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Kent-based Advanced Valve Technologies’ composite ball and butterfly valves have passed a high-acceleration shock test for one of the largest navies in the world. This is the first time that non-metallic valves have passed such a rigorous test regime, opening the benefits of non-metallic technology to new users.
The valves were exposed to accelerations of up to 200 g to simulate a torpedo or missile striking a vessel. For another navy, the valves were subject to a barge test where explosive charges were detonated below a test assembly in a floating test vessel. In both cases, the company’s ball and butterfly valves passed.
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