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Butterfly valve

Butterfly valves

Size Range : 1/2 “ to 32“
Rating : 150 to 1500 PSI
Models : Wafer , Lug , Butt Weld , Flanged Type
Meterial : Cast Steel , Stainless Steel , Special , Alloy , Aluminum ,Bronze
Standards : API , ASME , ASTM , BS , ISO , MSS , NACE

To access relevant standards for butterfly valve :

ASME B16.25 please click
BS EN 593 please click
DIN 1561 please click here
DIN 1693 please click here

construction. the main components of a butterfly valve, which are the body, seal, disc, and stem. The disc (Figure 2 labeled E) of a butterfly valve aligns with the center of the connected piping and the stem (Figure 2 labeled B) connects to an actuator or handle on the outside of the valve. In the closed position, the disc is perpendicular to the flow, as shown in Figure 2, and seals against the valve seat (Figure 2 labeled D). An o-ring (Figure 2 labeled C) in the stem packing seals against leakage along the stem. When the actuator or handle rotates the butterfly valve stem 90°, the disc also rotates 90° to become parallel to the flow. Partial rotation allows for the flow to be throttled or proportional.

Butterfly valves used for modulating services can have a linear or an equal percentage characteristic.

  • Linear: When the disc opens X%, the flow rate is at X% of the maximum flow rate. For example, if the disc is opened 1/3 of a turn (30 degrees), the flow rate will be 33.3% of maximum.
  • Equal: There is a logarithmic relationship between disc travel and flow rate. For example, if the disc rotates 10 degrees and the flow rate increases from 100 to 170 m3/h, which is a 70% increase, then the next 10 degree rotation will cause the flow rate to increase from 170 to 289 m3/h, which is also a 70% increase. For advanced butterfly valves, this relationship is possible from 20 to 90 degrees (fully open).

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Butterfly valves

come in different designs, each serving specific applications and pressure ranges. Butterfly valves can be categorized based on their disc closure design, connection design, and actuation method.

Disc closure design

Butterfly valves can be concentric or eccentric depending on the location of the stem in relation to the disc’s centerline and the surface angle of the valve seat.


The most basic design of a butterfly valve is a centric or concentric butterfly valve. The stem passes through the disc’s centerline, and the seat is the inside diameter periphery of the valve body (Figure 4 on the left). This zero-offset valve design is known as resilient-seated because efficient sealing relies on the flexibility of the rubber seat. When closing, the disc first comes into contact with the seat at around 85° during a 90° rotation. Concentric butterfly valves are suitable for low-pressure ranges.


An eccentric butterfly valve’s stem does not pass through the centerline of the disc but instead behind it (opposite of flow direction), as seen in Figure 4 (right). A single offset butterfly valve’s stem is directly behind the disc’s centerline. This design reduces how much the disc contacts with the seal before the valve fully closes. Less contact improves the service life of the valve.

In a double offset or doubly eccentric butterfly valve, the stem is behind the disc’s centerline with an additional offset to one side (Figure 5). The stem’s double eccentricity design reduces disc and seat contact to the last 1-3° of disc closure.

A triple offset butterfly valve (TOV or TOBV) is suitable for critical applications and has a similar design to a double offset butterfly valve. The third offset is the disc-seat contact axis. The seat surface has a conical shape which, coupled with the same shape at the ridge of the disc, results in minimal contact before full closure of the valve. A triple offset butterfly valve is more efficient and experiences less wear. Triple offset valves are often made of metal seats for a bubble-tight shut-off. The metal seats make butterfly valves suitable for higher temperature ranges.

Connection design

Butterfly valves can connect to a piping system in different ways. The most common connections are wafer type, lug type, and flange.

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