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pipe ram

1. n. [Drilling]

A type of sealing element in high-pressure split seal blowout preventers that is manufactured with a half-circle hole on the edge (to mate with another horizontally opposed pipe ram) sized to fit around drillpipe. Most pipe rams fit only one size or a small range of drillpipe sizes and do not close properly around drillpipe tool joints or drill collars. A relatively new style is the variable bore ram, which is designed and manufactured to properly seal on a wider range of pipe sizes.

See: blind ramblowout preventer

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