Eliminating corrosion risk in firesafe valves

Jon Lawson

Severn Glocon Group is extending its range of triple offset butterfly valves with a new solution that avoids galvanic corrosion in saline applications, without compromising firesafe capability.

The OCTSW innovation was driven by market feedback from offshore oil and gas operators in relation to seawater service valves used for fire safety. It ensures graphite parts – which can increase the susceptibility of neighbouring metals to corrosion when exposed to seawater ­– do not contact line media.

Seawater service valves play an integral role feeding water in the event of fire on an offshore platform or vessel. Their ability to either supply or isolate sections of the water line is a critical safety feature. Eliminating galvanic corrosion while maintaining firesafe credentials has been an enduring challenge for the industry. Severn’s new valve design overcomes this limiting factor and recently passed fire testing in accordance with the latest editions of API 6FA, API 607 and ISO 10497.

Mark Breese at Severn says his team focused on fully isolating graphite parts from line media, or removing them from the valve entirely. “Triple offset valves are generally constructed with graphite packings, gaskets and laminated metal/graphite seals. In normal operation this noble material provides good service, but increased risk of galvanic corrosion in seawater applications has been an ongoing concern for offshore operators. Our team overcame technical challenges to develop a sustainable solution that removes or replaces graphite. Their success builds on our pioneering oblique cone technology (OCT) for triple offset valves.”

The OCT is central to this new solution. The ‘infinite circle’ geometry of the design enabled the R&D team to develop a hybrid seal technology that eradicates the need for graphite.