Why You Need Piping Expansion Joints

Vibrations, pressure fluctuations, and expansion from temperature variations can wreak havoc on any piping system. Without the right mechanical precautions, many facilities can expect to experience bursts in pipelines and equipment malfunctions on a regular basis. In order to avoid a variety of types of equipment failures, you need piping expansion joints. At Flextech Industries, we engineer and manufacture all kinds of custom expansion joints to keep our clients’ facilities operating efficiently.

Why Use a Piping Expansion Joint?

Different piping operations will have varying factors that influence their performance depending on their purpose. Some pipes will deal with high pressure, while others might deal with extreme temperatures. Many operations need to compensate for vibrations, either from the pumps and pipeline system itself or ambient vibrations from other nearby machines. Many pipes will eventually leak or burst at the joints due to gradual weakening from these variables. In some situations, pumps or other equipment can even fail due to repeated back pressure or vibrations from unyielding pipes.

Expansion joints are designed to flex, move, and expand to accommodate these damaging variables. By absorbing vibrations, expanding and contracting to relieve pressure, and compensating for misalignment, expansion joints are able to prevent pipeline failure.

Benefits of Pipeline Expansion Joints

Aside from keeping joints from bursting and leaking, there are various benefits to using piping expansion joints in a facility. Some of these benefits include:

  • Increasing the lifetime of a piping system
  • Absorbing stress at load carrying points of a pipe
  • Improved connections between pipes
  • Reducing strain on pumps
  • Solving issues with pipeline alignment
  • Reducing maintenance and pipe replacement costs
  • Allow for the use of prefabricated pipe rather than custom engineered piping systems

By using the right piping expansion joints, a facility can cut costs, improve productivity and efficiency, and mitigate accidents and equipment failures.

If you are interested in finding out more about why you need piping expansion joints, or if you are interested in any of our services or products, please contact Flextech Industries at the location nearest you or fill out a contact form on our website.