V-Band clamps and flanges make for ideal tubing connections in exhaust applications, especially when the connection requires frequent disassembly. Used extensively in space vehicles and satellite launch systems, they have proven themselves in racing applications including high pressure turbo applications. The V-band connection gained popularity in CART racing and is the preferred connection for many turbo-housings. They are also an excellent choice for normally aspirated exhaust and for intake systems.
Compared with 2-bolt or 3-bolt flanges, Vband connections are typically lighter and are quicker and easier to take apart. They are also economical when compared to the 2- and 3-bolt flanges. The Vband connection also requires a small fitment envelope as compared with multi-bolt flanges. The design of the V-band clamp applies uniform force around the flange maximizing the seal potential of the flanges. The retainer angle, normally 40 degrees provides for an 8.6-to-1 mechanical advantage. In other words, when the V-band retainer bolt is tightened the clamp applies a radial force and an axial force pressing the flanges against each other providing an effective seal. Once tightened, friction between the flanges and V-retainer actually helps reduce the load on the bolt and clamp.