NASA test stand, which uses Flowserve”s new valve.

NASA (www.nasa.gov) awarded Flowserve (www.flowserve.com) a certificate of appreciation for custom-engineering new valves for the agency”s Johnson, Marshall, and Stennis Space Centers. Flowserve”s work for NASA includes the design and manufacture of cryogenic split-body control valves, featuring construction and metallurgy to avoid the leakage characteristic of conventional split-bodies. The new design, using replaceable trims, allows NASA to use one Flowserve valve in place of several competitive valves.

Flowserve valve honored by NASA

NASA presented Flowserve with the award at the company”s Springville, Utah manufacturing facility on Nov. 15 in front of all 350 of the plant”s employees. Craig Ellsworth, Springville operations manager for Flowserve Flow Control, accepted the award on behalf of the company.

“Thank you all for the very important work you do for NASA, and know that we will need you as we move forward with our space exploration program,” said Chuck Holloway, a 38-year veteran of NASA, in presenting the award. Holloway, now a senior engineer with the aerospace engineering firm Dynacs, is a consulting engineer with NASA”s Supplier Outreach and Process Control Assurance (SOPCA) program, which was the unit within NASA responsible for presenting the award to Flowserve.

To download a case study on the valve installation that led to the award, visit www.koroberi.com/outward/nasacasestudy.doc.