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Flanges - API vs. ASME/ANSI


Comparing API and ASME/ANSI flanges
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The difference between ASME/ANSI and API flanges is the fabrication material and the higher rated API operating pressure. ASME/ANSI flanges are common in industrial process systems handling water, steam, air and gas. API flanges are manufactured for high strength operating refinery systems with products such as oil and explosive gases. The flange standards API 6A and ASME/ANSI B16.5 are similar dimensionally - but the API 6A flanges are rated for higher pressures as shown in the table below:

API vs. ASME/ANSI Flanges Flange Pressure Class Rating (psi) ASME/ANSI B16.5 600 Weld neck 900 1500 600 Blind and Threaded 900 1500
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Nominal Size Range (inches) ASME/ANSI B16.5 API 6A1) 113/16 - 11 1/2 - 24 113/16 - 211/4 113/16 - 203/4 113/16 - 11

API 6A 2000 3000 5000 2000 3000 5000

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