Select and buy a manual 3-way brass ball valve online for your application. A 3-way ball valve is used to mix, distribute, direct, or divert media flow. They have 3 ports and depending on your application it can have 2 inlets and 1 outlet or 1 inlet and 2 outlets. The internal ball design is important to know and decide between for an L-port or T-port to ensure your desired circuit function is possible. Moving the manual lever allows you to switch between circuits. A 3-way ball valve with a brass housing makes them suitable for water, compressed air, oils, non-aggressive media, and much more. Ball valves are known for their simple operation, reliability, long service life, and wide range of application uses.
Other main selection criteria for manual 3-way brass ball valves include: L-port or T-port, connection size, seal material, pressure rating, and temperature rating.
Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc and has great mechanical properties. Brass ball valves are known for their durability and no leakage over their life span, even if they have not been used for a long period of time. These brass ball valves can be used with drinking water, gas, mineral oils, compressed air and many other non-aggressive media. But they are not suitable for use with salt water or distilled water due to the risk of dezincification. Dezincification reduces the mechanical strength of the brass by causing the zinc to be removed from the alloy resulting in a porous structure. However, brass ball valves are more resistant against contaminated media as compared to other types of housing material and provide reliable sealing even in case of dirty media.
They can withstand high pressure, high temperature and high flow rates. 3-way brass valves are also economical due to their simple and robust design, low cost and low maintenance needs. Due to these advantages, brass ball valves are used in a wide range of residential and industrial applications. Some common application includes controlling domestic hot and cold water systems, steam applications, irrigation system, natural gas system, marine industries, fire protection application, chemical industries, etc.