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US Bellows 101: The Basics of Expansion Joints Webinar

February 24th, 2011 Comments off

View a technical presentation on expansion joints right from your computer for free. We have a team of expert engineers on stand-by to answer any questions you may have during or after the presentation.

This Webinar is over, to view the recording, go to http://www.usbellows.com/news/webinar_index.html

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U.S. Bellows, Inc. has more than 30 years of experience designing and manufacturing expansion joints, along with replacement and repair services. Listen to in-depth explanations on how to choose the type of expansion joint that will best suit your system. Learn about the bellows movements throughout the piping system due to thermal changes of mechanical motion. Increase your understanding of the different types of expansion joints and value-added services offered by U.S. Bellows.

We look forward to having you join us for this complimentary presentation.

What’s in a Refractory-lined Expansion Joint?

February 22nd, 2011 Comments off

U.S. Bellows created a model cut-out section of a refractory-lined FCCU expansion joint for flue gas or catalysts service. U.S. Bellows can bring this model to your facility for a lunch and learn: contact our team for assistance.

model cut-out section of a refractory-lined FCCU expansion joint for flue gas or catalysts service

  1. Pressure Gauge – to monitor the pressure between the plies
  2. Inconel 625 LCF Two-ply Testable Bellows with Wire Mesh between the Plies – the wire mesh ensures flow from one side to the other side across the convolutions
  3. Carbon Steel Cover – pressure sealing in the even of bellows leak
  4. Control Rods – limits thermal movement
  5. 304 Stainless Steel Test Port / Valve – connection for air test of bellows
  6. Fire Blanket / Kaowool – keeps the bellows temperature above the dew point temperature of the flue gas (350°F to 450°F)
  7. Carbon Steel Lifting Lug – facilitates lifting
  8. Carbon Steel Shell
  9. 5″ Thick Vibra Cast Refractory – reduces shell temperature to 350°F
  10. 3/8″ Thick 304 Stainless Steel Liner with 3/4″ Thick Abrasion Resistant Refractory
  11. Ceramic Fiber Bellows Packing – reduces bellows temperature to under 1000°F
  12. 309 Stainless Steel Hose Braid Packed with Ceramic Fiber – seals the liner gap to prevent the catalyst from collecting in the bellows
  13. 304 H Stainless Steel – insulation box
  14. 304 H Stainless Steel Refractory V Anchors – secures refractory to pipe

Ask us! – New FAQ Section on our Site

February 9th, 2011 Comments off

We recently introduced a new Expansion Joint Frequently Asked Questions section on our website. This new database of questions provides the answers to a lot of common questions regarding metallic expansion joints, fabric expansion joints, expansion joint testing, and more! The list of questions is continually expanding, so check back often for more valuable expansion joint information.

U.S. Bellows New FAQ

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66″ Hinged Expansion Joint Designed for Gas Service in a Sulphuric Acid Plant

February 8th, 2011 Comments off

66" Hinged Expansion Joint Designed for Gas Service in a Sulphuric Acid Plant

This single hinged expansion joint is designed for sulphur dioxide service in a sulphuric acid plant. It was fabricated with 321 stainless steel bellows and liner, and A-516 GR 70 carbon steel hinge plates and pipe. The pipe is 66″ outside diameter and 35-1/4″ overall length. The expansion joint was designed for 6° angular and 3 PSIG at 680°F. The bellows and pipe long seams were 100% x-rayed, and all the welds were 100% dye penetrant tested. A soap and air test at 15 PSIG was conducted prior to shipment.

Hinges permit angular rotation in one plane only by the use of a pair of pins through hinge plates attached to the expansion joint ends. Hinges and hinge pins are designed to restrain the thrust of the expansion joint due to internal pressure. Hinges can also be designed to carry piping loads, if specified.

Features of hinged expansion joints include:
- Angular rotation in one plane
- Eliminates pressure thrust forces
- Transmits external loads
- Prevents torsion on bellows
- No main anchors required
- Minimum guiding required
- Low forces on piping system

Pressure Relief Safety Valve Connectors

February 2nd, 2011 Comments off

Pressure relief safety valves are designed to control steam pressure. This prevents over pressurization, which can result in serious accidents and costly damage to equipment. When the relief valve operates, there is a steam flow. During venting of the pressure, the steam is discharged to the atmosphere using an open system that could cause blow-back. The safe answer to open venting is a closed sealed venting system. The closed system eliminates steam blow-back and hazard conditions for the employees. The closed venting system uses a bellows type safety valve connector.

U.S. Bellows offers a wide range of pressure relief safety valve connections. Shown below are externally pressurized safety valve connectors for a power generation company in Wisconsin.

Pressurized safety valve connectors for a power generation company.
Up-close picture of pressurized safety valve connector for a power generation company.These 15 pressure relief safety valve connector expansion joints were manufactured from 316SS, A-335 P22, A-387 Gr22, A106, and A-516-70. They were externally pressurized to prevent steam blow back, and will be attached to the relief valves in a power plant. The expansion joints will assist in maintaining pressure as well as provide for 7″ axial and 6″ lateral travel. They can handle applicable loads of up to 150 PSIG at 535°F and 460 PSIG at 885°F, but can function if temperatures reach 1,000°F.  They range from 30″ to 85″ in length and weigh between 400 lb. and 1,600 lb. Dye penetrate, air, and soap bubble tests were completed for quality and performance assurance.


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