Flexible hoses, or otherwise called as flexible tap connectors are used to connect taps to the water supply. It comes in a wide range of selection t choose from. For e.g. you will find different connection types and nozzle width. Tap connectors flexible are a great solution when you have to connect spaces where there is no water supply. For e.g. your car park area may not have a water source. You can use tap connectors from your garden area so you have the water coming to the length where you could wash your car.
Like other hoses flexible hose is also used to transfer air, gas, liquids etc.
The flexible hose route has 3 parts:
- Start fitting
- End Fitting
- A flexible hose segment that connects them.
The start fitting and end fitting can be called as a part of overall hose creation.
Flexible hoses are made of corrugating thin walled stainless steel pipes. The individual rings that form the corrugation are of top quality and they do not bend under pressure. There are better quality hoses that have higher flexibility and are of lighter weight. This provides improved thickness and wave form. The expenses and the running cost can be reduced by using this type.
You will find the band plates in the periphery of a flexible hose. This is made by weaving stainless steel wires and is called the braid.
It is used to prevent the flexible hose to elongate under pressure and provides protection.
Based on the material shape, the braids are classified into:
- Wire braid: This braid is flexible and suitable to absorb frequent displacement. When the internal pressure is high, a two-layer braid is used.
- Tape braid: Compared to wire braid, tape braid has higher strength against internal pressure but has lower flexibility. It is suitable to absorb displacement when the frequency of displacement is low.
- Twilled braid: It has high strength and excellent flexibility.
Flexible hoses can be categorized into different types based on the kind of material used for manufacturing it. The characteristic of the flexible hose depends on the type of material used. This also influences the price and the pressure the hose can withstand. They are available in aluminum and stainless steel. This is best in a corrosive environment and to deal with high temperature. For air movement, hoses in PVC or fabric material are preferred. They are flexible lightweight, making them perfect for air movement.
For hot air movement, along with stainless steel and the aluminum hoses mentioned above, fiber glass and silicone hoses also can be considered. The fiber glass houses are covered with silicon making it have high temperature qualities. While all the types of hoses mentioned here are flexible, the flexibility ratio varies from type to type depending on the material used. Of the types discussed here, stainless steel hoses are the least flexible.
The flexible hose also come in plastic material. Depending on the wall thickness of the hose, these are used for applications such as air movement or material handling. These tend to be some of the most cost-effective and flexible of all of our flexible ducting.
To help maintain the temperature of air moving inside hoses, we have insulated hoses which have a fiberglass insulated layer.
So, this gives you a brief idea of what kind of flexible hose you may need for any purpose that you have in mind. Internet provides us with option to buy hoses online from popular manufacturers. The prices must be compared online as well as from hardware shops before making a purchase. Moreover, if you are buying in bulk you will be in for a good discount as well. The manufacturers are flexible to take your requirement and offer customization if and when possible.