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Types of Flanges

Businesses in a variety of industries rely on flanges to join pipes or components together or to keep equipment secured to a surface. When it comes to choosing the best types of flange for your processes, you’ll want to take the time to research the different options...

Threaded Flange

Threaded flanges are probably the most recognisable of all flanges due to their screw thread design that is used to connect it to the pipe. Threaded flanges, also known as screwed flanges (for obvious reasons), require a male and female thread to create a connection...

Slip On Flange

A slip-on flange can also be known as a hubbed flange, which, as the name suggests, has a hub with a very low profile. Why is this important? Because this type of ring type joint gasket has an internal diameter larger than the connecting pipe, allowing you to slide it...

Weld Neck Flange

Also known as tapered hub flanges or high hub flanges, weld neck flanges are a specific type of gasket with a protruding ridge and long neck used to connect pipework and provide you with a high-quality seal. Weld neck flanges, in particular, are a popular choice when...

Nitrile vs Viton® – What is the Difference?

As you start to make a decision about what type of O-rings to purchase for your business, you might wonder what material is the most suitable for your unique needs. Every business operation has different requirements for their O-rings, such as the temperature,...

Aflas vs Viton

When it comes to choosing O ring suppliers in the UK, you’ll find that there are a wide range of materials on offer for you to choose from. Many people find that the options can seem quite overwhelming, with some materials having similar properties but offering...

EPDM Gasket

Both the automotive and construction industries have started to use EPDM gaskets more frequently in recent times. This rubber material is UV light resistant and has many fantastic properties that make this part highly effective for a wide range of processes. Keep...

Metal Gaskets

When comparing gaskets for use within your business processes, you’ll find that these can be made from a variety of materials. Metal gaskets are a very popular option, offering many advantages over other materials. When looking at sealing product options, make sure...

AFLAS o ring

O rings come in many different dimensions, thicknesses, and materials. And it is the various different materials that o rings can be manufactured from that make each o ring unique and suitable for specific applications. In fact, there are hundreds of different types...

O Ring Vulcanization Process

With years of o ring knowledge and experience in o ring vulcanization, we're one of the leading experts in providing the right sealing solution for you. To view our full range, visit our O-ring product page, with a wide selection and something to match every...

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How To Get A High-Quality Ring Type Joint

How to get a high quality Ring type JointChoosing the right high-quality ring type joint is essential. It has to be able to withstand both high temperatures and pressure. In this post, we will look at how you can choose the right type for your needs.   

What is Ring Type Joint? 

So, as Ring Type Joint explained, this gasket is forged in one piece to fit into the RTJ flange’s machined groove. If you were to take a cross-section of these gaskets, they would either be oval or octagonal in shape. These joints are typically used in applications where high temperatures and high pressure is present. 

It is most commonly used in the petrochemical and oil industries – from the drilling of the oil to storing it in refineries.  

How Does it Work?  

The ring is placed in the hexagonal groove that is on the front of the flange. It is then compressed by tightening the bolts so that the seal is tight. This makes a metal seal that is extremely strong and resistant to pressure.  

Types of Ring Type Joints Gasket 

You get three different types here: 

  • R 
  • RX 
  • BX 

 The R type is further classified by the shape when a cross-section is taken – oval or hexagonal.  

R  

Initially this would have fallen under the oval category. However, newer models can also be hexagonal. The latter provides a far better seal. The flange rating for use with the R type is Class 150 – 2500.  

RX  

These can be swapped out for the R type as they will fit the same sizes of grooves. This is deliberate to allow for greater versatility. There is a difference, though. This model is wider than an R type. Which means that the space between to two surfaces will be slightly wider as well.  

They are thus not suitable when you need a very tight face-to-face fit. However, it does make the seal more effective and will be useful when shock loadings, vibrations, etc. are an issue. They will fit up to Class 5000.  

BX   

These are more specialised in nature and not interchangeable with the other two types. They are made for API 6 BX flange types with a class rating of between 2000 and 20000 PSI. There is a hole in the ring designed to help equalise the pressure on either side of it.  

The ring’s pitch diameter is a little bigger than that of the groove it fits into. This makes preloading it possible and ensures that the seal is pressure energised. With this type, you need to make sure that the separation from face-to-face is uniform around the whole outside.  

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Identifying Your Gasket 

This is simple enough – it will be marked with the name or trademark of the manufacturer and a gasket number. Look just before this number, and you will see which type it is. The material it has been made out of is printed after this number.  

Conclusion 

It is important to choose the right type for the right application and to look for a high-quality option. If you do not, the seal will not hold for long at all.  

Specialist Sealing Products offers high quality sealing products such as Gaskets, RTJs, Sealing Rings, Insulation sets and other sealing products for business needs. Contact us and place your orders today. 

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