What does FFL / MFL mean? What is MFL / FFL thread?

If you've started to put some different components together and ran into confusion with all of the acronyms that surround threaded components, you're not alone. Luckily, FFL and MFL fittings are simple

MFL and FFL fittings are simply a type of compression. The M in MFL and the F in FFL simply stand for Male and Female. The beauty of flared fittings is the seal that is created when the fittings are tightened as the seal is not created by the thread, but by the contact between the two flared (or chamfered) surfaces. The male and female parts are generally made with a 45 degree flare giving the connection a solid contact surface and prevents the need for thread tape or sealant.

Note that these fittings are generally refered to as 1/4" MFL and 1/4" FFL, however the 1/4" designation is not 100% accurate - the actual thread size of these fittings is 7/16"-20UNF. View the MFL diagram below.

 


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