Theory & Operation of Pressure-Reducing Regulators

Technical Webinar Replay + Webinar Slide Deck

Swagelok Field Engineer Eric Kayla covers the basics of pressure-reducing regulators, from operating principles and key components to terminology like "droop", and "creep". Topics include:

  • Regulator operating principles: the balance of forces
  • Key components: sensing and mechanisms, hard vs. soft seats 
  • How to improve the flow curve
  • Advantages of a two stage regulator
  • Common regulator terms

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About Eric Kayla

Eric KaylaEric Kayla joined Swagelok over 20 years ago, after earning bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Akron. At first he worked at Swagelok Company's the Solon, Ohio, headquarters. Eric started as a laboratory engineer, working on high-purity fittings and pipe fittings. Then he switched over to new-product development; then assembly engineering and assembly supervising. In the meantime, he earned a master's degree in engineering at his alma mater. In 2005, he moved to San Diego and became a Swagelok Field Engineer.

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