What is a non-slam check valve?

To answer this question we must first consider the basic structure of a check valve. A check valve consists of two ports; an inlet for liquid or gas to enter the valve and an outlet for it to exit the valve. Within the chamber of the check valve is contained an opening and closing mechanism (valve disc). Therefore, liquid or gas can only pass through the valve in one direction, hence it is sometimes referred to as a non-return valve, one-way valve etc. When the liquid or gas attempts to flow backwards through the valve the disc will close or slam shut. The surge of the backflow hitting the closed disc can create a hydraulic shock or water hammer. Water hammering can cause problems such as pipe rupture, collapse or damage to pumping systems. To get around these problems, the non-slam check valve utilises an internal coiled spring downstream from the disc. So instead of relying on backward flow to close the valve, as the forward flow starts to slow, the valve is closed off with the spring mechanism, eliminating any backflow and the cause of the water hammer.


Applications of Non-Slam Check Valves

Typical applications of Non-Slam Check Valves would include:

  • Centrifugal Compressor Discharge
  • Reciprocation Compressor Discharge (Sizing is critical for this application)
  • Rapid Closure requirements
  • Low Pressure Drop Requirements
  • Salt Water Fire Safety Systems Critical Service
  • Desalination Reverse Osmosis Process
  • Critical Applications
  • Non Serviceable Locations *
  • High system deceleration applications
  • Elevate Valve Slamming applications
  • High Temperature critical applications
  • Cryogenic Application
  • Pulsating Flow Applications
  • Renewable Energy Hydrogen Service
  • Lethal Service **