The piping industry is playing a significant role globally. The U.S. has over 1,382,569 million miles of pipeline delivering trillions of cubic feet of natural gas and hundreds of billions of tons of liquid petroleum products yearly. The type of flange needed in liquid and gas flow is determined by what it will be attached to. It is also determined by the fluid involved and the pressure it will run. The following is a list of common flanges used in the liquid & gas industry.
Weld Neck Flange
This flange is designed with a stainless-steel body and an inlet-facing hex. A weld neck buttress thread is connected to it. This type of flange is easy to install. It has cost-effective advantages over the other flanges because no bolts are required when connecting to the pipe. This flange type is most suitable for harsh environmental conditions like high pressure, temperature, and chemical environments. This flange can handle such charges quite easily. The welding neck flange also provides leak detection system features that help spot tiny leaks in liquid and gas flow.
The slip-on flange is very easy to assemble. It has a slip-on feature that lets the user install it over the tubes without any welding. A gasket is used at the installation time between tubes and flanges. This is to ensure perfect sealing between them. The slip-on flange is the most economical type. It reduces welding costs. The flange can also be used in harsh conditions without any trouble.
Socket Weld Flange
The socket-weld flange is used more accurately and tightly to join pipe/tubes for efficient liquid and gas flow. This kind of connection requires a socket weld nut. The nut provides more strength to the overall product assembly. Perfect sealing of fluids happens only when two mating surfaces are pressed together. A threaded connection can be used to substitute this type of flange. However, it is not usually the right choice because of the chances of leakage. This will also lead to wasted time and money.
Various flange types are used in different industries like chemical, oil, petroleum, etc. Many people in the liquid and gas industry use flanges to connect their pipes, valves, or other equipment. Flanges should be manufactured using top-quality raw material to ensure their dimensional accuracy, durability, and consistency.
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