Valve and Actuator Users’ Manual Series

The BVAA's Valve and Actuator Users’ Manual has been published since 1964. It remains an essential and comprehensive publication for the valve and actuator industry.

This will be the last full edition of the Manual, as it is now being expanded and split into a series of product and topic specific Manuals, the first of which is the Safety Valves Manual published in 2023.

Valve & Actuator Users’ Manual – 6th Edition

The 6th Edition was edited in 2011 by one of the industry’s most knowledgeable experts, Martin Greenhalgh CEng FIMechE, assisted by a special team drawn from our technical committees and training course lecturers, all leaders in their fields.

It is an essential resource for engineers and technicians in the valve industry. This comprehensive User Manual, comprising of 220 pages, takes readers from the first valves, right through to modern valve/actuator control systems.

Chapters include:

  • History of Valves
  • Terminology
  • Valve Basics
  • Corrosion & NACE
  • Standards & Directives
  • Fluid Sealing Materials
  • Linear Valves (gate, globe, diaphragm and pinch)
  • Rotary Valves (plug, ball, butterfly)
  • Check Valves
  • Safety Valves
  • Pressure Regulators & Control Valves
  • Recent Developments
  • Valve Operating Torques
  • Actuators (pneumatic, electric, hydraulic and control valve types)
  • Installation & Operation
  • Maintenance & Repair
  • List of Standards & SI units
  • Flow Data and Steam Tables

How can I purchase copies?

The Valve & Actuator Users’ Manual, 6th Edition is priced at £60.00 each (plus postage & packaging). Payment for orders of 1-9 copies should be made by card, but if you would like to purchase 10+ copies, we can offer you a 10% discount. Orders can be taken by email or by calling 01295 221 270.

Format: 220 pages, plus cover. Publication is shrink wrapped as single sheets, four-hole punched, suitable to file in an A4 4-ring loose leaf binder (not provided).

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Printed copies of the The BVAA's Valve and Actuator Users’ Manual are priced at £60.00 each (plus postage & packaging), and available to purchase by emailing or by calling 01295 221 270.