1965-02-01

A New Servovalve Concept - The Ball Valve 650318

The new type of fluid device described in this paper is closely analogous to a vacuum tube cathode follower amplifier. It provides an output pressure equal to an input control pressure, but with a high input impedance and low output impedance providing a power gain.
A string of balls moving in response to pressures acting on the ball surfaces provides the basic valve action.
Because of its structure and the use of balls as the control elements, this device is relatively easy to manufacture, does not require a lubricating fluid and can be operated at high temperatures.

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