Perspectives: Plant InSites

Properly Tackle Thermal Expansion Issues

Temperature rises can cause significant increases in equipment size or pipe length, leading to potential damage from internal stress.

By Andrew Sloley, Contributing Editor
Feb 18, 2015

Many process plants operate equipment at temperatures well above ambient. The temperature rise during operation may cause significant increases in equipment size or pipe length. Unless allowed to expand, the equipment and pipe may reach the failure point because of internal stresses.

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