# How to Test Ball Valve

## I – TOPIC AND RANGE OF application

This instruction describes the procedure and equipment for the bending test of valve 470 to our suppliers and external service providers.

## III – Plan

1. Equipment for the implementation
2. Test process

## IV – ANNEXES

1. Equipment for the implementation

Machine for bending test:

Ball valve support:

• Test process
1. Assemble the valve support

2) Set the valve support on the tensile machine.

3) Screw the suitable insert (according to the dimension) on the valve support.

4) Screw the valve on the insert. Use the appropriate torque as indicated in the table below. The valve’s bonnet must be on the support side (see below).

5) Screw the suitable flexion tube to the valve.

•  Install the sensor of the tensile machine, then place it in contact with the flexion tube.

7) Apply a force on the flexion tube. Increase until the valve breaks and the value is recorded.

*For the 1″ and 1 “1/4 valves, don’t go until the valve brake, but stop the test when a torque of 420 N.m is reached.

The force has to be increased with a speed of S = 50 mm/min.

To be congruent, the valve must pass the following acceptation points:

A surveillance zone has been defined (see the table above) to prevent thread resistance drift.

If the valves are in this zone, the supplier will be notified so that all necessary corrective actions can be implemented to leave this zone for the following tests.

See the illustration below:

S = 50 mm/min

10) Calculation of the torque

To find the value of breakage in N.m: T (Torque) = F (Force in Newton) x L (Length in meters between the application point, meaning the axis of the tools, and the breakage point)

Example:

If the force at break was 1240 N, and the distance between the application point and the breakage point is 0,13 meters, then the torque: (T)  N.m = F x L :

= 1240 X 0,13 = 161,2 N.m