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Organization Address Country Phone/Fax E-mail

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Contact Person :________________________________________

Water supply Hydro power Nuclear power Shipping Others (specify)

3. What type of equipment your company produce? (for manufacturers only)?


Flanges Valves High pressure piping Pipelines Pressure Vessels Boilers Storage Tanks

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Others (specify) 4.

1. Classification of your organization on the basis of the following items:


Manufacturer User Inspection Vendor Notified Body Regulatory Body Others (specify)

What type of flanged Joints do you manufacture (for manufacturers only)

Raised Face, gasketed (of conventional design) Full Face, gasketed (of conventional design) Full Faced, non gasketed (of modern design)

Others (specify)
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5. What types of Flanged joints are mostly used in your organization (for users only)?
Narrow Faced Flanges (Floating type/Gasketed Flanged joints) Full Faced Flanges (Metal-to-Metal Joints with gasket or spacer) Full Faced Flanges (Metal-to-Metal Contact without gasket) Reverse Flanges Others (specify)

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Sector or field of activity (for users only):

Petrochemical & Refining Oil/Gas supplier Offshore Energy production Pipelines

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6. Flanges manufactured in your organization comply with the following standards (for manufacturers only)
BS 1560 Section 3.1 ANSI B16.5 DIN 2505 Others (specify)

Or only these (please specify which one)

11. What Pressure/Temperature Rating Class Flanges are used in your organization (for users only)?
150 to 2500 Or only these (please specify which one) .

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7. Flanges used in your organization comply with the following standards (for users only)
BS 1560 Section 3.1 ANSI B16.5 DIN 2505 Others (specify)

12. What is the Service Temperature Range for using the flanged joints in your organization (for users only)?
Please specify...

13. Your organization is a manufactures of (for manufactures only)


.. Flanges only Complete Flanged joint Assembly (including bolts, gaskets, pipes etc)

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8. What ranges of Nominal Flange Sizes are manufactured in your organization (for manufacturers only)?
inch to 10 inch (DN 15 to DN 250) inch to 30 inch (DN 15 to DN 750) Others (specify)

14. Your organization purchase (for users only)


Complete Flanged joint Assembly from one company Flanges from separate company Bolts and washers from separate company Gaskets from separate company

9. What ranges of Nominal Flange Sizes are used in your organization (for user only)?
inch to 10 inch (DN 15 to DN 250) inch to 30 inch (DN 15 to DN 750) Others (specify)

15. What type of bolts, what property class and what standards for bolts (e.g. ISO, ANSI, BS etc.) are used in the flanged joints in your organization (for users only)?
. High Strength Bolts Normal Black Bolts Special surface treated Others (specify) Property Class (specify)

10. What Pressure/Temperature Rating Class Flanges are manufactured in your organization (for manufacturers only)?
150 to 2500

Standard for bolts (specify)

16. Any special requirements are mentioned for flanged joint assembly handling by your organization with the supply (for manufacturers only)
Yes, complete Yes, some No

Manual Torque Hydraulic Tensioning (If used for what minimum bolt size) Others (specify)

21. What types of gaskets are used for different type of joints (for users only)? 17. During which following process for flanged joint, instructions are recommended by your organization (for manufacturers only)
Bolt Tensioning/Torque loads Fabrication process of flange with pipe or vessel Use of specific gaskets etc. Others (specify) Metallic gaskets Non Metallic gaskets Others (please specify)

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22. What is the probability of damage/crushing of gaskets during flanged joint assembly (for users only)?
0% 10% 20% 50% 100%

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18. During which following process for flanged joint, special instructions are followed by your organization (for users only)
Handling Bolt Tightening or Torque procedures Fabrication process of flange with pipe or vessel Use of specific gaskets, bolts etc. Others (specify)

23. What is the probability of replacement of gaskets during operation (for users only)?
0% 10% 20% 50% 100%

24. With what type of Flanged joint more problem is faced during flanged joint assembly (for users only)?
Raised Face, gasketed (of conventional design) Full Face, gasketed (of conventional design) Full Faced, non gasketed (of modern design) Others (specify)

19. If any type of Lubricant is used on the bolts during flanged joint assembly (for users only) ?
Yes No If yes please specify any .

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20. What types of bolt tightening/tensioning procedures are employed during flanged joint assembly in your organization (for users only)?

25. What type of flanged joint the ratio of gasket problem is more (for users only)
Raised Face, gasketed (of conventional design)

Full Face, gasketed (of conventional design) Full Faced, non gasketed (of modern design) Others (specify)

Quite Enough .

Some

Very small

26. Do you face any difficulty during proper flanged joint pre-loading (for users only)
Yes No If Yes, how often you get proper pre-load Often Sometimes Not at all

31. What is your opinion for using non gasketed flanged joints?
Should be used Should not be used Should be tried in some applications

27. If there should be proper trained staff in your organization for flanged joint assembly (for users only)?
Yes No

32. If you do not recommend to use non gasketed flanged joints, do you support these following points;
Cost is very high No standards are available No practical evidences are available Should be passed by the International Standard Organizations Danger of leakage due to no gasket Risk can not be taken Others (specify)

If Yes, Please specify..

28. Any major problem faced with gasketed flanged joints (for user only).
No major problem If any (specify)

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33. If you recommend to use non gasketed flanged joints, do you support these following points;
Should be tried in some applications for comparison Cost is not very high Company standard is available Practical evidence is available Should not be passed by the International Standard Organizations There is no danger of leakage due to no gasket Known risks can be taken Light weight and easy to handle and assemble Bolt tightening/torque is easy due to small bolt diameters Accurate pre-load can be applied No fatigue loading is present in any part of the joint due to static type of loading condition No gasket is required Others (specify)

29. If you find any problems what remedies are used in your organization (for user only)
Please specify..

(where)..

30. Are you familiar with the modern design of non gasketed flanged pipe joints?
Yes No

If Yes, How much do you know about these modern joints?

34. If you use only gasketed flanged joints in your organization, have you tried to use the non gasketed flanged joints (for user only)
Yes No

38. Do you consider a pipe joint as?


Discrete parts such as flanges, bolts, nuts etc. A component, consisting of parts pre-assembled

If No, please state the reason If Yes, please specify on what basis or international standards ..

39. Do you know a number of Finite Element studies have been performed for non gasketed flanged joints and have proved to be better than the gasketed (conventional) flanged joints?
Yes No

35. If only gasketed flanged joints are manufactured in your organization, have you tried to manufacture non gasketed flanged joints (for manufacturers only)
Yes No

If No, please state the reason . ... If Yes, please specify on what basis or international standards ..

40. Do you know that a number of Experimental studies have been performed on non gasketed flanged joints and have proved their reliability, rigidity and compatibility compared with the gasketed (conventional) flanged joints?
Yes No

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36. What do you think that non gasketed flanged joints will?
Replace the conventional gasketed flanged joints Yes Be used as an option/alternative Yes Never be used Yes No No No

41. Do you know about the collaboration between EPERC, PVRC and JPVRC (under Technical Task Force TTF4, WP1) for the working on standards for non gasketed flanged joints in the New European Standards?
Yes If Yes, Please state your comments. If No, Would you like to get some information from EPERC Yes No No

37. If you recommend to use non gasketed flanged joints, would you like to participate or give some suggestions.
Yes No

42. If standards for the non gasketed flanged joints will be written would you like to use these;
Yes No

46. If it is not possible to use these non gasketed flanged joints what are the major restrictions Please specify any .. 47. Any comments or suggestions, please;

If Yes, how early you would like to use, please state .

43. If standards for the non gasketed flanged joints will go on delaying, what would be your comments or attitude
Would like to use as early as possible Would like to use it but after some evidences and approval Would not like to use these

Please specify any ..

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44. Do you recommend to use these non gasketed flanged joints as a trial basis in an experimental test rig?
Yes No

If Yes, Where, please specify...

45. If it is recommended form the flanged joint supplier to use it as one unit and all the assembly procedures will be provided by the supplier, would you
Agree Partially Disagree Totally Disagree