The lateral movement in a tied universal expansion joint is achieved by having the bellows work together in angular rotation in order to obtain the correct lateral deflection.
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Where should I use a universal expansion joint in piping?
Universal expansion joints are typically used in z-bend or l-shape pipe arrangements where the expansion joint allows for lateral motion
How long should a universal expansion joint be?
The length of a universal expansion joint is dependent upon the amount of lateral motion to be absorbed by the expansion joint. This is determined on a case by case basis.
Can you use a tied expansion joint in the exhaust of a gas turbine application?
Yes, a tied expansion joint is a correct application for tied expansion joints to eliminate pressure thrust on the turbine exhaust nozzle.
How do you decide on the number of tie-rods in a universal expansion joint?
The number of tie-rods on a universal expansion joint is calculated according to the amount of pressure thrust that the particular expansion joint will absorb. Low-pressure expansion joints may have two rods, for example, while high-pressure expansion joints may have four or more.
How do you design universal bellows with two different sizes?
The preferred method to design universal expansion joints would be to use a larger diameter bellows and use a reducer at the end of the expansion joint. This would ensure angular rotation and axial movement between the two bellows.
While tie-rods may stabilize the expansion joint from sideways displacements does it not restrict the joint from thermal growth and thus reduce the functionality of the expansion joint?
The expansion joint is designed to accommodate all the needed displacements. The tie-rods are part of the expansion joint and designed to absorb all the specified displacements.
When is a universal expansion joint preferred over a single expansion joint?
Universal expansion joints are usually used when there is large lateral motion.