FLANGE ISOLATING GASKETS AND KITS

Piping Flange Isolation Kits and Gaskets 

GPT flange isolation(insulation) products are constructed of premium engineering materials.  The isolation products include a wide selection of isolating/sealing gaskets along with a variety of sleeves and washers. For maximum flexibility, components may be ordered separately or as part of complete flange isolation kits (FIK).

Flange Isolation Kits are designed to work in conjunction with our isolating gaskets to effect the complete electrical isolation of a flanged assembly. The Isolation Kits consist of one full-length isolating sleeve, two isolating washers and two steel washers for each of the bolts in the flange assembly. The purpose of the isolating sleeves is to electrically separate the bolts from each side of the flange, while the isolating washers provide electrical isolation for each of  the nuts attached to the bolts. This method of isolation provides the user with a high-reliability solution to complete the electrical isolation of a flanged joint.

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EVOLUTION® Isolation Gasket - The Future of Flange Isolation. Available Now!

EVOLUTION® is a patent pending product that is the first of its kind to be a fully encapsulated isolating gasket. The thinner, 1/8” (3mm) design minimizes the difficulties often encountered while attempting to install thicker isolating gaskets. The total encapsulation allows the gasket to be hydro-tested and kept in the pipeline with virtually no loss in isolation properties.

This innovative gasket is coated using a GPT proprietary material designed specifically for the oil and gas industry that is extremely abrasion and impact resistant. The coating is also chemically resistant to attack from H₂S, steam, CO, CO₂, and other chemicals found in oil and gas pipelines.

EVOLUTION® has passed API 6FB fire testing in multiple sizes and pressure classes and has a considerable increase in operating temperature over GRE products. Furthermore, EVOLUTION® does not have the permeation issues or chemical attack that plagues GRE gaskets.

Under harsh conditions, gaskets made from GRE may be vulnerable to chemical attack, blowout, thermal attack, hydrolysis and emissions —all of which can have serious consequences. EVOLUTION® is different. Its revolutionary materials and design provides industry-leading resistance to leakage and flange corrosion, as well as unprecedented levels of fire safety.

Unlike GRE gaskets, which are prone to delamination, EVOLUTION® has no laminations and as a result can better withstand high-pressure environments.

Rated to 500°F (260°C)*, EVOLUTION® can also operate under high temperatures. Tested comprehensively for safety, the product has API 6FB, 3rd Edition Fire Test recognition.

* When used with Mica sleeves and washers

Patent Pending PCT/US2018/016011

Redefining the isolation gasket.

316L Stainless Steel Core

  • Only three millimeters (1/8 inch) thick
  • Thinner profile helps make installation easier and more accurate

Proprietary Coating

  • High dielectric strength
  • Eliminates expensive exotic cores due to the fully encapsulated coating
  • Rated to 500°F (260°C)

*For higher temperature applications, please order MICA sleeves and MICA washers.

Inconel 718 C-Ring

  • Fire safe - provides the added security of knowing that the gasket has passed the API 6FB, 3rd Edition Fire Test in multiple sizes/classes
  • High pressure - extremely high pressure capability

PTFE ID Seal

  • Resistant to typical oil and gas chemicals, in particular H₂S, CO, & CO₂
  • Impermeable seal and encapsulated carrier eliminates the need to replace gaskets following hydro-testing
  • Larger than the pipe bore so that under compression it matches the pipe bore

Gasket Properties*             

Carrier: 316L stainless steel core                                          

Color:     Dark Tan     

       

                Fluid Services: Oil and Gas                  

                Maximum Operating Temperature (°F/°C): 500°F/260°C**

                Minimum Operating Temperature: (minus): -300°F/-184°C 

                Maximum Pressure Class: ASME 2,500#/API 5,000

 

“All component materials are rated for -300F or lower”

*Inert media exposure testing down to -277F

*Assembly functional testing down to -50C

Typical Physical Properties*   

TEST VALUETEST METHOD
Water Absorption (%):0.03%ASTM D570 / D229
Taber Abrasion:56mg Mass Loss
Taber Abrasion: 11.3Taber Wear Index
Compression Test:180 MPa  EN 13555 @ 260° C
Creep Relaxation:1.0 EN 13555 @ 260° C
Leakage Test:1.0x10^-7 mg/m/sEN 13555 @ 40 bar Helium @ 135 Mpa gasket stress)
Hot Blowout Test: No blowout  HOBT @ 260° C @ 62.3 bar
Dielectric Strength:  1100 Volts/ Mil  ASTM D149 (Short Time)
Tensile Strength Gasket:70,000 psi ASTM D638
Tensile Strength Dielectric Material:24,000 psi 
Salt Spray Test: 2000 hours - No Visible EffectASTM B117
Shell Leakage Test:6.48x10^-12 PA-m^3/s/mm Tightness Class AMESC SPE 85/300-3.3.2 @ ambient @ 81.9 MPa (gasket stress) @ 51 bar (test pressure)
Shell Leakage Test:3.08x10^-8 PA-m^3/s/mm Tightness Class BMESC SPE 85/300-3.3.2 @ 260°C @ 81.9 MPa (gasket stress) @ 42 bar (test pressure)
Shell Leakage Test:<0.1 bar (pressure drop)MESC SPE 85/300-3.3.2 @ 260°C @ 81.9 MPa (gasket stress) @ <0.1 bar (pressure drop)

Thermal Properties*

Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion (thickness tested .125”) X-axis / Y-axis: 10.0 / 13.0  (IPC-TM 650-2.4.24)                                    

  • Flammability Rating: Fire retardant   
  • Fire Testing: Passed per API 6FB       

Notes:

This is a general guide and should not be the sole means of selecting or rejecting this material.

* Higher classes available upon request

** Temperature rating when using Mica sleeves/washers

1 All isolation products are affected by exposure to heat and moisture where electrical isolation is concerned. 



Please note that field values may vary from test values due to exposure to one or both of these environmental factors.

  • Fire-safe flange insulation in conjunction with cathodic protection
  • Insulation between dissimilar metals to prevent galvanic corrosion
  • Wellhead isolation from inter-connected flow lines
  • Valve connections
  • Christmas Tree connections
  • Pump connections
  • Compressor connections
  • Mating mismatched ring-joint to raised-face flanges (EVOLUTION® will seal in ring-joint, raised-face and flat face/slip-on flanges)
  • Eliminate fluid trap corrosion between ring-joint (RTJ) flanges where high concentrations of CO2, H2S and other aggressive hydrocarbon media are present
  • Eliminate turbulence and flow-induced erosion between ring-joint (RTJ) flanges.
  • Full Face (Type E) Available 
  • To seal between flanges subjected to vibration/cavitation (i.e., compressor stations).
  • For slip-on flanges and coated flanges, please contact GPT engineering
  • Some smaller diameter sizes, EVOLUTION® may be supplied with C-ring only
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PTFE spring-energized face seal, or an elastomeric O-ring, seated in an insulating laminate and permanently bonded to a high-strength stainless steel core

The Pikotek® VCS® gasket provides exceptional insulating and general sealing performance in aggressive material applications. The VCS gasket is suitable in all services up to and including ANSI 2500# and API 10,000# classes.¹

Due to its unique pressure activated sealing mechanism, the gasket requires far less bolt stress to seal than any other gasket.² The VCS gasket inner diameter is exactly matched to the flange bore to eliminate turbulent flow and flange face erosion/corrosion. The seal elements are replaceable in the reusable gasket retainer.

¹ As per design review. Please contact GPT product engineering for further information.

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    • Extremely high reliability sealing and insulating for all critical services
    • Seals and insulates at all pressures up through ANSI 2500# and API 10,000¹#
    • Withstands severe service conditions, including large bending moments, vibration, temperature, and pressure cycling¹
    • Tackles corrosive environments, including high concentrations of CO2, H2S, produced water, etc.
    • Outstanding isolating properties for cathodic protection, galvanic corrosion, and other pipe system isolation needs³
    • Pressure activated for reliable sealing and eliminating costly leaks
    • Precisely sized to the bore to protect flange faces and prevents turbulent flow at flanged connections to mitigate media-induced corrosion and flow-induced erosion.
    • GPT can match the ID of any flange assembly which can greatly mitigate the effects of flow induced corrosion, erosion, and MIC common of other types of gaskets used in piped flange connections
    • Mitigates galvanic corrosion in dissimilar metal flanges
    • Insulating Kits (sleeves and washers) always include high strength double washers and full-length sleeves for maximum assurance against short circuits
    • High strength laminate material resists failure due to excess compression (i.e., over tightening bolts)
    • Spring energized PTFE seal provides radial load and encapsulation in the seal groove to eliminate cold flow
    • Available to match any flange specification (ANSI, API, BS, DIN, AS, others)
    • Can seal mismatched RTJ Flange with Raised Face Flanges
    • Re-usable
    • Easy installation, make up and removal The rigid construction helps facilitate installation. Low required bolt loads. Less make-up force is required resulting in less flange and bolt stress. Self-aligning and centering No special tools required.

    Tandem seal versions available 6” and up and as standard for 24” and up - contact GPT engineering for other size availability.

    Note: Electrical values are based on laboratory conditioned samples in laboratory conditions.  Exposure to moisture or elevated temperature will change values- per each test standard (ASTM, etc)

    ¹ As per design review. Please contact GPT product engineering for further information. Contact us

    ³ Please see VCS Data Sheet for further information

  • G-10 NEMA grade G-10 Glass-Reinforced Epoxy (GRE) laminate material:

    • Available in NIST G10CR process specification for materials used in cryogenic applications
    • Compressive Strength: 66,000 PSI
    • Dielectric Strength: 800 VPM Max.
    • Continuous Operating Temp: 302°F (150 °C) ⁴
    • Minimum Continuous Operating Temp: (minus) -200 °F (-128 °C) ⁵
    • Water Absorption: 0.10
    • Flexural Strength: LW 65,000 PSI / CW 52,000 PSI
    • Tensile Strength: LW 40,000 / CW 32,000 (ASTM D638)
    • Bond Strength: 2,300 lb.
    • Shear Strength: 21,500 PSI

    ⁴ As per certificate Z1303

    ⁵ As per NAM Shell Design certificate

    G-11 NEMA LI1 grade G-11 Glass-Reinforced Epoxy (GRE) laminate material:

    • Compressive Strength: 50,000 PSI
    • Dielectric Strength: 550 VPM Max.
    • Continuous Operating Temp: 392° F (200 °C) Maximum
    • Continuous Operating Temp: (minus) -50°F (-45°C) Minimum
    • Moisture Absorption: 0.09
    • Flexural Strength: LW 57,000 PSI
    • Tensile Strength: LW 41,000 PSI
    • Bond Strength: 2,200 lb.
    • Shear Strength: 21,000 PSI

    One isolating and sealing gasket, VCS Type “F”, 0.260” thick or .308” thick, 316 stainless steel core retainer laminated on both sides with a G-10 fiber glass reinforced laminate containing a precision tapered groove to accommodate the controlled compression of a PTFE spring energized seal. Sealing element placement shall accommodate either flat, raised or RTJ face flanges. The PTFE seal shall be spring and pressure energized. The G-10 retainer shall have a 800 volts/mil dielectric strength and a minimum 66,000 psi compressive strength. The I.D. of the flange isolating gasket shall match the bore of the flange in which it is installed.

  • Flange insulation in conjunction with cathodic protection
  • Insulation between dissimilar metals to prevent galvanic corrosion
  • Wellhead isolation from inter-connected flow lines
  • Valve connections
  • Christmas Tree connections
  • Pump connections
  • Compressor connections
  • Tanks and heat exchangers with sacrificial anodes to increase anode life
  • Mating mismatched ring-joint to raised-face flanges (VCS will seal in ring-joint, raised-face and flat face/slip-on flanges)
  • Eliminate fluid trap corrosion between ring-joint (RTJ) flanges where high concentrations of CO2, H2S, other aggressive hydrocarbon media are present
  • Eliminate turbulence and flow-induced erosion between ring-joint (RTJ) flanges.
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A serrated, machined metal core insulating gasket faced with high-temperature THERMa-PUR™, sleeves, washers, metal backing washers and a Garlock 5500 spacer ring.

The VCXT™ high temperature flange insulation sets create a seal and maintain electrical isolation across a wide range of seating stresses and flange classes in elevated temperature service. They can be used in load compromised connections; such as damaged and/or lined flanges and also heavily bolted connections where significant gasket stresses may be generated.

The insulating gaskets and washers have been designed and developed for use in standard pipeline flanges where both cathodic protection and high integrity sealing are required at elevated service temperatures. For non-standard bolted connections please consult your regional GPT sales manager.

  • Fire safe in compliance with API 607 and API 6FB¹⁺²
  • THERMa-PUR™ is suitable for sealing across a wide range of chemicals (pH 0-14) and sweet and sour gaseous and liquid hydrocarbons ³
  • The standard 316L core and washer metallurgy are NACE (MRO175) compliant.
  • High compression characteristics achieve strong seal over wide range of flange surface finishes
  • Exceeds temperature capability of traditional vermiculite or glass/epoxy insulation sets - 770°F⁴
  • Better handling/shipping integrity than mica or vermiculite based products
  • Sizes available 1/2" - 24" NPS
  • Highest temperature rated isolating product available
  • Wide range of chemical resistance
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    • Operational pressure range: Full vacuum to ASME B16.5 1500# API
    • Maximum Operating Temperature Range: -328°F to 770°F (-200°C to 410°C)

    Note: Electrical values are based on laboratory conditioned samples in laboratory conditions. Exposure to moisture or elevated temperature will change values.

  • Fire-safe flange insulation in conjunction with cathodic protection
  • Insulation between dissimilar metals to prevent galvanic corrosion
  • Wellhead isolation from inter-connected flow lines
  • Valve connections
  • Christmas Tree connections
  • Pump connections
  • Compressor connections
  • Mating mismatched ring-joint to raised-face flanges (VCFS will seal in ring-joint, raised-face and flat face/slip-on flanges)
  • Prevents fluid trap corrosion between ring-joint (RTJ) flanges where high concentrations of CO2, H2S and other aggressive hydrocarbon media are present
  • Eliminate turbulence and flow-induced erosion between ring-joint (RTJ) flanges.
  • A better option for steam applications than GRE
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Insulating Gasket & Washers

  • Core Thickness Facing Thickness: 3.2mm/.125” (316SS Core); 1mm/.040” (x2) (Facing)
  • Factor (m) ASME Minimum: 4.00
  • Seating Stress (y): 3625 psi (25 MPa)
  • Dielectric Strength (ASTM D149a): 3.937 kV/mm

Mica Insulating Sleeves

  • Maximum Temperature Dielectric Strength: +500˚C 20.0 kV/mm

Mica Washers

  • Stainless Steel: 0.125” thick

Other washer material can be provided to suit the application

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A concave PTFE Inside Diameter (ID) seal and a PTFE spring-energized face seal, or an elastomeric O-ring, seated in an insulating laminate and permanently bonded to a high-strength core

The VCS-ID® (Inside Diameter) Seal introduces an internal, machined PTFE seal at the bore of the existing VCS design platform. The use of a patented interlocking mechanism ensures an extremely tight seal at the bore and resistance to effects from internal pressure or aggressive media. The interlocking mechanism is intentionally designed to be approximately 0.100” larger than the pipe ID.

During installation/loading, the interlocking mechanism will compress to a final state that is slightly larger than the pipe ID. This reduces cavitation in the piping, reduces flange erosion and helps prevent microbiologically induced corrosion (MIC), while not affecting any line pigging operations.

Additionally, the PTFE interlocking mechanism creates a longer effective isolating distance than the standard platform.Traditional VCS gaskets leave the steel core exposed to the media. This increases the likelihood of the formation of an electrically conductive bridge between the flange face and steel core of the gasket, especially if the media contains conductive particles that lead to sediment build-up in the pipeline. Because the thickness of the inner PTFE seal is the same as the gasket thickness, the formation of an electrical bridge caused by conductive sediment build-up between the gasket steel core and the flange face is eliminated. Further, PTFE is not hygroscopic, so it does not have a tendency to absorb water, making it even more attractive as front line defense in electrical isolation.  This unique design helps solve problems where hydrotested lines may no longer isolate.

Our patented interlocking mechanism is “dual locking” to provide a secure seal that won’t dislodge during handling, transport or installation. The “dual locking” feature creates a positive lock in both vertical and radial directions.

The interlocking mechanism also eliminates the need for exotic metal gasket core material because it breaks the metal-to-metal path. Obtaining exotic metals can cause long lead times and extra expense that are eliminated with the use of a VCS-ID seal.

Another benefit of the VCS-ID seal is that PTFE doesn’t have an affinity for water absorption, installations where electrical isolation testing is performed shortly after hydro-test are less likely to be c orrupted.The VCS-ID does not require any more torque than the standard VCS or VCFS, making installation simple using the same specification charts.

    • Ideal for applications that would chemically attack GRE
    • Installations where electrical isolation testing is performed shortly after hydro-testing
    • Creates larger gap between flanges for better resistance to conductive sediment build-up
    • Great for use in high Chloride applications that could cause Stress Corrosion Cracking with a stainless steel core
    • Eliminates the need for exotic metal cores that match the exotic metal flange material
    • Available with G-11 carrier for 392°F / 200°C
    • Dual Seal nominal pipe size in 6” and up are standard
    • Larger than the pipe bore so that under compression it matches the pipe bore
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  • One isolating and sealing gasket, VCS-ID Type “F”, 0.260” thick or .308” thick, 316 stainless steel core retainer laminated on both sides with a G-10 fiber glass reinforced laminate containing a patented, mechanically locking PTFE sealing element.  The PTFE element will be concave on the I.D. to induce pressure activation. The PTFE sealing element will be approximately 0.100” larger than the bore.  Sealing element placement shall accommodate either flat, raised or RTJ face flanges. The G-10 retainer shall have a 800 volts/mil dielectric strength and a minimum 65,000 psi compressive strength.

    Note: Physical, mechanical, and electrical properties are obtained through testing of material samples in laboratory controlled environments. Exposure to moisture or elevated temperature will change values.

  • Flange insulation in conjunction with cathodic protection
  • Insulation between dissimilar metals to prevent galvanic corrosion
  • Wellhead isolation from interconnected flow lines
  • Valve connections
  • Christmas Tree connections
  • Pump connections
  • Compressor connections
  • Chemical applications
  • Mating mismatched ring-joint to raised-face flanges (VCS will seal in ring-joint, raised-face and flat face/slip-on flanges)
  • Eliminates the fluid trap common to ring type joint (RTJ) flanges where the potential of stress corrosion cracking exists with corrosive medias
  • For slip-on flanges, please contact GPT engineering
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The Pikotek® PGE™ is a low-pressure service isolation kit designed for electrical flange isolation and/or general sealing applications

The PGE™ was designed to give operators an alternative to the failure prone phenolic-based isolating gaskets. The unique design of the PGE™ system incorporates patented overlapping and offsetting seal grooves. The purpose of this design is to break each layer of laminate within the gasket itself, thereby creating a barrier through which fluid and/or gas cannot migrate. The sealing element can be any elastomeric material, as well as more sophisticated spring-energized PTFE lip seals. As a result of this advanced seal design, maintenance-free flange isolation and flange face corrosion mitigation are achieved economically. Depending upon the sealing element selected, the PGE™ is rated for most hydrocarbon and water service applications.

This gasket is suitable for use in raised-face and flat-face flanges in ANSI Class 150, 300 and 600 service¹ (or equivalent). In addition to providing electrical isolation, the gasket is excellent for isolating flanges made of dissimilar metals or where prevention of flange face corrosion is desired.

  • High-reliability, low-pressure sealing system
  • Provides excellent electrical isolation for cathodic protection systems²
  • Overlapping seals help prevent potential leak/weep path in the laminate material
  • Also available with a variety of elastomeric seals including spring-energized PTFE or O-ring pressure activated seals
  • Protects against flange face corrosion and flow-induced erosion
  • Available in ring (type F) style or full-face (type E) style
  • Superior sealing solution for low-pressure (ANSI class 150, 300 and up to 600) service
  • Pressure-activated seals provide high confidence sealing
  • High-strength laminate material resists failure due to excessive compression (i.e. over tightening bolts)
  • Reinforced laminate retainer material provides excellent isolation for cathodic protection systems
  • Gasket is sized to the bore, which protects flange faces from media-induced corrosion and flow-induced erosion
  • Mitigates galvanic corrosion in dissimilar metal flanges
  • Developed from proven PSI/Pikotek sealing technology
  • Spring-energized PTFE seal provides radial load and encapsulation in the seal groove, which eliminates cold flow
  • Easy installation, make up and removal
  • Self-aligning and self-centering gasket is quick to install
  • Low required bolt loads. Less make-up force is required, resulting in less flange and bolt stress
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    • G-10 NEMA grade G-10 Glass-Reinforced Epoxy (GRE) laminate

      • Compressive Strength: 66,000 PSI
      • Dielectric Strength: 800 VPM Max.
      • Continuous Operating Temp: 302° F / 150° C
      • Water Absorption: 0.10
      • Flexural Strength: 65,000 PSI / CW 52,000 PSI
      • Tensile Strength: LW 40,000 PSI / CW 32,000 PSI

      G-11 NEMA grade G-11 Glass-Reinforced Epoxy (GRE) High Temp. laminate material

      • Compressive Strength: 50,000 PSI
      • Dielectric Strength: 550 VPM Max
      • Continuous Operating Temp: 392° F  / 200° C
      • Water Absorption: 0.20
      • Flexural Strength: LW 57,000 PSI
      • Tensile Strength: LW 41,000 PSI
  • The PGE™ is an excellent choice for isolating distribution lines and transport lines for gas, oil and water. Because the PGE™ has near zero creep relaxation³, it performs well in heat exchangers, applications with high vibration or excessive thermal cycling.
  • SEAL RETAINER The PGE™ seal retainer is constructed from NEMA grade G-10 glass-reinforced epoxy (GRE). This material has excellent performance characteristics with very high compressive strength, high flexural strength, high dielectric strength and low fluid absorption. PGE™ seals made from grade G-10 material are rated for service up to 302° F (150° C). For higher temperature service, grade G-11 is an acceptable alternative material, which is rated for 392° F (200° C) continuous service. Two overlapping and offsetting seal grooves are machined into the high strength retainer in order to break the potential leak/weep path that is inherent in all glass laminate materials.

    SEALING ELEMENTS The composite retainer backing material behind the seal remains uncontaminated and thus permanently holds the seal in place in a static, fully-encapsulated manner. GPT offers three standard sealing elements for use with the PGE™. For custom applications, other sealing elements such as Kalrez or EPDM may be specified. The three standard seals are:

    PTFE (spring-energized) Recommended for all environments. Helical wound spring provides radial load. Encapsulation in the seal groove reduces creep or cold flow. This sealing system truly distinguishes Pikotek® systems from all other flange sealing systems.

    Viton General purpose oilfield elastomer. Excellent resistance to aliphatic hydrocarbons and glycols. Good resistance to aromatic hydrocarbons.

    Not recommended for: Systems with amine inhibitors and in piping systems containing significant partial pressures of H2S, polar gases (i.e. CO2) or where radical pressure drops commonly occur.

    Nitrile General purpose elastomer. Excellent for use in water systems or with some aliphatic hydrocarbons, silicone base fluids and glycol based systems.

    Not recommended for: Systems containing H2S, aromatic hydrocarbons, phosphate esters or halogenated hydrocarbons; piping systems subjected to radical pressure drops or piping systems containing significant partial pressures of polar gases (i.e. CO2).

    ISOLATION KITS

    In order to electrically isolate the two flange faces, isolating sleeves and washers are required.GRE washers are recommended for use with the PGE gasket and have a compressive strength of 66,000 psi. Two metal washers are also provided for each sleeve

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The LineBacker® 61™ sealing system uses a rectangular sealing element in combination with a unique groove design to effectively seal and isolate flanges for potable water and other low-pressure fluid piping applications

NSF/ANSI Standard 61 establishes minimum health effects requirements for the chemical contaminants and impurities that may be indirectly imparted to drinking water. The LineBacker® 61™ Sealing/Isolating gasket is certified to conform with all criteria associated with NSF health effects testing, certification and production facility inspections.

Of particular importance with respect to NSF/ANSI Standard 61, is the micro-exposure of the sealing element (EPDM) within the G-10 Epoxy Glass retainer material. In addition to providing positive sealing characteristics relative to the fluid flowing in the pipe, the sealing element is also fully encapsulated between the flange and GRE retainer, reducing exposure of the sealing element to harsh outside atmospheric conditions.

For more information regarding NSF, please contact GPT Engineering.

  • Guards against blowouts¹
  • Usable with any type of flange or combination of flanges
  • Lowest possible clamp and compressive load to effect a seal
  • High dielectric strength 800v / mil
  • Water absorption less than 0.10%
  • All standard ANSI and AWWA flange sizes from 1/2" and above
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    • Retainer Physical Properties

      Max Temperature +302°F /+150°C

       

      ASTMTest MethodG-10 Epoxy Glass
      D149Dielectric Strength:Volts/Mil(Short Time):690
      D229Water Absorption:0.22 %
      D790Flexural Strength:LW 66,000 psi / CW 60,000 psi (413,685 kPa)
      D785Hardness Rockwell "M":99
      D638Tensile Strength:LW 45,000 psi / CW 39,000 psi (310,264 kPa)
      D732Shear Strength:19,000 psi (151,684 kPa)

      Seal Element Physical Properties

      Temperature RangeEPDM
      Fahrenheit-40° to +212°
      Celsius-40° to +100°
  • Potable water and other fluids
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NSF 61 FLANGE GASKET SPECIFICATION

Materials for flange isolation kits on pipes containing drinking/potable water (up to 280ºF (138ºC)) shall consist of the following components:

Isolating and Sealing Gasket

The full faced, NSF 61 certified, isolating and sealing gasket shall be LineBacker® 61™ Sealing Gasket (LB61) - Type “E”, 1/8” thick, G-10 retainer containing a precision tapered groove to accommodate the controlled compression of a EPDM quad-ring sealing element. Sealing element placement shall accommodate either flat, raised face or RTJ flanges. The quad-ring seal shall be pressure energized. The G-10 retainer shall have a 550 volts/mil dielectric strength and a minimum 50,000 psi compressive strength. The full-faced flange isolating gasket (weld-neck) shall be equal to or slightly smaller than the bore of the flange; (slip-on) shall be equal to or smaller than the I.D. of mating pipe.

Full Length Bolt Isolating Sleeves

One full length G-10 sleeve (extending half way into both steel washers) for each flange bolt. The G-10 shall be a 1/32” thick tube with a 400 volts/mil dielectric strength and water absorption of 0.10% or less.

Washers

Two, 1/8” thick, G-10 isolating washers for each bolt. Their compressive strength shall be 50,000 psi, dielectric strength 550 volts/mil and water absorption 0.10% or less. Two, 1/8" thick zinc plated, hot-rolled steel washers for each bolt. The I.D. of all washers shall fit over the isolating sleeve and both the steel and isolating washers shall have a same I.D. and O.D.

Quality - (Made in U.S.A - A.R.R.A Compliant)

Flange isolating kits shall be manufactured at a facility that has a registered ISO 9001 Quality Management System. Submittals shall include copy of valid ISO registration and NSF 61 certification.

Before Tightening

The flange faces come into contact with the sealing elements, which extend slightly above the surface of the retainer. As the flange is tightened the sealing elements are compressed and move sideways into the inclined portion of the groove, developing a high unit pressure against the flange faces.

After Tightening

The flange faces have come into firm contact with the retainer, thus encapsulating the sealing elements within grooves. At the same time, the unique LineBacker® seal configuration provides elastic memory for elastomers not normally associated with this characteristic - resulting in a simple flat gasket with extremely high loading and self energizing characteristics without adverse cold flow problems.

TYPE E GASKET (Full Face)

The gasket retainer extends out to the O.D. of the flange. Holes are cut at the bolt circle to accommodate threaded studs or bolts.  If in doubt about whether to use an “E” type gasket or an “F” type gasket, select an “E” type gasket as it will perform well in both flange types.  An “F” type gasket only performs well in “F” type flange design.

TYPE F GASKET

The gasket retainer extends out to the I.D. of the bolt circle.