Guide to Butterfly Valves for Fire Protection

How does a butterfly valve function?

A butterfly valve for fire insurance starts, stops or chokes the progression of water through the pivot of an inner circle. Whenever the plate is gone lined up with the stream, water can go through uninhibitedly. Turn the circle 90 degrees, and the development of water into the framework channeling stops. This slight circle can remain in the water’s way consistently without essentially easing back the development of water through the valve.

The plate’s revolution is constrained by a handwheel. The handwheel pivots a pole or stem, which turns the circle and all the while pivots a position pointer — typically a splendidly shaded piece standing out of the valve — that shows the administrator what direction the plate is confronting. This pointer considers initial affirmation of whether the valve is opened or shut.

The position pointer assumes a significant part in keeping fire security frameworks functional. Butterfly valves act as control valves fit for stopping the water to fire sprinklers or standpipe frameworks or areas of them. Whole structures can be left helpless when a control valve is unexpectedly left shut. The position pointer assists fire experts and office supervisors with recognizing a shut valve and once again opening it rapidly.

Most butterfly valves for fire security additionally incorporate electronic alter switches that speak with a control board and send an alert when the valve’s circle pivots. Frequently, they incorporate two alter switches: one for association with a fire control board and one more for interfacing with an assistant gadget, like a chime or horn.

Which parts would it be a good idea for me to search for?

Butterfly valves comprise just four principal parts:

  • A body, which houses the circle, stem, and seat
  • A plate controls the progression of liquid through the valve
  • A stem used to pivot the plate and position the marker
  • A seat, which frames a water-tight seal with the circle when the valve closes

Their basic plan settles on them a savvy decision contrasted with different sorts of control valves. Since they are lighter, smaller, and simpler to introduce than their normal ancestor, the OS&Y entryway valve (“outside stem and burden” or “outside screw and burden”), most fire installers currently favor involving a butterfly valve as the control valve. In any case, OS&Y valves actually have the two disciples and their place, which you can find out about here.

The parts to think about while choosing a butterfly valve to rely upon the necessities of the installer and the kind of line utilized. Despite the fact that they are made with an assortment of valve situates, their seats are solely EPDM elastic lined in fire insurance. EPDM is leaned toward for its protection from the climate, high and low temperatures, different synthetics, and spillage.

What is a wafer butterfly valve?

The wafer butterfly valve is intended for use with flanged channeling frameworks — it’s held set up utilizing two spines and a progression of stray pieces. A wafer valve necessitates having the spines on one or the other side of it associated with one another to hold the valve set up. Subsequently, the fire sprinkler or standpipe framework should be closed down and depleted prior to introducing or eliminating these valves.

What is a scored butterfly valve?

A scored butterfly valve is a control valve intended for pipes with furrowed closes. The valve interfaces with basic line couplings and gaskets that introduce impressively quicker while framing a release tight seal. This plan makes it more straightforward to supplant pipes downstream of the valve. With the valve shut, the coupling downstream from the water supply can be eliminated while the upstream coupling stays joined, stopping the water to that part.

These valves are the advanced substitution for carrying type valves, which utilize strung embeds, or “hauls,” that empower establishment by bolts alone. Scored butterfly valves are accessible for 2 1/2-inch and bigger lines.

What is a strung butterfly valve?

A strung butterfly valve has similar interior parts as a wafer or notched adaptations, however, the two associations are strung (it screws onto the line). Strung butterfly valves require accuracy and precision during the establishment cycle in light of the fact that the finishes should be strung on the two sides. They are accessible in different sizes, however, 1-inch to 1 1/2-inch size are the most well-known.

What are the advantages of a butterfly valve?

In contrast with other valve types, butterfly valves are moderately lightweight, particularly in bigger sizes. Since they exemplify a straightforward and prudent plan, they have fewer parts, which makes them simpler to fix and keep up with. Further, their direct plan frequently lessens the time expected to introduce one, diminishing work costs.

Butterfly valves range in size, pressure appraisals, and temperature evaluations. In fire assurance, they are accessible for pipes as little as 1 inch and as extensive as 12 creeps in measurement. Many have pressure appraisals as high as 300 PSI.

Do they require intermittent support?

To agree with the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 25: Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, butterfly valves might require week-by-week examinations (2022 release: Nonetheless, assuming the valve is locked or administered, that stretch reaches out from month to month ( What’s more, when they are electrically regulated, valves might be examined quarterly (, alongside their administrative alert gadgets (

While examining a valve, check it is:

  • In the normal position (open during normal system operation or closed during testing or maintenance)
  • Sealed, locked, or supervised
  • Accessible
  • Free of leaks
  • Appropriately identified with signage indicating the valve’s function and the part or parts of the system it serves (*)

While there are not many upkeep prerequisites past assessment, the rules truly do determine control valves should be tried every year by running them through their full scope of movement ( A valve status test is additionally required “any time the control valve is shut and resumed at framework riser” (

Aira Euro Automation is the leading butterfly valve manufacturer in Kuwait. We offer various industrial valves like ball valves, butterfly valves, plug valves, pressure reducing valves, pressure relief valves, control valves and many products available.

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Aira Euro Automation Pvt. Ltd. is a Leading Valve Manufacturer like Pneumatic Actuator, Ball Valve, Control Valve, Butterfly Valve, Solenoid Valve, Control Valve and Pneumatic Accessories.

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