Have you ever been driving down the highway and as you ride up and over the hill notice in the far distance, one of those large massive factories? You know the ones on the side of the road on the outskirts of town. The factories usually are incredibly tall and have sizeable thick metal pipes that extend up and around all structure, sometimes wrapping around them like a boa-constrictor.
Now, many industries big and small use pipes to distribute materials such as fluids, gases, waste and other materials from one location to the other but how do the engineers at the companies do it after all. There are several ways to structure your building with pipes, but the very best way to hang your pipes when creating your building is to utilize any pipe hangers. Sometimes referred to as pipe support, these are specialized designed tools that use the power of leverage to ultimately take transfer the weight from the pipe and apply it to the actual structure that the pipeline is being attached to.
The weight that the pipe support distributes is called the load of the pipe. Now, when calculating the load, several different factors come into play that all-in-all make up the load. Engineers use these numbers when designing the proper pipe support fixtures on the building structures.
What’s in the Load?
Whenever the load is being referred to in this context, the first element in calculating the load is represented by measuring the actual weight of the pipe (also referred to as the Pipe Proper). This is the actual material that makes up the pipe, whether it be some iron or any other metal. The next element that makes up the load is the actual material that flows through the tube and how much it weighs as it is sent through the pipe. Another factor when determining the load is to calculate all of the additional material that is attached to the pipe when designing the pipe. This would include pipe fittings and things of that nature. Moreover, lastly, the load will consist of the pipe coverings, and an example of that is the insulation covering the pipes to regulate the temperature.
The Purpose of Always Ensuring High-Quality Pipe Support is to Make Sure That the Pipes are Four Things:
1) Properly anchored
2) To guide the Pipe
3) Absorb the shock from moving parts
4) Support a Specific Load
There are many different types of loads as well that engineers use to determine the best examples of pipe supports for their structures. There are also many types of pipe supports that companies use when installing the pipes into or onto the buildings. These supports play a significant part in the value of the piping structure and can produce massive results and prevent fatal injury