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Ways to Utilise Pressure Control Valves

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In what ways can one make use of a pressure control valve?

In every hydraulic system, pressure control valves can be found. They assist in different functions to keep the pressure below a desired upper limit and pressure maintenance. They reduce high mains pressure effectively that results in less delivery of water in taps. There is no chance of conflicting settings since the control for the expansion relief pressure is found in one spindle only.

Five types include unloading, sequence, counterbalance, relief, and reducing. The restriction is needed for most of these valves to produce the pressure control that is required. The unloading pressure control valve is an exception to this, externally piloted unloading valve’s actuation depends on an external signal.

One use is by diverting excess oil when the pressures get too high to safeguard the maximum limit pressure in a system. Relief valve avoids the hazard of damaging the fluid power components without limiting the forces that must be generated by the system to do the work required.

Another in the list is the pressure-reducing valves, the most practical component for maintaining secondary, lower pressure in a hydraulic system. These valves are normally 2-way valves that are open and close when subjected to downstream pressure. It could be direct-acting or pilot-operated.

Constant and fixed pressure reduction

As long as the main circuit is higher than the secondary, the main circuit pressure doesn’t matter, Constant-pressure-reducing valves supply a preset pressure. These valves balance the force exerted by an adjustable spring which attempts to open the valves against the secondary circuit pressure. The spring force opens the valve to increase pressure and keep reduced pressure in the secondary circuit after the pressure in the secondary circuit drops.

The fixed pressure reducing valve, on the other hand, supply a fixed amount of pressure reduction regardless of the main circuit pressure. Unique on its own, this pressure control valve operates by balancing the sum of the forces that are exerted by the spring and secondary circuit pressure and the force that is exerted by the pressure in the main circuit.

Normally closed, sequence valves are 2-way. They control the different functions in a circuit resembling a direct-acting relief valve. The only difference is that their spring chambers are drained externally to a reservoir. This valves also permits the fluid that is pressurised to flow to a second function only after the first one has been satisfied.

The counterbalance valves are used mostly to counterbalance a weight or external force and keep it from free-falling. The primary port of this valve is linked to the end of a cylinder rod while its secondary port is connected to the directional control valve. Th set pressure is slightly higher to prevent the free-falling of the load.

The over-centre valves are like counterbalance valves. Their purpose is to maintain the pressure set to keep the load from free-falling but with the use of a pilot signal from the inlet of the actuator as assistance in opening the spool. This reduces the required horsepower and the generated heat within the system and makes the valve more efficient.

A pressure control valve is important in hydraulics to regulate the pressure in a system and avoid potential hazard when there is a failure in controlling the system.

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