Metallic Expansion Joints are installed in pipe work and duct systems to prevent damage caused by thermal growth, vibration, pressure thrust and other mechanical forces.
There is a wide range of metallic bellows designs in a variety of materials. Options range from the simplest convoluted bellows used in petroleum refineries.
Materials include all types of stainless steels and high grade nickel alloy steels.
Any pipe connecting two points is subjected to numerous types of action which result in stresses on the pipe. Some of the causes of these stresses are:
- Internal or external pressure at working temperature
- Weight of the pipe it self and the parts supported on it
- Movement imposed on pipe sections by external restraints
- Thermal expansion