Properties and applications of pipe supports

Also known as pipe hangers, pipe supports are basically elements that have been designed to transfer the load that is contained within the pipe to the structure that is supporting it. What sorts of loads would that be? Well, on the whole, the load is typically inclusive of that of the content that is being carried by means of the pipe, the weight of pipe proper, pipe coverings, insulation, as well as the pipe fittings that are attached to the pipe.

There are four basic functions that are served by a pipe support. These include anchoring, guiding, absorbing shock as well as providing support to a particular amount of load. There are a number of high and low temperature applications for which pipe supports are used. These may at times consist of insulation materials as well. On the whole, the design and configuration of pipe supports and their assembly by a steel fabricator are said to be dependent upon the operating as well as the loading conditions for which they would be used.

The applications of pipe support

There are many different applications of pipe supports. Amongst them all, there are two basic applications or loads that can be transferred through their utilization. These are inclusive of primary loads and secondary loads.

When it comes to primary loads, these include sustained loads and occasional loads. Sustained loads are typically inclusive of pipes that are used for the transportation of fluid that is under a substantial amount of internal pressure load. Herein, pipe supports are placed under pipes that whose external pressure triggers stress in the circumferential as well as axial directions. Pipe supports can also be placed under pipes that carry dead weight. This includes the weight of the pipe itself along with that of the weight of fittings, fluid and many other inline components like the insulation and valve etc. The reason why pipe supports are placed under such pipes is because such loads have the potential to trigger bending if the weight load isn’t aptly distributed. It also helps in the distribution of concentrated weight.

On the other hand, secondary loads are those that are triggered by displacements. For instance, pipes that are connected to storage tanks may face substantial loads in case the tank nozzle moves down because of tank settlement. Any vibrations that might occur in the rotating equipment to which a pipe is connected may also trigger vibrations in it. Pipe supports are herein used for the displacement of load.


Properties of pipe supports

The properties of pipe supports are typically dependent upon their type. For instance, if you consider rigid supports, these are not flexible at all, and are used for strict restrictions. On the other hand, if you consider spring supports r flexible support, these are more ‘flexible’ or variable in nature. This is because they make use of helical coil compression springs for the accommodation of loads. Visit for more information.