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What is difference between pipe rating
and pipe schedule?
for eg: The pipe of Sch 80, is it available in class of # 150, # 300, #
600 ?? If available so, then what is difference between Pipe of Sch 80
# 150, Sch 80 # 300 & Sch 80 # 600 ...show more
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oil field trash answered 3 years ago
Class ratings of 150#, 300# and 600# refers to ANSI flange ratings and
not pipe ratings. In the case of flanges these ratings state the maximum
pressure you can use them for at a various temperatures.
Pipe schedules merely state the wall thickness of various pipes by size.
It has nothing to do with the rating or amount of pressure they are
intended to withstand.
Note in both cases the amount of pressure should be limited to is based
the material they are manufactured from and the temperature they will
be subjected to. The other factor in the rating is the code to which the
piping system is being designed.
You should also note that a 6 inch schedule 40 steel pipe can be used
to a greater pressure than a 12 inch schedule 40 steel pipe of the same
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redbeardthegiant answered 3 years ago
Have to disagree with some of OFT's answer:
Class ratings of 150#, 300# and 600# refers to ANSI flange ratings and
not pipe ratings. In the case of flanges these ratings state the maximum
pressure you can use them for at a various temperatures.
+++ The number is the pressure rating for a flange made of CAST IRON.
For flanges made of different materials, eg, CS, SS, etc, they can be
used at a greater pressure. If made of plastic, a lower number. The Class
number specifies dimensions and bolt pattern, nothing more.
Pipe schedules merely state the wall thickness of various pipes by size.
It has nothing to do with the rating or amount of pressure they are
intended to withstand.
+++ A thicker walled pipe can obviously take higher pressure, but the
schedule number is not related in any simple and direct way to the
pressure rating.
Nominal 1" pipe of different schedules will have the same OD, but varying
ID [higher schedules have smaller ID]. This can be a problem, in that you
cannot tell by looking at assembled pipe what schedule it is; some idiot
might have used thinner pipe than specified.
Pressure ratings come as a temperature/pressure pair; a pipe good for
1000 PSI at RT will be good for much less at 500F.
The pressure rating falls as the temperature increases, as the metal
loses strength. Obviously something like incolloy will lose strength more
slowly with temperature.
Also, temperatures significantly below RT can embrittle various
materials; do not use the RT pressure rating at cryogenic temperatures.
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