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Guide for Selecting Pressure Control Valves With Actuators Used in Pipeline Applications

[+] Author Affiliations
Jack Broyles

Enbridge Pipelines Inc., Edmonton, AB, Canada

Roger Shirt

R. W. Shirt Consulting, Squamish, BC, Canada

Paper No. IPC2010-31249, pp. 551-558; 8 pages
  • 2010 8th International Pipeline Conference
  • 2010 8th International Pipeline Conference, Volume 3
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 27–October 1, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: International Petroleum Technology Institute and the Pipeline Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4422-9 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3885-3
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


This paper will discuss guidelines for the selection of pressure control valves (PCV) with electro-hydraulic actuators for use in liquid petroleum pipelines. The performance criteria for PCVs functioning in pipeline pressure control applications are distinct from those used in other industrial applications. Also, PCVs required for large diameter petroleum pipeline represent a relatively small number of total control valve applications. For these reasons, general practitioners of control valve selections, typically engineers at EPCs, commonly apply selection strategies that are effective in other industrial applications, but tend to be less so in pipeline applications. This paper will discuss control valve selection criteria including Critical Threshold Capacity, Effective Control Region and Valve Gain Band. Actuator selection criteria discussed in this paper includes Torque Requirements, Speed of Response, and Positioning Resolution.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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