NW (KF, QF) Clamps, Centering Rings & Components
KF (QF,NW) Flanges
NW flanges are a sexless design made from 304L or 316L stainless, aluminum, or brass. The seal is a rubber/ elastomeric o-ring mounted in a centering ring, which aligns the flanges and holds the o-ring in position.
Each flange has a chamfered back-surface and is mated by a circumferential clamp tightened by wing-nut, thumbscrew, bolt, or over-center lever.
NW flanges are limited (by the o-rings properties) to applications with temperatures between ~0° C and 120180° C, and pressure from atmosphere to ~10-8 Torr or mbar.
The flange is sized by the largest nominal I.D. (in, mm) tube that can be welded to it.
Standards sizes are: NW10, NW16, NW25, NW40, and NW50. Although these sizes are used in North America, the true nominal bore is often that of standard inch dimensioned tubes. Despite dimensional unit differences, KF flanges made by reputable manufacturers in any country will almost certainly mate.