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Long Distance Pipeline Valves

Update:2021-05-04   View(s):34   Keywords :Long Distance Pipeline Valves

Pipeline transportation has become the main way of contemporary energy transportation. Pipeline valves have developed rapidly and greatly promoted the process of pipeline transportation. How is pipeline valve defined? What are the differences in its structure, characteristics and performance? Today, let’s learn more about the difference of pipeline valves.

Pipeline transportation has become the main way of contemporary energy transportation. The use of long-distance pipeline transportation of oil, gas, coal and other resources has become the most important means to solve the problem of energy transportation in the world.
The world’s major oil and gas producing and consuming countries use a large number of long-distance pipelines to solve the transportation problem of oil and gas resources, and more than 95% of the natural gas is transported by pipeline.

Definition of long distance pipeline

1. Long distance oil pipeline: the pipeline that transports crude oil from the oil field area to the outside of the oil field area, the middle of which needs to be heated and pressurized to complete the crude oil transportation.
2. Long distance gas pipeline: the pipeline that transports natural gas from the initial station to the first level pressure regulating and metering station of city or industrial and mining enterprises.
The length of these pipelines is more than 25km. Due to the long distance and large pipe diameter, whether it is laid in plains, hills or mountainous areas, sometimes it has to cross rivers, valleys, highways and railways, so the construction is more complicated.
3. The scope of application of quota of long distance pipeline engineering is as follows:

  • (1) Oil and gas pipelines located in factories and mines, oil fields (outside the regional boundary line), gas fields (outside the natural gas processing plant and the first gas transmission station), and oil depots, and more than 25km away.
  • (2) From the water source to the first water storage tank of the factory (city), the steel water pipeline is more than 10km, and from the gas plant to the first gas distribution station of the city, the gas pipeline is more than 10km.
  • (3) Crossing projects of rivers, highways, railways, optical cables, cables and other obstacles.
  • (4) Oil, gas and water pipelines with diameter > 529mm are located in the oil and gas field area.
  • It is an economical and reasonable way to transport oil and gas by long distance pipeline. Compared with other modes of transportation, not only the transportation volume is large, but also the cost is low. For example: to build a pipe diameter of Φ 720mm oil pipeline can transport 20 million tons of crude oil annually, which is equivalent to the annual transportation volume of oil tanker on a monorail railway; In terms of economic benefits, compared with the construction of new railways, the construction period can be reduced by half, and the construction period can be reduced by one-third. Moreover, the oil transportation efficiency is high, the oil transportation management cost is low, and the completed pipeline almost occupies little land. Therefore, long distance pipeline has become the main way of oil and gas transmission.

Development history

In 1914, the first 9 km long oil pipeline was built in the central part of the United States, which opened the prelude to the development of pipeline industry. The cost of transporting liquid or gas by pipeline is 1 / 3 of railway transportation and 2 / 3 of sea transportation, so it has developed rapidly in recent 100 years.
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The valves used in long-distance pipeline are called pipeline valves, including ball valve, gate valve, check valve and plug valve. It is a special valve with special functions to meet the special requirements of pipeline transportation.

Structure and characteristics of valves for pipelines

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Flat gate valve is a kind of sliding valve with parallel gate. The closing part can be a single ram or a double ram with an opening mechanism. The pressing force of the ram to the valve seat is controlled by the medium pressure acting on the floating ram or floating valve seat. If it is a double gate flat gate valve, the opening mechanism between the two gates can supplement the pressing force.
The main features of flat gate valve are: short Structure length, good sealing performance, small operating torque, close opening and closing force, small flow resistance, no need to set abnormal pressure rise device for the valve, flat gate valve with diversion hole can clean the pipeline through the cleaner. But the Structure height of the valve is high, about 3-4 times of the pipe diameter.


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Ball valve, refers to the ball with a circular through hole as the opening and closing parts, the ball with the stem rotation, in order to achieve the opening and closing action of the valve. The opening and closing part (ball) is driven by the stem and rotates around the axis of the square work ball valve.
The main features of the ball valve are: compact Structure, good sealing performance, 90% opening and closing ° The rotary valve can be opened and closed quickly with short operation time. The secondary auxiliary seal can be formed by injecting sealing grease. The valve seat with fireproof Structure can ensure the sealing of the valve in case of fire. The emergency opening and closing of the valve can be realized by matching the quick cut-off device.


The spherical regulating valve comprises a left valve body, a valve seat, a sphere, a stem shaft and a right valve seat, which is characterized in that a circular hole passage through the ball center is vertically arranged in the center of the sphere and the original flow passage hole, a butterfly plate is placed in the passage, the convex rib at one end of the butterfly plate is matched with the groove at one end of the stem shaft, and the other end is limited by a limit ring.
The spherical control valve has the advantages of large flow, simple Structure, good stability, convenient operation and maintenance, small flow resistance when fully opened, large allowable pressure difference, low noise and good cavitation resistance.


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All check valves have an opening pressure. When the working medium pressure is greater than the opening pressure of the check valve, the spring is compressed, the check valve baffle is pushed open, and the medium flows smoothly. When the working medium flows back, the medium will press the baffle on the check valve body. The greater the medium pressure is, the tighter the pressure is. At this time, the baffle completely blocks the whole system and eliminates the possibility of medium flow back. It can be understood more intuitively through the second Structure of the check valve.
The check valve with damping Structure can effectively eliminate the vibration of the pipeline and reduce the flow resistance; Double seal (elastic seal for low pressure and metal metal seal for high pressure) is adopted, with good sealing effect; Through the pipe cleaner.


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There are two main types of pressure relief valve: spring type and lever type. Spring type refers to the valve disc and seat seal by spring force. Lever type relies on the force of lever and heavy hammer. With the need of large capacity, there is a pulse relief valve, also known as pilot relief valve, which is composed of main relief valve and auxiliary valve. When the medium pressure in the pipeline exceeds the specified pressure value, the auxiliary valve will be opened first, and the medium will enter the main relief valve along the pipe, and the main relief valve will be opened to reduce the increased medium pressure.
Because the pump start or stop may make the medium flow velocity change and pressure fluctuation in the pipeline, resulting in shock wave. In order to eliminate the impact of shock wave, pressure relief valve is used in long-distance pipeline to reduce shock wave.

Technical requirement for pipeline valves

The long-distance pipeline is a global energy supply line, from the Arctic Circle to the equator, from high mountains to the sea floor, from plateau to desert, which passes through seismic zones, swamps, frozen soil, rivers, lakes and hillsides. Some are erected, some are directly buried underground, and it is difficult to maintain in the field, which requires a service life of 30 years. General transportation of crude oil and natural gas, although treated, but containing sulfur, rust and metal particles, and requires zero seal, the actual use of harsh environment and the importance of energy supply line, put forward strict technical requirements for pipeline valves.

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So, what are the technical requirements for pipeline valves?
1. Strength and toughness
In addition to the internal medium pressure, the valve also needs to bear the bearing capacity of foundation, the axial tension and pressure caused by the change of ambient temperature, the external load caused by landslide, ground settlement and flood, and the low temperature impact toughness of material in cold zone and frozen area to prevent low temperature brittle fracture. For all welded valve body ball valve, weld and heat affected zone, fracture toughness (CTOD) should be considered according to fracture mechanics theory.
2. Sealing requirements of grade zero
The valve requires zero level seal to ensure the effective cut-off of downstream pipeline. Considering the influence of metal particles in medium on zero level seal, metal to metal seal is used as primary seal, PTFE / rubber is used as secondary seal, and emergency sealing measures should be taken in case of seal failure.
3. It has fire safety and anti-static function
The design of pipeline ball valve should consider fire safety. In case of fire, the external leakage and internal leakage of the valve should not exceed the leakage standard specified by API 607; The ball is clamped by non-metallic materials, which may generate static electricity and must be connected with the valve body. At 24 VDC, the resistance value is less than 10 ohm.
4. DBB function
When the valve cavity is drained, the upstream valve seat and downstream valve seat shall be automatically cut off at the same time to ensure the safety during discharge.
5. Prevent clamping of valve chamber pressure
No matter the valve is in the open or closed position, the medium shall be prevented from being clamped in the valve cavity. If the medium may be clamped, the pressure in the valve cavity shall be automatically relieved for the gas medium or liquid medium. The maximum value of the pressure relief in the valve cavity shall not exceed 1.33 times of the valve pressure rating, and the diameter of the external pressure relief valve shall be DN 15 or larger.
6. Excretion
The medium in the valve chamber can be discharged; And through this drain hole, on-line seal detection of the valve is carried out.
7. Position indication
Whether manual or power driven, there should be obvious indication of valve position, indicating that the valve is in the open or closed position.
8. Drive chain
The design torque of the drive chain shall be at least twice the maximum torque of the ball valve.
9. Curing condition
The materials of pressure bearing parts and bolts shall have stress cracking resistance and meet the requirements of NACE, mr0175.
10. Emergency cut-off function
Long distance pipeline transportation system adopts SCADA system. When the pressure drop rate or duration of pipeline reaches a certain set value, the valve shall be cut off in an emergency.
11. Consider the potential corrosion and stress corrosion of groundwater
All welded valve body structure, pipeline cathode grounding and external surface anti-corrosion are adopted to prevent potential corrosion and stress corrosion.

The material used for long-distance pipeline valve

The material selection of long-distance pipeline valves shall meet the requirements of strength, sealing, service life, high temperature, high pressure, wear resistance, corrosion resistance, fire prevention and anti-static.
Long distance transmission pipeline is affected by geographical and natural conditions, and must bear the influence of climate temperature difference, topography and earthquake. Therefore, the inspection and test of long-distance pipeline valves are more strict. The shell strength pressure test, sealing test, action performance test, bending test, tensile test, fire resistance test and durability test shall be conducted. Some valves shall also be subject to cold and heat resistance tests. The test valve shall have good sealing performance, flexible operation, accurate operation and good durability. For valves with particle media, wear resistance test shall be conducted.

Design concept of pipeline ball valve

The design concept of pipeline ball valve is the most fundamental is safety and reliability. Whether it is a long-distance transmission pipeline or urban network, it is the supply line of energy and a lifeline of national economy. The global underground oil and gas pipelines and pipelines, like the above ground transmission and distribution grid, are the basis for urban industry and civil survival. Without this energy supply line, the modern urban function will stop immediately.
Severe natural conditions for long-distance pipelines from Arctic circle-70c ° To equatorial desert + 70 C ° Temperature of; It is subject to natural disasters such as earthquake, foundation settlement, debris flow, landslide, flood and so on; Potential corrosion of groundwater and stress corrosion of sulfur-containing medium are all the factors that cause accidents. The explosion of urban pipe network is common and natural disasters have often been reported. For example, the natural gas pipeline network rupture in Seoul caused fire. In China, such as the railway Qin pipeline in 1984, due to the continuous heavy rain, Dashihe reservoir of Qinhuangdao was opened, and the oil pipeline was washed off, and 3000 tons of crude oil flowed into the sea; In 1996, the Mahui line, the upstream of the ring River flood broke out, and the pipeline was cut off, and 1000 tons of crude oil was leaked. According to pipeline magazine, sealwell estimates that the price of a 36 “pipeline ball valve is about 45000-65000 dollars, and the loss of natural gas in the upstream and downstream pipelines is about 50000-100000 dollars. Therefore, the design and manufacture of pipeline ball valve, the emphasis on safety and reliability should not be excessive in any case. And this concept should be implemented in the whole process of product design, process specification, parts processing, type test, product test, quality control and after-sales service.

Requirements of valve performance test for long distance pipeline

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Affected by geographical and natural conditions, long-distance pipeline must bear the changes of climate temperature difference, terrain and earthquake. Therefore, the inspection and test of long-distance pipeline valves are more strict, including shell strength pressure test, sealing test, action performance test, bending test, tensile test, fire resistance test, durability test, etc. some valves should also be subject to cold resistance and heat resistance test. The test valve shall have good sealing performance, flexible operation, accurate action and good durability, and the abrasion resistance test shall be conducted for the valve conveying granular medium.

Relevant standards for pipeline valves


At present, API 6D pipeline valve specification and corresponding product standards are mainly used for long-distance pipeline valves, such as API 594 clip on check valve, API 599 steel and ductile iron plug valve, API 600 steel gate valve with flange or butt welding connection for refinery, API 607 fire resistance test of ball valve with soft sealing surface, API 599 steel and ductile iron plug valve API 608 metal ball valves with flange and butt welding end, API 6fa code for fire resistance test of valves, BS 4460 steel ball valves for petroleum industry, etc.
API 6D “pipeline valve specification” is a standard for the comprehensive requirements of pipeline valve manufacturing, inspection and procurement. Other product standards have detailed requirements for the scope of application, connection type, structure length, performance requirements, inspection and test, marking, etc. The content of API 6D “Specification for pipeline valves” includes nine chapters: scope, general principles, materials, valve type and category, test, marking, quality control requirements, storage and shipping, Appendix (procurement guide, measurement conversion, supplementary test requirements, quoted specifications and standards).


The existing valve standards for long-distance pipeline in China are: JB / T 5298 “steel flat gate valve for pipeline”, JB / T 7745 “pipeline ball valve”. Other long-distance pipeline products apply the product standards of general valves, and some special valves (emergency shut-off valve, etc.) have no national or industrial standards. There is no unified standard specification for pipeline valves. Compared with foreign standards, the content of the existing domestic industry standards is simple, incomplete and low requirements.

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