

    张家柱

    2013-01-01

    袖阀管注浆法通过特殊的工艺分段、分次、间歇、定量地将水泥浆液注入杂填土地层的孔隙和松散层中,被加固土体通过水泥浆液的相互作用形成了上下连续且相对密实稳定的固结体,从而使得被加固土体的密实度增大、压缩性降低、抗渗性能提高,增强了地基土的整体性和防渗能力。介绍了袖阀管注浆加固作用机理、袖阀管注浆法施工过程及质量控制要点,该方法在某防洪墙工程基础底面以下杂填土地基防渗问题处理中的应用情况:工程施工完成后经两次洪水考验,防洪墙后未发生渗水、管涌和其他险情,加固效果显著;该方法加固处理后的杂填土地层的防渗效果显著,满足设计要求。%Sleeve valve pipe grouting section,through special process and intermittent,quantitatively injects the cement grout into mixed backfill layer porosity and loose layer,reinforced soil cement slurry through the interaction and the formation of consolidation body becomes continuous and relatively dense and stable,so that by soil compaction degree increase,compressibility is reduced,anti permeability increased,enhanced soil in-tegrity and anti-seepage capacity. The sleeve valve pipe grouting reinforcement mechanism,the sleeve valve pipe grouting construction process and control,This method in a flood the wall project of foundation bottom fill application processing problems of land based in the anti-seepage reinforce-ment show that:After the two flood,flood control wall without water seepage,piping and other dangerous situation,strengthening effect;the meth-od of reinforcement of miscellaneous fill soil anti-seepage effect is remarkable,and can meet the design requirements.

  17. Space Shuttle Program (SSP) Orbiter Main Propulsion System (MPS) Gaseous Hydrogen (GH2) Flow Control Valve (FCV) Poppet Eddy Current (EC) Inspection Probability of Detection (POD) Study. Volume 2; Appendices

    Piascik, Robert S.; Prosser, William H.

    2011-01-01

    The Director of the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC), requested an independent assessment of the anomalous gaseous hydrogen (GH2) flow incident on the Space Shuttle Program (SSP) Orbiter Vehicle (OV)-105 during the Space Transportation System (STS)-126 mission. The main propulsion system (MPS) engine #2 GH2 flow control valve (FCV) LV-57 transition from low towards high flow position without being commanded. Post-flight examination revealed that the FCV LV-57 poppet had experienced a fatigue failure that liberated a section of the poppet flange. The NESC assessment provided a peer review of the computational fluid dynamics (CFD), stress analysis, and impact testing. A probability of detection (POD) study was requested by the SSP Orbiter Project for the eddy current (EC) nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques that were developed to inspect the flight FCV poppets. This report contains the Appendices to the main report.

  18. Space Shuttle Program (SSP) Orbiter Main Propulsion System (MPS) Gaseous Hydrogen (GH2) Flow Control Valve (FCV) Poppet Eddy Current (EC) Inspection Probability of Detection (POD) Study. Volume 1

    Piascik, Robert S.; Prosser, William H.

    2011-01-01

    The Director of the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC), requested an independent assessment of the anomalous gaseous hydrogen (GH2) flow incident on the Space Shuttle Program (SSP) Orbiter Vehicle (OV)-105 during the Space Transportation System (STS)-126 mission. The main propulsion system (MPS) engine #2 GH2 flow control valve (FCV) LV-57 transition from low towards high flow position without being commanded. Post-flight examination revealed that the FCV LV-57 poppet had experienced a fatigue failure that liberated a section of the poppet flange. The NESC assessment provided a peer review of the computational fluid dynamics (CFD), stress analysis, and impact testing. A probability of detection (POD) study was requested by the SSP Orbiter Project for the eddy current (EC) nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques that were developed to inspect the flight FCV poppets. This report contains the findings and recommendations from the NESC assessment.

  19. Design Method for Fast Switching Seat Valves for Digital Displacement Machines

    Roemer, Daniel Beck; Johansen, Per; Pedersen, Henrik C.;

    2014-01-01

    Digital Displacement (DD) machines are upcoming technology where the displacement of each pressure chamber is controlled electronically by use of two fast switching seat valves. The effective displacement and operation type (pumping/motoring) may be controlled by manipulating the seat valves...... method for DD seat valves are presented, taking into account the significant aspects related to obtaining efficient DD valves with basis in a given DD machine specifications. The seat area is minimized and the stroke length is minimized to obtain fast switching times while considering the pressure loss...

  20. Quality team approach to valve reliability

    In mid-1985, due to the unacceptable failure of valves, a commitment was made to implement a comprehensive valve improvement program at Duke Power Company (DPC). To accomplish an immediate, significant improvement in the quality of valve maintenance execution, a system to provide additional detailed engineering and technical support to the individual valve maintenance crews was first developed and utilized at the Oconee nuclear station in the fall of 1985. This system was later implemented at the other two DPC nuclear stations. The total number of valves on the seven nuclear units is ∼ 140,000. With such a large number of valves, even a small percentage of problem valves can have a major impact on unit availability. Other long-range improvements, such as replacement of selected problem valves and improved, valve-specific training for dedicated valve crews, will ensure even higher valve and station reliability in the future

  1. Optimising BMW four-cylinder two-valve engines Optimising BMW Four-Cylinder Two-Valve Engines (OpOptimising BMW Four-Cylinder Two-Valve Engines (OpOptimising BMW Four-Cylinder Two-Valve Engines (OpOptimising BMW Four-Cylinder Two-Valve Engines (OpOptimising BMW Four-Cylinder Two-Valve Engines (OpOptimising BMW Four-Cylinder Two-Valve Engines (OpOptimising BMW Four-Cylinder Two-Valve Engines (OpOptimising BMW Four-Cylinder Two-Valve Engines (OpOptimising BMW Four-Cylinder Two-Valve Engines (OpOpt

    Flierl, R.; Kramer, F.; Rech, H.; Stanski, U.; Wenzel, M.

    1993-11-01

    In model year 1994, BMW will present two essentially redesigned 4-cylinder, 2-valve engines. BMW has upgraded its 1.6 1 and 1.8 1 2-valve engines using technical features previously reserved for the 4-valve engines, such as knock control system, distributorless semiconductor ignition, variable induction system (DISA) and ribbed V-belt accessory drive, along with measures to reduce power losses, noise levels and exhaust emissions. BMW models equipped with these two engines offer customers improved response characteristics and fuel consumption, as well as reduced emissions and maintenance requirements.

  2. Self-Rupturing Hermetic Valve

    Tucker, Curtis E., Jr.; Sherrit, Stewart

    2011-01-01

    For commercial, military, and aerospace applications, low-cost, small, reliable, and lightweight gas and liquid hermetically sealed valves with post initiation on/off capability are highly desirable for pressurized systems. Applications include remote fire suppression, single-use system-pressurization systems, spacecraft propellant systems, and in situ instruments. Current pyrotechnic- activated rupture disk hermetic valves were designed for physically larger systems and are heavy and integrate poorly with portable equipment, aircraft, and small spacecraft and instrument systems. Additionally, current pyrotechnically activated systems impart high g-force shock loads to surrounding components and structures, which increase the risk of damage and can require additional mitigation. The disclosed mechanism addresses the need for producing a hermetically sealed micro-isolation valve for low and high pressure for commercial, aerospace, and spacecraft applications. High-precision electrical discharge machining (EDM) parts allow for the machining of mated parts with gaps less than a thousandth of an inch. These high-precision parts are used to support against pressure and extrusion, a thin hermetically welded diaphragm. This diaphragm ruptures from a pressure differential when the support is removed and/or when the plunger is forced against the diaphragm. With the addition of conventional seals to the plunger and a two-way actuator, a derivative of this design would allow nonhermetic use as an on/off or metering valve after the initial rupturing of the hermetic sealing disk. In addition, in a single-use hermetically sealed isolation valve, the valve can be activated without the use of potential leak-inducing valve body penetrations. One implementation of this technology is a high-pressure, high-flow-rate rupture valve that is self-rupturing, which is advantageous for high-pressure applications such as gas isolation valves. Once initiated, this technology is self

  3. Giant Thoracic Aneurysm Following Valve Replacement for Bicuspid Aortic Valve.

    Tran, Cao; Ul Haq, Ehtesham; Nguyen, Ngoc; Omar, Bassam

    2015-01-01

    Bicuspid aortic valve is a common congenital anomaly associated with aortopathy, which can cause aortic root dilatation, necessitating regular screening if the aortic root is > 4.0 cm. Despite the low absolute incidence of aortic complications associated with bicuspid aortic valve in the general population, the consequences of such complications for an individual patient can be devastating. Herein we propose a balanced algorithm that incorporates recommendations from the three major guidelines for follow-up imaging of the aortic root and ascending thoracic aorta in patients with a bicuspid aortic valve, maintaining the current recommendations with regard to surgical thresholds. PMID:26827748

  4. Large-Scale Integration of All-Glass Valves on a Microfluidic Device

    Yaxiaer Yalikun; Yo Tanaka

    2016-01-01

    In this study, we developed a method for fabricating a microfluidic device with integrated large-scale all-glass valves and constructed an actuator system to control each of the valves on the device. Such a microfluidic device has advantages that allow its use in various fields, including physical, chemical, and biochemical analyses and syntheses. However, it is inefficient and difficult to integrate the large-scale all-glass valves in a microfluidic device using conventional glass fabricatio...

  5. Development, modeling and simulation of test equipment for subsea choke valves

    Lia, Bjørn André

    2014-01-01

    As a step toward being more e_ective and to improve test procedures, GE Oil & Gas wants to develop a workshoptool to automate the testing of Choke Valves. The Choke Valve Workshop Tool (CVWT) main functionis to operate the Hydraulic Stepping Actuator automatically by providing controlled pressure pulses. Electricaland hydraulic equipment will have an interface allowing the test equipment to be connected and used on awide range of Choke Valves. Test results will be transferred and stored autom...

  6. Operating experience review of failures of power operated relief valves and block valves in nuclear power plants

    In response to a request from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Division of Engineering Technology, the Nuclear Operations Analysis Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory prepared a survey of operating experience of power-operated relief valves and block valve. The information was provided under the NRC Nuclear Plant Aging Research Program to support the resolution of Generic Issue 70 PORV and Block Valve Reliability. This paper contains a review of report NUREG/CR-4692 Operating Experience Review of Failures of Power Operated Relief Valves and Block Valves in Nuclear Power Plants. For purposes of this report, PORVs are valves that require an external power supply for actuation and are typically controlled by an electrical signal resulting from high system pressure or by manual actuation from the control room. This report contains a compilation and review of operating events involving PORVs and their associated BVs in U.S. pressurized-water reactor nuclear power plants. Most of the event information was obtained from Licensee Event Reports contained in the NOAC file in the Sequence Coding and Search System data base

  7. Twenty-Two-Year Experience with Aortic Valve Replacement: Starr-Edwards Ball Valves versus Disc Valves

    Pilegaard, Hans K.; Lund, Ole; Nielsen, Torsten T; Magnussen, Karin; Knudsen, Mary A; Albrechtsen, Ole K.

    1991-01-01

    From 1965 through 1986, 817 patients underwent aortic valve replacement at our institution. Six hundred forty-five patients received Starr-Edwards ball valves, including 286 Silastic ball valves (Models 1200/1260), 165 cloth-covered caged-ball prostheses (Models 2300/2310/2320), and 194 track-valve prostheses (Model 2400). In contrast, 172 patients received disc-valve prostheses, including 126 St. Jude Medical aortic bi-leaflet disc valves, 32 Lillehei-Kaster pivoting disc valves, and 14 Björ...

  8. NRC test results and operations experience provide insights for a new gate valve stem force correlation

    This paper presents the results of testing sponsored by the NRC to assess valve and motor operator performance under varying pressure and fluid conditions. This effort included an examination of the methods used by the industry to predict the required stem force of a valve, and research to provide guidelines for the extrapolation of in situ test results to design basis conditions.Years ago, when most of these valves were originally installed, the industry used a set of equations to determine analytically that the valves' motor-operators were large enough and the control switches were set high enough to close the valves at their design basis conditions. Our research has identified several inconsistencies with the industry's existing gate valve stem force equation and has challenged the overly simplistic assumptions inherent in its use. This paper discusses the development of the INEL correlation, which serves as the basis for a method to bound the stem force necessary to close flexwedge gate valves whose operational characteristics have been shown to be predictable. As utilities undertake to provide assurance of their valves' operability, this ability to predict analytically the required stem force is especially important for valves that cannot be tested at design basis conditions. For such valves, the results of tests conducted at less severe conditions can be used with the INEL correlation to make the necessary prediction. ((orig.))

  9. A Study of the Gas Flow through a LNG Safety Valve

    Heuy-Dong Kim; Jun-Hee Lee; Kyung-Am Park; Toshiaki Setoguchi; Shigeru Matsuo

    2006-01-01

    A safety valve functions to control an upper limit of pressure inside the LNG line of transportation.If the pressure inside the safety valve nozzle exceeds a pre-determined value on the valve sheet which plugs the nozzle,an excess of LNG discharges through the gap between the nozzle exit and valve sheet.In this situation,the forces acting on the valve sheet are gasdynamic forces generated by the discharge of LNG and mechanical forces supported by the spring behind the valve sheet.The flow through the gap is very complicated,involving vortices,flow separation,and shock waves.These affect adversely on the system accompanying with noise and vibration.The present study aims at understanding the flow physics of safety valve.A computational work using the twodimensional,axisymmetric,compressible Navier-Stokes equations is carried out to simulate the gas flow between the nozzle exit and valve sheet,and compared with the theoretical results.It has been found that there exists a distance between nozzle exit and valve sheet in which the thrust coefficient at the valve sheet increases abruptly.

  10. Successful thrombolysis for prosthetic pulmonary valve obstruction.

    Lopez, J. A.; Strickman, N E; Jin, B S; X. G. Li; Phan, B; Zeluff, B J; Wilansky, S

    1995-01-01

    Thrombosis is a serious complication of prosthetic heart valve operations. In recent years, systemic thrombolysis has emerged as a suitable alternative to surgery. Experience with thrombosis of pulmonary prosthetic valves is very limited. We report a case of successful administration of intravenous streptokinase for thrombosis of a St. Jude Medical prosthetic valve 3 weeks after pulmonary valve replacement.

  11. Identification Trouble Valve Destruction On Hidroulic Press Breaker Model MPV.1620 ''DAVY-ITALlA''

    To 'utility instalation examination and operation test, how long capacity to appear on the severaly valve.Torned valve on hidroulic press breaker is three sample: The first directional control valve type. 4 WE 10 H 32 / CE 24 N 9 Z4. Coil: Hydronorma GZ . 63-4 -A. 476. 24VDC, 1,46 A. For two and three is boll spriral spring valve Process operation explanation a short is oil lubrication to pump from reception center tank in to directional control valve then distributed. anything to boll spiral spring valve continued to hidroulic piston for pressed the sample job / plate thickness maximum = 16 mm with to different corner model, maximum press = 160 bar.Hindrance principle is to utilize operation test, hidroulic piston movement botom-up is smothly 0 whereas botom-down went no smoothly. Operation test property to utilize repeated resutls of the aqua. Hindrance / broken the fist estimate that the hole oil works at the directional control valve to threadbore hidroulic piston, wherever preasure not maximum to manometer indicate = 0 bar, at the moment to utilize operation. The second on the boll spiral spring valve no maximum, then to utilize servise detail and to utilize operation test againt. The results from operation test to concende destruction at the boll spiral spring valve, wherever after over houling to appear boll massive place position possessed spring wire> 3 mm to twist of couse preasure to press hidroulic piston no maximum because from leaking

  12. Valve monitoring and evaluation method

    With the valve monitoring and evaluation method presented here tools are available to optimise the operation of power plants furthermore. With ADAM a self-contained service conception for condition oriented maintenance of valves and actuators is at the operator's disposal. It includes efficient test and diagnosis systems for online and offline use as well as the affiliated engineering procedures and the contribution to the condition evaluating process. Gathered knowledge about the functional behaviour of valves and actuators in detail leads to remarkably increased safety and availability combined with a lucrative reduction of maintenance efforts. (Author)

  13. Valve leakage inspection testing and maintenance process

    In valve maintenance, packing rings that prevent leakage along the valve stem must periodically be replaced, either during routine maintenance or to correct a leak or valve malfunction. Tools and procedures currently in use for valve packing removal and inspection are generally of limited value due to various access and application problems. A process has been developed by AECL Research that addresses these problems. The process, using incompressible fluid pressure, quickly and efficiently confirms the integrity of the valve backseat, extracts hard-to-remove valve packing sets, and verifies the leak tightness of the repacked valve

  14. Chattering of bleed condenser relief valves in Darlington NGS

    The Bleed Condenser (BC) is part of the Pressure and Inventory Control System. The Primary Heat Transport System (PHTS) will transfer water to the Bleed Condenser via the PHT liquid relief valves (LRV) every time overpressure occurs in the main circuit. The BC is designed to withstand full PHT pressure and is protected against overpressurization by two spring loaded Relief Valves (RV). Chattering of these relief valves was observed during commissioning tests in Darlington, when opening of the LRVs pressurized the bleed condenser above the RVs set point. The chattering caused a drift in the valve setpoint and ruptured a pipe connected to the relief line. Similar undesirable events were observed in Bruce NGS. This paper presents the thermalhydraulic analysis of the system, during the above mentioned event and proposes several possible solutions to the problem. The computer simulation was performed using the SOPHT code, developed by Ontario Hydro. Considering the various limitations imposed by design on the relief valves and on the system, the recommended solution is to prolong the valve closing time by 400-800 milliseconds. (author) 9 refs., 11 figs

  15. Acceptance criteria for reactor coolant pumps and valves

    Each of the six primary coolant loop systems of the Savannah River Site (SRS) production reactors contains one reactor coolant pump, one PUMP suction side motor operated valve, and other smaller valves. The pumps me double suction, double volute, and radially split type pumps. The valves are different size shutoff and control valves rated from ANSI B16.5 construction class 150 to class 300. The reactor coolant system components, also known as the process water system (PWS), are classified as nuclear Safety Class I components. These components were constructed in the 1950's in accordance with the then prevailing industry practices. No uniform construction codes were used for design and analysis of these components. However, no pressure boundary failures or bolting failures have ever been recorded throughout their operating history. Over the years, the in-service inspection (ISI) was limited to visual inspection of the pressure boundaries, and surface and volumetric examination of the pressure retaining bolts. Efforts are now underway to implement ISI requirements similar to the ASME Section XI requirements for pumps and valves. This report discusses the new ISI requirements which also call for volumetric examination of the pump casing and valve body welds

  16. Transcatheter, valve-in-valve transapical aortic and mitral valve implantation, in a high risk patient with aortic and mitral prosthetic valve stenoses

    Harish Ramakrishna

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Transcatheter valve implantation continues to grow worldwide and has been used principally for the nonsurgical management of native aortic valvular disease-as a potentially less invasive method of valve replacement in high-risk and inoperable patients with severe aortic valve stenosis. Given the burden of valvular heart disease in the general population and the increasing numbers of patients who have had previous valve operations, we are now seeing a growing number of high-risk patients presenting with prosthetic valve stenosis, who are not potential surgical candidates. For this high-risk subset transcatheter valve delivery may be the only option. Here, we present an inoperable patient with severe, prosthetic valve aortic and mitral stenosis who was successfully treated with a trans catheter based approach, with a valve-in-valve implantation procedure of both aortic and mitral valves.

  17. Internal Acoustics of a Pintle Valve with Supercritical Helium Flow

    Fishbach, Sean R.; Davis, R. Benjamin

    2010-01-01

    Large amplitude flow unsteadiness is a common phenomenon within the high flow rate ducts and valves associated with propulsion systems. Boundary layer noise, shear layers and vortex shedding are a few of the many sources of flow oscillations. The presence of lightly damped acoustic modes can organize and amplify these sources of flow perturbation, causing undesirable loading of internal parts. The present study investigates the self-induced acoustic environment within a pintle valve subject to high Reynolds Number flow of helium gas. Experiments were conducted to measure the internal pressure oscillations of the Ares I Launch Abort System (LAS) Attitude Control Motor (ACM) valve. The AGM consists of a solid propellant gas generator with eight pintle valves attached to the aft end. The pintle valve is designed to deliver variable upstream conditions to an attache( converging diverging nozzle. In order to investigate the full range of operating conditions 28 separate tests were conducted with varying pintle position and upstream pressure. Helium gas was utilized in order to closely mimic the speed of sound of the gas generator exhaust, minimizing required scaling during data analysis. The recordec pressure measurements were interrogated to multiple ends. The development of root mean square (RMS) value! versus Reynolds Number and Pintle position are important to creating bounding unsteady load curves for valve internal parts. Spectral analysis was also performed, helping to identify power spectral densities (PSD) of acoustic natural frequencies and boundary layer noise. An interesting and unexpected result was the identification of an acoustic mode within the valve which does not respond until the valve was over 60% open. Further, the response amplitude around this mode can be as large or larger than those associated with lower frequency modes.

  18. Mechanical heart valve cavitation in patients with bileaflet valves.

    Johansen, Peter; Andersen, Tina S; Hasenkam, J Michael; Nygaard, Hans; Paulsen, Peter K

    2014-01-01

    Today, the quality of mechanical heart valves is quite high, and implantation has become a routine clinical procedure with a low operative mortality (valves are thought of having higher cavitation potential than bileaflet valves due to higher closing velocities. However, the thromboembolic potential seems to be the same. Further studies are therefore needed to investigate the cavitation potential of bileaflet valves in vivo. The post processing of HFPF have shown difficulties when applied on bileaflet vavles due to asynchronous closure of the two leaflets. The aim of this study was therefore to isolate the pressure signature from each leaflet closure and perform cavitation analyses on each component. Six patients were included in the study (St. Jude Medical (n=3) and CarboMedics (n=3); all aortic bileaflet mechanical heart valves). HFPFs were recorded intraoperatively through a hydrophone at the aortic root. The pressure signature relating to the first and second leaflet closure was isolated and cavitation parameters were calculated (RMS after 50 kHz highpass filtering and signal energy). Data were averaged over 30 heart cycles. For all patients both the RMS value and signal energy of the second leaflet closure were higher than for the first leaflet closure. This indicates that the second leaflet closure is most prone to cause cavitation. Therefore, quantifying cavitation based on the HFPF related to the second leaflet closure may suggest that the cavitation potential for bileaflet valves in vivo may be higher than previous studies have suggested. PMID:25571278

  19. Topology Selection and Analysis of Actuator for Seat Valves suitable for use in Digital Displacement Pumps/Motors

    Rømer, Daniel; Johansen, Per; Pedersen, Henrik C.;

    2013-01-01

    Digital Displacement (DD) Fluid Power is an upcoming technology setting new standards for the achievable efficiency of fluid power pumps and motors. To enable high efficiency operation fast switching electronically controlled seat valves are needed, preferably exhibiting very low flow pressure loss...... seat valves is developed, and the resulting dynamic response of the seat valve is presented. Requirements for the valve actuator is established based on the DD application, and three feasible actuator topologies are analyzed by means of transient electro-magnetic FEA simulation. From this analysis....../minute for the proposed DD seat valve....

  20. Design and analysis of direct action solenoid valve based on computational intelligence

    Liu Qianfeng, E-mail: liuqianfeng@gmail.co [Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology, Tsinghua University, Key Laboratory of Advanced Reactor Engineering and Safety of the Ministry of Education, Beijing 100084 (China); Bo Hanliang; Qin Benke [Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology, Tsinghua University, Key Laboratory of Advanced Reactor Engineering and Safety of the Ministry of Education, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2010-10-15

    Control Rod Hydraulic Drive Mechanism (CRHDM) is a newly invented patent of the Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology Tsinghua University which owns CRHDM's independent intellectual property rights while the integrated valve made up of three direct action solenoid valves is the key part of this mechanism. Therefore, the performance of the solenoid valve affects the integrated valve and the CRHDM directly. In this paper, we present a method to design the parameters of the direct action solenoid valve based on orthogonal experiment design, back propagation (BP) neural network and particle swarm optimization (PSO). The result proves that the method is feasible and accurate to design the parameters in order to obtain the biggest electromagnetic force. Besides, the result also shows that it is the current which influences the electromagnetic force of the direct action solenoid valve most.

  1. Design and analysis of direct action solenoid valve based on computational intelligence

    Control Rod Hydraulic Drive Mechanism (CRHDM) is a newly invented patent of the Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology Tsinghua University which owns CRHDM's independent intellectual property rights while the integrated valve made up of three direct action solenoid valves is the key part of this mechanism. Therefore, the performance of the solenoid valve affects the integrated valve and the CRHDM directly. In this paper, we present a method to design the parameters of the direct action solenoid valve based on orthogonal experiment design, back propagation (BP) neural network and particle swarm optimization (PSO). The result proves that the method is feasible and accurate to design the parameters in order to obtain the biggest electromagnetic force. Besides, the result also shows that it is the current which influences the electromagnetic force of the direct action solenoid valve most.

  2. Device to eliminate the vibrations of a decompression valve of a containment shell

    The device includes at least an electromagnet situated outside the valve body having a fixed part which is composed of an exciting winding and of a moving element. The moving element is linked to the end of the valve spindle opposite to the one holding the flap. A device to control the electromagnet winding supply according to the pressure acting on the valve allows to stabilize the opening and the shutting of the valve. The invention can be applied to pressurized circuits and shells of nuclear pressurized water reactors

  3. Analysis of electromagnetic field of direct action solenoid valve with current changing

    Control rod hydraulic drive mechanism(CRHDM) is a newly invented patent of Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology of Tsinghua University. The direct action solenoid valve is the key part of this technology, so the performance of the solenoid valve directly affects the function of the CRHDM. With the current and the air gap changing,the electromagnetic field of the direct action solenoid valve was analyzed using the ANSYS software,which was validated by the experiment. The result shows that the electromagnetic force of the solenoid valve increases with the current increasing or the gap between the two armatures decreasing. Further more, the working current was confirmed. (authors)

  4. Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement

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  6. Simpler valve for reciprocating engines

    Akkerman, J. W.

    1978-01-01

    Simpler design eliminating camshafts, cams, and mechanical springs should improve reliability of hydrazine powered reciprocating engines. Valve is expected to improve efficiency, and reduce weight of engines in range up to 50 horsepower.

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  1. Brucella Endocarditis in Prosthetic Valves

    Mehanic, Snjezana; Mulabdic, Velida; Baljic, Rusmir; Hadzovic-Cengic, Meliha; Pinjo, Fikret; Hadziosmanovic, Vesna; Topalovic, Jasna

    2012-01-01

    SUMMARY CONFLICT OF INTEREST: none declared. Introduction Brucella endocarditis (BE) is a rare but severe and potentially lethal manifestation of brucellosis. Pre-existing valves lesions and prosthetic valves (PV) are favorable for BE. Case report We represent the case of a 46-year-old man who was treated at the Clinic for Infectious Diseases, Clinical Center of Sarajevo University, as blood culture positive (Brucella melitensis) mitral and aortic PV endocarditis. He was treated with combined...

  2. Tissue-engineered heart valves

    Filová, Elena; Straka, František; Miřejovský, T.; Mašín, J.; Bačáková, Lucie

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 58, Suppl.2 (2009), S141-S158. ISSN 0862-8408 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) 1M0510; GA AV ČR(CZ) 1QS500110564 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50110509 Keywords : bioarteficial heart valve * valve interstitial cells * pulse flow bioreactor Subject RIV: EI - Biotechnology ; Bionics Impact factor: 1.430, year: 2009

  3. New diagnostic possibilities for solenoid valves. Neue Diagnosemoeglichkeiten fuer Magnetventile

    Kluever, G. (Herion-Werke KG, Fellbach (Germany))

    1993-05-01

    A diagnostic device, which distinguishes itself by its simple control and operation, has been developed for the early detection of damage in solenoid valves. This device provides all the information which is important for early detection of damage in a VDU representation. Deviations from the specified design power balance of the solenoid valves are detected by comparison of repeat measurements with master diagrams, whilst the calibration curves are superimposed on the monitor. Measurement data input and management are supported by a menu-controlled programme. (orig.)

  4. Advanced Numerical Tools for Design and Analysis of In-Space, Valve and Feed Systems Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — In-space valves are required to provide precise mass flow control, wide throttling range and handle rapid on-off control. These requirements can result in...

  5. Advanced Numerical Tools for Design and Analysis of In-Space, Valve and Feed Systems Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — In-space valves for the main fuel and oxidizer feed systems are required to provide precise control, wide throttling range and handle rapid on-off control. These...

  6. System for detecting operating errors in a variable valve timing engine using pressure sensors

    Wiles, Matthew A.; Marriot, Craig D

    2013-07-02

    A method and control module includes a pressure sensor data comparison module that compares measured pressure volume signal segments to ideal pressure volume segments. A valve actuation hardware remedy module performs a hardware remedy in response to comparing the measured pressure volume signal segments to the ideal pressure volume segments when a valve actuation hardware failure is detected.

  7. 46 CFR 154.708 - Cargo boil-off as fuel: Valves.

    2010-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 5 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Cargo boil-off as fuel: Valves. 154.708 Section 154.708 Shipping COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) CERTAIN BULK DANGEROUS CARGOES SAFETY... Pressure and Temperature Control § 154.708 Cargo boil-off as fuel: Valves. (a) Gas fuel lines to the...

  8. Small sodium valve design and operating experience

    Conventionally, valves for sodium pipes smaller than 125 mm in diameter are called ''small sodium valves''. However, this limit should rather be considered as the lower limit o ''large sodium valves''. In fact, both the largest sizes of small valves and the smallest of large valves can be found in the range of 125-300 mm in diameter. Thus what is said about small valves also applies, for a few valve types, above the 125 mm limit. Sodium valves are described here in a general manner, with no manufacturing details except when necessary for understanding valve behavior. Operating experience is pointed out wherever possible. Finally, some information is given about ongoing or proposed development plans. (U.S.)

  9. Non-Pyrotechnic Zero-Leak Normally Closed Valve

    Gillespie, Rebecca

    2010-01-01

    This valve is designed to create a zero-leak seal in a liquid propulsion system that is a functional replacement for the normally closed pyrovalve. Unlike pyrovalves, Nitinol is actuated by simply heating the material to a certain temperature, called the transition temperature. Like a pyrovalve, before actuation, the upstream and downstream sections are separated from one another and from the external environment by closed welded seals. Also like pyrovalves, after actuation, the propellant or pressurant gas can flow without a significant pressure drop but are still separated from the external environment by a closed welded seal. During manufacture, a Nitinol bar is compressed to 93 percent of its original length and fitted tightly into the valve. During operation, the valve is heated until the Nitinol reaches the transition temperature of 95 C; the Nitinol "remembers" its previous longer shape with a very large recovery force causing it to expand and break the titanium parent metal seal to allow flow. Once open, the valve forever remains open. The first prototype valve was designed for high pressure [5,000 psi (=34.5 MPa)] and low flow, typical requirements for pressurant gas valves in liquid propulsion systems. It is possible to modify the dimensions to make low-pressure models or high-flow models, for use downstream of the propellant tanks. This design is simpler, lower risk, and less expensive than the pyrovalve. Although the valve must be in a thermally controlled state (kept below 80 C) to prevent premature actuation, the pyrovalves and electrically actuated initiators have far more taxing handling requirements.

  10. Plunger with simple retention valve

    This patent describes a positive displacement retention valve apparatus in which the actual flow equals the theoretical maximum flow through the retention valve. The apparatus includes, in combination, a confined fluid flow conduit, a piston adapted for reciprocal movement within the fluid flow conduit between upstream and downstream limit positions, piston reciprocating means, and pressure responsive check valve means located upstream with respect to the piston in the fluid flow conduit. The pressure responsive check valve means operable to permit fluid flow therethrough in a downstream direction toward the piston, and to preclude fluid flow therethrough in an opposite direction. The piston is composed of parts which are relatively movable with respect to one another. The piston includes a simple retention valve consisting of a plug means, a cylinder having a minimum and a maximum internal cross section flow area therein and being reciprocal within the confined fluid flow conduit, and a seat on the cylinder for the plug means. The piston reciprocating means are operatively connected to the plug means

  11. Cavitation noise from butterfly valves

    Cavitation in valves can produce levels of intense noise. It is possible to mathematically express a limit for a design level of cavitation noise in terms of the cavitation parameter sigma. Using the cavitation parameter or limit, it is then possible to calculate the flow conditions at which a design level of cavitation noise will occur. However, the intensity of cavitation increases with the upstream pressure and valve size at a constant sigma. Therefore, it is necessary to derive equations to correct or scale the cavitation limit for the effects of different upstream pressures and valve sizes. The following paper discusses and presents experimental data for the caviation noise limit as well as the cavitation limits of incipient, critical, incipient damage, and choking cavitation for butterfly valves. The main emphasis is on the design limit of caviation noise, and a noise level of 85 decibels was selected as the noise limit. Tables of data and scaling exponents are included for applying the design limits for the effects of upstream pressure and valve size. (orig.)

  12. Butterfly valve of all rubber lining type

    The valves used for the circulating water pipes for condensers in nuclear and thermal power stations have become large with the increase of power output, and their specifications have become strict. The materials for the valves change from cast iron to steel plate construction. To cope with sea water corrosion, rubber lining has been applied to the internal surfaces of valve boxes, and the build-up welding of stainless steel has been made on the edges of valves. However, recently it is desired to develop butterfly valves, of which the whole valve disks are lined with hard rubber. For the purpose of confirming the performance of large bore valves, a 2600 mm bore butterfly valve of all rubber lining type was used, and the opening and closing test of 1100 times was carried out by applying thermal cycle and pressure difference and using artifical sea water. Also the bending test of hard rubber lining was performed with test pieces. Thus, it was confirmed that the butterfly valves of all rubber lining type have the performance exceeding that of the valves with build-up welding. The course of development of the valves of all rubber lining type, the construction and the items of confirmation by tests of these valves, and the tests of the valve and the hard rubber lining described above are reported. (Kako, I.)

  13. Total Engine Control (TEC) study: investigation of the suitability of ceramic matrix composite (CMC) for a fuel main metering valve. Final report; Total Engine Control (TEC) Studie: Untersuchung der Materialeignung fuer den Einsatz von faserverstaerkter Keramik (CMC) zur Kraftstoffdosierung. Schlussbericht

    Wurtinger, H.; Petzold, T.

    1999-03-01

    In direct cooperation with PLU a fuel main metering valve (MMV) made of ceramic matrix composite (CMC) was designed according to an existing metal version and produced as a prototype. At PLU a functional test was performed in an existing simulation test rig. The principle technical suitability of CMC for the mentioned application could be shown. For the final proof of suitability further qualification tests under special operating conditions are necessary. An economical use of CMC for this purpose cannot be seen for the moment. (orig.) [German] In direkter Zusammenarbeit mit PLU wurde ein Kraftstoff-Zumessventil (Main Metering Valve, MMV) aus faserverstaerkter Keramik (CMC), entsprechend einer Serien-Metallversion ausgelegt und als Prototyp hergestellt. Bei PLU wurden in einem vorhandenen Simulations-Prueftstand Funktionstests durchgefuehrt. Die grundsaetzliche technische Eignung von CMC fuer diesen Anwendungsfall konnte nachgewiesen werden. Fuer den endgueltigen Nachweis sind weitere Qualifikationstests unter extremen Betriebsbedingungen notwendig. Der wirtschaftliche Einsatz von CMC wird fuer diesen Anwendungsfall zur Zeit noch nicht gesehen. (orig.)

  14. Prosthetic valve endocarditis after transcatheter aortic valve implantation

    Olsen, Niels Thue; De Backer, Ole; Thyregod, Hans G H;

    2015-01-01

    %) were treated conservatively and 1 with surgery. Four patients (22%) died from endocarditis or complications to treatment, 2 of those (11%) during initial hospitalization for PVE. An increased risk of TAVI-PVE was seen in patients with low implanted valve position (hazard ratio, 2.8 [1.1-7.2]), moderate...... or worse postprocedural paravalvular regurgitation (hazard ratio, 4.0 [1.5-11]), implantation of >1 prosthesis (hazard ratio, 5.2 [1.5-18]), and any vascular complication (hazard ratio, 3.8 [1.5-9.8]). CONCLUSIONS: TAVI-PVE occurred at a slightly higher rate than reported for surgically implanted valves...

  15. Electron beam welding application to sodium valve fabrication of Superphenix reactor

    The EB process has been used to assemble the welded-in seat rings of AISI 316 L valve bodies for the sodium secondary circuit of Superphenix reactor (BOUVIER DARLING valves). The requirements in respect of accuracy and reliability are very stringent for these high temperature service components. (5500C). The weldability studies, the welding, welding repair and control qualifications are presented. 126 valve bodies have been welded and controled. The EB process and the shielded metal arc process are compared in respect of preparation of the parts to be joined, welding and control time, reliability

  16. The use of check valve performance data to support new concepts (probabilistic risk assessment, condition monitoring) for check valve program

    Hart, K.A.; Gower, D.

    1996-12-01

    The concept of developing an integrated check valve database based on the Nuclear Power Reliability Data System (NPRDS) data was presented at the last Symposium. The Nuclear Industry Check Valve Group (NIC), working in cooperation with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has completed an operational database of check valve performance from 1984 to the present. NIC has committed to the nuclear industry to periodically update the data and maintain this information accessible. As the new concepts of probabilistic risk analysis and condition monitoring are integrated into the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Code, a critical element will be performance data. From check valve performance data, feasible failure modes and rates can be established. When a failure rate or frequency of failures can be established based on a significant enough population (sampling), a more solid foundation for focusing resources and determining appropriate frequencies and testing can be determined. The presentation will give the updated status of the NIC Check Valve Performance Database covering (1) methodology used to combine the original ORNL data; (2) process/controls established for continuing update and refinement of the data; (3) discussion of how this data is being utilized by (a) OM-22 for condition monitoring, and (b) risk-based inservice testing work of Westinghouse Owners` Group; and (4) results/trends of data evaluations. At the 1994 Symposium, ORNL provided an update as of 1991 to their original work of 1984 -1990 which they had performed to characterize check valve degradations and failures in the nuclear industry. These characterizations will be updated to 1995 and additional reviews provided to give insight into the current condition and trends of check valve performance.

  17. Propane exhaust air heat pumps with minimal refrigerant filling volume and optimised control of the electronic expansion valve; Propan-Abluft-Waermepumpe mit minimaler Kaeltemittelfuellmenge und optimierter Regelung des elektronischen Expansionsventils

    Ott, S.; Frick, H. [Stiebel Eltron GmbH und Co. KG, Holzminden (Germany)

    2007-07-01

    In view of the possibly upcoming implementation of an ordinance on flammable gases in stationary refrigeration plants there is increasing interest in what are referred to as natural refrigerants. The following natural refrigerants are mainly used today: carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}); flammable refrigerants (propane, butane, isobutane); and ammonia. In the past refrigerants classified as flammable were also used in heat pumps. However, due to poor customer acceptance and lacking support from compressor manufacturers most heat pumps have been converted to conventional refrigerants such as R134a, R404a and R407c. In order to facilitate the use of flammable refrigerants in refrigerators and freezers regulations were promulgated which specify lower requirements for the installation of refrigerant circuits with a filling volume of less than 150 g. In keeping with these specifications an exhaust air heat pump was designed with a heat capacity of 2 kW for combined water and room heating and a refrigerant filling volume of less than 150 g. The components of the refrigerant circuit were selected to allow minimal filling volume and included a refrigerator compressor. An electronic expansion valve with a purpose-designed controller was used to achieve maximum COP. This permits stable operation with minimal overheating at any operating point as well as optimal use of the evaporator. In addition the controller permits thawing control based on circuit specifications. This ensures that thawing time is kept to the necessary minimum, thus further improving COP. The present article compares the measuring results and results of a preliminary simulation with the performance of a CO{sub 2} heat pump of equal capacity.

  18. Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement

    Foghsgaard, Signe; Schmidt, Thomas Andersen; Kjaergard, Henrik K

    2009-01-01

    . The 30-day mortality rate for the 98 patients was zero, although 14 of the 98 mini-sternotomies had to be converted to complete sternotomies intraoperatively due to technical problems. Such conversion doubled the operative time over that of the planned full sternotomies. In the group of patients whose......In this descriptive prospective study, we evaluate the outcomes of surgery in 98 patients who were scheduled to undergo minimally invasive aortic valve replacement. These patients were compared with a group of 50 patients who underwent scheduled aortic valve replacement through a full sternotomy...... operations were completed as mini-sternotomies, 4 died later of noncardiac causes. The aortic cross-clamp and perfusion times were significantly different across all groups (P < 0.001), with the intended full-sternotomy group having the shortest times. In conclusion, the mini-aortic valve replacement is an...

  19. 2D SIMPLIFIED SERVO VALVE

    2003-01-01

    A novel pilot stage valve called simplified 2D valve, which utilizes both rotary and linear motions of a single spool, is presented.The rotary motion of the spool incorporating hydraulic resistance bridge, formed by a damper groove and a crescent overlap opening, is utilized as pilot to actuate linear motion of the spool.A criterion for stability is derived from the linear analysis of the valve.Special experiments are designed to acquire the mechanical stiffness, the pilot leakage and the step response.It is shown that the sectional size of the spiral groove affects the dynamic response and the stiffness contradictorily and is also very sensitive to the pilot leakage.Therefore, it is necessary to establish a balance between the static and dynamic characteristics in deciding the structural parameters.Nevertheless, it is possible to sustain the dynamic response at a fairly high level, while keeping the leakage of the pilot stage at an acceptable level.

  20. How Is Heart Valve Disease Diagnosed?

    ... assess the severity of your heart valve disease. Cardiac MRI Cardiac MRI uses a powerful magnet and radio waves to make detailed images of your heart. A cardiac MRI image can confirm information about valve defects or ...

  1. Cryptorchidism in boys with posterior urethral valves.

    Krueger, R P; Hardy, B E; Churchill, B M

    1980-07-01

    A review of 207 male children with poterior urethral valves revealed an over-all incidence of cryptorchidism of 12 per cent. This association of cryptorchidism in boys with posterior urethral valves has not been described previously. PMID:6106069

  2. How Is Heart Valve Disease Treated?

    ... is called a valve-in-valve procedure. Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Changes to Treat Other Related Heart Conditions To ... your doctor may advise you to make heart-healthy lifestyle changes, such as: Heart-healthy eating Aiming for ...

  3. SLM Produced Hermetically Sealed Isolation Valve

    Richard, James A.

    2014-01-01

    Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) has developed a valve concept to replace traditional pyrotechnic driven isolation valves. This paper will describe the valve design and development process. The valve design uses a stem/wedge to support a disk inside the valve. That disk hermetically seals the pressurized fluids. A release mechanism holds the stem/wedge and a large spring in place. When required to open, a solenoid is energized and pulls the release mechanism allowing the spring to pull the stem/wedge away from the disk. Now the disk is unsupported and the pressure ruptures the disk allowing flow to the outlet of the valve. This paper will provide details of this design, describe the development testing, and show the results from the valve level tests performed. Also, a trade study is presented to show the advantages of this design to a conventional pyrotechnic based valve.

  4. Pannus Formation Leads to Valve Malfunction in the Tricuspid Position 19 Years after Triple Valve Replacement.

    Alskaf, Ebraham; McConkey, Hannah; Laskar, Nabila; Kardos, Attila

    2016-01-01

    The Medtronic ATS Open Pivot mechanical valve has been successfully used in heart valve surgery for more than two decades. We present the case of a patient who, 19 years following a tricuspid valve replacement with an ATS prosthesis as part of a triple valve operation following infective endocarditis, developed severe tricuspid regurgitation due to pannus formation. PMID:27355145

  5. A photoelectrically actuated, motor-operated valve stroke timer

    Questions have been raised about the value of Motor-Operated Valve (MOV) stroke timing in nuclear power plants, and, reevaluations of requirements in this area have recently been done by the ASME O ampersand M Committee Working Group on Pumps and Valves. Quoting an August 12, 1988, submittal to the Committee by W.L. Greenstreet from Oak Ridge National Laboratories, stroke time data, if made more Precise and carefully analyzed, can yield valuable operational readiness and diagnostic information. This paper presents a battery-powered, photoelectrically actuated timer developed by the Chicago Nuclear Corporation for precision MOV stroke timing. The timer receives input from valve position indicating lights on the main control panel and can easily be used with existing plant procedures. The paper also describes analysis and evaluation techniques to be applied to the data in monitoring valve operability. The techniques described apply the data to specific valve operator characteristics, thereby increasing the quality of MOV operability assessments. Both ac and dc motor operators are considered

  6. Failure Analysis of Internal Combustion Engine Valves: A Review

    NARESH KR.RAGHUWANSHI

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Intake and exhaust valves are very important engine components that are used to control the flow and exchange of gases in internal combustion engines. They are used to seal the working space inside the cylinder against the manifolds; and are opened and closed by means of what is known as the valve train mechanism. Such valves are loaded by spring forces and subjected to thermal loading due to high temperature and pressure inside the cylinder. The present study focuses on different failure modes of internal combustion engine valves, failures due to fatigue at high temperature, high temperature effects on mechanical properties of materials, like hardness and yield strength; wear failure which is due to impact loading, and wear rate that depends on load and time. For the study of fatigue life, a combined S-N (max. stress v/s number of cycles curve is prepared. Such a curve helps in comparing the fatigue failure for different materials at different high temperatures and may also assist the researchers in developing the valve materials with a prolonged life.

  7. Prevention of crack initiation in valve bodies under thermal shock

    On site and testing experience has shown that cracking in valves affects mainly the stellite hardfacing on seats and discs but may also be a concern for valve bodies. Metallurgical investigations conducted by EDF laboratories on many damaged valves have shown that most of the damage had either a chemical, manufacturing, or operating origin with a strong correlation between the origins and the type of damage. The chemical defects were either excess ferritic dilution of stellite or excess carburizing. Excess carburizing leads to a too brittle hardfacing which cracks under excessive stresses induced on the seating surfaces, via the stem, by too high operating thrusts. The same conditions can also induce cracks of the seats in the presence, in the hardfacing, of hidden defects generated during the welding process. Reduction of the number of defects results first from controls during manufacturing, mainly in the thickness of stellite. On the other hand, maintenance must be fitted to the type of defect. In-situ lapping may lead to release of cobalt, resulting in contamination of the circuit. Furthermore, it is ineffectual in the case of a crack through the seating surface, as is often found on globe valves. The use of new technologies of valves with removable seats and cobalt-free alloys solves permanently this kind of problem

  8. Prevention of crack initiation in valve bodies under thermal shock

    Delmas, J.; Coppolani, P.

    1996-12-01

    On site and testing experience has shown that cracking in valves affects mainly the stellite hardfacing on seats and discs but may also be a concern for valve bodies. Metallurgical investigations conducted by EDF laboratories on many damaged valves have shown that most of the damage had either a chemical, manufacturing, or operating origin with a strong correlation between the origins and the type of damage. The chemical defects were either excess ferritic dilution of stellite or excess carburizing. Excess carburizing leads to a too brittle hardfacing which cracks under excessive stresses induced on the seating surfaces, via the stem, by too high operating thrusts. The same conditions can also induce cracks of the seats in the presence, in the hardfacing, of hidden defects generated during the welding process. Reduction of the number of defects results first from controls during manufacturing, mainly in the thickness of stellite. On the other hand, maintenance must be fitted to the type of defect. In-situ lapping may lead to release of cobalt, resulting in contamination of the circuit. Furthermore, it is ineffectual in the case of a crack through the seating surface, as is often found on globe valves. The use of new technologies of valves with removable seats and cobalt-free alloys solves permanently this kind of problem.

  9. Damage-Free Relief-Valve Disassembly

    Haselmaier, H.

    1986-01-01

    Tool safely disassembles relief valves without damage to sensitive parts. Relief-valve disassembly tool used to extract valve nozzle from its housing. Holding device on tool grops nozzle. When user strikes hammer against impact disk, holding device pulls nozzle from press fit. Previously, nozzle dislodged by striking spindle above it, but practice often damaged retaining screw. New tool removes nozzle directly. With minor modifications, tool adapted to valves from different manufacturers.

  10. The Freedom SOLO bovine pericardial stentless valve

    Stanger O

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Olaf Stanger, Hendrik Tevaearai, Thierry Carrel Clinic for Cardiovascular Surgery, University Hospital Berne, Switzerland Abstract: The third-generation bovine pericardium Freedom SOLO (FS stentless valve emerged in 2004 as a modified version of the Pericarbon Freedom stentless valve and as a very attractive alternative to stented bioprostheses. The design, choice of tissue, and anticalcification treatment fulfill most, if not all, requirements for an ideal valve substitute. The FS combines the single-suture, subcoronary implantation technique with the latest-generation bovine pericardial tissue and novel anticalcification treatment. The design allows imitation of the native healthy valve through unrestricted adaption to the patient's anatomy, reproducing a normal valve/root complex. However, despite hemodynamic performance superior to stented valves, we are approaching a critical observation period as superior durability, freedom from structural valve deterioration, and nonstructural failure has not been proven as expected. However, optimal performance and freedom from structural valve deterioration depend on correct sizing and perfect symmetric implantation, to ensure low leaflet stress. Any malpositioning can lead to tissue fatigue over time. Furthermore, the potential for better outcomes depends on optimal patient selection and observance of the limitations for the use of stentless valves, particularly for the FS. Clearly, stentless valve implantation techniques are less reproducible and standardized, and require surgeon-dependent experience and skill. Regardless of whether or not stentless valve durability surpasses third-generation stented bioprostheses, they will continue to play a role in the surgical repertoire. This review intends to help practitioners avoid pitfalls, observe limitations, and improve patient selection for optimal long-term outcome with the attractive FS stentless valve. Keywords: aortic valve, bioprosthesis, cardiac

  11. Infective endocarditis following percutaneous pulmonary valve replacement

    Cheung, Gary; Vejlstrup, Niels; Ihlemann, Nikolaj;

    2013-01-01

    Infective endocarditis (IE) following percutaneous pulmonary valve replacement (PPVR) with the Melody valve is rarely reported. Furthermore, there are challenges in this diagnosis; especially echocardiographic evidence of vegetation within the prosthesis may be difficult.......Infective endocarditis (IE) following percutaneous pulmonary valve replacement (PPVR) with the Melody valve is rarely reported. Furthermore, there are challenges in this diagnosis; especially echocardiographic evidence of vegetation within the prosthesis may be difficult....

  12. Small sodium valve design and operating experience

    The United States Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor program (LMFBR) includes an extensive program devoted to the development of small sodium valves. This program is now focused on the development and production of valves for the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) now under construction near Richland, Washington. Other AEC support facilities, such as various test loops located at the Liquid Metal Engineering Center (LMEC), Los Angeles, California, and at the Hanford Engineering Development Laboratory (HEDL), Richland, Washington, also have significant requirements for small sodium valves, and valves similar in design to the FFTF valves are being supplied to these AEC laboratories for use in their critical test installations. A principal motivation for these valve programs, beyond the immediate need to provide high-reliability valves for FFTF and the support facilities, is the necessity to develop small valve technology for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant (CRBRP). FFTF small sodium valve design and development experience will be directly applied to the CRBRP program. Various test programs have been, and are being, conducted to verify the performance and integrity of the FFTF valves, and to uncover any potential problems so that they can be corrected before the valves are placed in service in FFTF. The principal small sodium valve designs being utilized in current U.S. programs, the test and operational experience obtained to date on them, problems uncovered, and future development and testing efforts being planned are reviewed. The standards and requirements to which the valves are being designed and fabricated, the valve designs in current use, valve operators, test and operating experience, and future valve development plans are summarized. (U.S.)

  13. Brucella Endocarditis in Prosthetic Valves

    Mehanic, Snjezana; Mulabdic, Velida; Baljic, Rusmir; Hadzovic-Cengic, Meliha; Pinjo, Fikret; Hadziosmanovic, Vesna; Topalovic, Jasna

    2012-01-01

    SUMMARY CONFLICT OF INTEREST: none declared. Introduction Brucella endocarditis (BE) is a rare but severe and potentially lethal manifestation of brucellosis. Pre-existing valves lesions and prosthetic valves (PV) are favorable for BE. Case report We represent the case of a 46-year-old man who was treated at the Clinic for Infectious Diseases, Clinical Center of Sarajevo University, as blood culture positive (Brucella melitensis) mitral and aortic PV endocarditis. He was treated with combined anti-brucella and cardiac therapy. Surgical intervention was postponed due to cardiac instability. Four months later he passed away. Surgery was not performed. PMID:24493988

  14. Design and development of innovative passive valves for Nuclear Power Plant applications

    by India. For example, the Hot Shutdown Passive Valves (HSPV), developed for the decay heat removal system keep the main heat transport system under hot conditions by passively sensing and controlling the system pressure. Another crucial and important valve which has been successfully developed is the Poison Injection Passive Valve (PIPV) for the Passive Poison Injection System. It not only provides higher reliability, but also ensures safe shutdown of the reactor in case of insider threats or malevolent acts in disabling active shutdown system of the reactor. Recently, an innovative valve called the Accumulator Isolation Passive Valve (AIPV) has been developed for the Emergency Core Cooling System (ECCS), which is engineered to mitigate the consequences of Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA). During normal operation of the reactor, the pressurized accumulators (55 bar) are kept isolated from the reactor core (70 bar) by means of AIPVs. In case of a LOCA, these passive valves open when the main heat transport system pressure falls to a desired value. For prolonged cooling of the core, these passive valves regulate the discharge in a desired manner. These are non-standard, high pressure and high temperature valves, which are unavailable commercially and hence have to be indigenously designed and developed. This paper primarily deals with the design, development and testing of Accumulator Isolation Passive Valves (AIPV) proposed to be used in the ECCS. A 25 NB size AIPV has been designed and successfully tested at Integral Test Loop (ITL) under simulated reactor conditions. It is a self-acting, ANSI 600 rating valve, which requires no external energy (i.e., neither air nor electrical power). It not only provides passive isolation but also passively controls high pressure liquid discharge through it. The design concept of the valve, functional performance, in situ valve testing methodology and the test results at simulated conditions are discussed

  15. Design and development of innovative passive valves for Nuclear Power Plant applications

    Sapra, M.K., E-mail: sapramk@barc.gov.in; Kundu, S.; Pal, A.K.; Vijayan, P.K.; Vaze, K.K.; Sinha, R.K.

    2015-05-15

    by India. For example, the Hot Shutdown Passive Valves (HSPV), developed for the decay heat removal system keep the main heat transport system under hot conditions by passively sensing and controlling the system pressure. Another crucial and important valve which has been successfully developed is the Poison Injection Passive Valve (PIPV) for the Passive Poison Injection System. It not only provides higher reliability, but also ensures safe shutdown of the reactor in case of insider threats or malevolent acts in disabling active shutdown system of the reactor. Recently, an innovative valve called the Accumulator Isolation Passive Valve (AIPV) has been developed for the Emergency Core Cooling System (ECCS), which is engineered to mitigate the consequences of Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA). During normal operation of the reactor, the pressurized accumulators (55 bar) are kept isolated from the reactor core (70 bar) by means of AIPVs. In case of a LOCA, these passive valves open when the main heat transport system pressure falls to a desired value. For prolonged cooling of the core, these passive valves regulate the discharge in a desired manner. These are non-standard, high pressure and high temperature valves, which are unavailable commercially and hence have to be indigenously designed and developed. This paper primarily deals with the design, development and testing of Accumulator Isolation Passive Valves (AIPV) proposed to be used in the ECCS. A 25 NB size AIPV has been designed and successfully tested at Integral Test Loop (ITL) under simulated reactor conditions. It is a self-acting, ANSI 600 rating valve, which requires no external energy (i.e., neither air nor electrical power). It not only provides passive isolation but also passively controls high pressure liquid discharge through it. The design concept of the valve, functional performance, in situ valve testing methodology and the test results at simulated conditions are discussed.

  16. An integrated program for pneumatic operated valve issues

    Utilities are beginning to realize that an integrated program which includes design basis engineering reviews, dynamic air operated valve (AOV) setup utilizing high speed data acquisitioning equipment and diagnostic signature analysis is required to properly set up AOVs and to verify their ability to perform their safety function. The emphasis is on integrated because all too often AOV problems are addressed by focusing myopically on the valve/actuator assembly without consideration of the design basis system requirements and safety function. Additionally, AOVs have traditionally been treated in two parts by assigning valve-related problems to the utility's Mechanical Maintenance Department and actuator work to the Instrumentation and Controls (I and C) Department. A single point of responsibility for AOVs goes a long way toward improving their performance. This paper describes such an integrated program

  17. Injection safety valve solutions for CO2 WAG cycle wells

    Unlike the offshore production industry, there are presently no regulations that dictate the use of subsurface safety valves in land completions. However, due to the increase in the number of fields moving toward CO2 injection as a means of tertiary recovery and the potential for injury or environmental damage, many producers have decided to install subsurface safety valves in their CO2 injection wells. This paper addresses why these wells need to be protected, discuss the parameters that must be considered in the selection of a tubing retrievable safety system and cover the unique features of the following types of safety valves. Surface controlled; Flapper check; Fixed choke-velocity; Variable orifice-velocity; and Pressure differential operated

  18. Packaged Au-PPy valves for drug delivery systems

    Tsai, Han-Kuan A.; Ma, Kuo-Sheng; Zoval, Jim; Kulinsky, Lawrence; Madou, Marc

    2006-03-01

    The most common methods for the drug delivery are swallowing pills or receiving injections. However, formulations that control the rate and period of medicine (i.e., time-release medications) are still problematic. The proposed implantable devices which include batteries, sensors, telemetry, valves, and drug storage reservoirs provide an alternative method for the responsive drug delivery system [1]. Using this device, drug concentration can be precisely controlled which enhances drug efficiency and decreases the side effects. In order to achieve responsive drug delivery, a reliable release valve has to be developed. Biocompatibility, low energy consumption, and minimized leakage are the main requirements for such release method. A bilayer structure composed of Au/PPy film is fabricated as a flap to control the release valve. Optimized potentiostatic control to synthesize polypyrrole (PPy) is presented. The release of miniaturize valve is tested and showed in this paper. A novel idea to simultaneously fabricate the device reservoirs as well as protective packaging is proposed in this paper. The solution of PDMS permeability problem is also mentioned in this article.

  19. Aortic valve annuloplasty: new single suture technique.

    Schöllhorn, Joachim; Rylski, Bartosz; Beyersdorf, Friedhelm

    2014-06-01

    Reconstruction strategies for aortic valve insufficiency in the presence of aortic annulus dilatation are usually surgically challenging. We demonstrate a simple, modified Taylor technique of downsizing and stabilization of the aortic annulus using a single internal base suture. Since April 2011, 22 consecutive patients have undergone safe aortic valve annuloplasty. No reoperations for aortic valve insufficiency and no deaths occurred. PMID:24882316

  20. 49 CFR 192.145 - Valves.

    2010-10-01

    ...) Except for cast iron and plastic valves, each valve must meet the minimum requirements of API 6D... at least 1.5 times the maximum service rating. (ii) After the shell test, the seat must be tested to... valves, test pressure during the seat test must be applied successively on each side of the closed...

  1. Aspirator increases relief valve poppet stroke

    Biddle, M. E.

    1967-01-01

    Addition of an aspirator to a relief valve increases the valve poppet stroke under dynamic flow conditions. The aspirator allows poppet inlet dynamic forces to overcome relief valve spring force. It reduces the fluid pressure in the skirt cavity by providing a low pressure sense probe.

  2. 46 CFR 64.67 - Shutoff valve.

    2010-10-01

    ... SYSTEMS Pressure Relief Devices and Vacuum Relief Devices for MPTs § 64.67 Shutoff valve. A shutoff valve may not be located— (a) Between the tank opening and pressure relief device; or (b) On the discharge... 46 Shipping 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Shutoff valve. 64.67 Section 64.67 Shipping COAST...

  3. Aerodynamic Characteristics of Tracheostomy Speaking Valves.

    Fornataro-Clerici, Lisa; Zajac, David J.

    1993-01-01

    Pressure-flow characteristics were determined for four different one-way valves (Kisner, Montgomery, Olympic, and Passy-Muir) used for speech production in tracheotomy patients. Results indicated significant differences in resistance among the valves, with the resistance of one valve substantially greater than that of the normal upper airways.…

  4. First pass radionuclide studies in evaluation of mitral valve replacement in chronic insufficiency using Bjork-Shiley tilting disc valves

    First pass radionuclide ventriculography is a non-invasive, convenient and safe procedure which may be performed repeatedly. Like invasive heart catheriterization it yields objective data on both right and left ventricular performance as well as on implanted valve function. Therefore, this method can be used to obtain long term follow-up controls in patients with mitral prosthesis. Very important is the technique's objectivity as opposed to the method of classification according to the NYHA. Furthermore, first pass radionuclide ventriculography helps to demonstrate that valve replacement for chronic mitral insufficiency may lead to restoration of normal left ventricular function in many cases

  5. STUDY ON VARIATION OF SETTING AND STOPPING PRESSURES OF SAFETY VALVE WITH STRUCTURAL MODIFICATION

    2001-01-01

    The possibility of pressure control with the structural change of a safety valve is investigated. Safety valve is commonly used as safety devices for numerous applications which include boilers,ships,industrial plants,and piping.Setting and stopping pressures of a safety valve,pset and psto,are traditionally adjusted with a fine tuning of seat ring and valve ring heights, hsr and hvr. However, it is not easy to achieve the proper setting and stopping pressures of a safety valve in practice. The depth of inside and outside grooves in a valve, di and do are modified and their effects on setting and stopping pressures of a safety vlave are tested. The most appropriate values appear 1.0 mm in di and 0.5~1.0 mm in do,respectively. The valve ring height, hvr,shows that the best results can be achieved at 2.3 mm for setting pressures of 0.1~0.4 MPa and 1.0 mm for setting pressures of 0.5~1.0 MPa. The stopping pressures increases with the increase of seat ring height,hsr, upto certain hsr value and then becomes independent to the seat ring height. This implies that there exists the optimum hsr,which provides the largest flow rate and the proper stopping pressure. Stopping pressures of a safety valve are adjusted with the seat ring and valve ring heights. This study,however,demonstrated that the modification of value grooves also changes setting and stopping pressures of a safety valve.Therefore,the proper selection in dimensions of the inside and outside grooves should be considered for the safety valve design.

  6. Operating experience review of failures of power operated relief valves and block valves in nuclear power plants

    This report contains a review of nuclear power plant operating events involving failures of power-operated relief valves (PORVs) and associated block valves (BVs). Of the 230 events identified, 101 involved PORV mechanical failure, 91 were attributable to PORV control failure, 6 events involved design or fabrication of the PORVs, and 32 events involved BV failures. The report contains a compilation of the PORV and BV failure events, including failure cause and severity. The events are identified as to plant and valve manufacturer. An assessment of the need to upgrade PORVs and BVs to safety-grade status concludes that such action would improve PORV and BV reliability. The greatest improvement in reliability would result from using newer, more reliable PORV designs and improving testing, diagnostics, and maintenance applied to PORVs and BVs, particularly the BV motor operator. A summary of interviews conducted with four PORV manufacturers is also included in the report

  7. Acoustic emission condition monitoring of a nuclear power plant check valve using artificial neural networks

    Lee, Joon Hyun; Lee, Min Rae [Pusan National University, Pusan (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jung Teak [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2005-11-15

    In this study, an advanced condition monitoring technique based on acoustic emission (AE) detection and artificial neural networks was applied to a check valve, one of the components being used extensively in a safety system of a nuclear power plant (Npp). AE testing for a check valve under controlled flow loop conditions was performed to detect and evaluate disk movement for valve degradation such as wear and leakage due to foreign object interference in a check valve. It is clearly demonstrated that the evaluation of different types of failure modes such as disk wear and check valve leakage were successful by systematically analyzing the characteristics of various AE parameters. It is also shown that the leak size can be determined with an artificial neural network.

  8. Acoustic emission condition monitoring of a nuclear power plant check valve using artificial neural networks

    In this study, an advanced condition monitoring technique based on acoustic emission (AE) detection and artificial neural networks was applied to a check valve, one of the components being used extensively in a safety system of a nuclear power plant (Npp). AE testing for a check valve under controlled flow loop conditions was performed to detect and evaluate disk movement for valve degradation such as wear and leakage due to foreign object interference in a check valve. It is clearly demonstrated that the evaluation of different types of failure modes such as disk wear and check valve leakage were successful by systematically analyzing the characteristics of various AE parameters. It is also shown that the leak size can be determined with an artificial neural network

  9. Miniaturized Single-Shot Valve and its Application to the ExoMars Pasteur Payload

    Muller, Pierre; Henkel, Hartmut; Klinkner, Sabine

    2010-01-01

    Hermetically sealing a gas tank and opening it into tubing under telecommand control is a function required in various space instruments. There are a number of space valves that are power saving, withstand vibration, and do not contaminate the gas. But none of them combines these features with low mass and the ability to withstand temperatures of 130 C during the sterilization process mandatory for planetary missions. In this paper, a novel miniature valve is presented, which is particularly adapted to space applications. It is electrically actuated, utilizing a bimetallic snap-disc that pierces a metallic membrane by a needle pin, thereby opening the valve. The design of this single-shot valve is such that it allows it to withstand a temperature of 130 C and a pressure of 50 bars. The valve is also lightweight (6.62 g) and it requires only 9 W to operate.

  10. Neural Network Approach to Automated Condition Classification of a Check Valve by Acoustic Emission Signals

    This paper presents new techniques under development for monitoring the health and vibration of the active components in nuclear power plants, The purpose of this study is to develop an automated system for condition classification of a check valve one of the components being used extensively in a safety system of a nuclear power plant. Acoustic emission testing for a check valve under controlled flow loop conditions was performed to detect and evaluate disc movement for valve failure such as wear and leakage due to foreign object interference in a check valve, It is clearly demonstrated that the evaluation of different types of failure types such as disc wear and check valve leakage were successful by systematically analyzing the characteristics of various AE parameters, It is also shown that the leak size can be determined with an artificial neural network

  11. Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement

    Full Text Available ... polyester material that's used for -- it's basically a medical grade fabric. And again, I want to underscore that these tissue valves are hand-made in factories and undergo quite a bit of testing and tolerance before they ever reach our shelf. ...

  12. Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement

    Full Text Available ... made out of either tissues from cows or pigs, what we call porcine for pigs and bovine for cows. Essentially, the tissue from ... we generally recommend explantation and reimplantation of a sterile valve. Again, I want to underscore that any ...

  13. Hemodynamics driven cardiac valve morphogenesis.

    Steed, Emily; Boselli, Francesco; Vermot, Julien

    2016-07-01

    Mechanical forces are instrumental to cardiovascular development and physiology. The heart beats approximately 2.6 billion times in a human lifetime and heart valves ensure that these contractions result in an efficient, unidirectional flow of the blood. Composed of endocardial cells (EdCs) and extracellular matrix (ECM), cardiac valves are among the most mechanically challenged structures of the body both during and after their development. Understanding how hemodynamic forces modulate cardiovascular function and morphogenesis is key to unraveling the relationship between normal and pathological cardiovascular development and physiology. Most valve diseases have their origins in embryogenesis, either as signs of abnormal developmental processes or the aberrant re-expression of fetal gene programs normally quiescent in adulthood. Here we review recent discoveries in the mechanobiology of cardiac valve development and introduce the latest technologies being developed in the zebrafish, including live cell imaging and optical technologies, as well as modeling approaches that are currently transforming this field. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Cardiomyocyte Biology: Integration of Developmental and Environmental Cues in the Heart edited by Marcus Schaub and Hughes Abriel. PMID:26608609

  14. Dual rate pressure relief valve

    Steeneken, J.

    1968-01-01

    Pressure relief valve vents at a slow bleed rate at one pressure level and at a higher bleed rate at a higher pressure level. The value housing contains a sleeve, inlet port, outlet port, an orifice, a ball and seat arrangement, and a belleville spring diaphragm.

  15. Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement

    Full Text Available ... to know the human dynamic or blood pressure effects of a valvular problem and is also important with regards to determining coronary artery anatomy, as some patients may need coronary bypass surgery in addition to valve surgery. Exercise testing, as I mentioned previously, is a nice ...

  16. Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement

    Full Text Available ... rid of that issue. These are inert valvular prosthetics, both the tissue and mechanical prostheses are. Not to say that some destruction ... lifelong risk of infection. And obviously if a prosthetic valve, whether it be tissue or mechanical, were to become infected, we generally recommend explantation ...

  17. INVESTIGATION ON THE DYNAMIC RESPONSE PERFORMANCE OF A NOVEL THREE-WAY SOLENOID VALVE

    2006-01-01

    In order to meet the increasinglystrict emissionstandards andi mprove the perfor mance of diesel en-gines,using electronic control systemin diesel en-gines becomes more and more popular.In the com-mon-rail injection system of diesel engines,injec-tion ti ming and injection duration are controlled bythe solenoid valve.The perfor mance of common-rail injection systemis directly deter mined by thesolenoid valve[1-2].A novel high-speed three-waysolenoid valve used in the common-rail injectionsystem for DME powe...

  18. Valve Repair or Replacement

    ... a control console, a side cart with 3 robotic arms, a special vision system, and instruments. A computer translates the surgeon's natural hand and wrist movements made on the control console to instruments that have ... the surgeon makes. Robotic surgery can reduce the time it takes to ...

  19. Optimum test interval of closing valves

    The closing valves are the main part of time in stand-by state. It is characteristic that the reliability of the valves decreases during stand-by time. Therefore the valves are tested periodically, in order to check their condition. On the other hand, the testing may cause failures and thus decreases the availability of valves. Through a proper choice of test internal these competing factors can be balanced against each other. Optimum tests interval of closing valves is considered with the aid of simple unavailability models and using reliability data collected from Finnish BWR plants. (orig.)

  20. Valve assembly having remotely replaceable bearings

    Johnson, Evan R.; Tanner, David E.

    1980-01-01

    A valve assembly having remotely replaceable bearings is disclosed wherein a valve disc is supported within a flow duct for rotation about a pair of axially aligned bearings, one of which is carried by a spindle received within a diametral bore in the valve disc, and the other of which is carried by a bearing support block releasably mounted on the duct circumferentially of an annular collar on the valve disc coaxial with its diametrical bore. The spindle and bearing support block are adapted for remote removal to facilitate servicing or replacement of the valve disc support bearings.