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Tightness of piping fasteners query
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Tightness of piping fasteners query

Tightness of piping fasteners query

(OP)
Hi,

A colleague told me it is not a concern that the below (secondary) nut isn't properly secure and maybe suggested it should be loose. I think they may be wrong. If it's there it should be tight, right?

Can anyone confirm please?

Thanks in advance!



RE: Tightness of piping fasteners query

Removed is probably better.
Why 2?

RE: Tightness of piping fasteners query

(OP)
Thanks but I still believe it should be tight.

Additional security in case of vibration works them loose.

RE: Tightness of piping fasteners query

First of all, what is the reason for the two nuts? against vibration, shaking loose? Has the stud length been purposely extended to cater for an additional nut?

You might want to enter 'jam nuts', 'double nuts' or locking nuts' in the search above. It's been a subject covered a few times.

Per ISO-4126, only the term Safety Valve is used regardless of application or design.

RE: Tightness of piping fasteners query

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There are better ways to do it IMHO, but double nut is seen a lot.

But it doesn't work if they aren't actually tightened up on each other...

Interesting article here https://www.boltscience.com/pages/twonuts.html

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RE: Tightness of piping fasteners query

(OP)
Thanksa lot, folks. I think studs are deliberately long to accomodate double nuts. Fairly common in the industry I believe. Agreed there are better solutions.

Thanks, Littleinch, but that link is down. sad

RE: Tightness of piping fasteners query

(OP)
Thanks! The person in question actually said it was supposed to be like that. lol

RE: Tightness of piping fasteners query

If vibration is going to shake those off, there's some other far worse problem. If it is a very hot line with high cyclic duty, 2 nuts might stop loosening, but they have to be jambed.

RE: Tightness of piping fasteners query

(OP)
Thanks, 1503-44. Hot line but no vibration.

It seems we all agree: they should be in contact to prevent self-loosening.

RE: Tightness of piping fasteners query

(OP)
I agree that ideally a thin nut should be placed first then a thicker fastener on the outside but with what we have they should be tight against one another, and not loose.

RE: Tightness of piping fasteners query

Hah1 I had always been told that the thicker nut goes first, gets torqued in 1/3 increments to maximum to carry the desired load, then the the thin nut - properly torqued! - is tightened on the outside.

Per that reference, it is exactly the opposite.

RE: Tightness of piping fasteners query

Work around that problem with 2 x HH,

Yes that seems strange, the thin one first.
If you use the same torque on each, the thin one would have a much higher torque /length of thread, so friction might be greater and less likely to move while the second provides axial force backup. Do you think?

RE: Tightness of piping fasteners query

Certainly not standard practise for pipe flanges. Anyone seen this as an option in the flange or piping codes?

RE: Tightness of piping fasteners query

Definitely a little bit odd for a flange which needs a fair amount of tensile force to maintain the sealing force. Unless right on the outlet of something like a compressor or pump I don't understand how vibrations will cause a flange bolt to loosen and not also be spurting fluid everywhere.

They look pretty meaty flanges and nuts - class 1500?

but whatever they are doing, you need then to be tightened against each other for sure...

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