Throughout Texas, different types of fittings are used in the oil and gas industry. In many applications, the specifics of the application, including the pressure, flow rate, and volume, the nature of the environment, and use conditions, as well as other factors, all play a role in choosing both the type of fitting and the fitting material.
When it comes to durability, long life cycle, and highly dependable types of fittings in demanding applications, forged steel fittings are the go-to option. There are several reasons why forged steel is the material of choice, and understanding the benefits of this selection can be helpful in choosing the right fittings for the job.
Difference In Black Iron And Forged Steel Fittings
In general, black iron or malleable iron fittings are a good choice in applications where there is a smaller nominal pipe size and in applications where lower levels of pressure in the system are a factor to consider.
Selecting forged steel fittings addresses the problem with the limited pressure capacity of the black iron fittings. Generally, all sizes and types of fittings, including threaded and socket weld fittings are available in the forged steel option. This includes elbows, tees, caps, couplings, and a range of plugs, bushings, and even crosses for four-way connection of pipe.
Fittings made of forged steel are slightly more expensive, but they offer a top return on investment for use in the Texas oil and gas industry. Using anything other than forged steel on high pressure applications poses an increased risk of leaks or fitting failures.