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Gimbal Expansion Joints for Crude Oil Pipelines in Canada

January 12, 2021

Gimbal Expansion Joints Fabricated for Crude Oil Pipelines in Canada

U.S. Bellows custom-designed and fabricated universal gimbal expansion joints for 24” diameter crude oil pipelines at a power plant in Canada. The bellows are fabricated from A240 316 stainless steel bellows, the flanges are A105N carbon steel, and the plates are A516 70 carbon steel. The expansion joints are designed for a 10 degrees angular rotation at 285 psig up to 100 degrees F. They are designed for an angular spring rate of 4900 in-lb/dec and vertical offset of 10-1/4”. The units measure 43” x 43” x 110” and 38” x 38” x 79”.

Us bellows gimbal ej 3d model

3D Modeling was done so that our engineers can check the “fit-up” to confirm the design, perform stress analysis, or other modeling benefits prior to fabrication. We performed hydro tests, completed NDE reports, and supplied Material Test Reports per the client requirements.

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Gimbal Expansion Joints Designed for a Pipeline in Texas

February 13, 2017

Gimbal Expansion Joints Designed for a Pipeline in Texas

Type: Gimbal Expansion Joint
Size: 8″ x 22.5″ and 10″ x 23.5″
Material: 321 & 316 Stainless Steel/Carbon Steel
Design: 370°F at 160 psig, 10° angular rotation
Testing: Dye Penetrant and Hydro tested

These gimbal expansion joints were custom designed by U.S. Bellows for a pipeline in Texas. Units are an 8″ gimbal that is 22.5″ OAL and 10″ gimbal that is 23.5″ OAL. Each unit incorporated square gimbal design for the gimbal structure. The bellows and flanges were fabricated from 321 stainless steel, the liners from 316 stainless steel, and cover and hinge parts from carbon steel. They were designed for an operating temperature of 370°F at 160 psig with 10° of angular rotation. All unites were dye penetant and hydotested prior to shipment.

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