What is a Floating Ball Valve?

In a floating ball valve, the ball is held in the position by the compression of the two elastomeric seats against the ball. The ball is free to float inside the valve body.

Floating Ball Valve

The high quality metal & soft seated floating ball valves are designed for many applications in the oil and gas, petrochemical, power & general process industries and are constructed for durability.

In a floating ball design, the ball is not fixed inside the housing but floats between two seats. In the shut off position the ball seals against the seat on the low-pressure side, pushed downstream by a positive pressure differential.

Applications of Floating Ball Valves

The floating ball valve is generally used in these applications:

  • Oil & Gas
  • High-cycle and switching services
  • Compressor stations
  • Oxygen, nitrogen, or hydrogen
  • Polyethylene or polypropylene
  • Food/Pharma
  • Gasification
  • Separator, filter, and drying systems

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