Stainless steel flanges, usually disc-shaped pieces of equipment that come in many shapes and sizes, form a vital connecting link for piping, valves, pumps and other components as part of a pipework system.
Flanges are used in various fields or industries including petroleum, gas, transport, chemical, power generation and water.
A flanged joint provides a strong seal in a closed system whereas forged flanges make easy access for modification, inspection, cleaning and repairs. In heavy industry, the flanges used need to be particularly resilient so that they do not become the weak link in the pipework chain.
Generally, once a flange has been attached to either end of a pipe or tube to be joined, a gasket is inserted between the flanges to form a seal. The flanges are then joined before being welded or threaded onto the pipe system, providing support and strength to the join.
5 Benefits of Stainless Steel Flanges
Resistance to corrosion – In pipework systems, corrosion is a big consideration, which makes stainless steel flanges a great choice as they are incredibly strong, durable and capable of withstanding immense pressures.
Temperature resistance – Flanges may also need to withstand high temperatures in some environments, so it is essential that the correct grade of stainless steel flanges are selected to ensure that there is no deformation or warping.
Easy Fabrication – Most grades of stainless steel can be cut, machined, formed and fabricated with relative ease which means that your order can be filled quicker, letting you start your project promptly.
Aesthetic Qualities – Stainless steel is easy to maintain and comes in a variety of finishes. Painting and blasting are not necessary, which can save on costs.
Assembly – The use of flanges means that piping spools can be assembled without welding and numerous piping spools can be manufactured at a faster rate.
Steelmor stocks EN, BS4504, BS10 and SABS 1123 flanges in grades 304/L and 316/L, and sizes from ½” to 24”. If required, larger sizes can be made to your unique specifications. Contact us today to find out how we can assist with advice and products.