Flexitallic’s Applications Team, based at its Service Centre in Teesside, works with engineering clients utilising its unique EN1591-1 Design Software to confirm compliance of pipework systems to the European Standard, which evaluates dynamic operational temperatures and external loadings, specific to all parts of the bolted connection.
Through an alliance with Axoim Engineering Associates, Flexitallic supported a Teesside-based process team responsible for several large-diameter interconnected piping systems at elevated temperature under frequent cyclic loading.
The project was required to enhance integrity compliance as process operations involved frequent high-temperature cyclic duty required on new design piping.
Flexitallic recognises the increase in thermal cycling operations and has developed key specification gasket designs to compensate for loss of preload, ensuring leak free operations are guaranteed from start up to operational phase.
Compliance on COMAH sites is key hence European Standard EN1591-1 Studies form part of the Flexitallic service offering, from design to manufacture.
Axiom Engineering Associates reported via their Principal Mechanical Engineer – Malcolm Toft BEng MSc PhD CEng MIMechE, commented:
“The client really appreciated the evaluation work, and is proceeding with plant remediations using methodology provided. Having the local Flexitallic Application team based on Teesside certainly offers excellent access to such Engineering Evaluations as thermal cycling of process plants with external loadings on piping modifications are increasing as technology advances.
“We were pleased to partner with Flexitallic to support our client in a rapid response that affects multiple facilities. Flexitallic’s timely input was critical to project success and improving understanding of key parameters onsite, and we found their assistance technically excellent, easy to work with, and pragmatic where data was limited.”
Axiom Engineering Associates act as Inspection Authority for several blue-chip companies, combining expertise in this field with Flexitallic’s Materials and Mechanical Engineering Services to support clients with the safe and reliable operation of their plant assets.
By FLEXITALLIC NORTH EAST SERVICE CENTRE