A fluorine-lined butterfly valve is a type of valve that is designed to handle highly corrosive fluids. The valve body and disc are lined with a fluoropolymer material, such as PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), PFA (perfluoroalkoxy), or FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene), which are highly resistant to a wide range of chemicals. This makes them ideal for use in applications such as the chemical processing, pharmaceutical, and semiconductor industries.
Valve Body: The valve body is typically made of cast iron, cast steel, or stainless steel. The fluoropolymer liner is applied to the inside of the body using a variety of methods, such as sintering, extrusion, or spray coating.
Disc: The disc is also made of a metal material and is lined with the same fluoropolymer material as the body. The disc rotates on a shaft that is connected to an actuator.
Sealing: The valve seat is typically made of the same fluoropolymer material as the liner. The disc and seat form a tight seal when the valve is closed, preventing leakage.
Actuator: The actuator can be manual, pneumatic, hydraulic, or electric. It opens and closes the valve by rotating the disc.
Excellent corrosion resistance: Fluoropolymers are some of the most corrosion-resistant materials available. They can withstand exposure to a wide range of chemicals, including acids, bases, and solvents.
Leak-proof sealing: The tight seal between the disc and seat prevents leakage, even at high pressures and temperatures.
Lightweight and compact: Butterfly valves are lighter and more compact than other types of valves, such as globe valves and ball valves. This makes them easier to install and maintain.
Low maintenance: Fluoropolymer liners are self-lubricating and require minimal maintenance.
Bi-directional flow: Butterfly valves can handle flow in either direction.
Cost-effective: Fluorine-lined butterfly valve is often more cost-effective than other types of valves for corrosive applications.
Limited pressure and temperature ratings: Fluoropolymer liners can soften or melt at high temperatures. They are also not as strong as metal valves and may not be suitable for high-pressure applications.
Not suitable for abrasive fluids: Fluoropolymer liners can be abraded by slurries or other abrasive fluids.
Limited size range: Butterfly valves are typically available in smaller sizes than other types of valves.
Fluorine-lined butterfly valve is used in a wide range of applications, including:
Chemical processing: For handling corrosive chemicals such as acids, bases, and solvents.
Pharmaceutical: For handling pharmaceutical products and intermediates.
Semiconductor: For handling ultrapure water and other critical fluids.
Pulp and paper: For handling bleaching chemicals and other corrosive fluids.
Food and beverage: For handling food and beverage products.
Water treatment: For handling chlorinated water and other corrosive fluids.
When selecting a fluorine-lined butterfly valve, it is important to consider the following factors:
The type of fluid being handled: Make sure the valve is compatible with the specific chemicals that it will be exposed to.
The pressure and temperature: Choose a valve with pressure and temperature ratings that are higher than the maximum conditions that it will see in service.
The flow rate: Select a valve that is sized correctly for the desired flow rate.
The actuator type: Choose an actuator that is compatible with your control system and has the required torque output.
|Fluorine-Lined Butterfly Valve
|Metal lined with fluoropolymer (PTFE, PFA, FEP)
|Metal (stainless steel, bronze, etc.)
|Disc and seat contact
|Ball and seat contact
|Excellent (fluoropolymer liner is highly resistant to most chemicals)
|Good (metal body may corrode depending on specific material and fluid)
|Limited (fluoropolymer can be abraded by slurries)
|Good (metal is more resistant to abrasion)
|Lower (typically up to 300 psi)
|Higher (typically up to 1500 psi)
|Lower (typically up to 200°C)
|Higher (typically up to 400°C)
|Very low (can be zero-leakage with proper design)
|Low (tight shut-off, but small leaks possible)
|Flow Rate Capability
|High (bi-directional flow)
|Moderate (uni-directional flow)
|Wide range (typically up to 48 inches)
|Wide range (typically up to 48 inches)
|More cost-effective for corrosive applications
|More expensive than butterfly valves
|Low (fluoropolymer is self-lubricating)
|Moderate (periodic lubrication and seal replacement)
|Chemical processing, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, pulp & paper, food & beverage, water treatment
|General purpose, oil & gas, power generation, mining
Fluorine-lined butterfly valves are a versatile and cost-effective solution for handling corrosive fluids. They offer excellent corrosion resistance, leak-proof sealing, and low maintenance. However, it is important to carefully consider the application requirements and select a valve that is properly sized and rated for the intended use.