In general terms, industrial piping systems refer to a series of pipes used to transport materials from one location to another and also encompass pipe support systems. A pipe support is a device or component designed to carry the weight of the pipe, any in-line equipment and the material in the pipe over a defined span.
In specific terms, the four main functions of a pipe support system is to guide, anchor, absorb shock, and support a specified load. In addition, depending on the operating conditions (i.e. high or low temperatures) pipe support systems may contain insulation materials.
Four Main Functions of Pipe Support Systems
- Absorb Shock
- Support a Specified Load
Types of Pipe Supports
- Pipe Guide—directs and controls the motion of a defined span of pipe
- Pipe Anchor—rigid support that restricts movement
- Shock Absorber—absorbs or dissipates energy from the piping system
*Pipe supports can be designed for vertical, axial and/or lateral loading combinations.
Pipe System Design
The overall design configurations of a pipe support system will be determined by many factors such as loading, temperature, vacuum and other operating conditions. Although there are some basic guidelines used when designing FRP systems it is critical to note that each system is unique and must be treated as such. Thus, a detailed custom design is a crucial step when building a precision FRP pipe support system.
There are many considerations when designing a pipe systems and pipe support system; design temperature, design stresses (i.e. tension), design pressure, material densities, thermal expansion, pressure expansion, modulus of elasticity, and thermal conductivity—just to name a few.
Pipe System Materials
Pipe support systems are generally made of FRP, structural steel, carbon steel, stainless steel, galvanized steel, aluminum, or ductile iron. FRP pipe supports have many unique advantages over metal alloys. For example, FRP can be formulated to be corrosion and abrasion resistant.
Other key FRP benefits include high strength-to-weight ratio, ease of installation, and dimensional stability (non-isotropic). Furthermore, FRP are well known for their long life cycles, reduced maintenance and their ability to withstand and perform exceptionally in extreme conditions. Moreover, FRP pipe supports have been utilized around the world in heavy industrial applications from pulp and paper and chemical processing to power generation—FRP are cost-effective construction materials.
We have over 50 years of fiberglass experience. Leverage our key strengths; expert design intelligence, capacity, unmatched precision capabilities and exceptional field services. We design, engineer and manufacture a wide range of custom FRP products including pipe supports.