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There are many different types of the pipe ends. The main types are beveled ends, threaded ends and plain ends.

Bevel End

A bevel is a surface that is not at a right angle (perpendicular) to another surface. The standard angle on a pipe bevel is 37.5° but other non standard angles can be produced. Beveling of pipe or tubing is to prepare the ends for welding. However, it can also be used for deburring the cut ends for safety or aesthetic reasons.

The beveling process is generally automated. This is because a pipe beveling machine can cut the bevel much faster than hand grinding, flame cutting or turning the pipe on a lathe. Further, the automated process ensures that there is an accurate and consistant pipe bevel each time. The automated process is much safer as operating personnel are not exposed to the same hazards as a person beveling the pipe.

Used with pipe, pipe nipples, and swage nipples.

Threaded End

Typically used on pipe 3" and smaller, threaded connections are referred to as screwed pipe. With tapered grooves cut into the ends of a run of pipe, screwed pipe and screwed fittings can easily be assembled without welding or other permanent means of attachment. In the United States, the standard pipe thread is National Pipe Thread (NPT). The reason for this is that as NPT connections are assembled, they become increasingly more difficult for the process to leak. The standard taper for NPT pipe is 3/4" for every foot.

Threaded fittings have threads that are either male or female. Male threads are cut into the outside of a pipe or fitting, while female threads are cut into the inside of the fitting. As screwed pipe and fittings are assembled, two pieces are pulled together. The distance that is pulled together is called the thread engagement.

Plain End

A pain end pipe is a pipe that has been cut at 90° perpendicular to the pipe run. The reason pipe would be specified as plain end rather than beveled end is when the pipe will be used in a Socket Weld connection or for use with a Slip-on Flange.

Abbreviations

Common abbreviations for the types of pipe ends are as follows:

  • Bevel End (BE)
  • Bevel Both Ends (BBE)
  • Bevel Large End (BLE)
  • Bevel One End (BOE)
  • Bevel Small End (BSE)
  • Bevel for Welding (BFW)
  • Buttweld End (BE)
  • End of Pipe (EOP)
  • Flange One End (FOE)
  • Plain End (PE)
  • Plain Both Ends (PBE)
  • Plain One End (POE)
  • Thread End (TE)
  • Thread Both Ends (TBE)
  • Thread Large End (TLE)
  • Thread One End (TOE)
  • Thread Small End (TSE)
  • Threads Only (TO)
  • Threads per Inch (TPI)