What Is 3-Way Ball Valve?

The ball valve belongs to the quarter turn valve series. Ball valves have a variety of designs and can be widely used in different industries. Among them, the three-way ball valve and the four-way ball valve are multi-port ball valves. The three-way ball valve has 3 port, providing solutions for confluence, diversion and changing the direction of medium flow.

Advantages Of Three-Way Ball Valve

1. It can completely close the valve, thereby cutting off the flow of the medium
2. It can change the flow direction of the medium by opening or closing the valve
3. It can also divide the medium into two independent directions by opening or closing

Types Of Three-Way Ball Valves

According to the flow direction, the three-way ball valve can be divided into T port and L port

T port: T port three-way ball valve is mainly used to converge, split and change the direction of medium flow. Therefore, the T port ball valve is also called a mixing valve or a diverter valve.

It allows the medium to flow in from one inlet and then flow out from the other two outlets, playing a role of diversion. At the same time, it also allows the medium to flow in from two inlets, and then flow out from the other outlet, acting as a confluence.

L port: L port ball valve can only be used to change the flow direction of the medium.

3 way ball valve flow direction diagram-1

The Difference Between 3-Way Ball Valve And Two-Way Ball Valve

The three-way ball valve has three ports, which can achieve 5 functions of circulation, cut-off, confluence, diversion and changing the direction of medium flow through different flow directions. Provides a variety of solutions for the fluid control process.
The two-way ball valve has only two ports, which can only achieve the two functions of flow and cut-off.

Actuation

Manually type. We could control it by handle or worm gear.
Electrically type. Driven by electric actuator to help us control it remotely.
Pneumatically type. Offering the cost-effective automatic solution

Summarize

Ball valves are currently one of the most widely used valves, and different designs can be used in different working conditions.
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