Senior creates a new benchmark in high-temperature valves for gas turbines.
Our customer—a large gas turbine manufacturer—required an automatic thermal valve that would actuate at temperatures exceeding 650°F.
At the time, no existing thermal actuator technology could meet this specification.
The Senior team developed a groundbreaking all-metal design for the customer using welded metal bellows technology to encapsulate the expansion media. Unfortunately, at these temperatures, traditional expansion media also failed—so our team set out to develop a new expansion media as well that could accommodate the required actuation temperature range and exhibit stability at high temperatures.
The new high-temperature thermal valve was an entirely mechanical component, operating automatically, without the need for electronics or controls.
Capable of operating at high temperatures (up to ~750°F), automatic operation without the need for electronics/controls, new “tune-able” expansion media options based on desired temperature actuation.