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How to Properly Torque a Flange

July 28, 2020

The concept of torque is the concept of force; the rotational force or amount of strength required to rotate an object. It is a twisting or turning force used to move objects including bolts and flywheels. Torque is required to obtain a non-failing connection. For example, to have leak-free fluid transmission, proper gasket installation is required, and bolts must be screwed onto the flanges with the proper tension and balance over the entire flange face. Torque creates tension which secures two components so that they resist pulling or sliding apart. A torque wrench is a precision tool that is used... View Article

What is a Blowout Preventer & How Does it Work?

July 22, 2020

A blowout preventer just might be one of the most important pieces of equipment at any oil and gas site, because it’s responsible for the safety of every crew member on site, as well as a lot of expensive machinery. Just as its name suggests, this piece of equipment prevents a rupture from happening at a drilling site, and that makes it the single most important piece of safety equipment at any drilling operation. Read below to find out more about how they are used on drilling operations. What is a Blowout Preventer Used For? The blowout preventer is a... View Article

What is Hydrostatic Pressure Testing?

June 10, 2020

Hydrostatic testing has become an industry standard in the oil and gas field, because it’s the safest way to subject pipelines and cylinders to pressures which they would normally encounter during production. It is essential to know if these units are capable of withstanding such pressures, because failure under pressure could spell disaster, in terms of damaged equipment and workers who end up being harmed in some way. What is Hydrostatic Pressure Testing? Hydrostatic test is used in the oil and gas industry to test for strength and for leaks among various pressure vessels such as boilers, plumbing fixtures, gas... View Article

What Does “Nipple Up” Mean in Oil & Gas?

June 10, 2020

In the oil and gas industry, there are a number of terms which have specific meanings which probably wouldn’t be used in any other context, and yet they have significant meaning to those in the industry who are familiar with them. Then too, there are some terms which you might recognize, but which have a completely different meaning as they relate to oil and gas. For instance, you know what a ‘Christmas Tree’ is, right? You’re probably familiar with it in the ordinary sense of the term, but as it relates to oil and gas, it has a whole other... View Article

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