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Aluminum Forging for Pipe Fittings

Pipe fittings are the fittings used in the piping systems to connect the straight pipe or tubing sections, adapt to different sizes or shapes and for other purposes, such as regulating (or measuring) fluid flow. Pipe fittings can be designed and made in different kinds of metal materials, including steel, aluminum and brass. Compared with steel and brass pipe fittings, aluminum pipe fittings can offer light weight but good corrosion resistance. 

Aluminum forging for pipe fittings are the hot forging process that pressing aluminum billets into shapes of various pipe fittings. There are several steps involved in forging aluminum pipe fittings, including billet cutting, billet heating, forging, trimming and shot blasting. To achieve qualified production, each step of manufacturing pipe fittings during the aluminum forging process must be strictly controlled.

Types of Forged Aluminum Pipe Fittings



Due to the limitations of aluminum forging, it can only forge out a solid blank. For finished pipe fittings, T6 heat treatment and post machining have to be done. Below are some typical pipe fittings that can be forged in aluminum alloy 6061-T6, then machined to drawing specifications. Pipe fittings made from aluminum forging can obtain good strength, light weight and no defects. Normally, forged aluminum pipe fittings must pass pressure testing before use.


Elbow

An elbow is installed between two lengths of pipe (or tubing) to allow a change of direction, usually a 90° or 45°. A 90º elbow, also known as a "90 bend", "90 ell" or "quarter bend", is primarily used to connect hoses to valves, water pumps and deck drains. A 45º elbow, also known as a "45 bend" or "45 ell", is commonly used in water-supply facilities, food, chemical and electronic industrial pipeline networks, air-conditioning pipelines, agriculture and garden production, and solar-energy facility piping.

Tee
A tee, the most common pipe fitting, is used to combine or divide fluid flow. Tees can connect pipes of different diameters or change the direction of a pipe run, or both. Available in a variety of sizes and finishes, tees may be equal or unequal in size of their three connections, with equal tees the most common.

Cross
Cross is also known as four-way pipe fitting. A cross has one inlet and three outlets (or vice versa). Generally, crosses are not used in process piping to transport fluid. But forged crosses are common in the fire water sprinkler line.

Cap
The cap covers the end of a pipe. Pipe caps are used at the dead end of the piping system. It is also used in piping headers for future connections.

As the professional aluminum forging company in China, CFS Forge is able to supply custom aluminum forging and machining service of various pipe fittings for our customers. If you have any inquiry on aluminum forged pipe fittings, pls contact us.

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