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Long Weld Neck Flanges – What are They Used for?

Where “standard” weld neck flanges are used extensively for pipes, long weld neck flanges (often abbreviated to LWN) are used in high pressure and high (or fluctuating) temperature situations primarily in the oil and gas industry. The long neck guides the pipe into the flange itself and provides reinforcement that a standard weld neck flange cannot. This reinforcement is very important for safety in high pressure industrial, commercial and even residential systems.

Typically, the long weld-neck flange are the anchors for water-mains or sources of gas being pumped into a larger network of pipes, such as those in a factory or in an apartment building. Long weld-neck flanges also are used in situations expansion bends or changes the pipe because of the high pressure.

Want to Know More About Our Long Weld-Neck Flanges?

For more information about long weld neck flanges, ANSI flanges, or blind flanges, go to our Contact Us page. https://forgedcomponents.com/long-weld-neck-flanges-used/
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A Brief History of Carbon Steel – Part 1

Carbon steel first appeared around the year 500 AD in Damascus steel swords as well as Japanese swords. They were prized for their sharp edges and sturdiness compared to other weapons of the era. The composition of these swords was very similar to modern carbon steel, yet superior in several mysterious ways.

It is believed that the first instances of carbon steel were created by mistake as swordsmiths used iron ore as the primary metal for crafting swords. Because iron required extreme heat to smelt it, smiths used coal to generate it, which brought with it trace elements of carbon into the molten metal. The result: a new iron alloy, carbon steel.

When carbon is introduced to iron in just the right amounts it resulted in a new iron alloy, carbon steel. The problem was that the technology of the time couldn’t control the carbon introduction process and couldn’t consistently produce quality weapons. It was a trial and error process at best.

Meanwhile around the 3rd century, the areas of India and modern day Sri Lanka, metalsmiths perfected the creation of producing what is known as Wootz steel. It is believed that these ancient metalsmiths used a process known as pattern welding–the act of forming a blade using several pieces of metals of different composition, and then forge welding it, twisting it and manipulating it into a pattern.

It is believed that Arabs brought ingots of this steel to Damascus where a thriving industry of sword making existed, which it is believed that this is where Damascus steel got its name. Damascus blades were reputed to be sharp enough to slice a single strand of hair or sever the barrel of a rifle.

The mythical reputation of Damascus swords persists even today, because the secrets of how Damascus steel is produced has been lost over the years and no modern metal worker has been able to recreate it since.

This is the end of the first part of a Brief History of Carbon Steel. Tune in next month for part 2.

Turn to Forged Components, Inc. for your Carbon Steel ASME flanges

Carbon steel is one of Forged Components’ primary metals used in ASME flanges, blind flanges, and pressure vessel flanges. Contact us for your API blind manufacturing needs at (281) 441-4088, or go to our Contacts page for the other ways to reach us for answers to your questions.

https://forgedcomponents.com/brief-history-carbon-steel-part-1/
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Advantages & Disadvantages of the Different Types of Carbon Steel

Carbon steel is one of the oldest and most widely used types of steel in the world. The uses of this carbon steel are largely determined by the trace amounts of carbon infused within the steel during the “smelting” process. The amount of the trace carbon present breaks into the following three classifications:
• Low carbon steel
• Medium carbon steel
• High carbon steel

Low carbon steel is a type of steel that contains 0.05% to 0.25% of carbon within it. The carbon within the steel makes it easy to cut, form, and weld. It is the least expensive of the carbon steels to produce and buy, and has a wide variety of uses. This makes it the preferred steel for manufacturing auto parts, pipelines, and for ornamental uses like gates and fences for homes and businesses.

Medium carbon steel has % 0.30 to % 0.60 of carbon infused within it, making the steel a lot stronger than low carbon steel, but it also makes it much harder to shape and cut. Medium carbon steels have excellent resistance to wear as well, making it the preferred choice for axels, gears, rails and wheels for railroads, and beams used in the construction of buildings and bridges.

https://forgedcomponents.com/advantages-disadvantages-different-types-carbon-steel/
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What is the Difference between ANSI and ASME Flanges?

The short answer is not a lot. ANSI is an abbreviation for the American National Standards Institute, a non-profit organization composed of members from a wide cross-section of individuals associated with them in academia, government agencies, businesses and organizations that have an interest in establishing engineering standards to ensure that products, services and processes are consistent and predictable for all.

ASME is the abbreviation for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers a group of mechanical engineers and representatives from engineering companies–also non-profit–establishing standards and codes for mechanical devices such as boiler components and fasteners as well as actively promoting these standards through education, publications, certifications and conferences.

ASME focuses on educating and evaluating mechanical engineers to obtain the Professional Engineer (PE) license, and focuses more on finding “day-to-day” solutions to mechanical engineering problems.

https://forgedcomponents.com/difference-ansi-asme-flanges/
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Forged Components Inc. participating in the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) at NRG Park (formerly Reliant Park) May 1st to May 4th. OTC is the flagship conference for energy professionals to learn about the latest advancements in science and technology for offshore resources and environmental matters. Stop by booth 776 and catch up with FCI products and people. https://forgedcomponents.com/
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The Use of Carbon Steel in the Flange Manufacturing Process

Carbon steel is the most commonly used steel in the world. When carbon is infused into steel, it transforms the properties of the steel, and how it should be used, based on the amount of carbon present in the steel. The lower the carbon content–low-grade carbon steel–is hard, but more malleable than higher grades of carbon steel. Higher carbon content makes it extremely hard and strong, but brittle. The medium grades of carbon steel are ideal for high wear applications such as oil rig parts, mining equipment, brushings, shafts, and gears.

As a result, mid-grade carbon steel is the preferred raw material in carbon steel flange manufacturing. The grade of carbon steel you select depends on how you are using it. So always check your specific industry-level specifications to make sure that you select the right materials for the job.

Carbon Steel is the Preferred Steel for Forged Steel Rings

Carbon steel is also the preferred material for forged steel rings, but the grade of carbon steel depends on the application and specifications of these rings.

Find out more at: https://forgedcomponents.com/use-carbon-steel-flange-manufacturing-process/.
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In addition to standard connection types and components, we manufacture #forgings, an extensive line of #wellhead products, and custom products. We provide 100% #CNC machining capability at our 95,000 sq/ ft. manufacturing facility. Learn more: https://forgedcomponents.com/products/
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The FCI forged connections simplify shop fabrication by "eliminating" component fabrication- fit and welding of #flange to pipe/plate or forged cylinder neck. See more about our marketing advantages: https://forgedcomponents.com/fci-asme-pressure-vessels-connections/seamless-connection-comparison/
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