Swiftly discharge all air/gas in pipes upon startup
Rapid initial air vents feature a large orifice, allowing them to discharge large quantities of air in a short time. This makes them the ideal choice for removing air from water tanks and water supply pipes during startup.
Once the initial air has been discharged, the valve will close and typically will not open again during normal operation. However, when pressure in the pipes falls to near or below atmospheric pressure, the valve will open once more. This allows air to enter, preventing vacuum conditions from forming within the pipes and allowing liquid to be easily passed downstream.
Though rapid initial air vents are able to discharge large quantities of air quickly, once the valve closes, it will not open again as long as a pressure differential is maintained. If it is necessary to continously discharge air during normal operation, please use this product together with an automatic air vent.
Rapid Initial Air Vents (all series)
- Simple construction with no levers or hinges
- Only one moving part: the Free Float®. This eliminates concentrated wear and provides long service life.
- Can function as a vacuum breaker by opening to let air in when a vacuum forms
- Provides a tight, reliable seal
VAS & VA Series
- Precision-ground float and rubber valve seat
- High precision-ground float, 3-point seating to achieve tightest seal
- Can be used with liquids with specific gravities as low as 0.8
Rapid initial air vents are suitable for:
- instances where there is a need for the rapid discharge of air upon system startup
- processes which require expedited water supply
- water supply pipes, water tanks, water pumps, fire extinguishing systems (VAS, VA)
- storage tanks for non-water liquids (VS1A, non-flammable and non-corrosive liquids)
* Once the valve closes after discharging initial air, it will not open again, even if air enters the air vent. If air is expected to accumulate during normal operation, please use together with an automatic air vent.
|Applications||Type of vent required|
|Rapid initial air vent||Automatic air vent|
|Water supply pipes, water tanks, etc.||●||●|
|Fan coils, radiators, etc.||-||●|
|Water pumps, fire extinguishing systems, etc.||●||-|
|Purpose of use||Compatible fluid||Operation pressure (mpag)||Max. discharge capacity (l/min)||Body material||Model||Product photo||Product specifications|
|Rapid discharge of initial air only||Water, hot water||0.01-1.0||180||Cast iron||VAS (20 mm)||459 kb|
|500||VAS (40 mm)|
|Water & other liquids (non-corrosive, non-flammable)||0.01-2.1||270||Cast stainless steel||VS1A||560 kb|
* When air is at 20°C, under atmospheric pressure, and pressure differential is 0.1 MPa.
When water is pumped through the system, the initial air inside the piping is pushed into the air vent by the pressure of the flow. The float remains in the lower part of the air vent, allowing the valve to remain open and air to be rapidly discharged.
After the initial air has been discharged, water begins to flow into the air vent, causing the float to rise and close the valve.
Once the valve closes, it will remain closed and will no longer discharge air even if more air flows in and the water level inside the air vent drops.
Only when the pressure inside the vent approaches vacuum conditions will the valve open again, allowing air to enter and water to drain.
Free Float® & 3-point Seating
These products contain no levers, hinges, or other components which may typically cause valves to malfunction. As the Free Float is the only moving part, wear and malfunctions are minimized. The float surface provides a nearly infinite number of valve faces to close against the seat, allowing the valve to excel in durability.
3-point seating supports the high-precision ground float at 3 separate points when the valve is closed, allowing for an extra tight seal. (VS1A only)