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Expansion joints for
LIQUIFIED GAS (LNG/LPG)

Belman expertly designs and manufacture Expansion Joints for liquefied gas (LNG/LPG) application. Designing the Expansion Joints for critical transportation and storage under cryogenic conditions is always a challenge. By working closely with the clients and following strict regulations (IGC/IGF code), Belman ensures not only safe and reliable solutions, but also satisfaction of the client. Belman has extensive experience in the design and manufacture of Expansion Joints for liquefied gas (LNG/LPG) applications and provides engineered Expansion Joints for:

  • LNG/LPG Carriers
  • FLNG
  • FPSO
  • FRSU
  • Production facilities (onshore)

No matter the application, Belman based on our extensive experience expertly can design, manufacture and test Expansion Joints for you.

Design range and scope of supply within Expansion Joints for Liquified Gas (LNG/LPG)

Diameter, installation length and design criteria of Expansion Joints for Liquified Gas (LNG/LPG) can be changed upon customer’s request and are available in:

Dimensions

DIMENSIONS:
For this application:
Typically up to DN 400

Belman general design size range:
DN 25 – 12.000

Pressure

PRESSURE:
For this application:
Up to PN 45 (Test at PN 90)

Belman general design pressure range:
full vaccum up to 150 barG.

Temperature

TEMPERATURE:
For this application:
-169°C to +150°C

Belman general design temperature range:
-165°C to +1000°C

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MATERIALS:

For this application:
1.4541 (321), 1.4307 (304L), 1.4404 (316L)

General Belman material range:
All austenitic stainless steels and high alloyed steels

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DESIGN CODES:

EN 13445, EN 13480, EN 14917
ASME VIII, div.I, ASME B31.3
ASME B31.1, EJMA, AD 2000
and others on request

Test and Quality Control

TESTS:

Radiographic examination (X-ray), Helium leak testing, Pressure test, Air test, Dye penetrant test, Magnetic particle examination and many more.

Inspected by: DNV, BV, RINA, NK, KRS, Lloyd’s Register and many more.

ENGINEERED

EXPANSION JOINTS FOR
LIQUIFIED GAS (LNG/LPG)

EXPANSION JOINTS FOR LIQUIFIED GAS (LNG/LPG)

CASE STORIES

EXPANSION JOINTS FOR FSRU

Remarkable Expansion joints for a LNG carrier which is being converted into a FSRU. The Expansion Joints are tested at -165°C and for 66,35 barg

EXPANSION JOINTS FOR FLNG

These Expansion Joints are made from Duplex and Superduplex as the media and the sourrounding environment requires special materials to avoid corrosion.

GUIDING THE CLIENT ON IGC/DNV

A significant challenge is to understand how the IGC/DNV rules apply for Expansion Joints, as well as the connecting piping, Belman helped the client on that.

EXPERIENCED & APPROVED SUPPLIER

REFERENCES

LIQUIFIED GAS (LNG/LPG)

Dubai Drydocks • BW LPG • YAMAL LNG • Solvang • Wärtsilä Gas Solutions A/S • Dorian LPG • Neptun Werft • Pertramina • Shell • Aker Process Systems • Huyndai Heavy Inbdustries Co. Ltd. • Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction • BW LNG • Keppel Offshore & Marine •

Öresund Drydocks AB • Hamworthy • Moss Maritime • Setubal Shipyard • Cosco Shipyard • Linde Engineering (Cryo AB) • Höegh LNG • Transpetrol • Huyndai MIPO Dockyard • Exmar • KSS Line •

EXPANSION JOINTS FOR LIQUIFIED GAS (LNG/LPG)

TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION

APPLICATIONS

All ways of transporting and processing liquefied gas set demanding requirements. As Liquid gas is considered a hazardous medium and with safety being paramount this is a highly regulated area with severe demands for the application itself as well as the components installed in these applications.

Our Expansion Joints for liquified gas (LNG/LPG) for among others:

  • Pipelines from and to cargo tanks
  • Outlet of pumps
  • Cooling systems on LNG pipes
  • Pipelines leading to regasification module
  • MEG (Mono Ethylene Glycol) modules

 

VESSELS (LNG/LPG carriers & LNG-fuelled ships)
With the liquid gas being onboard vessels this set high demands for the correct design as well as meeting the limitations on space onboard the vessels. The Expansion Joints are either installed in the engine and exhaust system or at the pipes at the tanks. On LNG carriers the gas stored in large steel tanks and all cargo pumps are discharged into a common pipe which runs along the deck of the vessel. It branches off to either side of the vessel to the cargo manifolds used for loading or discharging. On the carrier, each gas tank is mounted at an anchoring, which allows the gas tank to move. Expansion Joints are installed at each anchoring to absorb these movements.

SPECIAL OFFSHORE UNITS
As offshore units and vessels such as FLNG, FPSO and FSRU are considered vessels the same rules and demands apply for them as for the Vessels such as LNG carriers.

 

ONSHORE FACILITIES
In onshore facilities Expansion Joints are installed in many parts of the plant being in the piping systems themselves, at turbines, pumps etc. No matter the location the rules and demands applied for this media type applies.

TYPES & DESIGN

Tailored to clients needs
Expansion Joints for Liquified Gas (LNG/LPG) are customised within the range normally applied in this application.

Full technical support to help clients
Belman highly experienced in Expansion Joints for Liquified Gas (LNG/LPG) and can guide clients on the requirements set by the regulations from the IGC code and the requirements form the classifaction authorities in this field as well as guiding on the best technical solution to ensure safe and smooth operation.

DOUBLE BELLOW
with welded flanges
Universal Expansion Joint with middle pipe and welded flanges. This type absorbs both axial and lateral movements.

DOUBLE BELLOW
with welding ends
Universal Expansion Joint with middle pipe and welding ends. This type absorbs both axial and lateral movements.

DOUBLE BELLOW
with welded flanges and tie rods
Lateral Expansion Joint with middle pipe, welded flanges and tie rods. This type absorbs lateral movement only.

SINGLE BELLOW
with welding ends
Universal Expansion Joint with welding ends. This type absorbs both axial and lateral movements.

DOUBLE BELLOW
with welding ends and tie rods
Universal Expansion Joint with welding ends and tie rods. This type absorbs both axial and lateral movements.

CUSTOMIZED
EXPANSION JOINTS
Different designs and types according to the specifications of the client and the application such as Inline Pressure Balanced Expansion Joints, High Pressure Expansion Joints, Hinged Expansion Joints etc.

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REQUIREMENTS & CODES

Demanding requirements for Expansion Joints
Designing and manufacturing Expansion Joints for liquid gas applications such as LNG carriers is always a challenge. The main reasons of this are:

  • The temperature in cryogenic range
  • Pressure constraints
  • Safety factors
  • Constraints specific to the ship’s hull, e.g. hogging and sagging
  • Requirements for third party construction approvals and final inspections
  • Full documentation needed

 

Challenging medium
Liquefied gas is the liquid form of the substance which, at ambient temperature and at atmospheric temperature, would be a gas. Most liquefied gases are hydrocarbons and the key property that makes hydrocarbons the world’s primary energy source – combustibility – also makes them inherently hazardous. Liquefied gases are handled in large quantities, and it is crucial for vessels carrying them and facilities handling and operating them to be safe. This set high demands for all components used, and also for the Expansion Joints. Being aware of the these issues, Belman is the go-to supplier for your Liquid gas projects involving Expansion Joints.

 

Requirements and safety
All ways of transporting and processing liquefied gas set demanding requirements. As Liquid gas is considered a hazardous medium and with safety being paramount this is a highly regulated area with severe demands for the application itself as well as the components installed in these applications.

Our Expansion Joints for liquified gas for among others:

  • Pipelines from and to cargo tanks
  • Outlet of pumps
  • Cooling systems on LNG pipes
  • Pipelines leading to regasification module
  • MEG (Mono Ethylene Glycol) modules

 

VESSELS (LNG/LPG carriers & LNG -fuelled ships)
With the liquid gas being onboard vessels this set high demands for the correct design as well as meeting the limitations on space onboard the vessels. The Expansion Joints are either installed in the engine and exhaust system or at the pipes at the tanks. On LNG carriers the gas stored in large steel tanks and all cargo pumps are discharged into a common pipe which runs along the deck of the vessel. It branches off to either side of the vessel to the cargo manifolds used for loading or discharging. On the carrier, each gas tank is mounted at an anchoring, which allows the gas tank to move. Expansion Joints are installed at each anchoring to absorb these movements.

 

SPECIAL OFFSHORE UNITS
As offshore units and vessels such as FLNG, FPSO and FSRU are considered vessels the same rules and demands apply for them as for the Vessels such as LNG carriers.

 

ONSHORE FACILITIES
In onshore facilities expansion joints are installed in many parts of the plant being in the piping systems themselves, at turbines, pumps etc. No matter the location the rules and demands applied for this media type applies.

EXPERTISE

Due to the demanding design parameters and the severe consequences, following a possible failure, the Expansion Joints used for such applications must meet very high demands. Belman has experienced engineering, manufacturing and testing according to rules applying in the different areas of liquid gas applications. As well as are experineced with the involved societies. Belman expertly help and guide clients in relation to Expansion Joints.

CASE STORY

GUIDING THE CLIENT ON
DNV/IGC RULES

A significant challenge is to understand how the IGC/DNV rules apply for Expansion Joints, as well as the connecting piping, Belman helped the client on that.

CLIENT BENEFIT

As client by Belman you are ensured:

  • Approved Expansion Joint solutions
  • On-time delivery
  • Correct certification
  • Expansion Joint solution exactly as per prevailing rules and requirements
  • Customised solutions
  • Prototype testing
  • Expert assistance

QUALITY & TESTS

Belman is known for high quality products and therefore our quality control is a fundamental part of our business. All processes during production designed by the Belman quality engineers, is strictly follow and implement according our procedures and instructions and carefully inspected by Belman quality inspectors. All checks and inspections are done according to the strict prevailing Belman quality control procedures which is part of the Belman ISO 9001 quality management system approved by DNV.

 

ITP & Test
Inspection test Plan generated by the quality management system makes sure that each step of manufacturing has the appropriate inspection points such as Hold and Witness points.

Based on manufacturing code, project specification, application, media, and eventual ship classification rules Belman performs a large variety of quality tests including destructive, non-destructive testing and proof testing. All tests can be witnessed by the 3rd part based on the customer and classification requirements.

  • Destructive test: such as life cycle test and burst test to validate the design, i.e., vessels and offshore platforms
  • Non-destructive test such as Visual testing, dye penetrant test, Radiography examination, Magnetic testing, ultrasonic testing, hardness testing and PMI for all applications
  • Proof tests: leak test with air, leak test with helium and former gas, hydrostatic pressure test for all application
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY

EXTRA SHORT DELIVERY TIME

Belman is known for helping clients in urgent need
A stop in the middle of the ocean due failures on the system is critical, and furthermore is extra waiting time in ports and yards for components. Belman’s fast track service is the solution for clients that have unplanned shutdowns, leaking Expansion Joints, part failures and other such problems. In such circumstances clients need extraordinary short delivery times, emergency service or additional assistance. If express delivery is required, we ensure the shortest possible delivery time on Expansion Joints. Our delivery response is in accordance with the customer’s delivery time needs and the complexity of the design. Get in touch to learn more about the shortest fast track delivery time Belman can provide for your project.

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