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Back Pressure Regulators

Zaiput Flow Technologies' back pressure regulators are specifically designed for the needs of the flow chemist. Our devices feature a unique combination of high accuracy and precision, broad pressure range and outstanding chemical compatibility in a compact format.

The back pressure regulator compares the pressure of the fluid to be controlled (main stream) to a reference pressure. Flow of the main stream is allowed only if its pressure meets the reference pressure.

In addition, our pressure regulators have the unique feature that the set point is selected by the user. The user selects the back pressure set point by pressurizing air inside a dedicated chamber of the device. The set point is equal to the pressure of the air inside the device.


  • Metal-free wetted parts
  • Very accurate and precise (1%)
  • Error < 1% across flow rates of 0-20ml/min

  • Adjustable set point
  • Users can simply set any pressure for the BPR by adjusting the pressure of the compressed air chamber

  • Excellent for Gas-Liquid streams
  • Zaiput BPR is designed to function with a stream containing gas, liquid, or multiphase.

  • Robust to clogging
  • Our device eliminates extremely small orifices, which can cause clogging and over-pressurizing.

Other Advantages

  • Potential use as a relief valve
  • Zaiput BPR can prevent a flow process from over-pressurization. It can function as a relief valve

  • Excellent compatibility
  • Machined in materials with excellent chemical resistance (e.g. ETFE and PFA), Zaiput BPR works with a wide range of organic solvents, as well as acidic and basic solutions.

  • Easy to install and implement into any process pipeline
  • Zaiput BPR can be installed and implemented easily into any process pipeline.

Pressurize your fluid flow with the Zaiput BPR

The Zaiput BPR employs a dome-loaded type. Pressurization happens as a fluid needs to work against the compressed gas chamber in order to flow out on the other side. Zaiput BPR is carefully designed with chemically compatible materials as well as a reliable dynamic response of an elastic sheet. With a sealed valve, the BPR can be used in two modes:

Mode 1: Set it and forget it

In this mode, the user compresses gas into the chamber of the device at any certain pressure P. Then, the user manually closes the valve; P inside the chamber is now at the set point. The user can disconnect the BPR from the pressure source (e.g. gas tank). If another set point is required, this procedure can be repeated by setting the pressure of the top chamber to the new value.

Mode 2: Continuous set point

Some processes require the fluid pressure to dynamically change over the course of operation. The Zaiput BPR is able to provide such a continuous pressure setting. To achieve this setting, the user connects the Zaiput BPR to the gas/pressure source. Note that the valve is left open. By changing the pressure of the gas source (e.g., the regulator of the gas tank), the set point or P is dynamically changed.

Note that the Zaiput BPR sets a minimum level of pressure for the main fluid flow. If multiple BPRs are placed in series, the pressure of the fluid flow will be equal to the highest pressure set point (i.e., not the sum of the multiple set points). As a result, the device can also be used as a relief valve. Each BPR comes with a connection tube (the external pressurized gas source is not included).

Performance with varying phases and flow rates

The plots below illustrate the pressure recorded at the inlet of the our back pressure regulator BPR-10 for different pressure set points and different flow rates, for both liquid and gas streams.

Flow rates exceeding what are recommended can be applied, but they will result in a larger error in the pressure set point.

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Back pressure regulators (BPRs) are available in two sizes and we are developing another version for higher flow rates. If your application requires different specifications, please contact us for a custom solution.

Product Image Total Flow Rate Max Set Point Pressure Dimen-sions Max Inlet Pressure Max Operating Temp Process Fluid Ports Wetted parts Error
BPR-10 0.05-20 ml/min (for high accuracy) 2 MPa (290 psi) 52 x 52 x 44 mm 5 MPa 130 ℃ 1/4" UNF - 28 flat bottom Perfluorinated polymers (ETFA, PFA) < 1%
BPR-1000 20-1000 ml/min (for high accuracy) 2 MPa (290 psi) 97 x 97 x 64 mm 5 MPa 130 ℃ 1/4" OD tubing with Swagelok PFA fittings and our compression Nut Perfluorinated polymers (ETFA, PFA) < 1%

Current back pressure regulators available are BPR-10 and BPR-1000. Please check their specifications for suitable applications. For information on pricing and availability, please contact us or fill in the form below.

If your application requires different specifications than those of our current products, please contact us for a custom solution.



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