AB-QM Pressure Independent Control Valves (PICV) DN25 - DN250

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Danfoss AB-QM was the first of its kind control valve for HVAC heating and cooling applications. It is a control valve with automatic flow limitation and built-in differential pressure control functioning over the control valve. The result of this concept is a high performing control valve with a – still - unique valve authority of 100%. The design flow can easily be set to the needed amount by using a 20-100% scale. Simply setting the design flow replaces traditional commissioning processes, gives a much more accurate control and avoids Kv calculations for system designers.

When equipped with a Danfoss actuator, PICVs increase the energy efficiency and improve the indoor climate. The AB-QM is mainly used for air handling units, climate ceilings, fan-coil units and other terminal units in HVAC heating and cooling systems.

Features and benefits

Easy setting and sizing

Selecting the right AB-QM is much less complicated than sizing and selecting conventional control valves. Once the design flow is determined the matching AB-QM can be selected, no additional Kv and authority calculations are required.

100% authority

Having a 100% valve authority increases the control quality and precision, also at low flow requirements. This creates a better comfort in the building, as well as increasing the energy savings.

Perfect control

By providing the right flow at the right time, the AB-QM optimizes chiller and boiler efficiency and reduces pumping costs. In addition, the actuators need to make much less movements, increasing the lifetime value and lowering the Total Cost of Ownership.

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Type Name Language Valid for Updated Download File type
Brochure AB-QM - Millions of reasons to choose the best English Multiple 02 May, 2018 5.0 MB .pdf
Brochure Energy saving solutions for renovation of heating and cooling systems English Multiple 10 Sep, 2014 5.9 MB .pdf
Brochure Hotel application brochure English Multiple 03 Sep, 2014 654.7 KB .pdf
Application guide HVAC Application guide English Multiple 26 Oct, 2020 19.4 MB .pdf
Brochure Hydronic Balancing & Control product overview English Multiple 12 Dec, 2016 1.1 MB .pdf
Brochure Hydronic Balancing & Control product overview English United Kingdom 11 Nov, 2014 7.1 MB .pdf
Case story NovoCon - outstanding HVAC flexibility after office building renovation English Multiple 28 Sep, 2020 960.1 KB .pdf

Tender texts

The pressure independent balancing and control valve means that the control characteristic is independent from the available pressure. The precise flow control performance of the AB-QM with a Danfoss actuator provides increased comfort and superior Total Cost of Ownership. The AB-QM ensures and control the required flow on every terminal unit and maintains Hydronic balance in the system.

AB-QM has following features:

  • Flow limitation function
  • Modulating below 1% of set flow, regardless of the setting
  • Authority of 1 at all settings
  • Able to close against 16 bar of differential pressure
  • Linear control characteristic
  • Scale in percentage of flow
  • Control ratio 1:1000
  • Test plugs for pump optimization and flow verification for DN 10-250

Available in the range from DN 10 – 250 from one supplier.

  • Characteristic changed from linear to equal percentage characteristic at all sizes by adjusting actuator settings
  • Lockable setting
  • Starting pressure of 16 kPa for DN 10 – DN 20
  • Starting pressure of 20 kPa for DN 25 – DN 32
  • Starting pressure of 30 kPa for DN 40 – DN 250
  • Leakage rate of no visible leakage for DN 10 - DN 20 in combination with recommended actuator
  • Leakage of 0.05 % of the Qnom for DN 25 - DN 100 in combination with recommended actuator
  • Leakage of 0.01 % of the Qnom for DN 125 - DN 250 in combination with recommended actuator


Case studies

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    Outstanding HVAC flexibility after high-end office building renovation

    Building: Office
    Application: Hydronic balancing and remote control of 4-pipe heating/cooling change-over system
    Challenge: Ensure a flexible to use HVAC system with DGNB sustainability certification
    Solution: Digital NovoCon actuator combined with AB-QM control valves and NovoCon CO6 combined with ChangeOver6 as a combination balance the system hydronically, allow remote access via a BMS and control the room temperatures during both heating and cooling operation.

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    High-end climate solutions in Waldorf Astoria by Hilton, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

    Building: Hotel
    Application: Hydronic balancing and control for radiator heating and fan coil cooling
    Challenge: Establish top level comfort and minimum energy consumption for heating and cooling
    Solution: Fan-coil units for cooling; 8 heating risers and radiators equipped with Danfoss products.

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    HVAC control at Katowice business centre, Poland

    Katowice Business Centre is a modern office building where Danfoss hydronic balancing solutions are used; AB-QM balancing and control valves in combination with revolutionary NovoCon® actuators.

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    Energy comfort in Prime Tower, Zurich, Switzerland

    The Prime Tower in Zurich is a building of many records. With its 126 meters it is the tallest building in Switzerland with 36 floors and 40,000 square meters accommodating mostly offices. And with its more than 6,000 AB-QM valves it is also one of the biggest heating and cooling installations ever designed and installed by Danfoss.

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    Hydronic balancing in SAMBA bank head office, Riyadh, UAE

    At the heart of the new King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh stands the impressive SAMBA head office. The 40-storey building represents a landmark in sustainable architecture and engineering and forms an attractive work space for the 800 people working in the SAMBA Financial Group head office.

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    Balancing valves in Sky Tower, Wroclaw, Poland

    The tallest building of the EU now resides in Wroclaw in Poland. As a beautiful landmark to modern architecture, high user comfort and sustainable practice, the 212 meter high Sky Tower forms the pleasant setting for thousands of people living and working in the building.

3D models and drawings

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