A pneumatic valve actuator uses motive gas to drive a valve to its open or closed position. In this episode of Stuff You Should Know About Oil and Gas Production, Kyle Andrews answers the question, how does a pneumatic valve actuator work?
Topics in this episode:
- What is an actuator?
- Why does a control valve need an actuator?
- What sources other than supply gas can be used?
- Why do some producers use compressed air to power their valves?
- Why are the advantages and disadvantages of pneumatic valve actuators?
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- 3 Reasons to Use Compressed Air to Power Your Control Valves
- Limit Emissions with Non-Venting Control Valves
- Natural Gas Flaring vs. Capturing
- Pneumatic Valve Actuator