uah p 18001

Docket: UAH-P-18001

Technology

Fluid control valves in any system require extensive controls to manipulate the flow between various paths. These valves are found in everyday applications from home irrigation systems to highly complex rocket motors.

Researchers at UAH have developed an Integrated Valve with Flow Rate and Flow Path Control for Multiple Fluids. The valve can control the duration, path, and flow rate of multiple different fluids through one single component, without the need for complex control systems involving costly electronics and multiple valves, lines, and connections, thus reducing costs. The valve controls the fluid path and flow through a single all mechanical system, which allow adjustment to different flow paths and flow rates. This enables the user to set up the flow path and rate exactly as desired with fewer electronics and control systems. The valve can be configured with all static seals to eliminate leaks and can be refurbished in place without additional isolation valves.

The valve could be implemented in many applications. For home/agriculture irrigation systems, it replaces extensive control systems and multiple valves. When placed at the beginning of the irrigation system and set to the desired flow rate and paths, it requires no further human interaction. These valves can function on a much more complex level, such as for cryogenic rocket motors. They can also be used in industrial, petrochemical, and pipeline applications, with overall system cost savings.

Applications

  • Industry/petrochemical
  • Pipelines
  • Irrigation
  • Rocket engines

Advantages

  • Self-controlling
  • Simple installation
  • Single component
  • Ease of control
  • Static seats
  • Self-isolation
  • Long life

Status

  • State of Development: Prototype
  • Licensing Status: Available for Licensing
  • Patent Status: Proprietary