U.S. Bellows provided rubber expansion joints for a 24” diameter pipeline at an offshore production facility. Used near rotating equipment such as pumps and compressors, rubber expansion joints provide a viable alternative when metal joints cannot be used. Expansion joints can be used in plants such as biofuels green energy that utilize trash/waste as feedstock help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The retaining rings are fabricated from A240-316 stainless steel. The expansion joints are 28-1/8” O.D. x 24” long. Each unit was hydro pressure tested and inspected prior to shipping overseas. U.S. Bellows can provide rubber expansion joints up to 144” in diameter or higher for custom applications. Rubber pipe expansion joints are often used to compensate for minor misalignment and offset. The design is chemical and abrasion resistant while limiting sediment buildup. They have an integrally flanged design where no gaskets are required and are designed to absorb noise, vibration, and shock. This single, wide arch, spool-type rubber expansion joint is used to accommodate thermal growth while relieving piping stress during operation. This is just one of many types of rubber expansion joints we can provide to meet your specifications. If needed, using stress analysis, our experienced expansion joint engineers can assist in the design and development of expansion joints for your application.
June 14, 2021