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Steel Pipe Expansion Loop Capacity

Thermal expansion and steel pipe expansion loops capacities

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The expansion loop is a common way to absorb temperature expansion and contraction in steel pipes. Expansion loops can be fabricated from standard pipes and elbows.

Steel pipe temperature U-bends expansion loops

Approximate Expansion Capacity (mm)
Nominal Pipe Size
(mm)
Width of Expansion Loop - w - (m)
0.51.01.52.02.5
25 35 130      
32 25 100 210    
40 20 70 150    
50   65 125 200  
65   50 100 150 220
80   40 75 125 190
100   35 65 115 150

Steel pipes - temperature expansion loops diagram

U-Bends Expansion Compensator Calculator

This calculator can be used to calculate required width and height of an U-bends expansions compensator.

S - Length of expanding pipe (m)

Expansion coefficient (10-6 m/m oC) 

Initial temperature (oC)

Final temperature (oC)

Outside diameter of pipe (mm)

Z-Bends Expansion Compensator Calculator

z-bends expansion pipe line compensator

This calculator can be used to calculate required offset in a Z-bends expansions compensator.

S - Length of expanding pipe (m)

Expansion coefficient (10-6 m/m oC) 

Initial temperature (oC)

Final temperature (oC)

Outside diameter of pipe (mm)

L-Bends Expansion Compensator Calculator

l-bends expansion pipe line compensator

This calculator can be used to calculate required offset in a Z-bends expansions compensator.

Smax - Length of longest expanding leg (m)

Expansion coefficient (10-6 m/m oC) 

Initial temperature (oC)

Final temperature (oC)

Outside diameter of pipe (mm)

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