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Swing Check Valve Design Criteria and CFD Validation

[+] Author Affiliations
Brian E. Dallstream, Brian A. Fricke, Bryan R. Becker

University of Missouri at Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

Paper No. ICONE14-89827, pp. 691-699; 9 pages
  • 14th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 1: Plant Operations, Maintenance and Life Cycle; Component Reliability and Materials Issues; Codes, Standards, Licensing and Regulatory Issues; Fuel Cycle and High Level Waste Management
  • Miami, Florida, USA, July 17–20, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4242-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3783-1
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


This paper provides information on swing check valve selection criteria suitable for nuclear power plant applications. In this project, four swing check valves were analyzed to demonstrate the implementation and application of this information. In this example, swing check valves were selected according to “ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section III” [1] and “ASME B16.34, Valves Flanged, Threaded, and Welding End” [2]. This paper also discusses the utilization of Computational Fluid Dynamics Software (CFD) as a means to analyze valve design. The use of CFD is a relatively new approach for validation of valve design that is becoming invaluable due to the high cost of physical bench testing. The Instrument Society of America (ISA) Analysis Division and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Computational Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee have taken a proactive approach in setting standards and practices for the use of CFD in design and validation.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME
Topics: Design , Valves



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