U.S. Bellows, Inc. designed and manufactured two 192” double gimbal Expansion joints for a chemical refinery in Channel View, Texas. These expansion joints consist of A240-321 bellows, A160 Gr. pipe, A516-70 gimbal rings, A516-70 liners and A106 Gr. B purge connection rings. The expansion joints were designed for 15 PSIG and 650 F per B 31.3 and EJMA Standards. They were also designed to allow 8 degrees of angular movement during operation. To ensure quality, the Expansion joints were air tested at 22 PSIG prior to delivery.
48” diameter Refractory Lined Expansion Joint for a Chemical Plant in Ecuador
U.S. Bellows, Inc. designed and fabricated a Refractory Lined Expansion Joint with pantographic linkages for a chemical plant in Ecuador. This expansion joint was designed for 60 PSIG and 1450 °F with a 4” thick refractory installed per UOP specifications. The bellows were constructed from SB-443 Inconel® 625, and the weld ends, hinges, pantographic linkages, and floating ring were made from A516-70.
The bellows, weld ends, and spool long seam welds were 100% X-rayed and 100% dye-penetrant tested per ASME standards. A pneumatic test was performed at 15 PSIG for the entire expansion joint assembly prior to shipping.
6″ Diameter Tied Universal Expansion Joints for a Steam Reformer
U.S. Bellows, Inc. recently designed and manufactured eight 6″ diameter tied universal expansion joints with 24” F-F. These expansion joints are made from two-Ply Inconel® 625 bellows, A312 TP 304 spool, and A105 flange. They are designed for FV/50 PSIG and 300°F with axial and lateral movements of +/- 0.25″ and 0.70″, respectively. The joints were 100% X-Rayed, 100% Dye-Penetrant, and hydro-yested at 75 PSIG. Flanges, tie rod, and spherical nuts are hot dip galvanized per customer specification.
Three 12′ x 8′ Rectangular Expansion Joints with Full Radius Corners
U.S. Bellows, Inc. recently manufactured three 12′ – 0″ x 8′ – 0″ rectangular expansion joints designed at 5 PSIG and 650 °F. The expansion joints are fabricated with full radius corners which allow for increased cycle life. The bellows are formed from Inconel® 625 SB-443 GR. 1 and the rest of the assembly is fabricated from A516-70. The long seam welds were 100% x-rayed. A 100% dye-penetrant test was performed on the attachment welds.
Three 23″ – 1/3″ Expansion Joints for a Refinery in New Jersey
U.S. Bellows, Inc. custom designed and manufactured three 2’ – 6” OD x 23’ – 1/3” long expansion joints for a refinery in New Jersey. The bellows, pipes, and lugs were fabricated from Inco 800H high nickel alloy, A312tp 316H stainless steel, and A240tp 316H stainless steel, respectively. The expansion joints are designed for 60 PSIG, 1100°F, and 47,000 lbs. of thrust to accommodate for a high temperature application.
5′ x 12′ Fabric Expansion Joint for a Power Plant in Oklahoma
U.S. Bellows, Inc. recently designed and manufactured a 5′ – 0″ x 12′ – 0″ fabric expansion joint for a hot air ducting system in a power plant in Tulsa, OK. It is designed at 15″ W.C. and 600 °F for 3/4″ axial movement and 1/2″ lateral movement. The fabric belts are composed of three layers with the outer layer serving as a waterproof barrier.
EPDM Tied Expansion Joints for a Construction Company in Texas
U.S. Bellows, Inc. designed and fabricated 2 EPDM tied expansion joints for a construction company in Texas. These expansion joints have an inside diameter of 29”. They are composed of A516 carbon steel grade 70 with a six-rod control assembly, EPDM, and plate flange. They were hydro-tested to 217 PSI. These joints were ordered on a one-week rush basis to replace an existing joint that was leaking.
Refractory-lined Expansion Joint for an FFC Unit in India
U.S. Bellows, Inc. designed and fabricated this refractory lined universal expansion joint for an FFC Unit in India. This is a 70″, outside diameter, tied refractory-lined universal expansion joint with two-ply Inconel® 625 LCF bellows, A516 weld ends and spool, and a 4″ thick refractory lining per UOP specifications. This joint was designed at 51 PSIG and 1400 degrees F. Bellows long seam welds were 100% x-rayed and 100% dye-penetrant before and after forming. It was also pneumatic tested at 57 PSIG the refractory lining was dried out per UOP specifications.
Expansion Joint Exhaust Assembly for an Oil Refinery in Texas
U.S. Bellows, Inc. designed and fabricated this expansion joint exhaust assembly for an oil refinery in Texas. This expansion joint is offset for an offshore platform and weighs approximately 8,000 lbs. It has a design pressure and temperature of 1 PSIG and 1000 degrees, respectively. The air test was conducted to detect any leaks.
Rectangular Fabric Expansion Joint for Coal Fired Power Plant in Puerto Rico
U.S. Bellows, Inc. designed and manufactured a 21’ x 14′ fabric expansion joint for a power plant in Puerto Rico. This expansion joint was designed at 1 PSIG and 1200 °F for an air duct at the power plant. The frame is all A-240 and 304 stainless steel construction. This expansion joint is equipped with 6” thick insulation pillows. Telescoping liners hold the insulation pillows between the liner and the fabric belt to reduce heat transfer and prevent ash accumulation.