A pipe support is a device or assembly that supports the weight of pipe. Pipe supports are generally secured to the floor or any other structural support below the pipes.
There are two types of pipe supports: standard support and custom support. A standard support is a vendor-qualified support, made from prefabricated components for use within a certain range of load and movement. A custom support is a custom-designed frame, such as a welded steel frame or pipe rack.
If you are interested in working in the field of piping, there are several key terms that you should understand. This guide covers some of the common terms in piping supports, including expansion loops, pipe hangers, compensators and pipe anchors.
Pipe hangersPipe hangers are anchor points to control the expansion in a piping system. Devices, such as valves, heavy flanges and pumps are generally supported independently in a piping system. A pipe hanger is generally suspended from a beam or other structural support above the pipes.
Expansion loopsAn expansion loop is a loop that lessens the effect of expansion or contraction of the pipeline.
Piping flexibilityFlexibility is one of the most important factors in piping systems. Thermal expansion (expansion and contraction due to change in the pipe temperature) creates enormous force and stress on the piping system. However, if the piping is flexible, the expansion can be absorbed without creating undue force on the system.
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