What is a pipe cross?

What is a pipe cross?

Stainless steel cross, referring to a water pipe joint made of stainless steel, is a type of pipe used for branching of pipes. It is used where the four pipes meet. The pipe cross can have one inlet and three outlets, or an inlet and an outlet. The diameter of the outlet and the inlet may be the same or different. That is to say, straight line crossing and reduced crossover are available.

The stainless steel cross has the equal diameter and the different diameter. The connecting ends of the equal-diameter cross are all the same size; the diameter of the cross main pipe is the same, and the pipe diameter of the branch pipe is smaller than the pipe diameter of the main pipe. A stainless steel cross is a type of pipe used at the branch of a pipe. For the manufacture of a cross seamless pipe, the processes currently used are hydraulic bulging and hot forming. 

A. Hydraulic bulging

The hydraulic bulging of the cross is a forming process in which the branch pipe is expanded by the axial compensation of the metal material. The process is to use a special hydraulic machine to inject the liquid into the tube blank with the same diameter of the cross, and to press the tube blank synchronously by the two horizontal side cylinders of the hydraulic machine, and the volume of the tube blank becomes smaller after being squeezed, and the tube blank is filled. The liquid becomes smaller as the volume of the tube blank becomes smaller, and when the pressure required for the expansion of the cross branch pipe is reached, the metal material flows along the cavity of the mold to expand the branch pipe under the double action of the liquid pressure in the side cylinder and the tube blank. The cross hydraulic bulging process can be formed at one time, and the production efficiency is high; the main pipe and shoulder wall thickness of the cross are increased. Due to the large tonnage of equipment required for the seamless bulging hydraulic bulging process, it is currently mainly used for the manufacture of standard wall thickness cross DN400. The suitable forming materials are low carbon steel, low alloy steel and stainless steel with relatively low cold work hardening tendency, including some nonferrous metal materials such as copper, aluminum and titanium.

B. Hot press forming

Hot press forming of cross is to divide the tube blank larger than the diameter of the cross diameter into a size of cross diameter, and open a hole in the portion of the tension branch pipe; the tube blank is heated and placed in the forming die And inserting a die of the tensile branch pipe in the tube blank; under the action of the pressure, the tube blank is radially compressed, and in the process of radial compression, the metal flows toward the branch pipe and forms a branch pipe under the drawing of the die. The entire process is formed by the radial compression of the tube blank and the stretching process of the branch portion. Different from the hydraulic bulging cross, the metal of the hot-pressed cross branch pipe is compensated by the radial movement of the tube blank, so it is also called the radial compensation process. Due to the use of heated post-pressing tees, the tonnage of equipment required for material forming is reduced. The hot-pressed cross has wide adaptability to materials, and is suitable for materials of low-carbon steel, alloy steel, and stainless steel; especially the cross large-diameter and thick-walled pipe, which is usually used.

Types of pipe cross

A cross fitting allows four direction transition in pipeline fields. Let us know more about pipe crosss under the following heads:

The reducing cross also is called unequal pipe cross , it is the pipe cross which the four branch ends are not in the same diameters.

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Equal cross

The equal cross is one kind of the pipe cross, just like a equal tee, the equal cross means all the 4 ends of the cross are in same diameter.

Threaded cross
Threaded cross is one type of industrial pipe fittings whose main function is to split the passing medium. The threaded four-way is divided into two types: forging and casting. The forging refers to the method of heating the forging by steel ingot or round bar, and then forming the thread on the upper lathe. The casting refers to melting the ingot and pouring it into the four-way. After the model, it is cooled.
Because of the different manufacturing processes, the pressure is also different, and the withstand pressure is much higher than that of casting.
The main manufacturing standards for socket weld crosses are generally GB/T14383, ASME B16.11, BS 3799.

Socket weld cross
The socket weld cross is composed of a socket, a socket, a curved portion, a socket, and the like, and is characterized in that the socket weld cross has a socket, and the socket and the socket are respectively located at two ends of the curved portion. In the piping system, the socket is a pipe that changes the direction of the pipe.
The materials for socket crosses are cast iron, stainless steel, alloy steel, calcinable iron, carbon steel, non-ferrous metals and plastics.
The main manufacturing standards for socket crosses are generally GB/T14383, ASME B16.11, and BS3799.

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Saddle previously

Saddle previously is the ventilation ducts ‘crotch tee’, its shaped like pants, there Equal and unequal diameter, the formal name is “tube tapered pants tee.” There is no standard size, to be based on three tube spacing center line of the front and graphic design draw graphics, Lofting produced, lofting a certain degree of difficulty.

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Size range: 1/2 to 72 inches

Industrial Processes
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Sweepolet Saddle, Steel Saddle, Carbon Steel Saddle, Stainless Steel Saddle, Alloy Steel Saddle

Applications of saddle previously:

Saddle previously is to replace the existing tee fitting, the use of flexibility, praised by domestic and foreign markets.

Saddle previously DIN 2618 demention:
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Features of Pipe cross:
  • There are three female openings in a T shaped pipe cross.
  • There are straight pipe crosss which have the same size openings.
  • Reducing pipe crosss have one opening of different size and two openings of the same size.
  • There are sanitary pipe crosss which are used in waste lines. These kind of pipe crosss have a curved branch which is designed for a clean out plug. They are used to prevent obstruction of waste.
  • A cross pipe cross has four equal sized female openings.
  • A wing pipe cross has lugs to fasten the fitting to a wall or stud.
  • A compression pipe cross uses compression fittings on two or more ends.
  • A test pipe cross has a threaded opening. This opening is used in conjunction with a threaded plug for a clean-out opening on a drain pipe.

Pipe cross & Crosses size

cross design - What is a pipe cross?Pipe cross, LT, Lateral cross , RT, Reducing cross, cross fittings accord to ANSI, ISO, JIS and DIN Standards, Measures 1/2 to 56 Inches.

  • Size range: 1/2 to 20 inches
  • Types: Straight cross, Reducing cross, Y-type
  • Pressure: SCH5 to SCH160
  • Standard: ANSI B16.9/B16.28, MSS SP-43/SP-75

The fitting not only played a role in conection the cossing pipeline but also can control the volume by designed with different dimension of cross ends,sometimes we also adopt rib to reinforce the mechanical property when face hard woeking conditions.


Nominal size

1/2”-48” (DN15-DN1200)

1/2”-20” (DN15-DN500)

Wall thickness



Bend radius




cross/reducing cross

cross/reducing cross

  • Carbon scrossl: ASTM/ASME A234 WPB-WPC
  • Alloy scrossl: ASTM/ASME A234 WP 1-WP 12-WP 11-WP 22-WP 5-WP 91-WP 911
  • Stainless scrossl: ASTM/ASME A403 WP 304-304L-304H-304LN-304N
  • ASTM/ASME A403 WP 316-316L-316H-316LN-316N-316Ti
  • ASTM/ASME A403 WP 321-321H ASTM/ASME A403 WP 347-347H
  • Low temperature scrossl: ASTM/ASME A402 WPL 3-WPL 6
  • High performance scrossl: ASTM/ASME A860 WPHY 42-46-52-60-65-70
Buying Tips of pipe cross:
What should buyers consider for bulk purchase of pipe cross?
  • Type of pipe cross—whether welded or seamless
  • Standard
  • Size and dimension
  • Wall thickness
  • Material of construction
  • Durability and Economical
  • High pressure and temperature resistance
  • Corrosion resistance etc.

Applications of pipe cross:

Pipe crosss are widely used in various commercial and industrial applications. Industrial applications include:

  • Chemical processing
  • Petroleum
  • Pulp/paper
  • Refining
  • Textile
  • Waste treatment, Marine
  • Utilities/power generation
  • Industrial equipment
  • Automotive
  • Gas compression and distribution industries
  • Pipe crosss are also recommended for industrial plant fluid power systems.

Source: Network Arrangement – China Pipe Cross Manufacturer – Yaang Pipe Industry Co., Limited (www.ugsteelmill.com)

(Yaang Pipe Industry is a leading manufacturer and supplier of nickel alloy and stainless steel products, including Super Duplex Stainless Steel Flanges, Stainless Steel Flanges, Stainless Steel Pipe Fittings, Stainless Steel Pipe. Yaang products are widely used in Shipbuilding, Nuclear power, Marine engineering, Petroleum, Chemical, Mining, Sewage treatment, Natural gas and Pressure vessels and other industries.)

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