SBX series are American Petrolium standardized underwater rings. the BX and SBX will fit into their appropriate flange designated numbers. The " S " prefix identifies a gasket as having intersecting vent holes, allowing a pressure less metal-to-metal initial contact between the gasket and flange groove, while made up underwater.
tool companies, and operators demonstrate that pressure control equipment will
not likely fail in service by conducting a hydrostatic pressure test before
transporting equipment to the field. Rarely does equipment that meets industry
requirements fail in a catastrophic manner. Often, due to a casual approach to
tightening bolts, connection leakage occurs, necessitating the retightening of
connection bolts. Retightening, sufficient to stop the leak, requires more
torque than that required for connections that do not leak on the
first test attempt. Interestingly, an attempt to
further tighten a connection that has previously leaked, exactly replicates the
phenomenon of subsea connection make-up.
The leaking connection has allowed test fluid ( usually water ) to enter the
space in the'ring groove'behind the ring
gasket. Further attempts to tighten the connection
face the 'problem' of the non-compressibility of water. Testing with 'SBX' gaskets would eliminate this retightening problem, but
the higher cost of these gaskets seems prohibitive.
Cutaway View of 'SBX' Seal Ring and Flange as follows：
1.SBX Ring Joint Gaskets is the same design as the BX Ring Joint, however the suffix "S" indicates that additional pressure equalisation holes have been drilled to prevent pressure lock in accordance with API 17D for use on sub sea wellhead and christmas tree equipment.
3.SBX gaskets have a bleed hole on their I.D. joining to their equalizing hole, to assure that any liquid trapped behind the ring gasket on either side will vent (flow) to the I.D. bore of the assembly as the connection comes together. This allows the connection to close as designed and the ring gasket to coin and form a permanent seal.
4.Gaskets that have been torqued initiating a metal-to-metal seal should be discarded and not reused..
Soft Iron, Low C/S, ss410, ss304, ss316, ss347, F5, F11, Copper, Aluminum, Inconel 600, Inconel 625, Incoloy 800, Incoloy 825, Monel 400, Titanium, Nikel 200, Hastelloy C276, Zirconium702
API 17D for use on subsea wellhead and christmas tree equipment