Spectrum Specialty Valves, a division of C-Suite Services, LLC, has introduced its innovative new valve, the Floating Piston Valve, to North American markets. This NASA-patented valve, which was licensed by Louisiana-based Spectrum, is believed to be the first new, major valve design in 70+ years.
The Floating Piston Valve employs a balanced floating piston; it was invented by a NASA engineer (Bruce Farner) to solve chronic problems associated with ultra-high pressure, high-volume fluid flow control system issues for use with oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen at the Stennis Space Center (SSC) rocket engine ground test. The Floating Piston Valve is believed to be a safer and more cost-effective valve alternative to conventional ball valves; it has demonstrated significantly greater onstream reliability than achievable with conventional ball valves.
The Floating Piston Valve was designed to improve the management and performance reliability for ultra-high pressure (15,000-20,000 psi), high-volume (900-1,000 lbs./sec.) gaseous nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen fluid flow control. Since its invention, it has been improved upon, enabling lower volume applications for service, such as a PORV (pilot operated relief valve) and PRD (pressure relief devices) for use with flammable gas tube trailers (mobile pipelines).
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