A Facility and Approach to Performance Test of Check Valves

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S. L. Collier

Research and Development, TRW, Inc., Mission Drilling Products Division, Houston, Tex. 77240

C. C. Hoerner

TRW, Inc., Mission Drilling Products Division, Houston, Tex. 77240

J. Energy Resour. Technol 105(1), 62-66 (Mar 01, 1983) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3230878 History: Received December 10, 1981; Revised October 06, 1982; Online October 22, 2009


The important time for a check valve is the short period during which flow decelerates. The characteristics of this period are not well defined. The investigation suggests the use of deceleration (g) as a parameter, describes a test facility that provides a range of deceleration rates and presents results of tests at various g’s. This method couples the estimation of a system’s deceleration with the performance of the valve so that provisions can be made for the expected behavior and surge in a new installation or an improvement can be predicted for an existing problem situation.

Copyright © 1983 by ASME
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