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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?

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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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4 Standard Types of Ring Type Joint

4 Standard Types of Ring Type JointIntroduction

ring type joint is a specialised gasket, designed to be used with flanges that have grooves in them. The advantage of this type of gasket is that it is made of metal and so creates a seal that is very strong and reliable.

It will withstand the pressure of up to 1500 Bars and temperatures of up to 1000° Centigrade. Also, it is resistant to chemical corrosion. The gasket is fitted into the groove. The two faces are then bolted together. As the ring type joint is compressed, it creates a solid seal.

They come in a range of different metals, from soft iron to stainless steel. It is essential to choose the right type of metal and shape for the job at hand.

4 Standard Types of RTJ

There are four basic types that you will need to choose from. These types are based on the shape of the ring and the flange groove that it will fit into. You will need to select the right shape to fit the groove, but also consider the type of metal as well.

The metal that the gasket is made of is softer than the flanges themselves. This is to prevent damage to the flanges and to ensure that the seal is good.

R Oval RTJ

If you were to take a cross-section of this model, it would be an oval shape. It is designed to fit the standard flange. The oval shape is the first design to have been made.

R Octagonal RTJ

These will also fit a standard flange, but a cross-section of this one would reveal a hexagonal shape. This provides a tighter seal than the oval models.

RX RTJ

These are interchangeable with the previous models. The RX models, however, are wider than the previous type. This means that the two faces being joined will not be right up against one another. This is useful when compensating for vibrations, shock loadings, etc.

They can seal themselves and can be used up to a Class 5000 and up to 700 Bars of pressure.

BX RTJ

These cannot be interchanged with the other two types and must be used with BX flanges of the API type. It is capable of handling a lot more pressure. They can handle up to 1500 Bars of pressure.

They can handle more pressure because there is a small hole that is drilled into the to ring itself. This is what makes pressure equalisation on either side of the join possible.

The ring is slightly bigger than the groove that is made for. This is to create a high-pressure seal. The downside is that more careful fitting is required. You need to ensure that the separation between the two joined piece is nice and even all the way around.

This can handle a class rating of 2000 to 20 000 PSI.

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Conclusion

Ring-type joints provide strong seals that are useful in high-demand situations. With the right model, you can be sure that the seal will be reliable and will hold well. There are also more customized types of Ring Type Joint, but the standard ones are normally more than adequate.

Read the next article: Difference between Ring Type Joint and Raised Face 

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