What is a pipe reducer

Pipe Reducer

Pipe reducer is a kind of pipe fitting that joins two pipes of different diameter. The pipe reducers are available in a range of materials depending on the end use of the products and these fittings are manufactured in inch and metric size.

Pipe reducer is used in large scale industrial applications for enhancing flexibility in connecting fractional pipes. A pipe reducer can be of different material and each has the specific usage. The sizes can varied from inch to metric. There are two types of reducer – concentric and eccentric. Concentric pipe reducer is commonly used for most of the applications whereas, eccentric reducer is applied only when it is required to maintain the pipe level on both top and bottom. Eccentric reducer also maintains the air force direction to avoid trapping of air inside the pipe. The concentric reducer eliminates noise pollution.
Pipe ReducerA pipe reducer changes the size of the pipe and fulfills the hydraulic requirements so to adjust with the existing piping. It is highly used in power plants and chemical factories. Using a reducer makes the integral pipe line system tighter and reliable. It prevents the integral piping from possible thermal distortion and sudden shock. This pipe is easy to install and also prevents from leakages while on pressure circle. The chrome or the nickel coated reducers protects from corrosion and enhances the life of the product. It is also used in high vapor lines.

Materials used:
Various materials are used in the making of pipe reducers. Some of the common materials are as follows:

  • Stainless steel
  • Carbon steel
  • Alloy steel
  • Alloy titanium
  • Copper
  • Nickel
  • Cast Iron
  • Brass
  • Bronze
  • Rubber

Buying tips

Certain features to be considered are as follows:

  • DN (nominal diameter)
  • O.D. (outside diameter)
  • Distance from end to end (H)
  • Standard: GB, HG, HGJ, SH, SY, DL, ASME, AN, SI, JIS, and DIN
  • Whether seamless or welded
  • Materials of construction
  • Corrosion resistance
  • Durability

Applications of Pipe Reducer:

  • Hydraulic system
  • Pneumatic system
  • Pharmaceutical fittings
  • Air brake fittings
  • Gas fittings
  • Refrigerant fittings

Uses of pipe reducer:
A pipe reducer serves the two basic purposes:

  • Changing the piping diameter
  • Handling the expansion, misalignment or vibration problem

Types of Pipe Reducer:
Let us know more about pipe reducers under the following categories:

Concentric Reducers Eccentric Reducers

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