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Some relevant article related to the field of pipe fittings are given below:

Article 1: Fittings and Connections for Polyethylene Pipe for Micro irrigation Systems

It is very essential to know the necessary parts and connectors for laterals, manifolds, sub mains and main-lines before installation of a micro-irrigation system. When we talk about the various components of a piping system, it includes various fittings and connections and their main purpose is to joining and adapting pipes and other parts. In micro irrigation systems, the most frequently used material for lateral lines is polyethylene (PE) pipe. This article provides some information on available connectors and fittings for PE pipe that are solely used in micro irrigation systems.

Not all flexible pipes used in irrigation is polyethylene pipe. Another material available is flexible polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe and it can be connected using methods and fittings for PVC.

It is to be noted that PE lines cannot be connected in the same manner as PVC pipe as this is connected using PVC cement. PE lines are connected by insert fittings or compression fittings. Insert fittings are useful because they fit tightly inside the PE line. Compression fittings are fitted over the pipe's exterior and they create less friction loss and fewer stress cracking problems.

In order to connect PE laterals to PVC manifolds or other PVC parts of the system, it is necessary to use various combination fittings. Combination fittings have a combination of slip or male or female threaded fittings with insert or compression fittings.

Article 2: Instrument pipe fittings

In the year 2006, more than 10,000 PSI-rated (689 bar) instrument pipe fittings were manufactured by a certain company. These instrument pipe fittings range were used to provide instrumentation and piping engineers with quality components. These were used for interconnecting instrument-grade piping in the high pressure applications, like as those areas found in deep water oil and gas exploration and production. These pipe fittings are available in different forms like straight, elbow, tee and cross shapes, and they support male and female National Pipe Taper (NPT) thread sizes ranging from 1/8 up to 1 inch. The instrument pipe fittings are fabricated from 316L grade stainless steel which is the standard material, with other materials available as options.

To support quality procedures, heat code traceability identification codes which is also known as HCT code are provided as standard. In total, the company launched 13 styles of fittings , providing a single-piece solution for every common connection requirement. These styles were: male hex nipple couplings in long and standard sizes, street elbow, male and female elbows and tees, female cross, hex headed plug, pipe cap, female hex coupling, adapter and reduced bushing.

Article 3: Group of ASTM standards for welded pipe fittings

Certain ASTM standard specifications were given to welded pipe fittings recently covering various aspects of fittings for high-temperature service, special applications like fire protection use and other ordinary services. These standards are given in the table below:

A234 A234/A234M-99 Piping Fittings of Wrought Carbon Steel and Alloy Steel for Moderate and High Temperature Service
A403 A403/A403M-99a Wrought Austenitic Stainless Steel Piping Fittings
A420 A420/A420M-99 Piping Fittings of Wrought Carbon Steel and Alloy Steel for Low-Temperature Service
A774 A774/A774M-98 As-Welded Wrought Austenitic Stainless Steel Fittings for General Corrosive Service at Low and Moderate Temperatures

Article 4: Safety tips for pipe fittings

As pipe fittings are used in various applications involving slurries, gas, liquid, corrosive substances, mud, chemicals etc., it is essential to follow certain safety tips for proper functioning of these fittings when fitted to various pies. According to an article published recently, some safety tips that can be followed are as follows:

  • Fumes are present in solvent chemicals used for joining PVC and other solvent welded pipe and fittings. So it is advisable to use plenty of ventilation when using them.
  • When fixing a fitting to a pipe by flame or welding, always use a flame shield to keep the propane flame from setting fire to the neighboring areas.
  • Always wear safety glasses or goggles, when soldering pipe fitting to a joint above your head. It is better to use lead-free solder on water lines.
  • Try to install flexible pipe fittings to avoid gas or water leaks in unforeseen calamities as flexible pipe fittings are less likely to break.
  • It is advisable not to install, tighten or loosen a pipe fitting, adapter or any component while the system is under any kind of pressure.
  • Never try to loosen a pipe fitting to relieve or bleed system pressure.
  • Always use a back-up wrench to hold the any pipe fitting body steady when tightening or loosening nuts and bolts.
  • Proper thread lubricants and sealants should be used on tapered pipe threads.
  • It is to noted that pipe fitting and pipe material should be similar (stainless steel fittings on stainless steel tubing or pipe etc.) with the tubing material being fully annealed.
  • Never weld tube assembled fittings. Before welding, remove all components like nut, ferrules, bolts, o-ring, seals etc. Try to protect the thread areas and the sealing of the pipe fitting by covering with a plug or another nut.
Article 5: Pipe Fittings For Petrochemical Industry Therecent boom of private entrants in the petrochemical sector have placed a heavy demand on pipe fitting industry. Ongoing projects for construction of distribution lines require a high grade of pneumatic industrial fittings and fluid components. Read Complete Article »
Article 6: Dezincification of Pipe Fittings Corrosion is an inevitable phenomena. No matter how sturdy is the material, it will eventually degrade. However, one area you would definitely want to avoid corrosion - your pipelines. Read Complete Article »