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Basics of Piping System Thermal Expansion for Process Engineers

John C. Huang, Ph.D, PE

This material provides a basic understanding of thermal expansion in piping systems. Calculations are provided with an explanation of terms used. Causes of pipe expansion are explored providing the engineer with a basic knowledge suitable for ensuring expansion problems do not develop in his designs or facility. A commonly used ASME test for pipe stress is introduced with calculations and techniques to correct expansion caused stresses in piping systems.

References and a discussion of the available forms of coefficients for thermal expansion round out the data.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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