Throughout the construction process, a number of the products used—such as thread sealants, gaskets and insulation—might come into contact with piping system components. Each of these products includes its own unique chemical makeup that enables it to serve a specific function within the larger system. For example, gaskets combine polymers and lubricants to form a tight, long-lasting seal between flange fittings. The challenge for engineers is certain chemicals, when in contact with a piping material (e.g. steel or CPVC), can weaken the material and cause premature failure. In other words, to ensure the longest life for your piping system, it’s important to select ancillary products that offer the greatest compatibility with your piping material.
Read the full post below or check out the Thermal Expansion Infographic for a snapshot overview of this blog post. All material has inherent thermal properties that affect its characteristics depending on the amount of heat or cold it’s exposed to. The more heat is applied, the more materials tend to expand and soften. The colder the conditions, the more materials tend to contract and harden. In the case of piping systems, we are most concerned with linear expansion and contraction, which affects both metallic and thermoplastic piping materials. If unaccounted for during the piping system design, length fluctuation can lead to costly issues. This is especially true for industrial plant systems, which often subject pipe to extreme temperatures and pressures. For example, if a run of pipe is constrained at both ends, as it heats up linear expansion will cause compressive stress on the material. When this undue force exceeds the allowable stress on the material, it will result in damage to the pipe and potentially brackets, fittings, and valves. Depending on the scope of that damage, plants may be forced to conduct frequent repairs, shut down processes, and potentially replace the piping system prematurely. Fortunately, while expansion and contraction are unavoidable, resultant issues can be easily circumvented with the proper design considerations. Specifically, by employing one of the following deflection mechanisms: Expansion Loops Expansion Offsets Changes of Direction Expansion Joints Before we explain how to deploy each mechanism, we need to look at the four factors that influence their design.
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The Corzan® CPVC Building Information Modeling (BIM) objects and specifications library has been expanded. Previously, pipe and fittings were only available up to 8 in.—now find pipe sizes up to 24 in. and fittings up to 14 in. (fittings larger than 14 in. are currently fabricated, not injection molded). We expanded our CPVC pipe, fittings and valves library to enhance our support of industrial engineers, designers and architects. With access to these files, users can better: Detect and prevent design conflicts. Quickly create multiple designs to compare and identify the best value-engineered solution. Create detailed outputs for accurate cost estimates. Lower costs by reducing on-site errors and delays. Communicate clearly with non-technical investors and design makers.
To simplify the process of integrating Corzan® CPVC pipe, fittings and valves into your industrial plant CAD designs, we’ve made our product Building Information Modeling (BIM) objects and specifications available for download. With access to these files, engineers and architects can now: Detect and prevent design conflicts. Quickly create multiple designs to compare and identify the best value-engineered solution. Create detailed outputs for accurate cost estimates. Lower costs by reducing on-site errors and delays. Communicate clearly with non-technical investors and design makers.