Low Maintenance Low Cost Magnetically Actuated Valves

Period of Performance: 03/19/2013 - 03/19/2014

$350K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Trex Enterprises Corp.
10455 Pacific Center Court Array
San Diego, CA 92121
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Modern warships contain thousands of valves for purposes as diverse as freshwater distribution, wastewater, firefighting, cooling water, ballast control, bilge, fuel, hydraulics and more. These valves entail significant maintenance burdens requiring crew members' time, spare parts, and removing important systems from service while maintenance and repairs are conducted -- This can have severe impacts on mission availability, reliability, maintenance, and logistics. Trex Enterprises is proud to develop a new type of magnetically actuated low maintenance, low cost valves to the US Navy. These valves contain a completely sealed magnetic coupling where the stem once penetrated the gland packing offering numerous advantages over traditional valves including no leakage and drastically reduced maintenance.