Gallagher recently released its Expansion Joint Design Guide, now available for download on our site. This design guide takes an in-depth look at elastomeric, metal, and flue duct expansion joints. The excerpt below is a section of our Expansion Joint Design Guide focusing on types of elastomeric joints and types of pipe movement. To download the entire guide, visit our Resources Page, or click on the image to the right.
The basic purpose of an expansion joint is to absorb movement and vibration in a rigid piping system, being built to expand, contract, and adjust without straining or breaking the piping or ducting on either side. They are specially engineered to handle movements due to thermal expansion, vibrations of pumps, and misalignments due to installation tolerances, while also being resistant to the process conditions and the external influences of the application.
Types of Expansion Joints
- Fabric and rubber construction
- Reinforced with metal/wire rings
- Full-face flanges integral with joint body
- Flanges drilled to companion bolt pattern
- Gaskets not required
- Offset available