Expansion joints, also known as flexible connectors, allow for a resilient connection to be made between pipes and equipment, as well as between sections of piping and ductwork. They are available in a range of sizes and materials to allow for maximum flexibility of application design.
By providing a flexible connection between sections of piping or equipment, expansion joints offer a method of reducing wear and failure risk by absorbing vibrations and other potential disturbances.
Expansion joints make it possible to fit piping through walls and other locations where settling may be a hazard. Since the rubberized material of the expansion joint is capable of withstanding various types of force (torsional force, lateral stress, and expansion/compression), it provides a more reliable connection between sections of pipe and between pipes and equipment than straight metal-to-metal contact.
last revised 10.10.2005