Our customers include:
Over 60 years of dependable temperature control for the world's leading marine, industrial and power generation providers
Walton temperature control valves are used wherever fluid temperature control is vital – principally in the naval, marine, industrial and power generation industries.
Lubricating oil for engine and turbine bearings, gearboxes, pumps and compressors
Diesel engine jacket fresh water cooling systems
Fresh water / sea water heat exchangers and chillers
Hydrogen fuel cell temperature control
Refrigerant gas pressure control
In operation Walton 3-way Temperature Control Valves work continuously to maintain a constant system temperature regardless of the load by automatically proportioning fluid between the cooler and its bypass to maintain the required temperature. The movement of a rotor within the valve causes the necessary flow distribution to achieve this.
Of a distinctive three port design, Walton valves are powered either by an internal thermostatic element or an external actuator.
The accurate temperature control provided by Walton temperature control valves is vital and plays a significant part in reducing system operating and maintenance costs.
A pressure loss occurs across any valve when a fluid passes through it. This is caused by resistance to the flow from the valve's internal mechanism, and is affected by the complexity of the fluid's flow path through the valve.
A greater pressure loss requires more energy to pump the fluid round the system and is therefore less efficient. Significant energy (and therefore cost) savings can be made by selecting a 3-way regulation valve with low differential pressure.
The rotary design of most Walton valves produces a minimal pressure loss by providing a relatively straight and unimpeded flow path through the valve. In particular Walton's self-acting rotary valves achieve lower pressure losses than many competitor products.
Walton valves can be installed upstream of the cooler/heat exchanger with one inlet and two outlet ports (a diverter), or downstream of the cooler/heat exchanger with two inlet ports and one outlet (a mixer).
Most valves can be supplied in any of six possible port configurations to suit the pipework layout. This flexibility enables the valve to match the optimum pipework layout, rather than the pipework having to be compromised to suit the valve.
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As space is often at a premium aboard ship and within industrial installations, all Walton valves are designed to be as compact as possible.
With their thermostatic element contained within the valve body, our self-acting valves take up the minimum amount of space.
Walton electric, pneumatic and gas operated valves are of necessity larger due to the space required for their external actuator, but they are still more compact than many competitor products.
The internal parts of all Walton valves can be withdrawn without removing the valve body from the pipework.
On electric, pneumatic and gas operated vales, the actuator, complete with its mounting, can be removed from the valve without breaking into the pressure tightness of the system.
3-way temperature control valves are more cost-effective for diverting and mixing applications than using multiple 2 way valves.
The ability to variably proportion different flow streams makes 3-way valves ideal for heating and cooling applications.
Walton valves are highly reliable in operation due to their robust design, skilled manufacture and the high quality of materials used.
This reliability has led to their selection for many safety-critical applications such as backup diesel generators in nuclear power stations and temperature control of systems aboard nuclear powered submarines.
Walton valves are recommended by leading diesel engine, steam and gas turbine manufacturers and are sold world-wide.
The UK and several other NATO navies have relied on Walton for temperature control of key systems for over forty years. Current vessels fitted with Walton systems include the UK Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers and Astute Class Submarines.
Walton products are approved by the UK’s Ministry of Defence and all leading classification societies.