Elastomers— A general name for the group of synthetic “rubber” materials that are characterized by their elastic property. These materials are also known by their commercial names as Viton®, Hypalon®, EPDM, and Chlorobutyl.
Before the development of Fluoroplastics, a group of synthetic “rubber” materials were commonly used in flue duct expansion joint applications. These materials, known as Elastomers, include Viton™, EPDM, Chlorobutyl, Hypalon™ and others.
Because of their elastic properties, the various Elastomers are built up into a multi-layered sheet reinforced with fiberglass or Aramid fabric. The finished product, 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick, is then used as a flat belt or as an integrally flanged U-shaped cross section that bolts directly to duct or equipment flanges. The inherent characteristics of flexibility, abrasion resistance, and flutter resistance translates to long service life when applied properly.
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These fabric expansion joints were custom designed for an offshore oil extraction and natural gas project. They are 105″ dia. x 24″ O.A.L. 309 stainless steel was used for the duct, 310 for the liners, 316 for the covers, 321 for the studs, 309 for the flanges. The fabric belt was a three layer belt with an inner layer of glass cloth, a layer of KO wool and an outside layer of reinforced PTFE. The expansion joints were designed for 1 psig at a temperature of 1100°F. They The were designed for 4″ axial compression, a 1″ extension, and a 0.5″ lateral offset. All welds were dye penetrant examined.
Fabric belt material selection is a critical factor in the successful design of each fabric expansion joint. View the different application specific materials for our Flexxcel Fluoroplastic joints.
Flexxcel HC40 For Highly Corrosive Applications
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LFP™ is an all PTFE material that is flexible, resists tearing and has superior flexing capabilities compared to other PTFE products.
Because this is an all-PTFE product with excellent mechanical capability, no compromising reinforcement that can be chemically attacked is needed.
Regardless of the chemical exposure, LFP™ eliminates concern for chemical attack. This has been proven in laboratory and industrial service where, in all cases and regardless of chemical environment, LFP™ has retained all of its physical properties.
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These single expansion joint are refurbished with 321 stainless steel bellows for an offshore deep water drilling platform. They are 16″ diameter, 21-1/2″ OAL, and designed for 450°F at 8 psig. The expansion joints were dye penetrant examined, and an air and soap bubble test was performed prior to shipment.