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Tied Universal Expansion Joints Designed for a Vapor Line Used for Rail Car Loading

January 19th, 2014 Comments off

Tied Universal Expansion Joints Designed for a Vapor Line Used for Rail Car Loading

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.

2″-18″ Dia. Custom Tied Universal Expansion Joints Designed for a Chemical Plant

March 31st, 2013 Comments off

2"-18" Dia. Custom Tied Universal Expansion Joints Designed for a Chemical Plant

U.S. Bellows custom designed tied universal expansion joints with 304 stainless steel bellows from 2″ to 18″ diameter for a chemical plant in Texas. The expansion joints are designed for 3″ lateral movement at 122°F and 100 psig. The expansion joints were hydro-tested at 150 psig and delivered in six weeks.

Tied Universal EJ with Control Rods for an Oil Recovery Project

July 9th, 2012 Comments off

Tied Universal EJ with Control Rods for an Oil Recovery Project

This tied universal expansion joint with control rods was designed for an oil recovery plant in Canada. It is 48″ in diameter and 68″ in overall length. This expansion joint was designed for 1″ compression, 4″ lateral and 15 psig at 150°F. The pipe was fabricated from A-36 carbon steel material and the bellows were fabricated from 316L stainless steel. A dye penetrant exam, air and soap test, along with a vacuum test was conducted prior to shipping.

Universal Tied Expansion Joint, 48″ Dia. and 141″ OAL, for Service in an Acid Regeneration Plant

May 7th, 2012 Comments off

Universal Tied Expansion Joint, 48" Dia. and 141" OAL, for Service in an Acid Regeneration Plant

A tied universal expansion joint was custom designed for service in an acid regeneration plant in Louisiana. It is 48″ in diameter, 141″ in overall length and designed for 1″ axial movement, 2-1/2″ lateral movement and .33° angular rotation. The expansion joint is fabricated with 310 stainless steel bellows, and 301 SS liner, duct, flanges, transition duct and covers. It was designed for 10 psig at 1150°F, and was dye penetrant examined, hydro-tested at 15 psig, and the bellows and pipe longitudinal weld seams were 100% x-rayed.

102″ Dia. Tied Universal and Hinged Expansion Joints

March 12th, 2012 Comments off

102" Dia. Tied Universal and Hinged Expansion Joints

U.S. Bellows designed and fabricated tied universal expansion joints and single hinged expansion joints for a power plant in Canada. All the units were fabricated from carbon steel with 316 stainless steel bellows. The universal tied joints are 102″ diameter, 225″ long and are designed for 8.2″ lateral movement. The hinged joints are 102″ diameter, 71″ long and designed for 0.76° angular rotation. Each expansion joint can withstand temperatures up to 250°F at 7.25 psig. The bellows and pipe long seams were 100% x-rayed, and all the welds were 100% dye penetrant tested. A soap and air test was performed prior to shipment.

102" Dia. Tied Universal and Hinged Expansion Joints

76″ dia. Single Tied Expansion Joint for a Hot Blast Valve in a Steel Mill

November 7th, 2011 Comments off
76" dia. Single Tied Expansion Joint for a Hot Blast Valve in a Steel Mill

 

This single tied expansion joint is custom designed with Inconel® 825 bellows with carbon steel flanges, liners and pipes. It is 76″ I.D., 90″ O.D. and is 31-1/2″ long. It was designed for 1,900°F at 100 psig with 1″ compression. A meshed expanded metal cover was installed to allow for hot air to escape. Tests performed included a 100% dye penetrant, x-ray, and ultrasonic on pressure bearing welds. Finished units were hydro-tested at 1.5 times the design pressure. The expansion joints were designed with an inner liner to accommodate for easier field installation of refractory lining.

 

76" dia. Single Tied Expansion Joint for a Hot Blast Valve in a Steel Mill

Tied Universal Expansion Joints Designed for a Power Generation Plant in Texas

August 22nd, 2011 Comments off

Tied Universal Expansion Joints

This week’s feature is on tied universal expansion joints designed for piping in a power generation plant in Texas. They are 6″ in diameter, 60″ in length, and will be used in a hot air application. The pipe, lugs and weld ends are fabricated from carbon steel, and the bellows are 321 stainless steel. The expansion joints are designed for 100°F at 3 psig and are capable of 6″ lateral movement. Each unit was 100% dye penetrant tested and soap and air tested prior to shipment.

48″ Tied Universal Expansion Joint with Two-ply Bellows for an Oil Refinery in Louisiana

March 7th, 2011 Comments off

48" Tied Universal Expansion Joint with Two-ply Bellows for an Oil Refinery in Louisiana

This tied universal expansion joint will be installed in an oil refinery in Louisiana. The assembly is 48″ in diameter and 150″ long. The bellows are fabricated from two plies of Inconel 625 LCF with stainless steel mesh between the plies and the weld ends and all hardware are A 516 GR 70 carbon steel. The design temperature is 500°F at 38 PSIG with 5″ lateral movement. The bellows were 100% x-rayed and hydro-tested to 76 PSIG. A pneumatic test between the plies at 15 PSIG was performed prior to shipping.

Examples of Common Types of Expansion Joints

January 26th, 2011 Comments off

Single tied expansion joint fabricated entirely of stainless steel for a pipeline in Alaska.Single Tied Expansion Joints for a Pipeline in Alaska

The expansion joint assemblies are fabricated entirely from stainless steel with a design pressure of 50 PSIG. They are designed with tie rods that do not permit axial movement, but allow for lateral movement up to 1/2″. The expansion joints will be used on a process line that contains exhaust gas and hydrocarbon vapor at a low concentration. It will connect an oil tank with a vapor control system.

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Universal metallic expansion joint with 300 lb. raised face stainless steel flanges.Universal Metallic Expansion Joints with 300 lb. Raised Face Stainless Steel Flanges

The expansion joint assemblies are fabricated for a 12″ pipe and are designed for 2-1/2″ lateral movement. The design pressure is 276 PSIG with a design temperature of 626°F. 316L stainless steel was used for the bellows and tie rods. The expansion joints include 300 lb. raised face stainless steel flanges to accommodate low spring rate requirements.

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Hinged expansion joints with refractory lining.Hinged Expansion Joints with Refractory Lining

Hinges cause the unit to bend in a single plane. The hinge mechanism is designed to accept the full pressure thrust.

  • Design Pressure: 75.4 PSIG
  • Design Temperature: 1400°F
  • 100% X-ray Tested
  • Pneumatically Tested weld seams to 83 PSIG

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Elbow pressure balanced expansion joints fabricated for a 36" pipe.Elbow Pressure Balanced Expansion Joints

The expansion joints are fabricated for a 36″ pipe and are designed with Inconel® 625 grade LCF bellows. They include a liner provided with drain holes to prevent accumulation of corrosive condensation.

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Inline pressure balanced expansion joints designed to balance 48,000 lb. of pressure thrust.Inline Pressure Balanced Expansion Joints

- Design: 125 PSIG, Temperature: 244°F

- 304 SS Bellows, Flanges & Liners

- Designed to Balance 48,000 lb. of Pressure Thrust

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Externally Pressurized Expansion JointsExternally Pressurized Expansion Joints

These expansion joints are fabricated for a piping system in a steam plant. They include 304 SS bellows and carbon steel shell and flanges, and are designed for 150 PSIG and 350°F.

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Gimbal expansion joint with floating rings designed for a 55" diameter overhead vapor line at a refinery.

Gimbal Expansion Joint with Floating Rings

These expansion joints are designed for a 55″ diameter overhead vapor line at a refinery. The overall length is 310″ and the bellows are fabricated from 625 LCF. The expansion joint is designed for 50 PSIG and 1075°F.

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Tied Universal Expansion Joint with a 45 Degree Mitered Elbow for a Flue Gas System in an Oil Refinery

January 10th, 2011 Comments off

Tied Universal Expansion Joint with a 45 Degree Mitered Elbow

This tied universal expansion joint with a 45 degree mitered elbow will be installed in a flue gas system. The assembly is 60″ in diameter and 215″ long. The pipe is fabricated from A 516 GR 70 carbon steel and the bellows are Inconel® 625 LCF. The bellows were 100% x-rayed and hydro-tested to 15 PSIG prior to shipping.

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