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Brass Flare Fittings

Brass Flare Fittings

Brass flare fittings are a type of plumbing connection used to join pipes or tubing that have a flared end. These fittings are commonly used in applications where a secure and leak-resistant connection is required, particularly in systems that involve the transport of gases, such as refrigeration, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), and hydraulic systems. Brass flare fittings are known for their reliability and ease of installation. Here are some important points about Brass flare fittings:

  1. Design:Brass flare fittings consist of three main components: the nut, the sleeve (also called the ferrule), and the fitting body. The fitting body has a tapered end that matches the flare angle of the pipe or tubing. The sleeve is positioned over the pipe or tubing end and is compressed between the nut and the fitting body during installation to create a tight seal.
  2. Flaring Process:To create a secure connection, the end of the pipe or tubing is flared using a special tool. The flaring process involves expanding the end of the pipe at a specific angle (usually 45 degrees) to match the taper of the fitting. This flared end ensures a larger sealing surface and provides a reliable connection.
  3. Installation:The installation of Brass flare fittings involves the following steps:
    • Flare the end of the pipe or tubing using a flaring tool.
    • Slide the sleeve onto the flared end of the pipe.
    • Insert the flared end of the pipe into the fitting body.
    • Slide the nut over the sleeve and thread it onto the fitting body.
    • Tighten the nut using a wrench to compress the sleeve against the fitting body and create a secure seal.
  4. Leak-Resistant:Brass flare fittings provide excellent leak resistance, making them suitable for applications involving pressurized gases or liquids. The compression of the sleeve against the fitting body ensures a tight seal, even under varying pressure conditions.
  5. Materials:Brass flare fittings are typically made from high-quality Brass, which offers corrosion resistance, durability, and compatibility with a wide range of fluids.
  6. Applications:Brass flare fittings are commonly used in various industries and applications, including:
    • Refrigeration and air conditioning systems
    • Hydraulic systems
    • Gas distribution systems
    • Propane and natural gas systems
    • Automotive fuel lines
    • Plumbing connections where a secure seal is needed
  7. Advantages:Brass flare fittings offer several advantages, including ease of installation, reliability, reusability (to a certain extent), and the ability to handle higher pressures and temperatures compared to some other types of fittings.
  8. Disadvantages:While Brass flare fittings are generally reliable, improper installation or over-tightening can lead to leaks. Additionally, they require the use of a specialized flaring tool and careful attention to detail during installation.