BFE manufactures the most complete line of quality ball valves, and can provide the exact ball valves and actuators to meet the most demanding application requirements. Our Trunnion Ball Valves are available in an extensive range of designs, materials, sizes and pressure classes and are in full conformance with ANSI, API and NACE specifications. All ball valves are designed in accordance with ASME B16.34 and where applicable with API 6D or BS EN ISO 17292.

The BFE family of trunnion ball valves provides positive shut-off of fluids and gases under extreme service conditions.

BFE uses only high-quality materials inspected & tested to International Standards and utilizes advanced manufacturing technology with special emphasis on safety, quality, and long service life of our products, to ensure that our clients receive the “best in class” products available from us at a competitive price and delivered on time.

The forging material can ensure the best rigidity and strength under maximum rated operation pressure without inherent flaw of cast. Other properties found in forging include greater impact resistance, resistance to fatigue cracking, particularly when cycling at either high or cryogenic temperature. Overdesigned wall thickness and adaptation of high strength tie bolts are convenient for valve maintenance and sufficient to bear the stress of pipe. The internal parts of valve are carefully designed and selected to ensure reliability under all kinds of work condition.

Since a variety of materials are available, BFE valves can be used with various fluids and gases including petroleum based oils and some water glycols.

Trunnion ball valve have a mechanical means of anchoring the ball at the top and the bottom, this design is the standard design applied on larger and higher pressure valves.

Sealing is achieved by spring loaded piston type seats which shut off flow when line pressure acts on the upstream seat. Automatic relief of cavity overpressure is assured due to the trunnion design in case of self-relieving seats (BFE standard design). The ball is operated by a sealed spindle to which the operator is attached. Ball valves are intended to be used as on/off flow control devices and are not to be used to throttle fluid flow. The valves should always be either fully open or closed.

BFE Trunnion Ball Valve design is developed using the latest software based analysis tools.

At the design stage, all projects are analysed using 3D solid modelling tools. Benefits include reduction of development time and cost, improved product quality, and ability to solve field problems for customers. Product flexibility and accuracy is assured.

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a very important step at the development stage to ensure the best possible performance requirements. Valves operational problems, pressure/ temperature-related deformations and flow-related forces within a valve can be evaluated.

BFE uses the FEA for predicting failure due to unknown stresses by showing problem areas in a material and allowing designers to see all of the theoretical stresses within. This method of product design and testing is far superior to the manufacturing costs which would accrue if each sample was actually built and tested.

During any analysis project, it is the responsibility of the BFE analyst to verify that analysis results conform to the physics of the problem under study. Understanding the response of a structure or manufactured product allows effective design decisions to be made in developing structures and products that are functional, meet all engineering requirements, and can be manufactured and assembled. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is used to simulate operating flow conditions.

Evaluation of Valve CV coefficient and convective heat transfer coefficient takes place at the design stage.

 

MAIN FEATURES

FIRE-SAFE TEST APPROVED: BFE trunnion ball valves are designed in accordance with API 607 & API SPEC 6FA. When non-metal seats are destroyed in a fire, the medium pressure push the upstream seat into the ball to cut off the line fluid and prevent internal leakage due to a secondary metal-tometal seals. When the first soft seal is damaged, body/bonnet/stem-gasket can reach sealing function and prevent external fluid leakage.

DOUBLE BODY GASKET: All BFE trunnion ball valves are equipped with two body gasket. The first body gasket is in soft material and the second in graphite (if not otherwise required), this combination assures the best seal characteristic in whatever corrosive service as well give fire safe design.

ANTI-STATIC DEVICE: In order to prevent static electricity which may light the fluid, static-conduction spring is set between the stem/trunnion and the ball.

ANTI BLOW-OUT PROOF STEM: The stem is designed with integral T-Type shoulder to provide blow-out proof effectively. The design assures that the stem cannot be blown out of the valve in the case of the packing being removed while the valve is under pressure.

SELF RELIEVING SEAT: In the standard design of Trunnion Mounted Ball Valves, each seat ring performs the “Single Piston” action. In this case the pressure acting on the external side of the seat ring pushes the same against the ball while the pressure acting on the internal side of the seat rings pushes the same away from the ball. Therefore, while both seat-rings grant the required tightness, when the pressure is applied on their external side, they are defined “Self-Relieving”, allowing any over pressure acting in the body cavity to be discharged in the line as soon as the force caused by the pressure overcomes the one provided by the springs.

CONTROLLED STEM & STUFFING BOX FINISH: Stem and stuffing box finish machining is a key point of control. The stem is made by cold rolling and stem surface finish is controlled by Ra=0.4, which can reduce friction for stem moving and ensure the seal. The stuffing box surface is controlled within Ra=1.6 for better sealing performance.

SOLID BALL: The solid ball used by BFE provides straightthrough flow and real full-port performance characteristics. Hollow ball or cored cavity ball are not used for BFE products.

BALL SEAT ALIGNMENT: Stem/Flange mechanical stops ensure control and precise alignment over ball rotation.

LONGEVITY OF LIFE: Special consideration was devoted to the attainment of enhanced life and operation of our valve throughout design, development, testing and manufacturing stages. Valve designs combined with the selection of advanced materials are such that long periods of inactivity should not affect the operations of efficiency.

LOW TORQUE OUTPUT: Seat designs, stem-bearing system and stem seal arrangements ensure consistent minimal torque values.

FLOW CAPACITY: Valve design allows for high flow capacity in liquid or gas services regardless of whether the media is clean or dirty. Full port valves allow for pigging and ensure maximum flow capacity.

FIELD REPARAIBLE: Simple user friendly design allows for quick and easy part replacement requiring minimal “Down Time”.

ISO FLANGE INTEGRATED IN THE BODY DESIGN: ISO 5211 mounting always integrated in the valve as standard design.

EMERGENCY SEALANT INJECTION: For 6” full port and larger each valve is supplied complete with emergency stem sealant injection feature.

INSPECTION AND TESTING: Every valve is subjected on routine base to different non-destructive testing, like the dye penetrant test on butt weld ends, on all hard faced and cladding areas. Non-destructive tests are also carried out on the critical areas as defined by ANSI B.16.34. Optional examinations like Radiographic, Magnetic particles, Ultrasonic, Helium leak test, Personal performing NDT are trained and qualified to EN 473/ ASNT-SNT-TC-1A. Every valve is subject to a pressure test in accordance with the standard API 598 or BS 6755 Part.1. The rated pressure for the applicable pressure class is in accordance with ANSI B.16.34 / EN 12516-1-2.

MARKING AND IDENTIFICATION: Each valve is identified on proper name plate and on valve body as required by MSS- SP 25, B 16.34 Name plate carries all information on rating, size, valve body and trim material, customer tags. On body, marking includes material designations (per ASTM) and heat code and of course the trade mark.

 

PISTON EFFECT PRINCIPLE

BFE selfrelieving seats

SELF RELIEVING SEAT: In the standard design of Trunnion Mounted Ball Valves, each seat ring performs the “Single Piston” action. In this case the pressure acting on the external side of the seat ring pushes the same against the ball while the pressure acting on the internal side of the seat rings pushes the same away from the ball. Therefore, while both seat-rings grant the required tightness, when the pressure is applied on their external side, they are defined “Self -Relieving”, allowing any over pressure acting in the body cavity to be discharged in the line as soon as the force caused by the pressure overcomes the one provided by the springs

BFE double piston effect

DOUBLE PISTON EFFECT OPTION: On request the seat rings design may be modified to perform the “Double Piston Effect” action. In this case the pressure acting on both the external and internal side of the seat rings, results in a force pushing the same against the ball, therefore each seat ring grants the required tightness even if the pressure is applied in the body cavity. This features assures dead-tight sealing simultaneously on both sides of the ball and in order to release the possible over pressure developed into the body cavity it is necessary to use an external safety relief valve.

Range Availability
 Size 1/2″-24″
 Pressure 150#-2500#
 Ends Threaded, SW, BW, Flanged, Hub, Compact flange
 Materials CS- SS- Duplex- SuperDuplex- 6Mo- Titanium- Al.Bronze