Large Cross-Over Pipe Expansion Joints DN1700 for FSPO in the North Sea
Two large units MACOGA MPB-E Series Expansion Joints have been designed, manufactured and delivered to an FSPO Operation in the North Sea. The Pressure Balanced Expansion Joints are used in situations similar to those described for the Axial and/or Lateral Expansions although this particular type of Expansion Joint offers the additional advantage of not transferring the thrust caused by the internal pressure to the pipes or adjacent equipment. This characteristic is especially important when it comes to joining the pipes to turbines or other delicate equipment which, by their nature, are unable to withstand these extra loads. The only loads on the equipment are the sum of the forces required to move the line bellows and balancing bellows of the expansion joint. This type of Joint can be fitted between intermediate fixed points so main anchoring of the pipe or adjacent equipment is not required.