Pipe thread sealant is used within pipe assemblies to ensure better, stronger seals between threaded connectors. Appearing as either a paste or a tape, pipe thread sealants help to strengthen the bond between an assembly’s components. Although some varieties also function as lubricants, the main function of thread sealants is to prevent the leakage of fluids at the joints of an assembly. As the sealant cures, it fills the space between threaded machine parts; the resulting seal works to maintain the uniform flow and pressure within the system.
Pipe thread sealants have a variety of applications when it comes to fluid systems and piped assemblies. As such, it is used extensively within oil refineries, water and sewage treatment plants, and liquid storage systems. Using PTFE sealing tape and pipe dope on male threaded pipes is an effective method of preventing the leakage of gasses or fluids. With female threaded pipes, however, pipe thread sealant only serves as a lubricant for the joint.
Pipe dope is a substance used for sealing pipe threading. This anaerobic compound is spread along the threading before securing the joint. As pipe dope contains many solvents in its chemical makeup, the seals formed with it will inevitably degrade over time. This is especially true when they are subject to extreme vibrations and temperature fluctuations. On the other hand, pipe dope can be used to bond almost any kind of material, like plastic pipe, and is both cheap and easy to use.
Special additives can be added in the preparation of these sealants and can give them added strength, as well as other useful properties. For instance, certain formulations of pipe thread sealant are especially resistant to oils and fuel while others can exhibit a stronger affinity towards a range of materials, such as PVC plastics, black pipe, ABS, steel, and brass piping.
Hoffmeyer has been a leader in industrial supplies for over 90 years thanks to our innovative and high-quality products. Huskey™ TFX 10, a non-drying and non-toxic pipe thread sealant, is one of the many well-known products we stock to fill all your industrial needs. To find out how we can help you, contact the nearest Hoffmeyer representative!
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