Check Valve- diagram ,Symbol, Types Of Check valve

Check Valve – diagram ,Symbol, Types Of Check valve

In this articles we will learn about check valve, used for hydraulic and pneumatic circuits . Briefly information is given about check valve types, check valve diagram ,symbol used for check valve  .

Check Valve

The simplest DCV (Direction Control Valve ) is a check valve. A check valve allows flow in one direction, but blocks the flow in the opposite direction. It is a two-way valve because it contains two ports. Figure  shows the graphical symbol of a check valve along with its no-flow and free-flow directions.

Symbol Of Check Valve: 

symbol of check valve
symbol of check valve

Types Of Check Valves:

The various types of check valves are available for a range of applications. These valves are generally small sized, simple in construction and inexpensive. Generally, the check valves are automatically operated. Human intervention or any external control system is not required. These valves can wear out or can generate the cracks after prolonged usage and therefore they are mostly made of plastics for easy repair and replacements.

Classification of check valves used in hydraulics and pneumatic are as follows :

  • Ball type Check valve
  • Poppet check valve
  • pilot operated check valve
  • shuttle valve

Ball type Check valve

In Fig., a light spring holds the ball against the valve seat. Flow coming into the inlet pushes the ball off the seat against the light force of the spring and continues to the outlet. A very low pressure is required to hold the valve open in this direction. If the flow tries to enter from the opposite direction, the pressure pushes the ball against the seat and the flow cannot pass through.

ball type check valve -types of check valave
ball type check valve -types of check valve

Poppet check valve

Figure provides two schematic drawings showing the operation of a poppet check valve. A poppet is a specially shaped plug element held on a valve seat by a light spring. Fluid flows through the valve in the space between the seat and poppet. In the free flow direction, the fluid pressure overcomes the spring force. If the flow is attempted in the opposite direction, the fluid pressure pushes the poppet in the closed position. Therefore, no flow is permitted

poppet check valve -types of check valve
poppet check valve -types of check valve

Advantages of a poppet valve

  • Virtually zero leakage in closed position.
  • Poppet elements do not stick even when left under pressure for long periods.
  • Fast, consistent response time: typically 15 ms.

Disadvantages of a Poppet Valve

  • Axial pressure balance is impossible and considerable force may be needed to open the poppet against the flow at a high pressure. This limits valves that have direct mechanical actuation to low flow duties.
  • Generally individual poppets are required for each flow path that significantly increases the complexity of multi-port valves.
  • Lapping and super finishing of valves add cost.

Pilot-Operated check Valve
A pilot-operated valve along with its symbol is shown in Fig.. This type of check valve always permits free flow in one direction but permits flow in the normally blocked opposite direction only if the pilot pressure is applied at the pilot pressure point of the valve. The check valve poppet has the pilot piston attached to the threaded poppet stem by a nut.
The light spring holds the poppet seated in a no-flow condition by pushing against the pilot piston. The purpose of the separate drain port is to prevent oil from creating a pressure build-up at the bottom of the piston. The dashed line in the graphical symbol represents the pilot pressure line connected to the pilot pressure port of the valve. Pilot check valves are used for locking hydraulic cylinders in position.

pilot operated check valve
pilot operated check valve

Shuttle Valve
A shuttle valve allows two alternate flow sources to be connected in a one-branch circuit. The valve has two inlets P1 and P2 and one outlet A. Outlet A receives flow from an inlet that is at a higher pressure. Figure 1.5 shows the operation of a shuttle valve. If the pressure at P1 is greater than that at P2, the ball slides to the right and allows P1 to send flow to outlet A. If the pressure at P2 is greater than that at P1, the ball slides to the left and P2 supplies flow to outlet A

types of check valve -shuttle valve , symbol of shuttle valve
types of check valve -shuttle valve , symbol of shuttle valve

One application for a shuttle valve is to have a primary pump inlet P1 and a secondary pump inlet P2 connected to the system outlet A The secondary pump acts as a backup, supplying flow to the system if the primary pump loses pressure. A shuttle valve is called an “OR” valve because receiving a pressure input signal from either P1 or P2 causes a pressure output signal to be sent to A. Graphical symbol of shuttle valve is shown in Fig.

Sachin Thorat

Sachin is a B-TECH graduate in Mechanical Engineering from a reputed Engineering college. Currently, he is working in the sheet metal industry as a designer. Additionally, he has interested in Product Design, Animation, and Project design. He also likes to write articles related to the mechanical engineering field and tries to motivate other mechanical engineering students by his innovative project ideas, design, models and videos.

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