What are reducing flanges

Reducing Flanges

Reducing flanges are designed for when there is a change in the pipe size. The predominate flange (dimensions) matching the larger pipe size (NPT) but having a smaller bore matching the smaller pipe size (NPT). These flanges normally come in blind, slip-on, threaded and weld neck flanges. They are available in all pressure classes and provide a good alternative to connecting two different sizes of pipe. This type of flange should not be used if an abrupt transition would create unwanted turbulence, such as at a pump.

Materials used:
  • Carbon steel
  • Stainless steel
  • Alloy steel
  • Brass
  • Cast Iron
  • Bronze
  • Aluminum
  • PVC etc.

Types of Reducing Flanges:
Reducing flanges are normally provided as one of the following three types:

  • Welding Neck
  • Slip-On
  • Threaded etc.

Buying Tips

Certain factors that buyers should consider before buying reducing flanges are as follows:

  • Size
  • Type
  • Face type
  • Style
  • Length
  • OD
  • Pressure Rating
  • Thickness
  • Materials (tested for corrosion resistant)
  • Tested and verified for durability, accuracy and precision etc.

How to connect reducing flange?
To connect two sized pipes, the appropriate reducing flange is inserted between the two and bolted into place.
reducing flange - What are reducing flanges
Uses of Reducing Flanges:

  • Reducing flanges are used in pipe-to-pipe connections.
  • Reducing flanges are a little easier to bolt up than non-reducing flanges.
  • They provide the most perfect solution when you need to connect different size flanges.
  • These flanges are available in all types and pressures.
  • Reducing flanges are fixed by welding, gluing or clamping flanges of equal dimensions provided with different connecting pieces.
  • They offer the simplest and least expensive method of mating two different sized flanges.

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