What is ‘hot bolting’?

Hot bolting refers to tightening a flange while it is in service. It is used to stop small stable leaks or as a preventive measure in high temperature or cyclic services. It is potentially hazardous and the utmost caution needs to be exercised when planning and carrying it out. It is not recommended as best practice although it is widely carried out. However, any potential benefits arising from hot bolting should be carefully weighed against the risks encountered.

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