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July 30, 1946.
Original Filed Jan. 13, 1958
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Patented July 30, 1946
Worthy C. Bucknam, Mechanic Fails, Maine, as
. signor, by mesne assignments, to Union Carbide
and Carbon Corporation, a corporation of New
Original application January 13, 1938, Serial No.
184,791, now Patent No. 2,308,643, January 19,
1943. Divided and this application June 4,
.1942, Serial No. 445,697
8 Claims. (Cl. 137—'78)
This invention relates to valve assemblies, and
more particularly to an improved reducing valve
assembly adapted to be interposed between a
pressure regulator ‘and a source of ?uid under
, high pressure to throttle the initial high pressure
use with various forms of gas containers, regu
lators and other apparatus.
These and other objects of the invention will in
part be obvious and in part be apparent from the
following description and the accompanying
drawing, in which:
of ?uid issuing from said source. The present
Fig. 1 is a transverse section through one form
application is a division of my copending appli
of valve assembly embodying the invention, show
cation Serial No. 184.791, ?led January 13, 1938,
ing the valve assembly attached to a gas cylinder;
now Patent No. 2,308,643, issued January 19, 1943. 10
Fig. 2 is a section on the line 2—2 of Fig. 1; and
Commercial gases are usually stored in cylin
Figs. 3 and 4 are partial sections illustrating
ders or other suitable containers under relatively
modi?cations of the valve assembly illustrated
high pressure. When these gases are to be used
in Figs, 1 and 2.
with various pieces of apparatus, such as oxy
Generally speaking, the invention comprises,
acetylene blowpipes, for example, the desired op 15 in the combination of a cylinder or tank adapted
erating pressure of the gas in the apparatus is
to contain a ?uid under relatively high pressure
maintained by a pressure regulator connected in
and having an outlet controlled by a valve and
the line between the gas supply and the appara
a pressure regulator having an inlet, mechanism
tus. These pressure regulators are usually dia
adapted to establish communication between the
phragm operated, built to withstand a certain 20 outlet of the cylinder or tank and the inlet of
pressure, and permit the gas to pass through the
the regulator. The mechanism includes means
regulator to the apparatus at a predetermined
operable, upon every initial opening of the cylin
pressure. If the valve on the gas cylinder or
der outlet control valve, to restrict the initial
flow of fluid from the cylinder or tank to the
other container is initially opened too quickly
due to carelessness, inadvertence, or mistake, gas 25 regulator for a su?icient period of time to permit
issues therefrom with rapidly increasing pressure.
the ?uid pressure at the regulator inlet to build
The sudden rush of high pressure gas to the reg
up or increase gradually to either a preselected
pressure or to the full pressure of the fluid in
ulator and the resultant high temperature due to
the cylinder or tank, and means operable, after
the heat of compression within the regulator may
cause rupture of the regulator diaphragm and 30 the regulator inlet pressure attains such pre~
selected or full value, ‘to permit flow of ?uid from
damage to other parts of the regulator. For these
the cylinder or tank outlet to the regulator inlet
reasons, it is desirable to provide some means
which is relatively unrestricted compared to the
between the regulator and the gas supply to at
flow when the bleeder functions and the valve face
least partially throttle this initial rush of gas so
that pressure within the regulator will build up 35 52 engages its seat boss 24.
One form of apparatus embodying the princi
more slowly to the desired operating value.
ples of the invention is shown in the drawing,
It is therefore an object of this invention to
and comprises a high pressure valve assembly R
7 provide mechanism adapted to establish commu
interposed between the outlet of a gas cylinder or
nication between a source of supply of ?uid under
,relatively high pressure and a regulator, which 40 container S and the inlet of a pressure regulator
P. The outlet valve of the gas cylinder or con
mechanism includes means operable to restrict
tainer S may be controlled by suitable operating
the initial flow of fluid from said source of supply
means such as a valve wheel W.
for a su?icient period to permit the pressure at
The valve assembly R includes a body or hous
the inlet of such regulator to increase gradually
to the full pressure of the ?uid in said source of 45 ing it! and a cap 5?; which is secured to the body
by suitable means such as bolts I4. A pressure
supply. Another object is to provide a valve as~
sembly which may function as a single stage reg
ulator or as the ?rst stage of a two-stage regu
responsive means, such as a diaphragm D, is
clamped between the lower face of the cap [2
and a shoulder it formed in the upper face of
lator; and which is simple in construction, eco
nomical to manufacture and readily adaptable to 50 the body Iii, which body is divided into a lower
chamber I8 and an upper chamber 20 separated
by a partition 22 forming one wall of each cham
ber and including a boss 24 constituting a sub
stantially plane valve seating surface. An inlet
passage E extends from the outside of the body
ll! to the chamber l8 and in the outer end of this
inlet passage is secured a nipple 26 connected to
the outlet of the cylinder S. Chamber 2!] com
municates with the inlet of regulator P through
exposed to outlet pressure as shown by all the
?gures of the drawing, whereby the valve actua~
tion is substantially independent of inlet pressure
So that a substantially predetermined outlet pres
sure is believed to effect valve operation as de
sired. Gas will then ?ow relatively freely from
the chamber 58 to the chamber 29 through open
ing 32 compared to the flow through the bleeder
The valve now occupies the position
an outlet passage 0 to which is secured a second 10 shown in full lines in Fig. 2, and is acting as a
nipple 28 connected to the inlet of pressure regu
single-stage regulator or as a ?rst-stage of a
lator P.
The nipple 26 may be sealed to the valve
two-stage regulator.
assembly R by suitable means such as solder 30.
Chamber is may communicate with chamber 26
If the pressure in the chamber 29, becomes ex
cessive for any reason, the diaphragm D will be
through an opening 32 formed centrally in the 15 moved upwardly a greater distance, bringing the
partition 22.
gas-tight lower head or second valve 42 into en
The lower wall of chamber l 8 comprises a nipple
gagement with the lower side of the partition 22,
34 closed by a threaded plug 36. For a purpose
and completely interrupting the how of gas from
to be described hereinafter, the cap I2 is formed
the cylinder S to the pressure regulator P, di
with a recess 38 open to the atmosphere as at 40. 20 rectly in response to said excessive pressure in
In the embodiment of the invention shown in
the outlet which is higher than was needed to
Figs. 1 and 2. a double valve V, mounted in the
unseat the upper head or stud 56 of valve V.
valve assembly R, controls the ?ow of ?uid
The diaphragm D and the springs 48 and 58
through the opening 32. The lower head 42 of
are so proportioned that the valve head 22 of the
this double valve is formed to have a gas-tight
valve V will act as the ?rst-stage of a pressure
seating engagement with the lower side of the
regulator after the pressure in chamber 20 has
partition 22 and is secured to the lower end of
increased su?iciently to lift the valve head 42
a stem 44 extending through opening 32. A
into ?ow controlling relation with the lower side
spring seating stud seating stud 46 extends down
of the partition 22. For instance, if the desired
wardly from the head 42 and is surrounded by a 30 operating pressure is 125 pounds per square inch,
spring 48 which engages the head 42 and the
the valve head d2 will engage the partition 22
upper end of the nipple 34 to normally urge the
when the pressure in chamber 29 exceeds this
valve V to an upper position. At its upper end,
amount. At or below this operating pressure, the
stem 44 is threaded into a stud 50 having a re‘a
double valve V will, in comparison to the ?ow
tively wide, substantially plane lower face 52
when face 52 engages boss 263, permit relatively
adapted to engage the boss 24 on the partition
unrestricted flow of ?uid through opening 32
22. The boss 24 is so formed that. when the face
until the pressure in the cylinder S (and conse
52 of the stud so is in engagement therewith, gas
quently in chamber 20) has dropped to approxi
may leak. bleed or permeate between this face
mately 50 pounds per square inch. When the
and the boss. The lower face 52 of the stud 50, [lo pressure drops to or below this amount, stud. 5!!
in cooperation with the boss 24. thus forms a
will again engage boss 2:? to substantially inter
permeable closure for the opening 32. Stud 50
rupt the flow of ?uid through opening (at. until
extends through the diaphragm D, to which it is
a new cylinder or container has been connected
secured by a nut 54 engaging the upper side of
to valve assembly R. By varying the relative
the diaphragm and forcing the latter against a 45 strength of the upper and lower springs, any
block 56 interlocked with the stud 5U beneath the
desired operating conditions may be attained.
diaphragm D. A spring 58, seated in the recess
The valve V has been illustrated in Figs. 1 and
38. engages the top of this recess and the nut 54
2 as a double valve for the purpose of illustrating
to normally urge valve V to its lower position.
the action of the improved valve assembly R as a
In this embodiment of the invention, when the 50 ?rst-stage regulator or as part of a two-stage
valve of the gas cylinder or container S is fully
regulator. However, the construction may be
closed, the double valve V occupies the position
considerably simpli?ed, as shown in Fig. 3, by
shown in solid lines in Fig. 1 directly in response
removing the lower half of the valve V so that
to an outlet pressure which is below a substan
only the upper stud 56 remains. When so modi
tially predetermined amount and allows spring
58 to seat the valve. If the valve wheel W is
fled, valve V will act in the same manner as
previously described to throttle the initial pres
turned in a direction to open the cylinder or con
sure of the ?uid issuing from the cylinder or con
tainer valve, gas will pass from cylinder S through
tainer 8 until suflicient pressure has been built up
the nipple 26 and inlet E into the chamber l8.
in the chamber 255 to lift the diaphragm D and
This gas will leak at a reduced rate of flow be 60 permit unrestricted flow of ?uid between chamber
tween the boss 24 and the face 52 of the stud 50
l3 and chamber 22.
into the chamber and thence through outlet 0
Furthermore, instead of so forming the boss
and nipple 28 to regulator P. The pressure in
that gas will leak between the boss and the face
chamber 20 and regulator P will gradually in
52 of the stud 50 when these elements are in en
crease. and, when it has reached a substantially
gagement, the engagement between these two
predetermined value, the diaphragm D will be
parts may be made gas-tight and the construc
moved upwardly a short distance. directly in re
tion shown in Fig. 4 utilized. In Fig. 4, an olfset
sponse to said substantially predetermined outlet
opening ‘it is provided in the partition 22 and
pressure, compressing the spring 58 and thereby
extending between the chambers iii and 2G, and
moving the face 52 of the stud 50 away from the 70 secured in this oiTset opening
means, such as
boss 24. The reason the valve is moved in re
sponse to a substantially predetermined pressure
in the outlet passage is that the area of the valve
exposed to inlet pressure is but a small minor
an adjustable bleeder valve 72, permitting limited
communication between the chambers i8 and 20
at all times. With the construction shown in
Fig. 4, the adjustable bleeder valve permits limited
part of the area of the valve and diaphragm 75
communication and a reduced flow of ?uid be
tween the chambers l8 and'ZU'When the valve V
is in such a position that the face 52 of the stud
50 is in engagement with the boss v24. The opera
tion of this embodiment of the invention is other
wise the same as that described for the embodi
sure when seated being small and the force of
inlet fluid pressure on the valve when seated be
ing but a small minor part of‘ the total force on
the valve and device responsive to outlet ?uid
pressure for seating and unseating the valve
whereby the outlet ?uid pressures for ctuating
the valve are substantially independent of the
?uid pressure in the inlet passage.
5. An automatic safety device to preclude a
ment illustrated in Figs. 1 and 2.
While speci?c embodiments of the novel fea
tures' of the invention have been shown, the in
vention may be otherwise embodied and the rela
tive dimension and interrelation of parts changed, 10 sudden rush of ?uid pressure to an outlet passage
from a source of ?uid under high pressure, which
provided the objects of the invention are at
What is claimed is:
1. The method of protecting a pressure
damageable element against injury from a surge
from a source of gas at high pressure which com
comprises a ?uid outlet passage, an inlet passage
for connection to a source of ?uid under high
pressure, a valve between said passages, a hous
ing for the valve, a spring cooperating with said
valve and housing and biasing said valve to a
closed position, restricted bleeder means for
passing ?uid very slowly between said passages
source and element to a small amount directly in
while the valve is in its closed position to build
response to a gas pressure on the element which
is below a substantially predetermined value and 20 up ?uid pressure slowly in the ?rst mentioned
passage, a ?uid pressure device responsive directly
which is substantially independent of the gas
to outlet pressure of a substantially predeter
pressure at the source so as to gradually build
mined value for moving said valve to an open
up gas pressure on the element, and then greatly
position after ?uid pressure has been allowed to
increasing said gas ?ow by freeing the ?ow from
build up to said substantially predetermined
such restriction directly in response to the attain
amount in said first mentioned passage.
ment of said substantially predetermined value
6. An automatic safety device to preclude a
of gas pressure on the element substantially in
rush of ?uid under pressure to a passage
dependently of the gas pressure at the source.
from a source of ?uid under high pressure, which
2. The method of protecting a pressure
damageable element against injury from a surge v comprises an outlet passage adapted for con
prises restricting the initial gas ?ow between the
from a source of gas at high pressure which com
prises restricting the initial gas ?ow between the
source and element to a small amount directly
in response substantially solely to a gas pressure
nection to a ?uid pressure regulator, an inlet pas
sage adapted for connection to a source of ?uid
under high pressure, a valve between said pas
sages, a housing for the valve, a spring cooper
on the element which is below a substantially pre 3.3 ating with said valve and housing and biasing
said valve to a closed position, restricted bleeder
determined amount so as to gradually build up
means for passing ?uid very slowly between said
gas pressure on the element, increasing the flow
passages while the valve is in closed position
to build up ?uid pressure slowly in the ?rst
40 mentioned passage, ?uid pressure responsive
mined amount of gas pressure on the element
means cooperating with said valve for movement
substantially independently of the gas pressure
of the valve to its open position directly in re
at the source, and subsequentiy cutting off the
sponse to a substantially predetermined ?uid
?ow of gas directly in response to a substantially
pressure in the ?rst mentioned passage, and a
predetermined gas pressure
said element
which is higher than that for increasing the gas ' second valve for closing said passages and hav
ing a closed position reached by continued move
?ow from its initial restricted rate.
ment or the ?rst valve from its closed position,
3. The method of protecting a pressure regu
said ?uid pressure responsive means being
lator diaphragm against the impact of high ?uid
adapted for also moving the second valve to its
pressure in event a valve at a source of high fluid
by removal of such restriction directly in response
to the attainment of said substantially predeter
pressure should be opened too quickly which com
prises e'ffecting a slow build up of ?uid pressure
at the regulator from said source directly in re
sponse to the existence of a ?uid pressure below
a substantially predetermined level at the regu
lator until the ?uid pressure at such regulator
has risen in value to said substantially predeter
mined level and then increasing the ?ow of fluid
to the regulator by removal of such restriction.
closed position.
'7. The combination with a valve housing, of a
valve therein, an inlet passage, an outlet passage,
a partition between said passages, a valve seat
formed on one side of said partition, a spring
cooperating with said housing and valve and
biasing said valve to its seat whereby any in
itial ?ow of high pressure gas is restricted di
rectly in response to pressure in the outlet pas
sage below a substantially predetermined value,
4. The combination with a valve housing, of a
valve therein, a ?uid inlet passage and a ?uid out (it) a bleeder means between said inlet
passages for slowly building up gas
let passage in the housing, a seat for the valve
the outlet passage when the valve
between said passage, bleeder means between the
seat to protect any gas pressure
inlet and outlet passages for passing ?uid at a
greatly restricted rate when the valve is seated,
and a spring biased fluid pressure responsive de
vice for effecting engagement and disengagement
of the valve with its seat, said device seating said
valve directly in response to a ?uid pressure below
a substantially predetermined amount in the out
let passage and unseating the valve directly in
response to said substantially predetermined
amount of ?uid pressure
the outlet passage,
said device moving said valve against the ?uid
pressure in the inlet passage to seat the same and
the area of the valve exposed to inlet ?uid pres
and outlet
pressure in
engages its
device connected to said outlet passage against
a high pressure gas surge, and means whereby
the spring may be compressed and the valve
moved away from its seat to increase the gas ?ow
between said passages directly in response to the
outlet passage having had a slow build up of
gas pressure from the bleeder means to said
substantially predetermined value.
8. The combination with a valve housing in
at least two parts between which parts a dia
phragm is clamped, said housing having a par
tition spaced from the diaphragm, an outlet pas
sage leading from between said diaphragm and
seated, a spring cooperating with the diaphragm
partition, an inlet passage leading to the side
and housing for urging the valve to its seat, the
of said partition opposite the outlet passage, of
area of the valve exposed to ?uid inlet pressure
a valve connected to said diaphragm and adapted
being small so that the force of ?uid inlet pres
to engage the outlet side of said partition as a 5 sure on the valve is small compared to the force
seat, a bleeder passage between the inlet and
of the spring and ?uid pressure on the dia
outlet passages for passing fluid at a greatly
phragm, whereby the seating and unseating of
reduced rate when the valve is seated to e?ect
the valve is substantially directly responsive to
a slow build up of ?uid pressure in the outlet
?uid outlet pressure and substantially independ
passage, said partition being provided with a 10 ent of ?uid inlet pressure.
perforation across which the valve extends when
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