HV Series – Max Flow, Low Pressure Valves

About the HV Back Pressure Control Valve

The Equilibar HV Series is a high flow back pressure valve targeted for applications with high flow rates and small differential pressures. A typical application for the HV low pressure valve would be controlling exhaust gasses at 2 to 4 inches of water column pressure. The HV is a pilot operated back pressure valve. The pressure signal applied to the pilot port commands the HV to control its inlet port to that same pressure. This signal to controlled pressure is a precise 1:1 relationship. The pilot pressure may be applied with a manually adjusted mechanical pressure regulator or with an electronic pressure regulator where automation of the pressure control is required.

Part # Port Size Pilot Port Max. Operating
Pressure
Flow Coefficient
(Cv)
HV16 2″ 1/4″ NPT 15 psig / 1 bar(g) 50
HV32 4″ 1/4″ NPT 15 psig / 1 bar(g) 150
HV48 6″ 1/4″ NPT 15 psig / 1 bar(g) 320

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HV Low Pressure Control Valve Advantages:

  • Automatically responds to changes in system flow rate
  • Controls pressures near atmosphere accurately
  • Able to handle corrosive media and aggressive vapors
  • Able to control at high temperatures 150ºC/300ºF
  • Easily and inexpensively field maintained

End Connections

  • Weld Tube Stub
  • Pipe Flange – ANSI 150# Class Typical

Body Materials:

  • SS304 standard
  • SS316L optionally

Diaphragm Materials:

  • Viton (FKM)
  • Buna-N
  • PTFE
  • Polyethylene
  • EPDM

Gasket Materials:

  • EPDM (std)
  • Silicone

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Originally designed for ventilation applications, the HV Series can provide precision into the millibar range (down to around 1 inH2O / 25.4 mmH2 or 0.03 psig / 2 mbar(g)). The HV valve is able to control accurately at these low pressures because of its unique direct diaphragm sealing design. A thin flexible membrane is the only moving part. This diaphragm is used to directly seal against a field of orifices. There are no internal springs or sliding seals to create internal friction. The diaphragm has a large area which allows it to be sensitive to small changes in system pressure or flow rate. The unique sensitivity of Equilibar’s supple diaphragms give significant advantages over slow-reacting butterfly valves and other control mechanisms. The HV operates quickly and is able to automatically adjust to changes in as little as 10mS.

Like other Equilibar back pressure regulators, the dome-loaded design matches the inlet pressure to the pilot or set-point pressure applied to the 1/4″ dome port. The unit can be used in either back pressure control, direct vacuum regulating, or in both modes. The unit will match the set point pressure provided to the reference port, be it a positive pressure or negative pressure. The HV series can control vacuum through positive pressures in gauge referenced or absolute referenced models.

The HV back pressure valve utilizes welded stainless steel plate metal construction to avoid the higher weight and costs of bar stock or cast body construction. Contact an Equilibar application engineer to configure the best solution for your high flow application.

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The HV32 back pressure regulator with 150# flanges.

The HV32 back pressure control valve with 150# ANSI flanges.

HV Series high flow low pressure vacuum and back pressure regulator

Equilibar HV32 low pressure regulator with 4″ weld (butt) stub connections.

HV Series BPR with flange

Isometric view of HV32 with 4″ ANSI pipe flange option

HV32 dimensions

Dimensions for HV32 with ANSI 150# class pipe flange

The HV Series Back Pressure Control Valve controls pressure directly by matching the inlet pressure to the pilot pressure level.

The HV Series Back Pressure Control Valve controls pressure directly by matching the inlet pressure to the pilot pressure level.

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