U.S. Bellows, Inc. custom designed and fabricated tied universal expansion joints for a vapor line used for rail car loading at the Houston ship channel. The expansion joints are 12″ dia. x 40″ O.A.L. The bellows are fabricated from 304 stainless steel and the flanges and limit rods are carbon steel. They are designed for 100°F at 1 psig and capable of 5″ axial movement. Each unit was 100% dye penetrant tested and soap and air tested prior to shipment.
Twenty-four single hinged expansion joint were custom designed for a chemical plant. Eight are 16″ dia., four are 12″ dia., twelve are 6″ dia., and they range in length from 14″ to 16″. The bellows are fabricated from 304 stainless steel and the rest is carbon steel. The 16″ dia. joints are designed for 2° Angular movement at 300°F and 150 psig. The 12″ dia. joints are designed for 1 deg. Angular movement at 300°F and 400 psig. The 6″ dia. joints are designed for 1° angular movement at 300°F and 650 psig. All expansion joints were dye penetrant examined and hydro-tested prior to shipment.