Fluid Level Control by Float Balls
Hollow space or solid filled materials that are suspended at the end of a lever in a cistern, tank or a boiler that mostly used to regulate the level of a liquid and mostly water are generally referred to as float balls. When purchasing float balls, different shapes are available in the market where one can select from including spherical or cylindrical shapes. Determination of the liquid level or water level can be done by use of float balls that have a hollow space to enhance their buoyancy. Plastic and other materials used in making the solid fill in solid float balls are supposed to be having a lower density than that of the floating liquid to enhance buoyancy and are also used for monitoring the liquid level. Switch mechanisms together with the translucent fluid-tubes can also employ the float ball mechanism in monitoring the fluid level. All the float balls depend on the principle of buoyancy where different densities between the float ball and the fluid helps in controlling and monitoring the fluid level.
Stainless steel float balls is one major type of float balls. Stainless steel is basically manufactured in such a way that it is combined with another metal called chromium in a quantity of about 10% which is hard and brittle metal and able to resist tarnishing and high temperatures because of its very high melting point. Stainless steel materials are non-corrosive and do not rust which would be the case if ordinary steel is used. Stainless steel float balls are quite recommended to be used where there is high pressure as well as high temperatures in any liquid and they also provide maximum buoyancy. The stainless-steel float balls are quite strong and highly durable and their ability to resist corrosion allows them to be used in corrosive liquids to monitor the liquid level. Stainless steel float balls are more viable for use in any setting mostly the commercial setting since their great qualities makes them cost efficient.
A float ball mechanism is able to monitor and control the fluid level by having a valve that is able to close the flow of the liquid into the cistern, tank or a boiler once the needed level is attained and is able to work accurately and can also be relied on. The float ball mechanism is made up of the float ball, a valve and a stem which connects the float ball to the valve. The valves help stop the flow the liquid into the cistern, tank or a boiler as the stem rises and creates a tight seal. The float ball system works in such a way that the float ball level lowers once the fluid is removed from the cistern, tank or a boiler, this opens up the valve allowing more fluid to get in while the float ball rises as the fluid level rises until the required level is attained where the valve closes.