Piping Expansion, Support, and Insulation

Learning objectives

  • Describe how temperature change affects piping
  • Identify methods used to manage expansion
  • Describe various methods of supporting pipes
  • Identify the reasons for insulating pipe
  • Describe materials used to insulate pipes and pipe-fittings

Course overview

Temperature changes cause piping material to expand and contract. If allowance is not made for this effect, excessive stress could be exerted on piping, supports, and connected equipment. Pipe supports must allow the pipe to move freely to account for expansion and contraction, but still prevent excessive sagging. If the piping's operating temperature differs much from ambient temperature, insulation may be required.

The Piping Expansion, Support, and Insulation training course explores these conditions and outlines some of the ways plants manage them. It explains the effects of changing temperature on industrial piping and describes how to allow for those effects. This online training course includes:

  • Piping expansion
  • Piping supports
  • Piping insulation
  • Insulation materials and installation

Piping Expansion, Support and Insulation is part of the Piping and Tubing training series.

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