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Duct Work and Expansion Joint Assembly Custom Designed by U.S. Bellows for an Oil Refinery in California

August 11th, 2013 Comments off

Duct Work and Expansion Joint Assembly Custom Designed by U.S. Bellows for an Oil Refinery in California

This duct work and expansion joint assembly was custom designed by U.S. Bellows for an oil refinery in California. The project consists of 36″ x 48″ 304 stainless steel oval shaped duct work with a thick wall expansion joint and 30″ x 16″ carbon steel round shaped duct work. It is designed for 900°F at 13.2 psig, and the entire assembly was dye penetrant examined and 100% x-rayed prior to shipment.

62″ Fabric, 42″ Hinged and 42″ Tied Universal Expansion Joints and Duct Work Designed for an Acid Plant

July 13th, 2013 Comments off

62" Fabric, 42" Hinged and 42" Tied Universal Expansion Joints and Duct Work Designed for an Acid Plant

62" Fabric, 42" Hinged and 42" Tied Universal Expansion Joints and Duct Work Designed for an Acid Plant

U.S. Bellows custom designed two 42″ tied universal expansion joints, a 42″ hinged expansion joint and a 62″ fabric expansion joint in ductwork for an acid plant in Louisiana. The assemblies had flanged and flued head bellows fabricated from 304H stainless steel. The rest of the assemblies were made from carbon steel with operating temperatures of 700°F at 10 psig. The expansion joints were dye penetrant and x-ray tested prior to shipment.

102″ Dia. Single Hinged Expansion Joint and Duct Work Assembly and Two 92″ Single Expansion Joints

February 4th, 2013 Comments off

102" Dia. Single Hinged Expansion Joint and Duct Work Assembly

Two 92" Single Expansion Joints

U.S. Bellows designed a 102″ dia. single hinged expansion joint and duct work assembly, along with two 92″ single expansion joints for a coal gasification facility in Mississippi. Both the assembly and expansion joints were fabricated from carbon steel with 304 stainless steel bellows, and designed for 3.6° angular movement at 825°F and 3 psig. The expansion joints were dye penetrant examined, 100% x-rayed and soap and air tested prior to shipment.

Engineering, Design and Fabrication of 119″ Expansion Joints, Duct Work and Supports

June 25th, 2012 Comments off

Engineering, Design and Fabrication of 119" Expansion Joints, Duct Work and Supports

U.S. Bellows provided the total engineering, design and fabrication package for this project that included: expansion joints, elbows, duct work, saddle supports, F-type variable spring supports, slide plates and pipe anchors.

Engineering, Design and Fabrication of 119" Expansion Joints, Duct Work and Supports

A total of twelve, 119″ dia. double slotted hinged expansion joints, thirty-six, 72″ dia. elbows and twelve, 119″ dia., 55′ long header ducts were fabricated for a power plant in Mississippi. The expansion joint assemblies were designed for .5° angular movement, 3/8″ lateral, 1-1/2″ axial compression. The design conditions were 5 psig at 300°F. The duct work was fabricated from A-36 carbon steel material and the bellows were fabricated from 304 stainless steel. A dye penetrant exam, soap and air test and spot x-ray on all duct seam welds was performed prior to shipping.

84″ Diameter Duct Work and Fabric Expansion Joint Assemblies

February 6th, 2012 Comments off

84" Diameter Duct Work and Fabric Expansion Joint Assemblies

The two assemblies shown, a mitered elbow duct work and fabric expansion joint and duct work assembly, are designed for a sulfuric acid plant. Both assemblies are fabricated from 1/4" thick 304L stainless steel. They are designed for a 15" water column with a temperature of 180°F, axial compression of 3/4", and lateral movement of 3/4". A dye penetrant examination is performed on all welds prior to shipment.

84" Diameter Duct Work and Fabric Expansion Joint Assemblies

Hinged Universal Expansion Joint and Duct Work Assembly Custom Designed for an Exhaust Duct Application

July 25th, 2011 Comments off

Custom Universal Expansion Joint and Duct Work Assembly

 

This week’s featured product is on a hinged universal expansion joint and duct work assembly custom designed for an exhaust duct application in a power plant in Kenya. The hinge hardware was fabricated from carbon steel, while the rest of the unit was fabricated from 316 stainless steel with Inconel 625 bellows. An F-type variable spring was also provided for this project and will be used to support the center spool between the two elbows. The duct work with expansion joint is 36″ in diameter and the distance between the centerline of the two 90 degree elbows is 240″. It is designed for 20 psig at 115°F and 1/2 degree of angular movement. The entire assembly was 100% dye penetrant tested and a soap and air test was performed prior to shipment.

Custom Universal Expansion Joint and Duct Work Assembly F Type Variable Spring

90 inch Universal Flanged and Flued Head Expansion Joint and Duct Work Assembly

June 13th, 2011 Comments off

90 inch Universal Flanged and Flued Head Expansion Joint and Duct Work Assembly

This universal flanged and flued head expansion joint and duct work assembly is designed for a 90″ diameter line. It includes slotted hinge plates installed across the bellows to carry the weight of the duct between the bellows and equalize the axial compression between the two bellows. The flanged and flued heads, duct and weld ends are fabricated from 304 H stainless steel. The expansion joint is designed for 2″ axial compression, 2-1/2″ lateral deflection, and 1150°F at 5 PSIG. A spot x-ray test, soap and air test, and 100% dye penetrant exam were performed prior to shipment.

Check out some of our recent experience with duct work and expansion joint projects

June 1st, 2011 Comments off

U.S. Bellows provides custom designed expansion joints in duct work and fabricated duct work assemblies. The assemblies may include fabricated elbows, tees, and straight sections of duct work, in carbon steel or stainless steel, and in diameters of 42″ or larger. The duct sections can include fabric or metallic expansion joints and can be rectangular or round. U.S. Bellows can also provide specialized pipe supports and spring hangers for large diameter duct work. Additionally, we offer complete pipe stress analysis of your duct systems using CAESAR II software.

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Duct Work for Absorbing Tower Piping in an Acid Plant

May 9th, 2011 Comments off

Duct Work for Absorbing Tower Piping in an Acid Plant

This duct work was fabricated with mitered elbows from SA-516 grade 70 carbon steel, and was designed for absorbing tower piping in an acid plant. It has a 72″ outside diameter and measures 23′-2/4″ from the centerline, elbow to elbow. This assembly was only a single portion of a duct work system that included 36″, 48″ and 60″ diameter sections of fabricated duct work. The duct work was fabricated with roundness tolerance of +/- 1/8″. A 100% dye penetrant test, soap and air test, and spot x-ray testing of all pipe circumferential and long seam welds was performed prior to shipment.

Duct Work for Absorbing Tower Piping in an Acid Plant

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78 Inch Fabric Expansion Joint and Duct Work Assembly with a 90° Elbow for a Sulphuric Acid Plant

April 11th, 2011 Comments off

78" Fabric Expansion Joint and Duct Work Assembly with 90° Elbow for a Sulphuric Acid Plant

U.S. Bellows designed and fabricated a 78″ fabric expansion joint and duct work assembly with a 90° elbow for a sulphuric acid plant in Louisiana. A stress anaylsis was performed to determine thermal movements and spring supports, loads and travel.

78" Fabric Expansion Joint and Duct Work Assembly with 90° Elbow for a Sulphuric Acid Plant

The ducts are fabricated from carbon steel and are 30′ long. The expansion joint is designed for 750°F at 5 PSIG with 2.5″ lateral deflection (cold preset) and 2″ axial compression. Cradle supports and a “big ton” spring support were also fabricated for this project.

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