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Applying the ASME Codes: Plant Piping & Pressure Vessels (Mister Mech Mentor, Vol. 2)

By
James A. Wingate
James A. Wingate
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ISBN-10:
0791802558
ISBN:
9780791802557
No. of Pages:
220
Publisher:
ASME Press
Publication date:
2007

Many times one must route piping in a very certain way, in order to fit the pipe into the only space available for it. And according to Murphy's law, when this happens, the number of structural support points available for the piping will also be limited, and their strength (i.e., lack of it!) will also be a problem. The poor mechanical engineer is then faced with the delicate balance between providing adequate support design, for controlling pipe stress within Code limits, and adequate control of pipe support reaction forces, so as not to warp the building structures which must resist them.

This is a very common occurrence in the life of a mechanical process and big utility piping engineer, and early on he learns a thing or two about solving it. I hope the following discussion and examples will be of great help to you, when you also encounter it.

I am going to give you a sneak preview of the correct approach to its solution now, to whet your interest:

The TYPES of pipe supports are very important, because in conjunction with their location as well as the piping geometric configuration and thermal motion, they:

• DETERMINE THE LOADS ON THE PIPING AND ITS CONNECTING EQUIPMENT,

• THE LEVEL OF PIPE STRESS,

• AND THE LOAD REACTIONS ON SUPPORTING STRUCTURE.

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