The one thing that all valves must do perfectly is control. And in the case of butterfly valves, there are added complexities.

Compact, lightweight, and easy to operate, butterfly valves take on heavy responsibilities of throttling e moderate pressure and corrosive liquids.

A mistake in choosing a butterfly valve could mean a loss of valuable control across your entire system.

What are some of the key factors that matter in choosing butterfly valves? And why should you get them right?

Pressure drop

What it is: Pressure drop is a key parameter when sizing the valve for a particular application. It is defined as the difference between the inlet and outlet pressures of the valve.

Why get it right: Excessive pressure drop drives up your energy costs. Apart from sizing, pressure drop also helps determine the material choice for the butterfly valve.

Valve sizing

What it is: Selecting a valve of the appropriate size for your application. Additional factors such as valve coefficient, flow rate and volume should be considered when sizing the valve.

Why get it right: Valve sizing impacts the size of the piping. A smaller pipe sizing can reduce the effective flow rate of the valve. Since control valves need very little pressure drop to control the flow, it allows reducing the size of piping. The sizing of the valves and the pipes must match for correct flow.


What it is: Weight of the valve along with all its components assembled.

Why get it right: Butterfly valves are generally lighter than many of the control valves. The heavier the valves, the stronger and more expensive pipe hangers you will need. Lighter valves can significantly reduce costs.

Type of media

What it is: Type of the fluid that will flow through the valve.

Why get it right: Type and properties of the material determine the material of the valve and thus impact costs. For instance, corrosive media might require a stainless steel butterfly valve, but in the case of simpler fluids such as water, a valve made of other less expensive metals can be used. Butterfly valves work well with most liquids, but not solids. Explore more about material considerations for valves in our blog here.

A trusted valve manufacturing partner

Who is it: A valve manufacturer who works closely with customers to design and offer reliable valves conforming to the right standards.

Why get it right: A long-term valve manufacturing partner can be an asset in maintaining the valve network. IPC works to provide customers with durable, high-performing valves in a short lead time. The valves can be tracked through their manufacturing cycle to ensure that they adhere to specified requirements.

We work closely with the customers during events such as annual shutdowns to ensure quick availability of original parts and easy valve repair and replacement.

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