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Structural and Thermal Analysis of Ball Control Valve: A Review

Vaibhav Sharma, Pikesh Bansal, Vijay Kumar Gupta



A ball valve is a type of flow control device, which is widely used to regulate a fluid flowing through a section of pipe. Currently, analyses and optimization are of special important in the design and usage of ball valves. For the analysis, finite element method (FEM) is often used to predict the safety of valve disc, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is commonly used to study the flow characteristics of valve. In order to develop an exhaust valve with high thermal and structural strength, experimental investigations are often costly and time consuming, affecting manufacturing time as well as time-to-market. An alternative approach is to utilize computational methods such as Finite Element Analysis, which provides greater insights on temperature distribution across the valve geometry as well as possible deformation due to structural and thermal stress. This method significantly shortens the design cycle by reducing the number of physical tests required. In this paper ANSYS FLUENT has been used for the structural analysis of a ball valve.

Keywords: Ball valve, FEM, Structural analysis, CFD, ANSYS FLUENT

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Vaibhav Sharma, Pikesh Bansal, Vijay Kumar Gupta. Structural and Thermal Analysis of Ball Control Valve: A Review. Recent Trends in Fluid Mechanics. 2018; 5(2): 30–35p.

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