Different Types of Stainless Steel Pipe Fittings

Stainless steel pipe fittings are the basic hardware that allows you to create fluid or gas transfer systems between individual pipes and/or equipment. The biggest benefit of using stainless steel pipe fittings, as opposed to more conventional options, is that they’re highly resistant to corrosion, which means they can be used in virtually any setting and can last an extremely long time without requiring replacement or even maintenance.


What is Stainless Steel?

While stainless steel has several definitions, it is generally defined as steel with a minimum of 10.5% chromium content. Stainless steel is typically divided into two broad categories—ferritic and austenitic—which have different physical and chemical properties. Ferritic stainless steels are much less resistant to corrosion than austenitic; however, they can be heat-treated to make them more ductile, tougher, and stronger than normal carbon steels. Austenitic stainless steels are highly resistant to corrosion due to their high levels of chromium (greater than 18%) as well as nickel, molybdenum, niobium, nitrogen and carbon content; although they are more expensive than ferritic alloys.


Where is Stainless Used?

Stainless steel pipe fittings are used in a variety of different products. These fittings can be found in everything from chemical plants to kitchen sinks. It is also a common material used to build cars and airplanes. This metal is ideal for these areas because it will not rust, corrode or wear down over time like other materials do. Stainless steel pipe has many uses but only a few types of stainless steel pipe fittings can be used with each kind of pipe. Each type has its own fitting that is specially designed for that application, which makes it very important to know what kind you need before you buy anything.


How Can I Identify Quality Stainless?

The best way to identify quality stainless pipe is to note any problems with welds, threading or finishes.  If a weld is rusted, then that may be an indication that low-quality metal was used in construction. Welds should look smooth and shiny; if they look dull and scratched up, then you should reconsider purchasing those fittings. While it’s not always easy to know for sure if a threading is stainless steel 316 or another kind of metal, it’s possible to tell by looking at its length.


Anodized, Colored, and Brushed Finishes

A flange is a type of pipe fitting used to join pipes and fittings. Flanges come in several different types and sizes, so it’s important to consider your application when choosing which type is best for you. Each flange or connector has its own specifications, limitations, and capabilities that need to be understood before they can be used safely. Most connectors are designed for specific pipe diameters, bends and weld configurations; always check with your manufacturer to make sure you are purchasing a connector that fits your needs. There are three main types of stainless steel pipe fittings: slip-on/welding elbow connectors, socket weld/socket elbow connectors and butt welding/welding flanges. Let’s look at each in more detail below…


Cut Lengths and Custom Sections

You may also want to consider bends and tees. Tees are used to change direction, while bends are designed to change angle. Both ends of stainless steel pipe fittings can be threaded for a secure and tight fit. We carry stainless steel 316 pipe fittings in both half-turn and full-turn varieties for your convenience.


Flanges and Connectors for Multi-Diameter Applications

When you need to put together different types of stainless steel pipe, you might find yourself looking for flanges and connectors. This can seem like a confusing task when there are so many different kinds, but it is far from impossible. It’s actually pretty easy once you know what you’re looking for. Let’s start with flanges. Flanges come in both metric and non-metric sizes, but typically each size will fit all corresponding pipe diameters within that range – given that they’re made by one manufacturer and are designed to be compatible with each other.


Elbows, Sweeps, and Taps

There are three basic components that comprise all elbow fittings: 90°, 45°, and tees. They can connect two pieces of pipe at any angle you need to create a very customized design. For example, you might want to create a cool design by connecting a pipe to a radiator in your room but then point that pipe into another room; it’s possible with one or more elbows. When you want to change direction on your stainless steel 316 piping, consider using an elbow fitting. It’s also important that you don’t just go with any old fitting—each type has its own benefits and shortcomings. An L-shaped 90-degree elbow works best for increasing diameter or height where you need less material.


Nipples and Plug Ends for End-to-End Applications

When joining two ends together, use a nipple to form a seal. The pipe can then be threaded onto or screwed into a plug end. It’s also important to note that there are different sizes of nipples and plug ends for different types of pipe (i.e., it may not be possible to fit larger stainless steel 316 pipe into smaller stainless steel 316 fittings). Nipples are typically made from mild steel but some high-end versions can be made from stainless steel. When purchasing nipples and plugs, you should always double-check that they will work with your application; otherwise, you could end up needing expensive repairs after only one day in operation!

Read on for more information about the different types of stainless steel pipe fittings available. Stainless steel has non-porous surfaces that are resistant to rust and corrosion.