Freeze-Safe Heat Pipe Valve Stem

Patent Filing: 1/19/2021
Application Abstract: Valves that include a hollow valve stem with an internal heat transfer fluid that naturally circulates within the stem acts as a heat pipe to the valve bonnet to prevent fluid within the valve from freezing. This approach protects the valve body, stem, bonnet and sealing material such as valve packing or a bellows from being damaged by frozen fluid at any location within the valve.
Date Added to Site: 3/28/2024
Tech ID: SD 14962.1
Patent Type: Pending
Government Interests: STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-NA0003525 awarded by the United States Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration. The Government has certain rights in the invention.