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PIPE SUPPORT SPACING

Correct supportingof a pipingsystemisessential to prevent excessivebending
stressesandto limit pipe“sag” to an acceptablelimit. Horizontal pipeshouldbe
supportedon uniformcenterswhich aredeterminedby pipesize, schedule, tem-
perature, loading, andmaterial.
Point support must not beusedfor thermoplasticpipingandin general, the
wider thebearingsurfaceof thesupport thebetter. Supportsshouldnot be
clampedin such a way that will restrain theaxial movement of pipethat will
normally occur dueto thermal expansion andcontraction. Concentratedloadsin
a pipingsystem, such asvalvesmust beseparately supported.
Thegraphson thesepagesgiverecommendedsupport spacingfor thermoplastic
pipingmaterialsat varioustemperatures.
Thedata isbasedon fluidswith a specificgravity of 1.0. For heavier fluidsthe
support spacingfromthegraphsshouldbemultipliedby thefollowingcorrection
factors.
SpecificGravity
1.0 1.1 1.2 1.4 1.6 2.0 2.5
1.0 .98 .96 .93 .90 .85 8
CorrectionFactor
Theabovedata isfor uninsulatedlines. For insulatedlinesreducespansto 70%
of graph values. For spansof lessthan 2 feet continuoussupport shouldbeused.
PVCSCHEDULE40
PVCSCHEDULE80
CPVCSCHEDULE40
CPVCSCHEDULE80
POLYPROPYLENESCHEDULE80
PVDF(KYNAR) SCHEDULE80