Valve for Cement Slurry / Reinforced Glass Concrete

A company using a Pinch Valve from AKO UK’s range of products are designing and manufacturing plant containers and outdoor furniture from glass reinforced concrete.

This requires spraying concrete at high pressure through special spray guns, while glass fibres are chopped and blown into the spray air stream to build up a thickness on the mould surface.

VMC25xx50G30LX
Pinch Valve used within this application: VMC25.03XK.50G.30LX

VMC model, air operated, aluminium body, stainless steel BSP threaded end connections, natural rubber sleeve.

Valve for Cement Slurry Application Details

Product: Cement slurry

Temperature: Ambient

Pressure of cement slurry being blown through pipelines: 4 BAR. (the pump is turned off for several seconds before the valve closes, so no pressure is traveling through the pinch valve when it is shut off)

Amount of pressure being used to shut off the valve: 4 BAR.

** Only 2 – 2.5 BAR above the line pressure is required to shut off AKO pinch valves, so since the line pressure is 0 when the valve closes, we advised the closing control pressure to be regulated down to 3 BAR for a longer life of the rubber sleeve.

The Pinch Valve is normally in the closed position.

Amount of cycles per day: 100-200

valve for cement slurry
Pinch Valve pictured at the end of the spray boom, working tirelessly without fail.
Pinch Valve for Cement Slurry vs Other Valve Types

“The ball valves we previously used suffered from scoring across the ball surface due to the abrasive sand particles (0.6-1.0mm). This allowed water to pass through the valve when it was closed, but not the sand or cement in the mix. When the valve was re-opened, a pellet of mix with a reduced water content from directly behind the valve would then lead the flow along the delivery hose until it got to the spray head nozzle. Being too dense and stiff to pass through the nozzle (5mm) this small portion of hardened mix would block the spray head and cause the hose to blow off under the pump pressure, with consequences you can probably imagine.”

Pinch Valve Eperience

The company have currently been using the AKO Pinch Valve for 2 years. The air actuated ball valves that they were previously using required frequent replacement due to wear on the moving surfaces.

“We love our pinch valve for cement slurry – but we had to introduce a pneumatic timer in order to allow the helical reinforced supply hose we use to unload to a pressure within the working values of the pinch valve i.e. max pressure differential. The valve then closes, but following a 7 second delay after the  pump is switched off. Because the pump we use is peristaltic where a rotary shoe squeezes the pump tube and forces material out, it delivers material in a series of pulses. For spray consistency, the gun requires an even supply of material, so the helical hose stretches along it’s length and accommodates the increase in pressure on the out stroke, then releases the pressure to maintain flow to the spray head while the pump briefly dwells prior to the next pulse.”

Testimonial from Richard, the Valve User on site:

“We have been surprised at how long the original rubber sleeve has lasted – we still have the spare we purchased ready to fit. Like I say, great product!”
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