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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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Difference Between Ring Type Joint and Raised Face

Difference Between Ring Type Joint and Raised FaceIntroduction 

If you are new to the industry, you might not know the difference between Ring Type Joint and Raised Face. The difference is actually pretty simple and refers to the type of flange that you need to use when making your join.   

In this post, we will compare RTJ and RF so that you understand the differences more completely. Both types of joins are useful, but each has their own advantages and disadvantages. This post should give you more clarity and help you to identify what projects the different flanges are best suited for.   

 

Differences: Ring Type Joint vs Raised Face

Raised Face 

This is the type most commonly found in processing plants. When you see it, you will be able to recognise it straight away. In this model, the surfaces to attach the gasket to are raised. The bolting circle will always be lower than the gasket surfaces.  

The advantages are : 

  • You can use a wider range of gaskets – from spiral wound types to flat ring sheet types.  
  • As the surface is raised, it is more easily accessible. Replacing a worn gasket is thus a lot easier.  
  • This design enables more pressure to be concentrated onto a smaller gasket area. This, in turn, helps the joint handle pressure containment better.   
  • It is also useful when you need better separation between the two flanges being joined.  

  

Ring-Type Joint  

These are more commonly used in applications where either high pressure or high temperature is an issue. These are Class 600 or more flanges or where temperatures typically exceed 427° Centigrade.  

These flanges can be identified because they have grooves that are cut into their service. A metallic gasket is fitted into these grooves and then compressed to create a solid seal. The gasket is somewhat mangled in the process but fits into space perfectly.  

The advantages are:  

  • Metal to metal seals is made possible. These are a lot stronger and will withstand high heat, pressure and corrosion caused by chemicals.  
  • The grooves allow for a tighter fit and can be useful in situations where space is an issue.   
  • Depending on the type of gasket used, the faces may be in direct contact with one another.  
  • The gasket is not going to compress any more once it has been tightened. This makes it more resistant to movement and vibration.  
  • You have a reduced range of options when it comes to the type of gaskets that you can use. However, if you choose the right type for the job, the seal is highly reliable and strong. 

Conclusion 

As you can see, there are advantages to both types of flanges. You need to use the best design option for your project. It just pays to remember that you should always use the right connections for the best join possible.  

Using an RF connection on an RTJ is a recipe for disaster. It may hold initially, but something is bound to go wrong further down the line with this kind of tinkering.

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