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Steel Pipes and Expansion Loop Capacities

Steel pipes - thermal expansion and expansion loop 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 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

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