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Anchors, Guides & Skids


Pipe Solutions offer a range of Pipe Anchors, Pipe Guides and Pipe Skids used in conjunction with Expansion Joints to control the movement of pipework.

Inadequate anchoring and/or improper guiding of the pipe can cause induced stress on pipe connections, branches and offsets. When an Expansion Joint is pressurised, internal thrust forces create an internal pressure acting on the effective area of the bellows element of the Expansion Joint allowing movement to be taken up.

Pipe Anchors are a fixed point installed into pipework to withstand and control thrust due to pressure. At Pipe Solutions, our design team can calculate the load on each anchor point as well as the forces which will be applied onto the piping guides necessary to prevent bowing and bending.

When Pipe Guides are used to control axial movement, it is important that the Expansion Joint is protected by Primary Guides with Intermediate Guides along the rest of the pipe. The first guide must be located within 4 pipe diameters of the Expansion Joint and a second must be located within 14 diameters of the first pipe guide.