GF Piping Systems has introduced a pipe guide and valve support system designed to eliminate stress transfer to plastic pipe caused by normal thermal expansion and contraction, improper installation, or seismic events. Mechanical stress on plastic piping systems is one of the leading causes of premature leaks. Typical pipe clamp products often create unintended fixed points throughout piping systems that permanently lock in stress. To address this challenge, the Stress Less Pipe and Valve Support System maximizes the service life of PP, PVDF, HDPE, PVC, CPVC, and ABS industrial piping systems by providing proper support.
With the guide system, the pipe only meets a low friction, molded HDPE insert that allows it to slide easily with minimal stress or wear during each thermal expansion cycle. The pipe never touches any metal bracket, which could potentially cause wear on the piping because of sharp edges. The pipe guide inserts are designed to have a 3-mm gap around the OD of the pipe, which allows unrestricted movement of the pipe in the axial direction. It also lets engineers design for lower accelerations and forces caused by seismic or water hammer events.
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