A valve is a device that regulates, controls, or directs the flow of a fluid by opening, closing, or partially obstructing fluid flow. A sound bit complicated? Ok, let me further simplified this. A valve is a mechanical device that controls the flow and pressure of fluid within a system or process. So basically, it controls flow & pressure.

Types of Valves
In piping following types of valves are used depending on the requirements. The cost of Valve in the piping system is up to 20 to 30% of the overall piping cost. And the cost of a given type and size of the valve can vary 100%. It means that if you choose a ball valve over a butterfly valve for the same function. It can cost you more. So, the selection of valves is essential to the economics, as well as operation, of the process plants.

– Gate Valve
– Globe Valve
– Check Valve
– Plug valve
– Ball Valve
– Butterfly Valve
– Needle Valve
– Pinch Valve
– Pressure Relief Valve