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FLANGE INSULATION KITS

Flange Insulation Sets are used in the petrochemical, oil refinery, offshore seawater environments, where the transfer of volatile fluids through the pipeline can create explosive conditions which could be ignited by stray electrical currents.

Even where there is no risk of explosion these Insulation Kits are still used to act as a non-conductive interface between the two mating flanges to reduce the potential threat of galvanic corrosion of the pipework in cathodic protection systems.

A typical flange Insulation Kit comprises ;

  • 1 Insulating Flange Gasket
  • 1 Insulating Sleeve per bolt
  • 2 Insulating Washers per bolt
  • 2 Steel Washers per bolt

In order to achieve optimum results it is essential that Flange Insulation Kits follow certain design criteria;

The electrical resistance properties of the components are balanced for the purpose and location in the insulation system.

The components are manufactured from insulation materials with high compressive strength and good stability.

Flange Insulation Set

Applications Include

  • Long distance pipelines for Oil, Water and Gas
  • Offshore Installations
  • Oil Refinery Pipelines
  • Petrochemical Industry

General Properties 

  • Electrical Insulation of pipework 
  • Cathodic Protection 
  • Designed to minimise electro-chemical erosion 
  • The kits are produced using materials with high compressive strength  
  • The electrical resistance properties are balanced  

Types Available 

There are 4 main Types of Flange Insulation Kit, available in a wide range of materials to meet varying service conditions.  

Each Type consists of the same 4 elements but the central Flange Gasket differs 

    The gasket in a Type D Kit

    Type D

    The gasket in a Type D Kit is specifically designed to fit into the ring groove of RTJ (ring-type-joint) flanges 

    Flange Insulation Type E

    Type E

    The gasket in a Type E Kit is Full Face having the same outside diameter as the flange with precision cut holes allowing the bolts to ‘slide through’. This Full face gasket reduces the risk of electrical bridging and the presence of foreign matter between the mating flanges 

    The gasket in a Type F

    Type F

    The gasket in a Type F Kit is suitable for raised face flanges. It is an IBC gasket which sits inside the bolt circle of the flange. This type is not as efficient as the type E but is far easier to install as separation of the mating flanges is not necessary.  

    The gasket in a Type G Kit

    Type G

    The gasket in a Type G Kit is available in both the Full Face or IBC versions and incorporates an elastomeric sealing ring in the gasket faces. With the correct choice of insulating materials Type G Kits are capable of greater chemical and temperature resistance 

    Available Materials  

    Standard Flange Insulation Kit

    Standard

    Our standard Flange Insulation Kit consists of ;  

    • Neoprene Faced Phenolic Central Gasket – The Neoprene facing providing an effective sealing surface with the phenolic core providing the necessary electrical isolation. 
    • Mylar Bolt sleeves 
    • Reinforced Phenolic Washers 
    • Zinc Plated Carbon Steel Washers 

    Application Guidelines 

    • Basic pipeline flange isolation in oil, gas and other processing applications 
    • Can be used on the majority of flange specifications including ASME, API, EN, BS and DIN 
    • Flange insulation and electrical isolation in conjunction with cathodic protection 
    • To isolate flange and piping systems where dissimilar metals are present 
    • Temperature Range :  -20⁰ C to +100⁰ C 
    Type G-10 gaskets

    In addition to the above we also have available a wide range of additional materials that can be used for Very Critical Service Applications. These kits contain a precision designed and manufactured central gasket seal with the appropriate sleeve and washer isolating materials.  

    Type G-10 

    The G-10 gasket consists of a modified u-shaped TFM seal energised with a phynox spring bonded to a high strength G10 glass reinforced epoxy and 316L stainless steel composite core, offering extremely high levels of electrical isolation from cryogenic temperature up to +150⁰ C 

    Each Kit includes; 

    • G-10 Gasket 
    • G-10 Bolt Sleeves 
    • G-10 Washers 
    • 316 SS Back-up washers 

    Application Guidelines 

    • Flange isolation for critical applications in the oil, gas and other processing applications 
    • Media compatibility with Natural Gas, Oils, other Hydrocarbon media and many corrosive environments 
    • Specified for plant wide use on the majority of flange specifications including ASME, API, EN, BS and DIN 
    • Flange insulation and electrical isolation in conjunction with cathodic protection 
    • Insulation between dissimilar metals to prevent galvanic corrosion 
    • The position of the TFM spring energised seal allows the gasket to be used across all types of flange styles including ring joint and raised face flanges 
    • Temperature Range :  –150⁰ C to +150⁰ C 
    Type G-11  gaskets

    Type G11

    Following the same highly effective design as the G-10 type but using a G-11 GRE composite material that extends usage to higher temperatures. 

    This G-11 gaskets consists of a modified u-shaped TFM seal energised with a phynox spring. This TFM material was chosen for its advanced mechanical properties and improved resistance to permeation. This seal is bonded to a high strength G-11 glass reinforced epoxy and 316L stainless steel composite core 

    Each Kit includes; 

    • G-11 Gasket 
    • G-11 Bolt Sleeves 
    • G-11 Washers 
    • 316 SS Back-up washers 

    Application Guidelines 

    • Flange isolation for critical applications in the oil, gas and other processing applications 
    • Media compatibility with Natural Gas, Oils, other Hydrocarbon media and many corrosive environments 
    • Specified for plant wide use on the majority of flange specifications including ASME, API, EN, BS and DIN 
    • Flange insulation and electrical isolation in conjunction with cathodic protection 
    • Insulation between dissimilar metals to prevent galvanic corrosion 
    • The position of the TFM spring energised seal allows the gasket to be used across all types of flange styles including ring joint and raised face flanges 
    • Temperature Range :  –150⁰ C to +150⁰ C 
    Premium Type FS gasket

    Type FS 

    This is a premium performance fire safe isolation gasket utilising a triple seal design which incorporates a coated metallic core housing a modified u-shaped TFM seal energised with a phynox spring . On both the inside and outside of this seal are two kammprofile sections, the inner faced with modified PTFE, the outer with a proprietary high temperature material. G11 GRE material is used to face the outer section of the metallic core. 

    Each Kit includes; 

    • FS Gasket 
    • G11 Bolt Sleeves 
    • Isolating washers in modified high temperature material 
    • 316 SS Back-up washers 

    Application Guidelines 

    • The FS kit combines exceptional chemical compatibility and electrical isolation with the capability of maintaining sealing performance after API 6FB 3rd Edition fire test 
    • Flange isolation for critical applications in the oil, gas and other processing applications 
    • Media compatibility with Natural Gas, Oils, other Hydrocarbon media and many corrosive environments 
    • Specified for plant wide use on the majority of flange specifications including ASME, API, EN, BS and DIN 
    • Flange insulation and electrical isolation in conjunction with cathodic protection 
    • Insulation between dissimilar metals to prevent galvanic corrosion 
    • The location of the triple seal design elements on the gasket face allows the gasket to be used across all types of flange styles including ring joint and raised face flanges 
    • Temperature Range :  -45⁰ C to +180⁰ C 
    The GRE gasket set

    Type GRE

    The GRE gasket consists of a G10 glass reinforced carrier with 2 modified PTFE sealing faces 

    Proprietary machining of the carrier allows correct location of the sealing faces, with the depth / profile designed to achieve correct compression and groove fill. 

    Each Kit includes; 

    • GRE Gasket 
    • G10 Bolt Sleeves 
    • G-10 Washers 
    • Zinc Plated Carbon Steel or 316 SS Back-up washers 

    Application Guidelines 

    • Specified for plant wide use on the majority of flange specifications including ASME, API, EN, BS and DIN 
    • Flange insulation and electrical isolation in conjunction with cathodic protection 
    • Insulation between dissimilar metals to prevent galvanic corrosion 
    • Temperature Range :  –128⁰ C to +120⁰ C 
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