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Points to be noted while Installing Aboveground Pipes

Above ground pipe installations are two types:

  • Pipe lines which are laid directly on the surface of the ground

  • Pipe lines which are hung or supported as in a typical plant

In case of pipe lines which are laid directly on the surface of the ground, it is anyway advisable to support the pipe by means of wooden or concrete sleepers, in order to avoid pipe damage by stones and other sharp objects. Tensile resistant couplings should be used in nearly all aboveground applications. A non-tensile resistant system can be used only in case of well supported pipes lines for non-pressure applications.


1) Horizontal pipe should be supported at intervals suggested by the support spacing data. Support should be located on plain pipe and not on joints and fittings.


2) Several types of pipe clips can be used for the supporting of pipe systems. Also line contacts and point loads should be avoided, therefore between pipe and steel collar, a support saddle or a protective rubber layer should be provided to minimize abrasion. The minimum width of the saddle should be half the diameter of the pipe.


3) The clips must fit firmly but must not apply excessive force to the pipe wall. This could result in deformations and excessive wall stresses. The pipe must be allowed to expand within its clamps.


4) Heavy equipment (pumps, valves etc.) have to be supported independently from the pipe to avoid overloading in both horizontal an vertical directions. In addition to the vertical loads from their weight, valves can have heavy control mechanisms offset from the center of the pipe which can cause bending and torsional loads.


5) Avoid a direct link with machinery or bodies subject to vibrations, such as pumps or other equipment because vibrations induce stresses on GRP pipes. It may prevail over the allowable value. A severe condition of vibration occurs when the generating frequency is equal or near the natural frequency of the pipeline. The usual method to avoid vibrations is to install a flexible joint between the source of vibration and the pipe.


6) Excessive loading are to be avoided in vertical runs.


7) If there is changes in temperature due to operating conditions or ambient, then changes to length and end loading on GRP pipe should be made. It should have to be properly manufactured in order to keep values of stress and strain lower then the allowable ones. In case of long pipeline or excessive changes of temperature, expansion loops or expansion joints will be necessary.


8) An anchor must positively restrain the movement of the pipe against all applies forces. In both horizontal and vertical directions anchors can be installed.


9) Pipe anchors divide a pipe system into sections and must be attached to structural material capable of withstanding any applied forces. In some cases pumps, tanks and other similar equipment function as anchors. Additional anchors are usually located at valves, changes in direction of piping and major branch connection.


10) When applying unrestrained joints or mechanical couplers, pipe lines must be anchored at each change of direction. Anyway the ation of anchor points shall be determined after a detailed stress analysis.


11) For securing clamp it is suggested to apply a GRP lamination on each side of the clamp. If the movement of the pipe shall be d only in one direction, it is sufficient to apply just one overlay in the opposite position. Sideways movement is to be prevented by clamping.


The content of this article is taken from web open source. The blogs are intended only to give technical knowledge to young engineers. Any engineering calculators, technical equations and write ups are only for reference and educational purpose.


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