Y-type strainers are primarily used to remove unwanted dirt or particles from pipelines. It works by using perforated or wire mesh to filter out any particles which may be contained in the liquid or gas being carried within the pipeline. The strainer also ensures that fluid or gas flows in a single direction at any time.
Strainers play a crucial role in protecting downstream mechanical equipment, such as pipeline infrastructure, pumps or air compressors, from being damaged by foreign particles. This can be especially important in systems that carry fluids with high levels of suspended solids. In addition, if you are dealing with abrasive fluids like sand slurries or sewage.
There are several types of strainers available in the market, with the most common being a Y-type strainer. They have a compact cylindrical shaped body and a removable screen that sits within the body to capture particles. They are used in a wide range of uses, from small residential plumbing systems to large-scale industrial processes.
Y-type strainers are designed to handle high-pressure and high-temperature situations, making them ideal for use in steam systems and hydraulic applications. They are also commonly used in industrial processes that involve viscous liquids, such as oil or syrup, where larger particles can cause significant damage to equipment and pipeline infrastructure downstream.
The design of the Y-type strainer ensures that the fluid flow is not significantly impeded, allowing continuous flow of fluid through the system. This is particularly important in applications where there is a high volume of fluid flow and matter through the system.
The screens within Y-type strainers are typically made from stainless steel or brass and are available in a range of mesh sizes, from coarse to fine. The choice of screen mesh size depends on the size of particles that need to be removed from the fluid. In applications where the fluid contains larger particles, a coarser screen can be used, while situations that require a high degree of filtration will require a finer screen.
Traditionally manufacturers produce strainers in cast steel or forged steel, but Shipham Valves uses a range of specialised alloys suitable for specialist applications. Shipham Valves Y-Type Strainers are available in screwed and bolted bonnet styles.
In addition to Y-type strainer, there are several other types of strainer available, including basket strainers and duplex strainers.
Basket strainers are similar to Y-type strainers in that they have a removable screen to capture particles. However, they are designed with a basket-shaped body, allowing for a larger screen area and greater capacity for particle capture.
While duplex strainers, on the other hand, are designed to handle larger volumes of fluid and are commonly used in pipelines where continuous filtration is required. They consist of two parallel chambers, allowing one to be removed for cleaning or maintenance while the other remains in operation. Duplex strainers are commonly used in critical applications where constant flow is required.
Regardless of the type of strainer used, regular maintenance and cleaning are essential to ensure that the strainer continues to function effectively and protect downstream equipment from damage. Over time, the strainer screens can become clogged with particles, reducing their capacity to capture further debris. Cleaning and maintenance of the strainer typically involves removing the screen and cleaning it manually.
It also involves regular maintenance or stripping the strainer down, inspecting all parts are in good working order, replacing parts where necessary or purchasing a new one if required. This can be done during scheduled maintenance or as part of a regular inspection process.
In conclusion, strainers are an essential component of many industrial processes, ensuring that debris is removed from fluids before they reach downstream equipment. Therefore, providing a cost-effective solution for the removal of particles and debris from pipelines, protecting process equipment and pipelines.
Y-type strainers are a popular choice due to their high-pressure and high-temperature range capabilities and ability to handle a wide range of fluids.
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