Back Pressure Regulators for Liquid Pressures | Equilibar

Back Pressure Regulators for Liquid Pressures

Equilibar® fluid control valves are designed to control pressure or flow of liquids, gases and mixed phase fluids. Below are some specific applications where Equilibar back pressure regulators (BPRs) are very useful for controlling liquid applications.

Liquid Pump Applications

The Equilibar BPR offers many advantages for liquid pressure control in the industrial environment. Its simple design makes it easy to maintain and the variety of options available for fabrication make it highly adaptable for corrosive or sanitary applications. Equilibar valves are used in numerous liquid pump control applications to improve operation and reduce pulsations.

Additionally, with its unparalleled precision and ultra fast response time, it can be paired with an electro-pneumatic pilot regulator for excellent closed-loop process control and easy automation.

Pump Pressure Control (Coating, Injection, Dosing, etc.)

The Equilibar (BPR) can be used in concert with low-cost pumps to provide a sophisticated pressure control system. The BPR can be placed in a recirculating loop with virtually any type of pump to allow your control system to explicitly command system pressure. Or set the Equilibar BPR up with a fixed reference pressure signal for controlling precisely constant pressure across widely varying flow rates.

Typical pump pressure control applications:

See also discussion of pressure bypass regulators and high resolution flow control valves

Raising Pump Discharge Pressure

Oftentimes centrifugal pumps cannot be used to stop the flow of liquid because of high supply head pressures.

In other applications, Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) cannot control the pump at low discharge flow rates because the output pressure of the pump is too low.

In these cases, an Equilibar back pressure regulator is used to raise the pump’s output head to always exceed its supply head.

Precision Control with Closed Loop Control (Electro-pneumatic regulator w/ external feedback)

For most applications, the Equilibar is precise enough to be used with a simple manual setpoint pressure input. However for some automation applications, it is useful to have closed loop control using an external pressure transmitter. By using an electronic pressure regulator  (E/P, I/P) with external feedback, it is possible to match the reading of your process pressure transmitter exactly to your desired setpoint.

The Equilibar valve provides numerous benefits over traditional control valves in these closed-loop applications. Such benefits include extremely wide flow range, ultra fast reaction times, and ease of PID tuning.

Automatic Vessel Level Control

The precision and simplicity of the Equilibar fluid control valve make it ideal for controlling the level in vessels and baths. The Equilibar is a dome-loaded pressure regulator with pilot operation. This means that a gas is fed into the top (dome) area of the regulator to provide the pressure setpoint for the process. The Equilibar BPR keeps its inlet pressure equal to the setpoint pressure on its dome in a 1:1 relationship.

Therefore, a 60 inch aqueous level in a tank or bath could easily be achieved from a batch control recipe by sending a 2.2 psig setpoint pressure to the dome of the Equilibar BPR. (1 psig = 28 inWC). This setup provides a particularly elegant solution for an automatic bath level control system where constant water inflows are present.

Shear Sensitive Fluid Handling

The Equilibar® back pressure regulator can tackle tough shear sensitive fluids and dispersions where traditional fluid controls fail. The elastomeric diaphragm throttles fluid pressure in a less abrupt manner than traditional valve seats. The self adjusting nature of the membrane valve seat allows the valve to easily ingest and pass particulate matter as well as handle viscous fluids.

The biggest advantage of this device for shear sensitive applications, however, is how this device complements the strengths of diaphragm pumps. These pumps excel in the handling of shear sensitive fluids, emulsions, and dispersions. However, problems with pulsation and output pressure make these pumps difficult to use in automated applications. The Equilibar® control valve not only controls the pressure of these sensitive solutions, but also modulates the pressure pulsations. The result is an extremely elegant and cost-effective solution for handling these difficult solutions.

Equilibar liquid back pressure regulator

Equilibar back pressure regulator designed for precision liquid control


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pump pressure control regulator schematic

Equilibar BPR in a circulating loop with a pump to control system pressure


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back pressure valve used to raise pump dischage head

Using an Equilibar BPR at the outlet of a pump to increase discharge pressure


electronic back pressure regulator with closed loop control

Precision automated control using an electronic pressure setpoint signal to an Equilibar BPR

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automatic vessel level control regulator

An Equilibar back pressure regulator controlling the level of a bath in a 1:1 ratio to the dome pressure setpoint



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