8` V-port Ball Valve - Case Study
The client had installed several v-port ball valves to modulate the flow of diluted froth slurry. Upon 4-5 months in service, the ball valves were severely eroded and the piping required rotation (or replacement). Isolation knife gate valves were also installed downstream to provide tight shut-off, however they too were damaged by the flow.
To visually explain the situation, SlurryFlo engineers recreated the piping system (as a 3D model), and simulated the exact process flow conditions via CFD. The results show high-velocity flow being projected to one side of the ball valve, downstream piping and knife gate valve (see Fig 1). This was consistent with the wear patterns observed at site.
Service Life: Less than 6 months