Pipe Tee is a type of pipe fitting which is T-shaped having two outlets, at 90° to the connection to the main line. It is a short piece of pipe with a lateral outlet. Pipe Tee is used to connect pipelines with a pipe at a right angle with the line. Pipe Tees are widely used as pipe fittings. They are made of various materials and available in various sizes and finishes.
Types of pipe tees:
Reducing tee is a type of pipe fitting in which the branch port size is smaller than the ports of the run. This type of pipe fitting can also consider size reduction from one of the run ports to the other.
For different applications in various industries, the reducing tees are available in many various combinations of sizes and configurations. Apart from the standard sizes, other unusual combinations of size can also be attained using component parts of tees, reducing tee and reducers.
The primary purpose of a Tee is to make a 90° branch from the main run of pipe. Standard there are 2 possibilities, on behalf of the equal tee and reducing tee. The equal tee (or straight tee) is used as the branch has the same diameter as the run-pipe. The reducing tee is used as the branch has a smaller diameter as the run-pipe.
Male & Female Branch Tee
The basic difference between the male and female branch tee is that while the male branch tee connect to a female NPT thread, the Female Branch tee connects fractional tubes to male NPT threads. These type of fittings come in inch and metric size tubing and are widely used in a number of industries.
Finishes on Pipe Tees:
Pipe Tees are available in various finishes. Some common finishes are like:
Features of Pipe Tees:
•There are three female openings in a T shaped pipe tee.
•There are straight pipe tees which have the same size openings.
•Reducing pipe tees have one opening of different size and two openings of the same size.
•There are sanitary pipe tees which are used in waste lines. These kind of pipe tees have a curved branch which is designed for a clean out plug. They are used to prevent obstruction of waste.
•A cross pipe tee has four equal sized female openings.
•A wing pipe tee has lugs to fasten the fitting to a wall or stud.
•A compression pipe tee uses compression fittings on two or more ends.
•A test pipe tee has a threaded opening. This opening is used in conjunction with a threaded plug for a clean-out opening on a drain pipe.
Pipe Tees are widely used in various commercial and industrial applications. Industrial applications include:
•Gas compression and distribution industries