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What are Flanges & Types of Flanges

23 March 2013 at 05:08

A flange is a forged or cast ring of steel designed to connect sections of pipe or join pipe to
a pressure Vessel, pump or any other integral flanges assembly.
Flanges are joined to each other by bolting and joined to the piping system by welding or threading.
The basic types of flanges are; Slip on, Blind, Weld Neck, Threaded, Socket Weld, Lap Joint and
Flanges are designed to the following pressure ratings; 150lb, 300lb, 400lb, 600lb, 900lb, 1500lb and
The most common facings machined on flanges are:
(a) Raised face, 1/16 inch for 150lb and 300lb, inch for 400lb and heavier.
(b) Flat face, for 150lb and 300lb only, other may be flat face on request.
(c) Ring type joint, may be applied to all pressure ratings.
Slip-On Flange
The flange is slipped over the pipe and then welded both inside and outside to provide sufficient
Strength and prevent leakage. This flange is used in preference to weld necks by many users
because of its lower cost and the fact that less accuracy is required when cutting pipe to length.
Blind Flanges
This is a flange without a bore and is used to shut off a piping system or vessel opening. It also
permits Easy access to vessels or piping systems for inspection purposes. Blind flange can be
supplied with or without hubs at the manufacturers option.
Weld-Neck flange
This is designed to be joined to a piping system by buttwelding. It is relatively expensive because of
Its long neck, but is preferred for high stress applications. The neck, or hub transmits stresses to the
the base of the hub to the wall thickness at the butt weld, provide important reinforcement of the
flange. The bore of the flange matches the bore of the pipe, reducing turbulence and erosion.
Threaded Flange
This is similar to a slip-on flange in outline, but the bore is threaded, thus enabling assembly without
welding. This obviously limits its application to relatively low pressure piping systems. The flange
may be welded around the joint after assembly, but this is not considered a satisfactory method of
increasing its applications.

Socket Weld Flanges

This is similar to a slip-on flange in outline, but the bore is counter-bored to accept pipe. The
diameter of the remaining bore is the same as the inside diameter of the pipe. The flange is attached
to the pipe by a fillet weld around the hub of the flange. An optional interval weld may be applied in
high stress applications. Its biggest use is in high pressure systems such as hydraulic and steam
Spectacle Flanges
This is a pressure retaining plate with one solid end and one open end connected with a web or tiebar. In normal operation, the open end forms the seal between two flanges and permits normal flow
of fluid through pipe work. If the solid end is swung into position it effectively blanks of the pipe and
halts the flow.
Lap-Joint Flanges
This is again similar to a slip-on flange, but it has a radius at the intersection of the bore and the
flange face to accommodate a lap stub end. The face on the stub end forms the gasket face on the
flange. This type of flange is used in applications where section of piping systems need to be
dismantle quickly and easily for inspection or replacement.
Orifice Flanges
The function of an orifice flange is to provide access to a line for metering of gases or liquids. An
orifice plate is clamped between a pair of flanges when installed in a line and the whole assembly is
refer to as an orifice flange union. Jack-screws within the assembly facilitate removal of the orifice
plate. The orifice plate, the metering device, consists of a thin plate with a concentric, square edge,
circular hole in the centre. Two pressure tap-holes are drilled in each flange to measure pressure
difference through the orifice.
Groove & Tongue Flanges
The Groove and Tongue faces of these flanges must be matched. One flange face has a raised ring
(Tongue) machined onto the flange face while the mating flange has a matching depression (Groove)
machined into it's face.
Tongue-and-groove facings are standardized in both large and small types. They differ from maleand-female in that the inside diameters of the tongue-and-groove do not extend into the flange base,
thus retaining the gasket on its inner and outer diameter. These are commonly found on pump
covers and Valve Bonnets.
Tongue-and-groove joints also have an advantage in that they are self-aligning and act as a reservoir
for the adhesive. The scarf joint keeps the axis of loading in line with the joint and does not require a
major machining operation.

General flange faces such as the RTJ, T&G and the F&M shall never be bolted together. The reason
for this is that the contact surfaces do not match and there is no gasket that has one type on one
side and another type on the other side.
Long Neck Flanges
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Flat Face Flanges
The Flat Face (FF) flange has a gasket surface in the same plane as the bolting circle face.
Applications using flat face flanges are frequently those in which the mating flange or flanged fitting
is made from a casting.
Flat face flanges are never to be bolted to a raised face flange. ASME B31.1 says that when
connecting flat face cast iron flanges to carbon steel flanges, the raised face on the carbon steel
flange must be removed, and that a full face gasket is required. This is to keep the thin, bittle cast
iron flange from being sprung into the gap caused by the raised face of the carbon steel flange.
Raised Face Flanges
The Raised Face (RF) type is the most applied flange face, and is easily to identify. It is referred to
as a raised face because the gasket surfaces are raised above the bolting circle face.
Specifications covering the manufacture and dimensions of flanges:
ASTM specifications regulate approved raw materials for which flanges can be made and
specifications .
For stainless flanges are:
ASTM A.182 - Forged or Rolled Alloy Steel Pipe Flanges & Fittings for high temperature service.
The standards govern the dimensions and tolerances to which fitting are manufactured:
ANSI B. 16.5
- Steel Pipe Flanges and Flanged Fittings ( inch to 24 inch nominal
- Flange Facings
- Marking of flanges
- Bolts and Nuts for Flanges
- Large Diameter Pipeline Flanges. (Over 24 inch dia)
- Large Diameter Flanges for petroleum Usage. (Over 24 inch dia)

The ASME Code is not a standard as such but section VIII provides the procedure for calculating
For all pressurised vessels flanges.
The following are not flange specifications but they influence the manufacture of forged steel flange
ANSI B. 31.10
- Code for Pressure Piping
ANSI B. 31.3
- Petroleum Refinery Piping
ANSI B. 31.4
- Oil Transportation Piping
ANSI B. 31.5
- Refrigeration Piping Systems
ANSI B. 31.7
- Nuclear Power Piping
ANSI B. 31.8
- Gas Transmission and Distribution Piping systems
ANSI B. 36.10
- Standard for Wrought Steel pipe
ANSI B. 36.19
- Standard for Stainless Steel Pipe
ANSI B. 16.10
- Valve Dimensions Face & End
ANSI B. 16.11
- Forged Fittings Socket Weld & Threaded

Blind Flanges


Groove & Tongue Flanges

Lap Joint Flanges

Long Neck Flanges

Orifice Flanges

Raised Flanges

Slip-On Flanges

Socket Weld Flanges

Spectale Blind Flanges

Thread Flanges

Weld-Neck Flanges