Piping for a Filling Station: Here's Why You Should Go For Induction Bending

20 May 2016
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog

So much work goes into piping when you are setting up a filling station. Regardless of the size of the filling station, it is important to get the piping right. This will not only ensure a smooth flow of the different types of fuel but also cut down on expensive repair and maintenance of the piping. Particularly, you need to get it right when you are working around obstructions and areas where you have to bend the pipes to minimise resistance to fuel flow and possible leakages. This is why you should have the pipes bent using the induction process. Here are the benefits you will enjoy:

Cost Efficiency

Cost efficiency is one of the benefits you will enjoy with induction bending. In brief, the process uses straight pipes, measured and clamped at the particular points that you would like to bend. The clamped area is then heated and driven through an inductor that accurately creates the bend. Thereafter, the pipe is cooled by natural air or cold water. First, you will save money because bending straight material is cheaper than buying individual components to make joints. You will also save money on labour charges because the induction process can be done faster than welding different pipes together.

Reduced Friction and Wear

When you weld pipes together to create a joint, the joint is likely to have a different texture from the rest of the piping. With large volumes of fuel often flowing through the welded joint, there is increased friction between the joint and the fuel. This friction can easily wear off a section of the joint and lead to leaking, considering that the welded joint does not have a uniform thickness. However, this is not the case when the pipes are bent using the induction process. After heating and bending, the pipe cools uniformly without constrictions. This minimises friction with the fuel, preventing unprecedented leaks.

Supports Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Computer Aided Design is used in engineering to ensure precision throughout the layout and conceptual design of petrochemical products and establishments. For a filling station, you will have to deal with multiple curves and pipe sizes, meaning that precision is key when setting up bends. The induction bending process supports the use of CAD to create a layout and assess the strength and dynamics of the piping material. It ensures that each bend can handle the pressure of the fuel load passing through it every time. This is unlike welded joints that are susceptible to human error.

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