Comparing Fabric And Metal Expansion Joints: Is One Better Than The Other?

By | 2017-12-27T17:07:34+00:00 December 29th, 2017|

Choosing the right type of expansion joints can be difficult. There are so many different types, materials, and features associated with each that it can be nearly impossible to ascertain which is right for your application. Fabric and metal bellows and expansion joints are both common and come with a number of advantages and disadvantages. Here are just a few pros and cons to consider when deciding between fabric [...]

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Understanding The Essential Role of Expansion Joints In A Ship’s Main Engine

By | 2017-12-27T16:57:10+00:00 December 27th, 2017|

Wondering what bellows are used for in modern engineering? There's no one answer to this question, and these components have a wide range of applications. Metal exhaust bellows and expansion joints have countless applications in the exhaust industry, but perhaps most interestingly, the exhaust gas system of a ship's engine. The exhaust gas system of a marine engine has five main components: the exhaust gas pipes, the exhaust gas boiler, [...]

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Answering Common Questions About Expansion Joints

By | 2017-11-28T22:23:16+00:00 November 28th, 2017|

When properly designed and installed, custom bellows and exhaust flex joints have a number of exceedingly useful applications. Before you get started with custom bellows, however, it's important to know the facts. Here are some answers to common questions regarding custom bellows and expansion joints. What purpose does an expansion joint have? Simply put, an expansion joint's primary basic function is to absorb and offset the growth caused by [...]

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4 Surprising Installation-Related Causes Of Metal Expansion Joint Failures

By | 2017-11-14T20:44:52+00:00 November 14th, 2017|

If you're dealing with metal bellows expansion joints failures, you're certainly not alone. Metal expansion joint failures are surprisingly common and have a number of causes, but one of the most common involves improper installation. Fortunately, understanding what leads to these failures can help you prevent them in the future. Here are just a few potential situations that can lead to improper installation of metal expansion joints. Improper Timing Of [...]

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By | 2016-11-06T15:06:39+00:00 November 6th, 2016|

The pressure thrust imposed on the system piping anchors is nearly eliminated with the pressure balanced expansion joint design. Triad Bellows designs and manufactures both the 90 degree elbow style( shown) and the inline pressure balanced style. When space limitations prevent sturdy enough anchor designs this metal expansion joint comes to the rescue. Let our design engineers help you determine the right expansion joint for your piping system.

How Metal Bellows are Made

By | 2016-10-01T09:43:23+00:00 October 1st, 2016|

How Metal Bellows Are Made BELLOWS DESIGN Metal bellows and bellows expansion joints are placed in piping systems to absorb the thermal growth of the pipe. Each time the piping system heats up and cools down the bellows goes through 1 complete cycle.  The manufacturing of a metal bellows starts with the design process. The desired life cycle of the bellows or expansion joint must be determined in order to [...]

Typical causes for metal expansion joint failures

By | 2016-07-11T14:11:51+00:00 July 11th, 2016|

Typical Causes for Metal Expansion Joint Failures   The good news is that most metal bellows expansion joint failures are preventable when proper care is taken in the design, shipping, installation and testing of the joints. This article is meant to help prevent or identify the root causes of the most common piping expansion joint failures we encounter. When in doubt contact the experts at Triad Bellows to discuss your [...]

Metallic Exhaust Bellows VS Flex Hose…… What is the Difference?

By | 2016-04-30T10:25:22+00:00 April 30th, 2016|

Metal bellows VS exhaust flex hose …. What is the difference? This question gets asked over an over because of the price difference between the 2 products.  While in appearance at first glance they look alike but there are major differences. The purpose of this article is to educate you on the differences between single-ply and multi-ply flexible metallic bellows and corrugated exhaust flex hose. Yes, both types are flexible [...]

EJMA 10th Edition, the latest revision, what has changed?

By | 2016-04-10T11:53:15+00:00 April 10th, 2016|

          The Expansion Joint Manufacturers Association (EJMA), The Authority on Metal Expansion Joints, has revised the standards in the latest 10th Edition EJMA Standards are recognized throughout the world as the authority on the proper selection and application of metallic bellows type expansion joints for safe and reliable piping and vessel installation. The Tenth Edition standards combine the knowledge and experience of the leading manufacturers of expansion joints into [...]

Why Are Expansion Joints Necessary in Piping Systems?

By | 2016-03-05T06:39:38+00:00 March 5th, 2016|

Why Are Expansion Joints Necessary in Piping Systems? Within the manufacturing industry, piping is essentially as described; a system of pipes used to carry fluids, such as liquids and gases, from one location to another. Piping systems can be designed for extreme high temperatures or low temperature cryogenic service but what these two applications have in common is that both will expand and contract with the increase or decrease in [...]