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Flanges are projecting or internal components used to support mechanical parts. Most often, they're rims, and that they are put in place to strengthen the mechanical part or provide a way of attaching that part to another part or surface. A simple pipe flange would be a slip-on or threaded flange that fits around one end of a pipe and provides a way to bolt that pipe to a wall or fixture. Such a flange would be a circular component with a central means of holding the pipe and bolt holes placed evenly in the outer rim.

Flanges types

As already described, the most used flange types ASME b16.5 are: Welding Neck, Slip On, Socket Weld, Lap Joint, Threaded and Blind flange. Below you'll find a short description and definition of every type, completed with a detailed image.

Most common flange types

Welding Neck Flange

Welding Neck Flanges are easy to recognize at the long tapered hub that goes gradually over to the wall thickness from a pipe or fitting. The long tapered hub provides a very important reinforcement to be used in many applications involving high pressure, sub-zero and / or elevated temperatures. The graceful transition from projection thickness to pipe or fitting wall thickness affected by the taper is extremely helpful, under conditions of repeated bending, caused by line expansion or other variable forces. These flanges are bored to match the inside diameter of the sex pipe or fitting therefore there will be no restriction of product flow. This prevents turbulence at the joint and reduces erosion. They also give excellent stress distribution through the tapered hub and are simply radio graphed for flaw detection.

This flange type will be welded to a pipe or fitting with a single full penetration, V weld (Butt-weld).

Weld Neck Flange

1. Weld Neck flange
2. Butt-Weld
3. Pipe or Fitting

Slip On flange

The calculated strength from a Slip On flange under internal pressure is of the order of two-thirds that of Welding Neck flanges, and their life under fatigue is about one-third that of the latter.

The connection with the pipe is done with 2 fillet welds, as well at the outside as also at the inside of the flange. The X measure on the image, are approximately:

Wall thickness of pipe + 3 mm. This space is necessary, to do not damage the flange face, during the welding process.

A disadvantage of the flange is, that principle always firstly a pipe must be welded and then just a fitting. A combination of flange and elbow or flange and tee is not possible, because named fittings have not a straight end, that complete slid in the Slip on flange.

1. Slip On flange
2. Filled weld outside
3. Filled weld inside 4. Pipe

Socket Weld flange

Socket Weld flanges were initially developed for use on small-size high pressure piping. Their static strength is equal to Slip On flanges, but their fatigue strength 50% greater than double-welded Slip On flanges.

The connection with the pipe is done with one fillet weld, at the outside of the flange. But before welding, a space must be created between flange or fitting and pipe. The purpose for the bottoming clearance in a Socket Weld is usually to reduce the residual stress at the root of the weld that could occur during solidification of the weld metal.

The disadvantage of this flange is right the gap, that must be made. By corrosive products, and mainly in stainless steel pipe systems, the crack between pipe and flange can give corrosion problems.

1. Socket Weld flange
2. Filled Weld
3. Pipe X = Expansion gap

Lap Joint flange

Lap Joint Flanges have all the same common dimensions as any other flange named on this page however it does not have a raised face, they used in conjunction with a "Lap Joint Stub End".

These flanges are nearly identical to a Slip On flange with the exception of a radius at the intersection of the flange face and the bore to accommodate the flanged portion of the Stub End.

Their pressure-holding ability is little, if any, better than that of Slip On flanges and the fatigue life for the assembly is only one tenth that of Welding Neck flanges. They may be used at all pressures and are available in a full size range. Lap Joint flanges have certain special advantages:

  • Freedom to swivel around the pipe facilitates the lining up of opposing flange bolt holes.
  • Lack of contact with the fluid in the pipe often permits the use of inexpensive carbon steel flanges with corrosion resistant pipe.
  • In systems which erode or corrode quickly, the flanges may be salvaged for re-use.

1. Lap Joint flange
2. Stub End
3. Butt Weld 4. Pipe or Fitting

Threaded flange

Threaded Flanges are used for special circumstances with their main advantage being that they can be attached to the pipe without welding. Sometimes a seal weld is also used in conjunction with the threaded connection. Although still available in most sizes and pressure ratings, screwed fittings today are used almost exclusively in smaller pipe sizes.

A threaded flange or fitting is not suitable for a pipe system with thin wall thickness, because cutting thread on a pipe is not possible. Thus, thicker wall thickness must be chosen...what is thicker?

1. Threaded flange
2. Thread
3. Pipe or Fitting

Blind Flange

Blind Flanges are manufactured without a bore and used to blank off the ends of piping, Valves and pressure vessel openings. From the standpoint of internal pressure and bolt loading, blind flanges, particularly in the larger sizes, are the most highly stressed flange types. However, most of these stresses are bending types near the center, and since there is no standard inside diameter, these flanges are suitable for higher pressure temperature applications.

Details of Blind flange

1. Blind flange
2. Stud Bolt
3. Gasket
4. Other flange