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Jacketed Ball Valve 

April 24, 2022

What is a jacketed ball valve? 

Jacketed ball valves are ball valves that have jackets that help in heating or cooling the flow media to prevent seizing or crystallization. Jacketed ball valves for heating applications have good heating jackets to provide high-temperature oil or steam over the valve body and ball parts to keep the media in the required state. This is mostly used in media such as liquid sulfur and bitumen. Jacketed ball valves have jackets that cover the body from one flange end to the other flange end. The valve body is altered by adding oversized flanges. For instance, a jacketed ball valve with a nominal diameter of 2-inch would have a flange of 3-inch diameter. The oversize flange helps to allow sufficient bolting clearance space. Jacketed ball valves are used to handle very viscous media that can easily solidify at ambient temperature. 

Some of the fluids that can be used as heating media in jacketed ball valves include thermic fluid oil, steam, and hot water. All jacketed ball valves are tested after constructing or welding jackets to the valve body. The standard jacketed ball valve is made using cast carbon steel and stainless steel materials. Jacketed ball valves can also be made of other special materials upon request by the customer. Connections that can be used between the valve and the pipeline include threaded end and flanged end connections. Jacketed ball valves can be operated manually or actuated using valve actuators (electric and pneumatic actuators). 


Jacketed ball valveFigure: Jacketed ball valve.


Components of a jacketed ball valve 

Valve body 

This is the component of a jacketed ball valve that houses all internal parts. The valve body is made of strong materials like carbon steel and stainless steel to enhance valve strength and prevent corrosion. The valve body contains the inlet and outlet ports of the jacketed ball valve. It also contains the inlet and outlet drains of the heating or cooling media. 


The actuator is a component used for the automatic jacketed ball valve. The actuator is tasked with providing the torque required when the valve needs to open or close. Manual jacketed ball valves use a handle in form of a handwheel or hand lever. The valve operator is required in a manual jacketed ball valve. The operator is responsible for providing the torque required when the valve has to be opened or closed. 


This is the component of a jacketed ball valve that is used to allow or block fluid flow. The ball has a bore at its middle section where fluid flows when it is in the open mode. 


A stem is the component of a jacketed ball valve that is used to connect the valve ball to the actuator or the handle. The stem is responsible for transmitting torque from the actuator/handle to the ball so that the ball can rotate to allow fluid flow or block fluid flow. 


Jackets are welded or constructed in the valve body so that the media required to heat or cool the fluid can circulate in the valve giving out heat or absorbing heat accordingly. 


Seats are components used in jacketed ball valves to support the ball in its place. Seats are placed between the ball and the body and they also prevent fluid leakage in the body. 


Packing refers to seals used in the valve stem to prevent fluid leakage. 


Trim refers to internal components of the jacketed ball valve such as seats, seating surface, seals, O-rings, and ball. 

Components of a jacketed ball valve

Figure: Components of a jacketed ball valve.


How does a jacketed ball valve work? 

A jacketed ball valve works by using a ball with a bore at its middle section. To open a jacketed ball valve, the handle is turned anticlockwise for a quarter turn. The rotary motion applied on the handle for manual valves is transmitted through the valve stem to the valve ball. This makes the ball rotate for the same quarter (90o degrees). When the ball turns 90o degrees it makes the bore collinear with the pipeline. As such, fluid flows through the valve to the next section of the pipeline. The same working principle applies to an actuated jacketed ball valve. The only difference between the actuated and the manual valve is that the actuated one uses an actuator to provide the rotational force needed to open or close the valve. To close the jacketed ball valve, the handle/actuator turns 90o degrees in the clockwise direction which makes the ball rotate in the same direction. This makes the ball bore block the fluid flow as it becomes perpendicular to the pipeline. To ensure the fluid flowing through the valve is kept at the required viscosity, hot media is passed through the valve jackets. This helps to release heat on the media. This heat helps to reduce media viscosity so that it does not stick to the jacketed ball valve or in the pipeline. Such media include very thick bitumen, soap, polymers among others. 

Working of a jacketed ball valve

Figure: Working of a jacketed ball valve.


Types of jacketed ball valve

One-piece jacketed ball valve 

This is a jacketed ball valve which is made up of one piece of cast body. One-piece jacketed ball valves are free from fluid leakage as the valves are tested after being manufactured to ensure the welded joints have no imperfections. One-piece jacketed ball valves are the cheapest valves as they consume less material relative to other valves of the same size. However, single-piece jacketed ball valves cannot be opened for cleaning or repair. These valves are disposed of when they break. 

One-piece jacketed ball valve

Figure: One-piece jacketed ball valve.

Two-piece jacketed ball valve 

This is a jacketed ball valve that consists of two pieces of the body. One of the two pieces has the valve body and one end joint and the other piece consists of the trim and second joint. Two-piece jacketed ball valves can be inspected, cleaned, and repaired while in the field, unlike their single-piece counterparts. However, to repair or clean a two-piece jacketed ball valve the valve must be removed from the pipeline.

Figure: Two-piece jacketed ball valve.

Three-piece jacketed ball valve 

A three-piece jacketed ball valve is a ball valve that consists of three pieces. The three pieces are held together using bolts and nuts to form a leakage-free body. Three-piece jacketed ball valves make it possible to remove center components such as stem, ball, and seats from the pipeline without removing the jacketed ball valve from the pipeline. This feature makes a three-piece jacketed ball valve efficient for cleaning accumulated solids, replacement of the ball, gland packing, and seats. However, three-piece jacketed ball valves are more expensive relative to single and two-piece valves. 

three-piece jacketed ball valve

Figure: Three-piece jacketed ball valve.

Three-way jacketed ball valve 

This is a jacketed ball valve with three ports. The three ports are used as either mixing valves or diverting valves. As such there are two configurations of three-way jacketed ball valve that is the L-shaped and the T-shaped type. The L-shaped configuration of a jacketed ball valve is used to divert fluid from one direction to another. The T-shaped configuration of a three-way ball valve is used to mix and divert fluid streams. When the T-shaped configuration is used to mix fluids, it gets two fluid streams from two ports which are mixed and flow out as one fluid stream. When a T-shaped configuration is used to divert fluid, it gets fluid from the inlet port and the fluid is divided into two streams flowing through the two outlet ports. 

Three-way jacketed ball valve

Figure: Three-way jacketed ball valve.


Features of jacketed ball valves

  • Heating or cooling jackets. 
  • High performance.
  • Free from lubrication. 
  • These valves should be simple in design. 
  • Low-pressure drop. 
  • They must be quick in action. 
  • High strength and be fire-proof. 


Applications of jacketed ball valves 

  • Food applications such as the production of vegetable oil, sauce, and chocolate among others. 
  • They are used in molten or liquid sulfur processing. 
  • These valves are used in the production of fertilizer. 
  • Used in the transfer of bitumen and coal tar processes. 
  • Production of rubber products. 
  • Manufacturing of polymer products. 
  • Used in soap manufacturing processes. 
  • They are used in the manufacturing of paint and ink. 


Advantages of jacketed ball valves 

  • Cleaned, inspected, and repaired. 
  • Different industries for different applications. 
  • These valves are fire-proof. 
  • Durable. 
  • Compact and simple in design. 
  • They can be operated manually or using an actuator according to user preference. 
  • Perfect sealing free of fluid leakage. 
  • Strong for high-temperature and high-pressure applications. 


Disadvantages of jacketed ball valves 

  • More expensive compared to other ball valves. 
  • Work depending on the availability of heat to change fluid viscosity. In absence of heat, the valve may not work. 
  • These valves work on viscous fluids which tend to cause valve blockage. 


Troubleshooting jacketed ball valve 

Jacketed ball valve not operating smoothly 

  • There are solids or slurries in the valve. Clean the interior of the valve. Also, replace the ball, seats, and shafts if necessary. 
  • Ball corroded by the media. Replace the ball with another one made of corrosion-resistant material. 
  • Fluid sticking to the seats and ball. Clean the interior of the jacketed ball valve. Replace the seats and ball if necessary. 
  • Seats deformed by high temperature. Replace the seats with other seats that have high heat resistance. If necessary replace the jacketed ball valve. 

Outside fluid leakage 

  • The performance of the seal on the gland packing reduces gradually when high-temperature media flows or when the valve operation frequency is high. Replace the gland packing. Also, try to slightly tighten the nuts and bolts at the gland packing. 
  • Gland packing sealing performance reduces due to abnormal pressure in the cavity. Replace the valve ball with another one with a hole for releasing unusual pressure. 
  • Seats and balls are damaged by slurry and solids in the fluid. The clean interior of the jacket ball valve. Replace the seats or ball as necessary. 

Seat leakage 

  • Ball corroded by fluid. Replace the ball with another one that is resistant to corrosion. 
  • Seats have been deformed by high temperatures. Replace the seats with other ones which have high resistance to heat or replace the jacketed ball valve.



A Jacketed ball valve is a type of ball valve with constructed or welded jackets on the valve body. The jackets are used for heating or cooling the media flowing through the valve to prevent crystallization or seizing. Jacketed ball valves used in heating applications are designed with heating jackets that help to provide high-temperature steam or oil over the valve body and trim parts to ensure the pipe media maintains the required viscosity. They are designed with oversized flanges to help enhance sufficient clearance for bolting to the pipeline. The valve can be operated by an actuator or manually. The various types of jacketed ball valves include single-piece jacketed ball valves, two-piece jacketed ball valves, three-piece jacketed ball valves, and three-way jacketed ball valves. The features of jacketed ball valves include fire-proof, heating/cooling jackets, high performance, quickly in action, and lubrication-free among others. Jacketed ball valves are used in various applications such as food industries, processing molten or liquid sulfur, fertilizer production, rubber processing, soap manufacturing, production of polymers, and bitumen processing among others. Some of the advantages of using a jacketed ball valve include versatility, durability, quick to open and close, high strength, fire-proof, repairable, compact and simple design, and leakage proof. 



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