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Y Strainers

Y strainer

Y strainers are typically used in applications where the amount of solids to be removed is small, and where frequent clean-out is not required. They are most often installed in gaseous services such as steam, air, nitrogen, natural gas, etc. The compact, cylindrical shape of the Y strainer is very strong and can readily accommodate the high pressures that are common in this type of service. Pressures up to 6000 PSI are not unusual.

 

It cannot be stressed enough that Y strainers should be used for protection of downstream components and not for removal of unwanted particulate.  When there is a constant influx of particulate to be removed you would be better suited with a simplex or duplex strainer.

 

A Y strainer has the advantage of being able to be installed in either a horizontal or vertical position. However, in both cases, the screening element or "leg" must be on the "downside" of the strainer body so the entrapped solids can be properly collected and held for disposal.

 

We have written two articles involving Y strainers: SIMPLEX STRAINERS: Differences between Y and Basket Style Strainers and How to Choose Between a Wye and Tee Strainer.

 

We offer Y strainers in sizes from ¼" to 24", constructed of cast iron, bronze, carbon steel, stainless steel CPVC, PVC, clear PVC - threaded, flanged socket weld and tri-clamp connections.  Chamber gaskets are typically Gylon or Grafoil.