Pipelines in China and Belgium

Project Description

Pipelines in China
and Belgium

I always think about those two projects together, as they were similar and done for the same Customer. Even though they were built in Belgium and China respectively.

Both were a quite complex tasks. Since most of the pipes were outdoors thermal loading was high, and with great lengths compensation of deformations became a problem. In several places pipes were fixed to devices that couldn’t absorb almost any load, so set of compensation devices and supports with allowable movement restrictions were in place to guarantee that the load won’t be applied.

Since other influences provided quite heavy loading, finding a compromise between allowable movement and overall capacity of the supports (and geometric stability of the system!) was a really interesting problem.

Pipeline in China was my first design in Asia, so this is also a milestone in my career.

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