Custom Engineered Fabric Expansion Joints in Melbourne

Expansion joints in all shapes and sizes are found in all kinds of pipework applications. Whether they be in exhaust systems, flow-lines, valve systems or propulsions systems, they exist and are now widely accepted to be a natural part of piping systems. Fabric expansion joints that allow pipes to move along any number of planes of axis are commonplace, and many expansion joints are readily available “off the shelf”. However, if you have a custom application, you may need a custom joint made for you by fabric expansion joint manufacturers.

You may require a custom fabric expansion joint made for you if you are using non-standard diameter piping, or perhaps the pipework calls for a particular pressure rating. Perhaps, (although this is more uncommon) you may need to transition from one diameter pipe to another, but still maintain enough flexibility to allow ample movement in the system to avoid stress.

Future Thermal are fabric expansion joint manufacturers, and suppliers of expansion joint covers in Melbourne, providing custom engineered expansion joints all over Australia. Custom jobs are not a problem no matter what type or size of piping you’re using for your application. You can also make use of customised joints to deal with pipe misalignment that can happen naturally on any job.

Why choose Future Thermal fabric expansion joint manufacturers

So let’s look at why you would choose a fabric expansion joint over the more commonly used metallic bellow. A standard metallic joint is a good choice if you’re dealing with a misalignment, or you have a high-pressure line that requires a particular rating. However, what if you have the potential for movement through all three directions, and the pressure rating of the pipework is relatively small? In the case, you will find fabric expansion joints to be an excellent alternative. They are lightweight, yet incredibly durable and flexible, and able to withstand lateral, axial and angular movement (and a combination of all three if necessary) with ease. They also are capable of being twisted, which in most cases a regular metallic joint cannot.

Fabric expansion joints are particularly good at combating excessive angular rotation. This can happen most commonly when fluid tanks become filled with a liquid such as water or oil. These tanks have the tendency to bulge when filled, so without an expansion joint the angle at which the pipe is connected to the tank will change, and this could cause a catastrophic breakage. With the expansion joint built into the system, the joint will bend to allow the pipe to maintain the same angle, and, therefore, any extra stress can be averted.

Stretch resistant

Fabric expansion joint manufacturers strive to make joints that are capable of stretching, squashing, and moving in all three directions, so that pipework is protected no matter what stress could be placed upon them. Possible stresses could include natural thermal expansion, vibrations, and the process of pumps and engines starting up. In all these cases, a lightweight fabric joint can be trusted to be used with low-pressure pipework and applications.